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Textra brings Android 6.0.1 emoji to KitKat and Lollipop devices

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Textra, alternatively known as “the best text message app that there is” or alternatively “God’s gift to the Android operating system,” is bringing Marshmallow’s trove of brand spanking new emoji to those of us who haven’t had the luxury of upgrading to Android 6.0.1 yet. Moreover, they’re also adding diversity options so that you can make those little Simpson-esque yellow figures more accurately reflect the color of your skin.

Even without the update, this text messaging app brings a lot to the table including Lollipop-style Material Design and a slew of customization options. The app is lightweight, and flexible, and although it has ads, a $ 3 upgrade to professional is some of the best money you’ll ever spend on a mobile app.

The update hasn’t hit the Google Play Store quite yet, but if you’re anxious to get your hands on it, Textra tweeted a link to the apk:

With the added emoji, the number of little emoticons available at your fingertips has exploded to over 1600. Soon you’ll be able to walk like an Egyption through the mobile world, communicating exclusively in hieroglyphics to convey even the most complex thoughts to your friends and families.

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What are your thoughts of Textra? If you disagree with my hyperbolic praise in the first paragraph, let us know which texting app you prefer and why in the comments!

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AT&T HTC One M9 getting Android 5.1 Lollipop on July 15th


The Android 5.1 Lollipop update continues making its way to HTC One M9 devices across the country. The latest version to get the sweet treat was Sprint’s, on July 1st. Fast-forward just a couple weeks and we are finding out the AT&T version of HTC’s flagship handset is also ready to get its relative update.

According to HTC’s Mo Versi, AT&T’s One M9 just received technical approval on the Andorid 5.1 Lollipop software. The OTA update is set to start rolling out starting tomorrow, July 15th.

This AT&T update will be very similar to the one we previously saw coming to the Sprint HTC One M9. It will include camera improvements, as Mo Versi mentions in his Twitter announcement, but users will also see a plethora of other upgrades come with this update. It should also provide better device protection, improved contact-specific notification options, stronger WiFi and more. You can always refer back to our detailed post on the Android 5.1 Lollipop software version to catch all the specifics.

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All you have to do now is wait around for the update notification to show up on your smartphones. Of course, you can always check the settings and try to pull the update yourself, but remember these software downloads are usually rolled out periodically. Many of you may not even get it on the 15th, at all, but you should get your notification in due time.

Those lucky enough to get the update should definitely hit the comments section, though. Let us know how the update went and if it’s treating you well!

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The one-year old HTC One Mini 2 won’t be getting Lollipop

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The One Mini 2 is yet to celebrate its first anniversary (it was officially launched on May 15, 2014), but HTC is eager to make it forgotten, at least when it comes to updates.

In reply to a customer question on Twitter, HTC announced that the One Mini 2 won’t be getting Lollipop, as updating it to the newer Android version would not result in an “optimal experience.”

With 1GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz processor, the One Mini 2 is indeed relatively poorly endowed in terms of specs. Then again, Motorola has been doing a solid job issuing Lollipop for the first-gen Moto G, which features the same processing package. HTC’s Sense software is probably harder on the system than the Moto G’s stock-like OS, but we’re still unconvinced that HTC really couldn’t make it work.

The One Mini 2 was HTC’s compact version of the One M8, featuring Android 4.4 KitKat, a 4.5-inch HD display, a quad-core processor, 16GB of expandable storage, a 2,100 mAh, and a 13MP rear camera.

The One M7 is another device that HTC is ready to leave behind, though the company hinted it may reconsider its decision to not update the former flagship to Android 5.1.

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Lollipop is rolling out to the AT&T LG G2 today

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Not more than a few hours ago, we told you that T-Mobile’s LG G2 was beginning to see Lollipop. Whether it’s a coincidence or not, AT&T has also started pushing out the Lollipop update to its version of the G2. The update, which will bring your software version up to D80020y, weighs in at 721MB.

Android 5.0.1 Lollipop will bring a number of notable changes, both aesthetic and under the hood. Once you update your device, you’ll notice a cleaned up notification panel, new Settings menu and updated Lollipop-style softkeys to coincide with the other enhancements Google’s Material Design brings to the table. A bevy of performance enhancements are also present in the update, including the switch to the Android Runtime (ART), and new security features like Smart Lock. Among others, you’ll also see a new Priority Notifications mode and actionable lock screen notifications. AT&T also says the following applications will be removed along with the update: Browser Bar, Famigo, AT&T Code Scanner and Beats Music.

This update is just beginning to roll out today, so it might be a few days until you see it come to your phone. If you’d like to check manually, you can do so by heading to System settings>General>About phone>Software information>Check now. Be sure to let us know in the comment section when you get the update!

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Android 5.0 Lollipop now rolling out to the Verizon Galaxy Note 4

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If you’re a Galaxy Note 4 owner on Verizon, you’re in for a treat. Big Red is now pushing out Android 5.0 Lollipop, carrying build number N910VVRU1BOAF.

As is the case with most other Samsung devices, Android 5.0 Lollipop will bring a slew of awesome aesthetic enhancements and some under-the-hood changes. For starters, the UI will be updated to fit in with Google’s Material Design guidelines including some brighter colors and more fluid animations. Unfortunately the majority of the visual changes you’ll see won’t be as prominent as on a device running a vanilla build of Android, but they will definitely add a few nice touches to the UI. The Note 4 will also receive the Smart Lock security feature, priority notifications, notification interaction on the lock screen and much more.

