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Sony starts rolling out Lollipop OTA for the Xperia T2 Ultra Dual


Sony has at last started rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update to all unlocked variants of the Xperia T2 Ultra Dual. In addition to the latest build of the operating system, this upgrade also transports a much-needed patch for the Stagefright security exploit.

All the changes you’d expect to find in the Lollipop software are bundled into this upgrade, including support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, stronger 256-bit encryption, a smoother multitasking experience personal unlocking and Material Design.

As is the norm, the update is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device to hit your unit, you could always search for the upgrade manually. To do so, open the Settings app, scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”, hit “System Updates”, then select “Check for updates”.



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Cyanogen OS 12.1 rolls out for OnePlus One

The Android 5.1 update for Cyanogen OS, which brings it to version 12.1, is now rolling out via an over-the-air update to OnePlus One devices starting today. Not only this but the OTA update will also begin to rollout for other Cyanogen devices in the next few days.

What’s new in Cyanogen OS 12.1?

There’s a new LiveDisplay feature that adjusts the screen based on environmental and sensor data to also Cyanogen’s own browser that they are pitching as the fastest browser on a smartphone. In addition, the 600MB update brings the usual security and bug fixes to keep the OnePlus up to date with the latest security vulnerabilities found in Android.


The OTA update should be hitting devices soon, but if you can’t wait then you can go ahead and download Cyanogen OS 12.1 below and flash the ZIP file manually.

DOWNLOAD: Cyanogen

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Google Now version 5.2.33 rolls out with new logo [APK Download]

Google updated their company logo and inevitably the updates to their apps followed. This particular update sees Google Now be bumped to version 5.2.33 and their Google Now Launcher feature the new logo as well as some new animations and a splash of colour.

Google has decided to add lots of colour to their launcher, and even the microphone icon now has colour. There’s a visual refresh when it comes to the Google Now part of the system, with new animations for swiping away. I like the new design as it seems to add a bit of character to an otherwise flat design.

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You can find a detailed rundown of the APK over at AndroidPolice. You’ll see the new Maps version 9.14 app rolling out to the Google Play Store, but if you’d like to download it now, you can grab it below.

APK Download

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New leak shows off case for Huawei Nexus 6 – Confirms camera bump

As we reported a few weeks ago, Steve Hemmerstoffer, the man behind @OnLeaks, released a video reportedly showing the Huawei Nexus 6.

Yesterday, he leaked images of a generic case for the Huawei Nexus 6.

The images of the case seem to confirm the existence of the camera bump and fingerprint reader. Other reported specs are a 5.7″ screen and a Type-C USB connector. It would also seem that the phone will feature a metal construction.

Take at look at these images from one of our recently published articles.


Needless to say. Nothing is official until it’s official. There are also rumors kicking around that it may have a 5.5″ screen and that Huawei has more than one prototype out there. What do you think? Do you like the design? Are you planning on picking one up? Let us know in the comments.

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Now Amazon’s Prime lets you download videos on your Android phone


Amazon has just made its Prime Video service available for download on Android and iOS, letting users watch them offline or when they are not connected to the Internet. The move will give Amazon’s Prime Videos a clear edge over other streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus.

Now-a-days, users find it more convenient to watch movies and television series on their smartphones and tablets, especially during a flight or a long journey. The fact that Amazon’s Prime membership can now let them download anything from its content rich library may sway them away from Netflix and other such services.

The service has been available for Kindle Fire users for a couple of years before being expanded to Android and iOS devices. The list of television shows available on Prime Video include 24, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey, Hannibal, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Teen Wolf, The Americans, The Good Wife, Suits, Transparent, Hot Pursuit and How I Met Your Mother.

