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Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out to the HTC Desire Eye on AT&T starting today


HTC’s Vice President of Product Management Mo Versi took to Twitter last night to announce that Android 5.0 Lollipop would begin rolling out to the HTC Desire Eye on AT&T starting today. For clarification, the update will begin rolling out today, June 30th, which was still “tomorrow” when Versi posted the tweet last night.

In the conversation following the tweet, HTC clarified that this is an update to Android 5.0, not 5.1. That probably won’t be a huge deal to most users with this device, though it would still be nice if the Eye was running the most recent version of Android.

If you need a refresher, HTC’s Desire Eye is actually a pretty nice smartphone. Featuring a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor and a powerful Adreno 330 GPU, the Desire Eye offers users a great overall Android experience without breaking the bank. The device is known for its 13MP rear and front-facing cameras, which actually perform quite well. For a closer look at just what this handset can do, check out the videos below for more information.

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Have you received Android 5.0 on your Desire Eye yet? If so, be sure to let us know in the comment section below!


7 best Android apps for musicians and music makers

best guitar tuner apps for Android

The mobile boom brought forth a world of opportunities to creative individuals – especially musicians. Gone are the days when these artists were bound to full studio equipment (which costs fortunes) in order to get anything done. Professional music makers still need those, but our smartphones and tablets are more than capable of taking a quantifiable load of work.

What really makes us grind our teeth here at Android Authority is the fact that Apple has had a foothold on the music industry for a long time (in terms of mobile music making, at least). This is changing, as there is a plethora of Android developers making great apps for musicians, but we need to dig deeper into the platform in order to understand what’s going on.


Apple wasn’t doing amazingly well among musicians only because of its fame and widespread support; Android devices did have a limitation, which proved to be a huge slow-down. iOS has offered audio low-latency for a long time, something Google only implemented with the introduction of Android 5.0 Lollipop, along with multi-channel audio stream mixing and USB audio support.

With these changes in place, and considering Android does own the market in terms of numbers, we are sure to see some great developers getting on board with our favorite mobile OS. In the meantime, we would like to share some great apps any musician and music maker should take a look at.

Guitar Tuner Free (previously known as Guitar Tuna)

This app’s design is great, and I love having it around to tune my instruments. Mostly because it has support for tuning multiple instruments, including guitar, bass and ukulele (my personal favorite). It includes games for learning to play, a metronome and a design that makes it a breeze to use.

Serious musicians will also love that it touts “award-winning audio technology” and “professional accuracy for advanced players”. And with over 5 million downloads, this app sure has its fair amount of popularity.



Even the best of musicians forget lyrics, so it’s always convenient to have a lyric app around, just in case you need it. This application grants access to lyrics for more than a million songs, something considered to be heaven-sent to many cover musicians around. Lyrically can even recognize the music you are playing on your phone and present the right lyrics on the screen.


Pro Metronome

Having trouble syncing to a beat? Metronomes are no longer just tools that need to sit on top of a table. You can carry it around in your pocket, thanks to the power of our smartphones. Pro Metronome was a hit on iOS, and us Android users can also take advantage of it now.

Sure, other tuning apps include metronomes, but this one is far superior. The user can choose between many timing styles. Users can also “access subdivisions, poly-rhythm settings, and create complex patterns with triplets, dotted notes, and non-standard time signatures” if they purchase the Pro version. It’s also more precise than a real, mechanical metronome, as it’s not affected by friction, air resistance and other natural factors.


RecForge Pro

Musicians love their high quality sound recording. Sound needs to be as pristine as possible, and even though mobile is not quite up there with studio standards, I have to say RecForge Pro is about the closest you can get to the real deal.

RecForge Pro is a serious audio recorder. It can record in mp3, ogg or wav, and you can convert audio files between those formats, as well. It has support for storing clips in the cloud, and one can even edit these sound clips before doing anything with them. There’s a wide array of settings and tools for making your sound as perfect as possible.

I will advice that you get a good microphone to use with your handset, as phones usually don’t have the best microphones integrated.


Walk Band

How many times have you gotten inspired during your commute to the city, without an instrument within reach to hear how well your new song ideas work out? After all, music often sounds very different in your mind than it does coming out of an instrument.

Walk Band is meant to be more of a creative music-making app, with multi-track recording and a series of digital instruments you can play around with. That’s all fun, but I use it more as a tool for translating my thoughts into sound waves when on-the-go. Maybe you will find it just as convenient, so give it a go!


DJ Studio 5

Here is one area where Android is still a bit behind, with apps like Traktor DJ putting all their chips on Apple. That’s not to say there aren’t some good DJing Android apps out there, though. One of my favorites is DJ Studio 5. It’s completely free and all they make money on are skins. No ads, no hidden charges, no catch.

