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Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM for Nexus 4

Render of Nexus 4 running Android L

Android Lollipop is coming, and everyone is excited. However, if you can’t wait and are willing to tinker with your Nexus 4, then you can get an early taste before the official release.

The thread on XDA (link below) gives some tips on how to flash the Android Lollipop ROM on your Nexus 4, along with some general tips you should follow if you’re going to do this.

A quote from the post says “This is an enhanced version of the developer preview that google released.”

Head over to the thread to get started. If you like the ROM, consider donating to the developer for his work.

Are you going to try this out?

via XDA-Developers


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Nexus 6 not likely to hit the UK before December!


It’s bad news unfortunately if you live in the UK and are looking forward to holding that Nexus 6 in your hands, since the guy that correctly predicted the Nexus 6 release and general accurate rumour reporter says that the device won’t be hitting the UK until at least December.

Paul O’Brien tweeted out the following:

With the Nexus 6 showing as not available in the UK Google Play Store, and no other UK retailers showing signs of even listing the device, including Amazon, you begin to think that the UK may be lucky to see the Nexus 6 in 2014 at all. The same thing happened with the Nexus 4, with it arriving several weeks after ordering only minutes after sales went live.

It is certainly bad news for those in the UK wanting a Nexus 6, so let’s hope this is one of those rumours that isn’t right.


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A Nexus 6 vs HTC Nexus One size comparison shows us exactly how far the Nexus line has come

Nexus 6 vs HTC Nexus One size comparisonI think it would be a pretty fair statement to say that the new Nexus 6 polarizes the Android community. Some love it for the performance beast it is, while others find it hard to overlook the gigantic 5.96-inch display. One thing is certain, however, and that is the Nexus 6 is a spectacular culmination of the Nexus devices that came before it, some of which it physically dwarfs. To picture by how much the Nexus 6 dwarfs its predecessors, Phone Arena has constructed some mockups, of which the Nexus 6 vs HTC Nexus One size comparison is the most pronounced. The front surface of the Nexus 6 appears to almost equally about double of the Nexus One’s front face, remarkable to think that 3.7-inches might have been enough for us at some point.

Nexus 6 vs HTC Nexus One size comparisonA more traditional size comparison of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 5 is perhaps less spectacular, but no less distinct – even the Nexus 5 looks tiny compared to its new big brother. I very much doubt that nigh on 5 years ago we would have imagined that the phones that we would eventually own could eventually measure 6-inches, but then again it’s hard to fathom just how far hardware and software developments have come in that identical period. Some days, you just have to love technology.

What to you think about how far the Nexus line of devices has come? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Phone Arena

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The Nexus 6 Ambient Display resembles Moto Display


One of the most loved features of the Moto X (2013) and the new Moto X (2014) is the active display, or now dubbed Moto Display. This feature allows you to glance at incoming notifications without powering on the display, and for the new Moto X, without even touching it. I have a 1st Gen Moto X, and I don’t think I can ever go to another device because I love this feature too much… until now.

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Ambient Display on the Nexus 6

Above is a picture of a Nexus 4 with Ambient Display being used (the Nexus 4 has the system from the Nexus 6), a new feature Google has included on the Nexus 6. This feature is included on the Nexus 6 spec sheet, but it was unclear what it was. It’s also not clear whether this will be included on other devices with Android Lollipop or not. We will update when we have more info.

It’s worth noting that the standby time of the Nexus 6 is reduced from 330 hours to 250 hours with this feature turned on, but it is most likely not a big issue in day-to-day use.

Excited to have another device with a feature similar to Moto Display?

via Android and Me


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Google publishes guide for switching from iOS to Android

Logo of Google outside their headquarters building in Mountainview, California.With a handful of new devices right around the corner and a major Android update coming up, there are going to be many people that decide to test out Android for the first time and leave iOS. Switching over from a different ecosystem can be a pain when you don’t know how to move contacts, photos, and other information, so Google has posted a very useful guide to help users get started on transferring their stuff over to a brand new Android device.

Most of the guide is common sense for more experienced and tech savvy users, but it still has some helpful info, including showing you how to turn on Google+ auto-backup, how to set up email accounts on an Android device, and there’s even a reminder to turn off iMessage so you don’t get hit with Apple’s infamous iMessage bug.