Full Press Release

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced that Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Austria will now be able to download movies and TV episodes, including award-winning Amazon Original Series, to iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets for offline viewing, at no additional charge. Amazon Video is the only online subscription streaming video service that enables downloads of titles, meaning unlike other subscription streaming services such as Netflix, Prime members can enjoy movies and TV shows as part of their membership even when they don’t have an internet connection available. For more information and to download the app, visit and

Titles available on Prime Video to download for offline viewing include:

  • Drama series such as the Amazon Original Series Bosch based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books; the Starz miniseries The White Queen; and hit network shows including 24, Covert Affairs, Downton Abbey, Extant, Grimm,Hannibal, Justified, Mr. Selfridge, Orphan Black, Sons of Anarchy, Teen Wolf,The Americans, The Good Wife, Suits, Under the Dome, Veronica Mars,Vikings, and many more
  • Comedy series including Amazon’s multi-Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated series Transparent, the Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman comedy Mozart in the Jungle, and the critically acclaimed comedy created by and starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe
  • Binge-worthy series such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Girls, Veep, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, and True Blood, among others
  • Kids shows exclusive for Prime members including Amazon Original Series Wishenpoof!, Creative Galaxy, the 2015 Annie Award-winning animated series for preschoolers Tumble Leaf, the live-action kids series Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and Annedroids
  • Blockbuster movies including Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Captive, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and The Wolf of Wall Street, in addition to exclusives such as Life After Beth, Palo Alto, Starred Up, The Bling Ring, If I Stay, and The Spectacular Now

“There’s no doubt that the way people watch entertainment is changing—anytime, anywhere viewing is important and we are excited to provide our Prime members with offline viewing capabilities on iOS and Android platforms starting today,” stated Michael Paull, Vice President of Digital Video at Amazon. “We are proud to be the first and only online subscription streaming service that enables offline viewing—on vacation, in a car, at the beach, on a plane, wherever our Prime members want to watch they can, regardless of internet connection.”

Prime members have already been loving video downloads on Fire devices. Here is what they have said:

  • “I download Prime TV and movie content for my kids to watch while we are out and about (driving, waiting for sister’s soccer or dance classes, flying, etc.).”
  • “Prime members get to download Prime TV shows, movies, music & books and are able to… wait for it. View, watch and listen OFFLINE!”
  • “I could take videos with me when I had no internet connection, such as in a car. Second, when my kids want to watch videos, I can download their favorites so they won’t be hogging the bandwidth at home!”

The Amazon Video app for iOS has been updated to include Prime Video downloads. For more details on what’s new and to download the app, visit:

The Amazon Video app for Android is newly redesigned as a standalone video app to provide Android users with an improved in-app entertainment experience, including the ability to download titles from Prime Video. To learn more about what’s new and to download the app, visit:

In addition to offline viewing on Fire devices, iPads, iPhones and Android devices, Prime members can instantly stream and enjoy their favorite movies and TV series using the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online at Later this year, Prime members and customers will also have instant access to the complete Amazon digital video store while flying JetBlue. Eligible customers who are not Prime members can sign-up by visiting a 30-day trial.

About Amazon Video

Amazon Video includes tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes available on Prime Video at no additional charge to Prime members, as well as access to hundreds of thousands of titles to buy or rent. Amazon Video is the only service in the world that brings customers both of these options in one place.

Amazon Video can be accessed through the Amazon Video app on TVs, connected devices and mobile devices, or online Prime Video titles can also be downloaded for offline enjoyment—the only subscription streaming service to offer this functionality. Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at

Prime Video, available on Amazon Video, lets Prime members enjoy binge-worthy TV shows including Amazon Original Series airing now such as the multi-Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated series Transparent, the hour-long drama Bosch, based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books, the Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman comedy Mozart in the Jungle, and the comedy created by and starring Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe, in addition to binge-worthy favorites like The Sopranos, True Blood, and Girls, and popular primetime series including 24, Downton Abbey, Extant, Falling Skies, Grimm,Hannibal, Justified, Orphan Black, Teen Wolf, The Americans, and Under the Dome. Prime members also have access to an exclusive collection of kids shows now airing including Amazon Original Series Annedroids, Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street, and the Annecy, Annie and multi-Emmy Award-winning Tumble Leaf, as well as popular shows from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, and Blue’s Clues.

Amazon Video also gives customers access to hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodes to buy or rent including new release movies such as The Divergent Series: Insurgent, The Longest Ride, and Hot Pursuit, or the latest TV programming likeThe Astronaut Wives Club, Pretty Little Liars, How to Get Away with Murder, and many more.

