Mysterious Android 5.2 Lollipop Update Appears on Nexus 5

News is like rubbing salt on wounds of the people who are still waiting for the Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Couple of weeks ago, devices like Nexus, Moto G and Android One were spotted running on the Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Today an alleged picture of the Android 5.2 Lollipop build has been spotted running on Nexus 5.

This leak has been spotted on the website Geekbench. A few day ago, Android One devices were spotted in Malaysia running on Android 5.1 Lollipop. This mystery build of 5.2 Lollipop is shown on the website along with the benchmark results and specifications of the device.

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It is a known fact that Nexus devices are the first to get any Android update and Android 5.1 Lollipop still hasn’t been rolled out to everyone. The existence of a 5.2 build can’t be denied and it’s possible that the Android 5.1 Lollipop update could be skipped to facilitate the release of Android 5.2 Lollipop update. The 5.2 build is still a mystery but I hope to see some major changes in the update.

It should be noted that according to Google’s own data, Android 5.0 Lollipop is running only on 1.6% of Android devices.


Android 5.1 Lollipop is now official

Google has quietly released Android 5.1 “Lollipop,” which means that updates will be winging their way to Nexus owners soon. Everyone else, well, don’t hold your breath.

There’s no official announcement as yet, but Google’s Android One page refers to the new release. Since there’s no changelog yet, it is unclear as to what this update brings, although the general consensus is that this is a bugfix release to tackle battery and stability issues.

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A leaked changelog from back in December 2014 indicated that the update would include the following:

Silent mode added after missing on Android 5.0
General improvements in system stability
Improved RAM management
Fixes for sudden app closures
Improved battery management
Excessive consumption of network devices when used Wi-Fi fixed
Issues with wireless connections fixed
Problems with Okay Google function solved
Notifications problems solved
Some sound problems experience by certain devices fixed
Other improvements and changes
Changes in the Material Design color palette (after users complaints, possibly for a higher version though)
If you’re running a Nexus 5, Nexus 6, or Nexus 9, then Android 5.1 should be headed to your device shortly. If you own something else, then don’t hold your breath.

Best Free Antivirus Apps for Android

Worried about your Android phone? Some people say that being careful about the apps you install is enough to keep your phone secure. There are problems like apk files (Android applications) beginning to download on their own on some websites and concerns that 99 percent of all mobile malware targets Android are well documented.

We’ve also had instances of popular Android apps hijacking system services to display ads whenever you unlock your phone. This kind of adware is very annoying and a serious privacy concern. The bigger problem is that these apps are available on Google Play and aren’t just coming from third-party website.

This is why should have an antivirus app installed on your phone as well. However, we strongly advise that you don’t install any unknown apps in this category. A top paid Android antivirus app called Virus Shield was uncovered as fake last year, so you’re better off downloading apps from brands you’ve heard about. If you don’t know where to start, this list will help you.

We looked at tests conducted by independent antivirus testing website AV-Test as a starting point and compared their results with our experiences to find the best Android antivirus apps. We looked at the ease of use, impact on performance and design of these apps.

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1. CM Security

This is one of the most popular antivirus apps for Android with consistently positive user reviews. It has features such as virus scanning, removal, app lock (passcodes for apps) and even takes a selfie if someone enters the wrong password when trying to use those apps. When you enter the correct code, you’ll be able to see if anyone tried to access your app, along with their picture.

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2. Avast

One of our favourite picks for desktop antivirus software, Avast is also a solid pick on Android. It has a nice user interface and offers basic features such as virus scanning and removal. It also lets you password-lock two apps for free – so you can lend your phone to a friend to make a call, without them being able to see your gallery, for example.

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3. AVG

This is our preferred app because it doesn’t hurt the device’s performance or battery life. AVG offers basic virus scanning and removal for free but advanced anti-theft features such as taking a picture of the person who enters incorrect passwords thrice are available in the premium version.

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4. Kaspersky Internet Security

Kaspersky automatically scans newly installed apps, even the ones you install from the Play Store. It also includes anti-theft features such as remotely erasing all your phone data, and taking a selfie when people enter the wrong password. If you want advanced features such as cloud-based scanning, you will have to pay for the premium version.