You can find the guide below. It might not hurt to brush up on a few things if you’re planning on helping a family member make the switch this year.

source: Android

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“Ambient display” appears to be Nexus 6 spin on Moto Display


When Motorola introduced the Moto X, one of the angles Motorola took in making their sales pitch for the device was how software features could be more useful and valuable than top of the line specs in a smartphone. To drive home this point, they included a variety of features including one originally called Active Display, now Moto Display, that would cause the display to turn on when a notification was received or when it detected the phone had been picked up. It looks like that same feature has found its way into the Nexus 6.

A screenshot of some display setting for the Nexus 6 shows an entry for a feature called “Ambient display” with a description that reads “Wake screen when device picked up or notifications arrive.” This seems to clearly suggest Google benefited from having Motorola produce the Nexus 6.

On the Play Store page for the Nexus 6, there are a couple entries that include a reference to “Ambient Display.” The entries outline the potential impact on standby time for the device if Ambient Display is turned on, which appears to be about a 25% reduction. Despite the hit to battery life, the feature is considered a great convenience and difficult to give up once one gets used to it.


source: +Prashant Gahlot
via: Android Police

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Good-bye Nexus 7; Dedicate Google Play Edition device section also removed

Looks like the device section of the Play Store is getting reworked a little bit. Cruising through the main page you will no longer see a separate section for the Google Play Edition devices (GPE). Instead they have been grouped together under a Phones & Tablets listing.

Google Play Store Phones and Tablets


You can see the HTC One and Moto G are still present and accounted for. However, the Nexus 7 seems to have been retired leaving your only purchasable tablet from Google through the Play Store as the new HTC Nexus 9. I am not so sure it was time for it to go though. The Nexus 5 is still holding in there, although we aren’t sure for how much longer. It would be nice to have them both there for a few more month. Wish Google would give a device retirement heads up or something. It does appear that the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 landing page is still live, but purchasing is closed off.

Wi-Fi Nexus 7

Those looking to get a Nexus 7 will have to resort to other methods like Amazon where you can get the 16GB for $198.99 or the 32 GB for $247.58 or over at BestBuy.


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Lollipop’s keyboard can now be installed on any Android device without root


If you’re hankering for a taste of Android L but don’t have a Nexus device to install the SDK on, you could always check out its new keyboard, which is now available for almost any Android-powered device running Ice Cream Sandwich or later.

A third-party developer has extracted the keyboard APK from an official Android L developer preview build and made it available to download from a secure file sharing website. It’s free, has no ads, and does not require root access.

Hit the break for the download link and instructions on how to install the file on your smartphone/tablet.

Installing the keyboard is easy. Simply navigate to this page, tap the download button and click install when you’re prompted to do so. You may have to allow installations from third-party sources if you haven’t already. To do this head into settings, then security and check the box entitled ‘Unknown sources’ and you’re good to go.

If you happen to run into any issues along the way do be sure to drop a comment in the section below, and we’ll do our very best to get you back on track.

Download: Android File Host
Source: XDA

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Nexus 6 pre-orders to begin October 29


Details surrounding the ordering status of the Nexus 6 was somewhat of a mystery following the Google event a few days ago, but it seems the Moto X inspired device has finally gotten a pre-order date.

For those wanting to order the Nexus 6, you will be able to do so as of October 29th from the Google Play Store. The 5.96″ 2560 x 1440 QHD device is the next iteration from the hugely popular Nexus 5, featuring a Quad core Krait 450 CPU 2.7 GHz processor and 3GB of RAM, this is definitely a power house.

If you’re on the fence about pre-ordering the Nexus 6, we compared it against the latest Apple iPhone 6 Plus to see how it stacks up.

Will you be pre-ordering the Nexus 6?


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Video of Nexus 6 compared to Note 4 appears


Eager as we are to see the Nexus 6 outside of commercial renders and in real life? Today’s your lucky day. Not only do we see the Nexus 6 in this video, but it’s briefly compared to the Galaxy Note 4 as well.

These two phone are quite similar when it comes to specs, with both including quad-HD displays, latest Snapdragon 805 chips, 3GB of RAM and more. You an check out a great comparison article here. The Galaxy Note 4 is available in all major retailers today while the Nexus 6 will go on sale for retailers in early November, most likely with the same price tag of $299 on contract.

It’s worth noting that the Nexus 6 is only a hair larger than the Note 4 in this video, while having a .2 inch bigger screen. Hopefully we see more hands on videos of the device in the coming days.


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