In addition to tens of thousands of titles to instantly stream on Prime Video, the Amazon Prime membership ( includes more than one million songs, more than a thousand playlists and hundreds of stations through Prime Music, unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, early access to select Lightning Deals, unlimited photo storage with Amazon Photos, and access to borrow from more than 800,000 books for Kindle owners–all for $99 a year.

About Amazon opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Amazon Echo are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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You can begin ordering your Moto Pure tomorrow beginning @ 2PM CT, shipping 13th Sep

Motorola today finally announced an official release day for the new 2015 Moto X Pure Edition, which is also called the Moto X Style outside the United States for reasons unknown.

Motorola were suspiciously quiet on the release date of the Moto X Pure when it was announced a few months back but they’ve now confirmed that pre-orders will begin for the device starting on September 2nd.

Shipping of the Moto X Pure will then commence week beginning 13th September, whether this includes customised versions through Moto Maker or factory stock versions is unclear, but we should know more tomorrow at 2PM CT when pre-orders begin.

Moto X Pure Edition Specs

  • 5.7-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Display
  • 6-core Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB of RAM
  • 16/32/64 GB of Storage with a Micro-SD slot for expandable storage
  • 21 Megapixel F2.0 Rear and 5 Megapixel Front Camera (front and rear LED flash)
  • 4k Video, HDR Video, Slo-Mo Video and more
  • Pure stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • Dual Stereo Front-facing speakers
  • Aluminum Design
  • 3,000 mAh battery with the world’s fastest “TurboPower” charging
  • Unlocked with Universal 4G LTE (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.)
  • Water-repellent coating
  • Customization with Rubber, Wood, Leather, Metallic Accents & more)

Will you be pre-ordering the Moto X Pure tomorrow? Let us know in the comments below.

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BlackBerry Venice rumor roundup

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Are pigs about to start flying? After begging for years and losing all hope, BlackBerry has reportedly turned around and finally decided that making an Android smartphone wasn’t such a bad idea. BlackBerry CEO even mentioned he wouldn’t be opposed to building a secure Android handset.

Rumors and leaks have intensified since then. The tech world has all eyes on the keyboard king as we eagerly wait for an announcement, but for now all we can do is give you a rundown of all the rumored details that have managed to hit the inter webs. The upcoming handset is said to be named the BlackBerry Venice. Want to learn everything there is to know about this rumored phone? Keep reading.

Keep in mind most of this information is based on leaks and murmurs, and therefore you shouldn’t hold your breath on any of these. We are only putting all the information together for you. Take everything with a grain of salt. Oh, and don’t forget to keep this article bookmarked, as it will continue to be updated as more details on the BlackBerry Venice appear.


The whole tech world is raging about the BlackBerry Venice design. While we have had pretty good keyboards in the Android realm, none of them have quite matched BlackBerry quality. This is why our eyes turned wide open and our hearts dropped when we first heard the rumors that an Android BB smartphone was probably coming.

Thankfully, all rumors have kept us satisfied. And I believe we can put a certain level of trust on the general idea surrounding the Venice’s design, as all leaks have been consistent.

On the surface, the BlackBerry Venice looks like your regular black slab. One of the earlier images from @evleaks shows a phone with a speaker below the screen, a microUSB port and a 3.5 mm headset jack, as well as what seems like a curved screen displaying a rather clean version of Android. This information was great and all, but it was the leaks to come that would really get the conversation going.

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This thing has a keyboard, and it’s hidden right under the screen! You can literally slide the screen section upwards to the beautiful button layout. The image showcasing this part of the phone also came from Evan Blass, who then decided to treat us with an actual video of the phone.

Other illustrations include cartoon-like press renders from CrackBerry and @evleaks (yes, again), but those are a little more basic. What has me more excited are the leaked shots we saw hitting the internet last weekend. These are true photos of the phone, not press renders or fancy animations. The phone looks just as we expected, and we can finally see it from all angles.

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The Venice looks like it will be made mostly of plastic, which is a usual characteristic for BlackBerry handsets. We can tell you no BlackBerry phone really feels cheap, though, so you should keep your mind open about going back to “inferior” materials. We have yet to see how good the slide-out mechanism works, too. Keyboard-bearing handsets haven’t been around for a while; here’s to hoping BlackBerry can put them back in style!