DJ Studio 5 is simple enough to welcome beginners, yet it has its good share of more complex features for the advances DJs out there. You at least have to try their unique scratch system and disk physics!

Caustic 3

Sadly, we are far from getting anything similar to Garage Band, which continues to be a great tool even for some serious musicians. With that said, w can also say there are some great apps like Caustic 3 around, which allow us to create music from our mobile devices.

This app’s design is inspired by rack-mount synthesizers, which I say give it an awesome style. You can choose from a wide variety of synthesizers and different sounds. It’s fun and it’s free to use. You will need to pay $9.99 if you want the ability to save or export your projects, though.


Which apps do you use for making music?

Of course, this is all the opinion of one humble musician here. I am sure many of you have found great uses for other apps, and maybe you even have better alternatives to the ones I happen to love. Whatever the case may be, please do share your thoughts on the comments below.

Do you use any of these apps? Which are your favorite applications for making music?


DROID Turbio software soak test invites going out, report says


A new report from an Android Central tipster says that Lollipop soak tests invites are going out for the Droid Turbo on Verizon. We’ve heard plenty of rumors in the past claiming that Lollipop is in the works for the Droid Turbo. And now it’s finally upon us.

If all goes will with the soak test, DROID Turbo owners should begin seeing the official update not too long from now.

source: Android Central

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No Lollipop for the Galaxy Ace 4, says Samsung UK


Samsung has been doing a rather good job at promptly updating its flagship smartphones to Android Lollipop this year, but it looks like the same attention won’t be given to some of its entry level handsets. Responding to a request for information on Twitter, Samsung UK has stated that Lollipop won’t be heading to the Galaxy Ace 4.

The Galaxy Ace 4 was announced last June and launched shortly after in two variants, one with just 512MB of RAM and another with 1GB and 4G LTE support. The lack of an update for a handset less than a year old is quite disappointing.

Earlier in the year Samsung cancelled a promised Android Lollipop update for Galaxy S4 Mini, citing memory limitations as the primary issue for failing its testing process. The S4 Mini features 1.5GB of RAM, while the Galaxy Ace 4 contains a smaller 1GB of RAM pool. Samsung has not given an official reason for the lack of an update for the Ace 4, but we can imagine that RAM limitations may be a factor.

While not updating lower-end models is a common practise across numerous manufacturers, it is perhaps a little more understandable if hardware limitations are preventing the company from providing a smooth enough experience.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news Galaxy Ace 4 owners.


Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Value Edition surfaces on GeekBench

The Value Edition of the popular budget device, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, had surfaced a few weeks ago. And now the handset, which is powered by a Spreadtrum chipset, has appeared on benchmark app, GeekBench.

Before getting into how it fared against the Galaxy Grand Prime on the benchmark test, let’s find out what makes the Value Edition different from its regular variant. Well, it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box instead of Android 4.4 KitKat. And it is powered by a quad core Spreadtrum SC8830 SoC based on Cortex-A7, while the regular version sports Snapdragon 410 processor.

According to a GSMArena user’s tip, the CPU of the handset – Codenamed SGGPVE – is clocked at 1.3 GHz. Paired with 1GB of RAM, the processor doesn’t measure up to the performance of the regular Galaxy Grand Prime (Check the result below). Don’t let the slightly worse performance disappoint you, as the handset could be priced slightly cheaper as well.


Source: GSMArena


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Android 5.0 Lollipop rolling out for the HTC One Max in some locales, kernel source also available

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Remember the HTC One MAX? I am sure some of you not only remember it, but also scooped it up. The device was released shortly after the first HTC One (M7) and found its way to a variety of networks, including Sprint and Verizon. Since the devices release in 2013 though, it hasn’t seen a ton of love. The last update the device received was to Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6. That was back in April and May of last year. HTC is now giving the device a little bit of love by way of a new update to Android 5.0.2. Or so it would appear from screenshots and chatter over on the XDA forums.

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Before all you Verizon and Sprint users get excited and start hitting the update button, it is important to know that the update is currently landing in Asian and European markets.  Specifically I see the thread talks surrounding Poland and France with mention of Asia too. Infamous leakster @LlabTooFer also confirmed it for Taiwan, a month ago. The update does keep the device loaded with Sense 6, so don’t expect anything new there. Now we just have to wait, see and wonder is Sprint and Verizon will be getting to the update or letting is slide on by since the device is over 2-years old at this point.

On a bit of a side note, the HTC One MAX Android 5.0.2 kernel source is also on the HTC website. Not sure if that is entirely new, but it is present.