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MOTO 360 SMARTWATCH MOTOROLA and GOOGLE

Competition is brewing in the smartwatch sphere as far flung tech concepts now trickle though to reality. This week saw the public launch of Google’s Android Wear system, designed to power a new generation of connected devices including smartwatches. In tandem with Google’s announcement, Motorola, an unlikely contender in the smartwatch arena, unveiled the striking Moto 360. Make no mistake this is not merely a concept vision, but a fully fledged product with a commercial launch set for ‘summer’ 2014.

Featuring a design quite unlike others, Moto 360 eschews the bulky square displays of most smartwatches to instead feature a cleverly designed circular display. Motorola designer Jim Wicks explains “We don’t want to make consumers change for this tech, we want to make this tech map to them. With a square concept you might say ‘that’s interesting’ but you don’t hit that ‘Whoa!’ mark. We wanted to hit that Whoa! mark.”

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The company has a lot left to say before the Moto 360 hits store shelves this summer. Motorola is keeping mum on specifications including the all important battery life, as well as retail pricing. Producing a good looking watch is only half the challenge. For this product to really succeed it will need to hit a new level of functionality and user friendliness that competitors like Samsung are yet to master. Of course Apple may still (quite literally) have an incredible smartwatch up it’s sleeve. For now, all eyes are on Motorola and Google to see how well the execution of the Moto 360 pans out.

Republic Day Discounts on iPhone 5s Nexus 6 and More

This week all major online retailers are celebrating Republic Day with flash sales throughout the extended weekend. We’ve picked out some of the best offers from the sales, along with some healthy tips to help you make the most out of these offers.

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Pro tips for Republic Day weekend sales

Almost all major online retailers are running Republic Day sales this weekend. The sales start from today, and will run up to 26 January, 2015. Here are some tips to help you make the most of this weekend’s massive flash sales:

1. Always do a basic price check on other sites before hitting the buy now button on a deal. Most online retailers will match each other’s prices during a sale. A basic rule of thumb is to do a price check on Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal to ensure you get the best offer.

2. Keep mobile apps ready. Online retailers will push their mobile apps to increase usage, and will offer better discounts when you buy using their mobile apps. If you spot a great on the web, add it to the cart, but try and checkout from the mobile app itself.

3. Bundle deals with cashback offers on specific cards. Flipkart has a cashback offer for HDFC Bank cards, while Amazon has a promotion on its mobile app purchases for HDFC Bank and American Express card useRs.You can get similar cashback offers on Snapdeal’s website and mobile apps.

4. Brace yourselves for slower deliveries. It’s simple – if you want it quick, pay for a quicker delivery option if you get one. There’s no point whining about slower deliveries after a massive flash sale weekend.

1. Google Nexus 6 32GB
You can grab a brand new Google Nexus 6 32GB for as low as Rs.40,990 on eBay this week. The Nexus flagship is normally available for Rs. 43,999. The Nexus 6 (Review | Pictures) features a 6-inch QHD AMOLED display running at a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating that should keep the display safe from minor scratches. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, supported by 3GB of RAM. Nexus 6 features a 13-megapixel primary camera, and includes a dual-LED flash to lighten up those dark interiors. The smartphone is a decent choice if you can handle a phone with a large display.

Coupon code: EBAY09DEAL

eBay Price: Rs. 40,990 (regular Rs. 43,999)

2. iPhone 5s Deals
iPhone 5s prices picked up after the Diwali sale last year. Even with the iPhone 6 launch in India, Apple India pretty much saw to it that the iPhone 5s prices don’t fall to ridiculous levels. But with most online retailers now running Republic Day sales, there’s a slight discount on iPhone 5s prices too. Both Amazon and Flipkart are selling the 16GB variant of the iPhone 5s for around Rs. 37,500. You can bundle this with a cashback offer applicable on both the sites to get another Rs. 2,000 off that price, making it a sweeter deal at Rs. 35,500. That would have to be the lowest price we’ve seen lately. You can use an HDFC Bank card to get an instant discount on Flipkart while checking out, or use an American Express or HDFC Bank card to get a cashback on Amazon’s mobile app. Please note that you’ll need to buy the iPhone 5s using Amazon’s mobile app to avail the cashback offer, and cashback for American Express card users will be in the form of an Amazon gift card only.

