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Google Is Uploading Android 5.1 Lollipop Source Code To AOSP Right Now [Update: Upload Complete]

As if it wasn't already news, Apple announ... Android 5.1 is officially launching today. While the latest version already made its debut on a few Android One phones, the rest of us have been (impatiently) waiting for our chance to check it out on some Nexus hardware. We're still looking for OTA packages and factory images, but it looks like Google is already busy uploading the source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).

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[Android 5.1 Watch] T-Mobile Posts Android 5.1 Update Documents For Nexus 4, 5, And 7: Build LMY47D, Rollout May Begin Today

Nexus update documents on T-Mobile's website have just been updated to reflect the newest release of Android is coming: 5.1. Build LMY47D has been spotted in the wild in the past week or so numerous times, but T-Mobile's document is saying that rollout should be happening today for the Nexus 4, 5, and 7 (2013). Whether or not it's right is another question entirely.

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Android 5.1 brings tons of stability and bug fixes, as well as new features (check some of them out - here).

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Samsung Creates Web Player For Its Milk Music Service, Non-Samsung Users Welcome On Desktop Browsers

Samsung has been pushing its fancy new Milk brand hard lately, adding video and teasing virtual reality. But before today, listeners' biggest barrier to access was the fact that the app was only available on their Samsung-branded phones and tablets. That changes this morning with the launch of Milk Music for the web, accessible from desktop and Chrome OS browsers at milk.samsung.com. Log in using your Samsung account and you'll have access to the same songs and stations that you do on mobile.

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Bluebox Security Tries To Shame Xiaomi For Shipping Malware On Phones, Ends Up Shamed For Being Wrong

It's not uncommon for security firms to raise their public profile by publishing analyses of device security and vulnerabilities. However, Bluebox Security really stuck its virtual foot in its mouth this time. After posting what appeared to be a damning exposé of malware shipping on Xiaomi's Mi4 last week, the company has had to post an addendum admitting that it was fooled by a fake and Xiaomi's phones aren't shipping with malware after all. Oops.

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[Update: Rolling Out] T-Mobile's HTC One M7 Lollipop Update Scheduled For Tuesday, March 10th

Hey, HTC One M7 (2013) owners on T-Mobile, are you jealous of your counterparts in Europe, or on Sprint, or those who use the Developer Edition? You know, because they all have the Lollipop update (or at least access to a ROM file) before you do?

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Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro (13") Review: Interesting Hardware And Poor Software Combine To Make a Below-Average Tablet

Lenovo has crammed just about everything it can think of into the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro to make it interesting, with the exception of a stylus and a can opener. And it is interesting, from a purely technical point of view - it has a huge 13" screen, 2.1 JLB speakers, integrated kickstand, and oh yeah, a built-in pico projector. This machine epitomizes one of the best things about Android hardware: a diversity of manufacturers can yield an amazing variety of features.

Unfortunately, Lenovo's design is more ambitious than its execution. With a build quality that's only average, some questionable hardware decisions, and a software experience that's poor at best, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro simply won't be worth a look for most people.

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Report: Google Has Assigned Engineers To Build A Version Of Android Just For Virtual Reality

At the first few major tech conferences of the year, CES in Las Vegas, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the current trend of virtual reality is inescapable. Such disparate players as Facebook, Samsung, and Razer are all throwing their weight behind various virtual reality headsets, and software developers are scrambling to meet the demand for apps, games, and videos. According to this report by the Wall Street Journal, Google isn't content to dip its toe into VR with the mostly experimental Cardboard platform.

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The paper cites "two people familiar with the project" who say that the company is working on another branch of Android specifically for virtual reality hardware and software.

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[Deal Alert] New Subscribers Can Get 3 Months Of Google Play Music All Access For $3

Google is always coming up with deals to get people to try its All Access music subscription (which now includes YouTube Music Key as well). After offering free trials when the service first launched or with every Chromecast purchase, it's now discounting a 3-months subscription to a total of $3, i.e. a mere Washington per month.

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As the deal's terms state, this offer is only valid for new subscribers, but exactly who qualifies as a "new subscriber" remains up in the air. Obviously, if you're completely new to GPMAA, you will get the deal, but it seems that if you trialled the service for free before, you don't.

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[APK Teardown] Drive 2.2 Prepares To Replace Google+ For Photo Backup And Introduce Chromecast Support For Audio And Video

A couple of days ago, Google Drive made news with an update that introduced a new, intuitive Drag & Drop implementation for easier file management. While that appeared to be the only significant change, a look under the hood revealed not only that the Drive team is about to fulfill one of the most often requested features, but it also answered one of the many questions about the fate of Google+ Photos after the split.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are necessarily speculative and based on incomplete evidence. It's possible that the guesses made here are totally and completely wrong. Even in the most cut and dried examples, there is always a chance that details may change or plans may be cancelled prior to the launch of a new feature.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (N910F, Europe) Gets CyanogenMod Nightly Support

While Lollipop has been officially rolling out to several variants of the Galaxy Note 4, the team at Cyanogen has been busy keeping up with Samsung by releasing CM12 nightlies. Today, the custom ROM is available to one more variant of the Note 4 family: the European N910F.

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This marks the first time the N910F Note 4 gets official CyanogenMod support so there are bound to be bugs — obviously, this is still a nightly download. But if you're jonesing for an AOSP-like flavor of Lollipop on your European device and you're already rooted with a custom recovery installed, you're only a 257MB download away from getting your fix.

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