We can’t go too much into detail about this information just yet, as not enough about the handset’s internals has been strongly corroborated. The latest rumors do state the phone will come with a 5.4-inch QHD (2560x1440p) display, though. This would put the BlackBerry Venice up there with the big guys. It’s said to be a power house, so we should expect no less.

It’s also important to note that some of the images make it seem like the screen is slightly curved on the sides, a la Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. It’s a cool little treat if you are into that kind of stuff, but it shouldn’t really make much of a difference. It’s said the display will feature a Super AMOLED panel, though, and that is definitely something to celebrate. At least for those of us who like deep blacks and vibrant colors.

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As mentioned right above, the rumored spec list is still not yet worthy of too much trust, mostly because it’s not backed by many other sources or separate rumors. These specs come from N4bb, which claims the handset will feature a 1.8 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and 3 GB of RAM.

Sure, it may not have the almighty Snapdragon 810 and the 4 GB of RAM that’s starting to become the standard, but this phone will certainly not disappoint. The Snapdragon 808 is plenty powerful, and 3 GB of RAM is great for multi-tasking. In fact, these specs seem to be identical to those of the LG G4, so you should expect similar performance. And the G4 happens to be a great smartphone!

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I will say it right off the bat – BlackBerry has always been infamous for its sub-par smartphone cameras. Seriously… this stuff can get pretty bad, even with the newer handsets! Will a change in the operating system improve the situation? It’s hard to say, but we can only hope so.

At the very least we know the pixel count on photos will be pretty high. Rumors suggest the phone will come with an 18 MP rear-facing camera. The images also show some engraving around the lens with the words “OIS” and “FAST FOCUS”, so we can assume the camera will tout both mentioned features. On the front side, the Venice is said to feature a 5 MP camera. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it should definitely be good enough for those good ol’ selfies.

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We know the BlackBerry Venice is coming with Android, but we are not sure just yet which version it will tout. With Android 6.0 Marshmallow right around the corner, we certainly hope the new handset will adopt the latest and greatest mobile OS iteration from Google.

What’s interesting is that this phone’s software will be more than just about Android and its benefits over BB10. BlackBerry CEO John Chen previously mentioned that “if he could find a way to secure an Android phone, he will also build that”, and this seems to hold true for the Venice.

A list of installed apps acquired by Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) shows us a bevy of BlackBerry apps being pre-installed on the Android handset. This would include popular services like BlackBerry Messenger, Hub, Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Emails and more.


BlackBerry has been meaning to offer its services to Android users. That leads us to one big question – is the Venice about showcasing the services BlackBerry can offer to other Android users, or is it more about making an awesome device?

Price and availability

Evan Blass swears this phone will be launching in November, and that it’s coming to all 4 major USA carriers. Other than that, details on availability are scarce.

No rumors on pricing have emerged either, but don’t expect the BlackBerry Venice to be cheap. It has high-end specs and likely a high focus on security, which will make it a valuable asset to many enterprise users. Not to mention, this smartphone will be all the hype among previous BlackBerry users.

Wrapping up

BlackBerry plans to make its big return to the market with a phone they could actually manage to sell in larger quantities. The Venice looks like a winner, with specs that seem to be great and software that is even better. The great part is users will enjoy all the benefits Android has to offer, all while not needing to sacrifice their BlackBerry features, as most of the main BB10 services seem to be coming with it.

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It will all make more sense once more details show up. We understand there’s not enough information to really make a decision right now, but the announcement is on its way and more rumors will continue coming in! Remember to keep this post bookmarked and an open eye on Android Authority for all your BlackBerry Venice and Android news. We will continue to report on the mysterious phone, and this post will be updated continuously.

Hit the comments and let us know what you think! The real question is whether users will put their money where their mouth is. I honestly wouldn’t mind giving the BlackBerry Venice a chance. Would you?


Lollipop gets officially Xposed

Xposed is now officially official on Lollipop. This means that people on Android 5.1 Lollipop who want to customize their Android experience without installing a custom ROM can now do so.


