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[Android 5.1 Feature Spotlight] You Can Now Swipe Up To Dismiss Heads Up Notifications Instead Of Getting Rid Of Them Permanently

This might be the best new Android 5.1 feature yet. Lollipop brought with it so-called heads up notifications, where the entire notification appears at the top of your screen momentarily when it first arrives. The problem was that you had only three options:

  • Wait until it goes away
  • Tap on it to open up the app notifying you
  • Swipe it away, making the notification disappear permanently

With this feature addition to Android 5.1, you can swipe up to get it out of your way without losing it entirely.

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[Android 5.1 Feature Spotlight] Auto-Rotate Quick Settings Animation Makes Its Return

Despite its appearance on Android One devices, we've had complete radio silence from Google about Android 5.1. Still, as long as it is in the wild, we're going to keep hearing about it. In this case, we have found out that the animation associated with toggling the auto-rotate feature has come back in 5.1 after disappearing in 5.0. Take a look.

This might not exactly change the way you use your Android phone or tablet, but it's nice.

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[Bonus Round] AdVenture Capitalist, Draw Slasher, Almightree, Swap Heroes 2, And Teddy Floppy Ear: The Race

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a business-oriented casual game, a Fruit Ninja-style zombie killer, a stylish puzzler, a simplified RPG, and a kid-friendly kart racer.

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[Android 5.1 Feature Spotlight] Look At These Cool New Clock Animations

Android 5.1 is in the wild on Android One devices, but it's still not totally official yet. Google has yet to announce it and there's no changelog available. As more people get their hands on 5.1, though, we're bound to learn some things about it. Like, for example, the quick settings changes and these neat little animations in the 5.1 clock app.

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Sprint's LG G Flex 2 Is Now Available For Pre-Order With A Free Quick Circle Case

Sprint offered the original G Flex, and the sequel was announced on Sprint (and AT&T/US Cellular) a few weeks ago with pre-orders starting on February 20th. If you want to get your hands on the new curved phone from LG, Sprint's pre-orders are live just as promised. If you pull the trigger, Sprint will even throw in a free Quick Circle case for the device (a $59.99 value).

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Popular Japanese Fighter Garou: Mark Of The Wolves Comes To Android

There are a legion of retro fighting games out there just waiting to be ported to Android, but few of them have probably aged as well as Garou: Mark of the Wolves from SNK Playmore. This game was released in Japan in 1999 as an arcade cabinet, eventually appearing on NeoGeo, PS2, and Xbox Live Arcade. Now it's on Android and can be yours for a mere $3.99.

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John Legere Says T-Mobile Already Passed Sprint To Become The Number 3 US Carrier

Earnings calls are usually a rather boring affair, unless the company is run by John Legere and includes a guy wearing a pink cowboy hat. T-Mobile had its Q4 2014 earnings call this morning, and the entire thing was live streamed on YouTube. When asked about T-Mobile's growth versus Sprint, John Legere explains why T-Mobile has already passed the Now Network to become the third largest carrier in the US. Why doesn't Sprint agree? It's apparently relying on a technicality.

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Cartoon Network Releases Grudgeball, Regular Show's Familiar-Feeling Extreme Sport Of The Future

The future, according to Regular Show, contains a sport where people throw balls at each other in a 3-on-3 contest involving cannons and portals. This spectacle goes by the name of Grudgeball, and Cartoon Network's latest Android game lets you experience it for yourself.

Fans of the network's mobile games won't be disappointed to find that Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere is another highly-animated game centered around familiar characters and simple play mechanics.

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LG G Flex2 Review: More Practical, Less Interesting

Specs

Operating System Android 5.0.1
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octacore - 4x A57 processors at 2GHz, 4x A53 processors at 1.6GHz
GPU Adreno 430
Display 5.5" P-OLED flexible display with Gorilla Glass 3 and LG Dura Guard Glass at 1920x1080 (403 DPI)
RAM 2GB
Storage 16-32GB, microSD slot.
Battery 3000mAh, non-removable.
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T-Mobile Galaxy S5 Gets Its Taste Of Android Lollipop In Over-The-Air Update Now Hitting Devices

Samsung still makes more phones than anyone, so when Android 5.0 rolls out to its flagship devices, that's when you know the latest version of Google's mobile operating system is really getting in front of people. Users have started to report that T-Mobile is currently pushing out Lollipop to the Galaxy S5.

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