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Verizon is also bringing Advanced Calling 1.0 to the Note 4, which is essentially VoLTE, or Voice Over LTE. Advanced Calling 1.0 allows for the ability to make HD voice calls, 2-way video calls and 6-way conference calls. You can now toy with all of these changes by heading to the Advanced Calling menu in your phone’s Settings.

There are a few other nice additions that Lollipop will bring, so if you own a Note 4, take a look at the PDF that’s linked below. If you’d like to check for the update manually, head to Settings>About phone>Software updates>Check for updates. Since the update is just beginning to roll out today, it might take a few days for your device to get the OTA.

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Android 5.1 Lollipop Review: Improvements and Changes

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Android 5.0.2 Lollipop auf dem Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

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Android 5.1 Lollipop – Here’s what’s new!

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Android 5.1 Lollipop is officially in the wild and it comes with a metric ton of changes. However, most of them are under the hood and the actual interface only saw a few minor tweaks here and there. Let’s take a look at what’s different in 5.1.


Quick Settings tweaks

The Quick Settings in Android 5.1 Lollipop saw a couple of tweaks. They include:

  • You can now connect to WiFi and Bluetooth devices without being required to go into the Settings app. Simply click the down arrow and continue from there.
  • There is a new animation for the portrait mode toggle (more on that later).

Android 5.1 Lollipop

Screen Pinning improvements

Screen Pinning is a feature (under Security in the Settings) that allows you to lock someone into a single application. This is great for kids or if someone is borrowing your phone.

  • The verbiage in the Settings has been changed for clarification purposes.
  • When you pin an application, Android now shows you which buttons to press in order to leave Screen Pinning mode. Otherwise, the feature works exactly as it did before.

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Contacts app improvements

The Contacts app has undergone a couple of minor improvements:

  • There is no longer any color overlays on contact pictures.
  • Google+ photos are no longer used for contact pictures.
  • Other minor tweaks here and there.

Android 5.1 Lollipop

System Volume tweaks

The lack of silent mode is a sore spot for many Lollipop users, although HTC and Samsung have managed to (generally) re-add the feature in their skins. With Android 5.1, Google didn’t give us silent mode back but they did make some other tweaks:

  • The icons of Priority Mode and No Interruptions Mode now appear in the selection window. This is so people new to the OS understand what the icons mean when they show up in the status bar (shown in the gif above).
  • No Interruptions Mode will now still deliver notifications and you’ll still see the notification light blinking. It’s no silent mode, but it works pretty much the same. The only real gripe is that alarms still don’t go off so you’ll still need to create a tweaked Priority Mode (where alarms are okay, but everything else is turned off) in order to get a “truer” silent mode.
  • You can now access system volume even while watching video, listening to music, or otherwise engaging in media. Simply click the bell icon on the right side (see video for a demonstration) and the media volume will disappear, replaced by the system volume.
  • Other small tweaks are there, including the ability to better manage Priority Mode.

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New animations

A few new animations have made their way into Android 5.1.

  • The four icons at the top of the Clock app are now animated.
  • The Portrait/Landscape toggle in Quick Settings is also now animated.

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Other various tweaks

Some of the other highlights from the Android 5.1 update include:

  • NuPlayer officially takes over for AwesomePlayer as the default streaming player.
  • When you receive a heads-up notification (when they appear at the top and are clickable), you can swipe up to hide the notification but it will remain in the notification drop-down for you to check later. In Android 5.0, swiping up on the heads-up notification dismissed the notification entirely.
  • Device Protection mode is now a thing that exists. This nifty new feature keeps your device locked down even if it has been factory reset, preventing thieves from getting around your security. Sadly, this is only available on the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 as well as, according to Google, all Lollipop devices launched going forward.
  • HD Voice Calling is now included. Devices on compatible carrier networks that support HD Voice will be able to use the feature. Reportedly, this only works with the Nexus 6 for right now.
  • Dual-SIM support is now baked right into the OS.
  • Unless otherwise stated, we believe the memory leak has finally been fixed.
  • There were over 14000 additional tweaks, fixes, and other changes that came to Android 5.1 that improved everything from performance to battery. To see them all, here’s the full changelog.
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What we’re still waiting on

While the 5.1 update was huge in its own right, it didn’t bring everything. Here are a few features many people are still waiting on.

  • A true silent mode where notifications come in, alarms act as normal, but the device doesn’t vibrate or ring.
  • T-Mobile Nexus 6 users are still waiting for WiFi Calling but that should be coming soon.
  • There is still no reboot option. When long pressing the power button, you still only have the option to Power Down.

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Overall, the update is a big step forward for Lollipop and dare we say, the Lollipop we probably should have had to begin with. Performance on the Nexus 5 (at least) has been noticeably better and the inclusion of the new features gives a more full and complete feeling to the UI and experience overall. Let us know what you thought of the Android 5.1 Lollipop update. Did Google address all of your concerns or are there still some things you wish they had?

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Official Android 5.0.1 Lollipop – Review (4K)

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Top 10 Android Lollipop New Features!

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