For those not familiar with the Xposed framework, what it does is, allow someone to modify their stock ROM with customized modules. Xposed itself does not modify the ROM in any other way, other than providing the framework to do so. Instead, Xposed requires modules to be downloaded that modify certain aspects of the ROM.

Why would anyone who wants to modify their ROM not just install a custom ROM like Cyanogenmod? I think that people that have specialized devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note series don’t necessarily want to lose things like the S Pen  functionality, so this becomes their only way to modify the device’s core functionality to suit their needs.

In my case, I use an Asus PadFone X that has a tablet dock. Any custom ROMs currently available do not support the tablet dock. This is a real deal killer for me as it’s the only reason to have a PadFone. My solution? Xposed framework. I’ve been able to customize my lock screen, tweak the status bar, add screen recording, and custom screen off animations.

Of course in order to use Xposed, you’ll need to first root your phone, but if you’re interested in trying it out feel free to check it out at XDA developers.

Keep in mind that if you are using a Samsung phone running Lollipop, you’ll need to find a modified version of Xposed, because of the way that Samsung has modified the ART runtime. Also, certain Sony phones have shipped with a corrupted services.odex (the embedded .dex is invalid). Those ROMs will boot loop with a “Fatal signal 6” error.

What do you think? Are going to take Xposed for a spin? Let us know in the comments below.

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Maps version 9.14 rolls out new navigation UI [APK Download]

Another day, another update; Google is pushing out Maps version 9.14 to users and brings with it a new UI to begin navigation, including a bigger map, more information, and better route selection.

There’s also a chart in the business listings details page to show how busy a business gets at different times of the day.

Left: Old. Right: New.

Left: Old. Right: New.

The most notable change is a blown up map when starting a navigation journey that takes the place of a smaller thumbnail. You can now scroll and zoom, just like any map in the application, which is useful to see alternative routes, nearby landmarks, and more.

In addition to the aforementioned changes, Maps version 9.14 brings the following changes:

  • Popular Times in business listings

You can find a detailed rundown of the APK over at AndroidPolice. You’ll see the new Maps version 9.14 app rolling out to the Google Play Store, but if you’d like to download it now, you can grab the APK here.

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The ‘but’ of just about every smartphone

The same feeling goes through us every time we all get a new smartphone. If we buy it online, we unbox it, some of us even record the experience for the world to see. If we go to buy it from a wireless carrier, they unbox it for you.

Then, as we look upon our new smartphone for the first time and open the application drawer for the first time, we see it. It can’t be hidden from us. For some of us, it is actually painful to observe. The icons are so bold and ugly, that we have to look away.

All the OEMs and all the wireless networks are guilty of subjecting all of us to this mind-numbing, time-consuming and eventually smartphone-destroying substance! BLOATWARE!

What genius came up with an idea to put in a SECOND maps application, not one that’s better than Google Maps.. but one with a monthly fee to actually use?

What idiot came up with installing a cache cleaner, or a caller ID service, or for that matter a freaking anti-virus application that we won’t use.

On top of everything else is the actual fact that all of the wonderful people who decided to add this software decided to make sure that you can NOT remove this crap unless you are a genius.


That’s right, unless you are very smart or resourceful enough to find a site like XDA, and remove all the RAM eating, battery sucking applications that you are clearly smart enough to download yourself in the first place, you’re stuck with it. Out of luck. Eventually, you either learn to live with it, or find a way around it.

To the smartphone manufacturer, it’s not too late. We could fall in love again. Smarten up and realize that we, the power users, don’t hate you.

We are very passionate about our devices. We want to have the right to say loud and proud that we use your product, and everyone else’s phone sucks.

We want to be able to continue to use the one or many smartphones that we carry, and not have to bitch and moan whenever we have to wait for the device we have to catch up with the bloatware that you decided to stick us with.

To the wireless networks, and it may be too late for this, but we simply ask you to let our new smartphone come to us as you received it from the manufacturer.

Leave your maps, your slow and crappy caller ID application, and whatever else you want to put on a new smartphone model where it started. The company server.

Let the customer decide what they want. We want to be able to use your service. We want to choose which applications you offer that we want without you shoving it down our throats.

The opinions of this article are my own and do not necessarily reflect that of this website. But, if this does represent your opinion, or not, let us know.

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