HTC One MAX kernel source

Any of our international readers seeing the update landing on their HTC One MAX devices? Seems to range in size from 760MB’s ish to 924MB’s ish depending on device location. I haven’t found

Source: XDA Via 9to5Google

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Disable Lollipop Heads-up notifications with HeadsOff

HeadsOff Notification app

Google introduced a number of new visual tweaks and functions to Android with Lollipop, some well received and others not so much. Heads-up notifications are one of the more contentious ones. While some love it, others view it as overly intrusive. If you would rather disable this feature, the HeadsOff app could be what you are looking for.

Importantly, the application doesn’t require root permissions to work fully, so it should work on any handset running Lollipop. Not only can HeadsOff be used to remove the notifications, but the app has recently been updated with some interesting new features in version 2.0.

HeadsOff app

The latest version includes options to enable ticket text in the notification bar, which displays the first few lines of a message rather than a big notification card, and an extended ticker if you fancy a little more information in your notifications. The app also now supports the disabling of notifications on a per app basis, so you can turn off particularly annoying notifications while leaving the important ones alone. However, you will need to buy the pro version of the app for $2 to enable these more interesting options.

Fortunately, if you want to test out these new features, the pro version is a separate applications, meaning that you can try it and return it for a refund if you’re not going to use them. You can download the free version and pro version directly from the Google Play Store.


T-Mobile to retry updating its LG G3 to Lollipop today

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T-Mobile is rolling out another over-the-air update for its variant of the LG G3 today, having previously failed to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to all of its customers earlier in the year. The update will bring handsets up to build number D85120e, states T-Mobile Senior Product Manager Des Smith.

According to the Twitter message, the update D85120e should have begun rolling out just after midnight, but it will likely be rolling out in waves so might not reach your particular handset until a few days later.

Back in April, T-Mobile had begun rolling out an Android Lollipop update to G3 owners under the build number D85120b. This update was quickly pulled shortly following its release, leaving some users updated and others without Lollipop. The reasons for cancelling the update have not been made official, but some T-Mobile LG G3 owners have apparently been having problems with their handsets after updating.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a detailed change-log for the update online yet, so we can’t be sure of the differences between versions b and e. Although those upgrading from KitKat will finally get to play around with the changes to notifications and the recent apps menu, along with all of the under the hood Lollipop changes.

Keep an eye out for that OTA notification.


Samsung Galaxy E7 and E5 to be updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop in Q3 2015


Samsung has been busy rolling out Android Lollipop to its high-end devices and now it looks like the company’s mid-rangers are in for the update treatment too. According to SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7 are scheduled for an Android 5.0 Lollipop update sometime in the third quarter of the year.

The Android 5.0 Lollipop update will include all of the Android features and changes found on Samsung high-end products and will also give the smartphones a bit of a face-lift, thanks to Material Design inspired elements found in the new Touchwiz. Speaking of which, Samsung’s latest iteration of its TouchWiz UI seems quite improved over previous versions, and the mid-range E5 and E7 could benefit greatly from Samsung’s performance optimizations. Although we will probably have to wait until Q3 2015 for the full list of changes heading to Samsung’s latest mid-rangers.

The Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7 were launched by Samsung at the beginning of the year in India and have apparently been selling rather well in emerging markets. Although the handsets don’t pack in all of Samsung’s cutting edge high-end features, the E5 and E7 do include Ultra-Power Saving Mode, Private Mode and Multi screen software features, along with larger Super AMOLED displays and 5MP front facing “selfie” camera sensor hardware.

Although Google’s new Android M operating system will be close to its official release later in the year, it is promising to see that Samsung is intent on providing substantial updates for its full range of smartphones going forward. Perhaps Samsung could have been a little quicker, but Q3 isn’t that long to wait anymore.


T-Mobile to start Android 5.0 Lollipop roll out for Xperia Z3 at midnight tonight

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Looks like Sony Xperia Z3 owners on T-Mobile’s network are in for a treat late this evening. A tweet from Des Smith, T-Mobile‘s product man and social media maniac, made the announcement late this afternoon. Being a twitter share his word choice and his details were a bit limited, but he does state that the update is supposed to start rolling out after midnight pacific standard time, so 3 a.m. for those on the east coast. He also mentions that the update will bring Band 12 support.

Android 5.0 Lollipop is news enough, but that Band 12 support is even better news. Band 12 enables T-Mobiles 700 MHz A block spectrum which will do wonderful things for coverage for many people. It is also one of the few devices that T-Mobile offers that supports that band too.

Be on the look out later tonight, or first thing in the morning, for the update to grace your device. You will want to make sure your device is charged up well over 50% battery, have a stable Wi-Fi connection and some time to kill for it download and install. I would imagine it will sit in the 1GB+ size range. Be sure to follow Des through @askdes on twitter to keep up with the happenings of T-Mobile products.

Source: Des Smith Twitter

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