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Hands On With The Studio C, Blu's First Lollipop Phone - Available Today For $99

I've spent time with a lot of Blu handsets over the past couple of years, and one of the biggest downsides (to me, at least) is always the outdated software. In fact, every Blu phone I've looked at so far this year has been running KitKat. Fortunately, Lollipop is set to hit a few of the company's handsets starting this month, and it also just released the Studio C - its first offering to run Lollipop right out of the box.

The Studio C is a modest midranger with specs similar to some of Blu's other more recent devices (like the Studio Energy):

Specs

Display 5-inch 1280x720 with Blu Infinite View Technology
Processor 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6582 with Mali-400 GPU
RAM 1 GB
Camera 8MP rear, 2MP front
Storage 8GB internal, microSD Card slot
Ports microUSB, 3.5mm headphone jack
Wireless 850/1700/1900, Dual SIM
Dimensions 144 x 72.4 x 9.4 mm, 172 g
Battery 3,000 mAh
OS Android 5.0
Price $99
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Sprint Updates Samsung Galaxy Note 4 With Factory Reset Protection

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Smart Lock Now Notifies You When It Locks Your Phone After 4 Hours Of Inactivity

Google has been rolling out updates to Smart Lock over the past months, adding On-body detection and Trusted voice, and while this recent change doesn't bring other options to the table, it does make the feature more user-friendly.

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Previously, if you had set your Android phone or tablet to trust a certain place, Bluetooth device, or any of your physical attributes, it would keep your phone unlocked when those variables were in effect, but you'd still come across a secure lock screen if you left your handset untouched for a period of time. We didn't have any explanation as to the duration of the lock trigger, but that's changing now.

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Google Posts Android 5.1.1 Factory Images For Nexus 4, Nexus 5, And Cellular Nexus 7s

For many Nexus owners, the wait for Android 5.1.1 is finally over. Today, OTAs began rolling out for several Nexus devices which had thus far been stuck on Android 5.1. If waiting on an OTA update isn't your thing, you can now head on over to Google's Nexus developer page to get the latest factory images.

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In order to flash these, you'll have to have some familiarity with unlocking bootloaders and using Google's Fastboot utility. Plenty of easy tutorials can be found with a simple Google search.

With these latest updates, the only Nexus that still doesn't have an official Android 5.1.1 update is the Nexus 6, but considering the latest push to AOSP was completely for that device, an official OTA likely isn't far off.

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Lollipop 5.1.1 OTA Available Now For T-Mobile Nexus 7 2013 LTE

Today is a good day to be the proud owner of a T-Mobile Nexus 7 2013. Lollipop 5.1.1 is here with bug fixes and security enhancements in tow. The OTA actually started to show up on some devices yesterday, but your device may not have been part of the first wave of tablets receiving the update availability notification. If you haven't been invited to update yet and can't bear to wait, then you can head over now to the system tab in settings to manually initiate the software download.

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Before you attempt an update, there are a couple of requirements you should know about.

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NVIDIA Finally Acknowledges The 500GB SHIELD Pro, Says It Will Be Out This Month Alongside The Standard Version

It's been quite a roller coaster ride with this 500GB Shield Pro device. You can finally stop wondering if it's real or just NVIDIA trolling—it's real. NVIDIA's customer care rep on the official forums has posted a few answers about the device. It'll be hard to walk this one back if NVIDIA still wants to play coy.

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Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, And Z Ultra Receive Post-Lollipop Firmware Update Bringing Back Close All Apps Button And Fixing A Slew Of Bugs

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The Google Store Now Sells Skrillex-Branded Cases With Matching Live Wallpapers For The Nexus 5 And 6, Galaxy S5 And S6, And Galaxy Note 4

Remember those hints of a "Google Workshop" with user-customizable phone cases with matching wallpapers that Android Police showed off back in April? Those were really cool, huh? Well, this is not that. Unless your name is Skrillex.

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Yes indeed, the well-known dubstep perpetrator Skrillex now has his own collection of phone cases on sale in the Google Store. At the moment the "Live Case" comes in three designs, available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy Note 4.

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AOSP Developer Changelog Posted For v5.1.1_r2 (LMY47X) To 5.1.1_r3 (LMY48B), Points To Nexus 6 Update Coming Soon

Changelogs come in all shapes and sizes. Well, maybe there is just the one shape, but many different sizes. A new tag for 5.1.1_r3 turned up a few hours ago in AOSP and we've generated a list of changes the change for those who would like to know what's going on. As it turns out, this update sets a record for the smallest changelog ever, at just one lonely commit. On top of that, it's specifically for the Nexus 6 (Shamu).

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The lone commit in this release appears to be a bug fix for devices with encryption enabled. The adspd process has been set up to run with the encryption lock screen instead of after.

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Verizon's Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Gets Its Lollipop On With OTA Update

We've seen the Wi-Fi model, the T-Mobile model, and the AT&T model updated with Android 5.0, now it's time for the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to get its turn. The update info for the SM-T807V has appeared on Samsung's support site, which means that the update should (hopefully) start going out to customers before the end of the day. This is Android 5.0.2, for those who are interested.

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