Price: Rs. 35,500 (effective)

Links: Flipkart, Amazon

3. Xbox One and video games
You can expect a decent deal on an Xbox One every single time Amazon runs a massive flash sale. This time around Amazon is offering multiple Lightning Deals on the Xbox One console as well as the older Xbox 360 console. You can grab the Xbox One console bundled with Kinect, three games, and an additional controller for Rs. 40,990 (regular Rs. 45,990) during the sale. Amazon will also sell the standalone version of Xbox One (without Kinect) for around Rs. 35,000 (regular Rs. 39,990) during its Lightning Deals this weekend. Amazon is also selling Xbox One games at a discount this weekend. There are several games being sold for under Rs. 3,000 during the sale. You can get an additional 10% (maximum Rs. 2,000) cashback when you buy them on Amazon’s mobile app, and pay using HDFC Bank cards.

Amazon Price: Rs. 40,990 (regular Rs. 45,990)

4. Discounts on Amazon Kindle ebook readers
Amazon has slashed prices on its Kindle ebook readers by Rs. 1,000 on its Republic Day sale again. The discounts are valid on all Kindle variants, and are applicable till 26 January, 2015. You can buy the Kindle Paperwhite for Rs. 9,999 (regular Rs. 10,999), Kindle Paperwhite 3G for Rs. 12,999 (regular Rs.13,999), or the all-new Kindle with touchscreen support for Rs. 4,999 (regular Rs. 5,999). The all-new Kindle is the cheapest Kindle e-reader you can buy today, that comes with touchscreen support now. It’s a great device for reading books. If you need an ebook reader with a backlight, go for the Kindle Paperwhite, and if you need 3G connectivity to buy and sync books on the go, get the Paperwhite 3G variant.

Amazon Price: Starting from Rs. 4,999

5. ADATA PT100 10000mAH power bank
If you’re eyeing a decent 10000mAH power bank, possibly an alternative to the Mi 10000mAh power bank, the ADATA PT100 will definitely suit your needs. Amazon is selling this power bank at a lower price of Rs. 999 (MRP Rs. 2500) this weekend. That makes it equal to the Mi power bank in terms of pricing. The ADATA PT100 includes dual USB outlets, that means you can charge up to two devices at a time. It comes with a battery indicator that enables you to see how much juice you’ve got left in the power bank. There’s an LED flashlight too, just in case you were looking for more features. The power bank comes with 1-year standard manufacturer warranty. This is as good as it gets at that price point of under Rs. 1,000.

Amazon Price: Rs. 999

6. Extra discounts on computer components at Snapdeal
If you’re assembling your own PC this weekend, you might want to check prices at Snapdeal. The online retailer is offering an extra 7% discount on computer components above Rs. 1,499, up to 40% off on cabinets, and has a wide range of components to choose from. While all products may not match the offline retail price point, we found some components much cheaper than their offline retail counterparts. Power supply units from Corsair and Zeb are much cheaper than what most offline retailers are offering, and Snapdeal has a decent number of cooling fans to choose from. Snapdeal also has a limited period offer on the AMD FX-Series four-core edition. Bundle these with additional cashback offers from State Bank of India, HDFC, and American Express cards to get even sweeter overall discounts. Link: Snapdeal

Android 5.0 Lollipop release date news and features

Android Lollipop is here, and it’s brought a raft of new changes. It’s got radical new design, 5000 new APIs and it’s going beyond the mobile form factor.

Android 5.0 is contextually aware of its surroundings, plus voice is a major input source as the search giant looks towards devices such as Glass and smartwatches.

The experience is seamless across devices – phones, tablets and TVs – so making Android Lollipop devices communicate properly is top of the feature list.
•10 things you really, really should know about Android Lollipop

If you’ve got a sweet tooth for all the information about Android Lollipop, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about Google’s new mobile platform.

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Cut to the chase
•What is it? The next major upgrade for Android
•When is it out? Now!
•What will it cost? Nothing, it’s a free download

Android Lollipop release date

Android 5.0 Lollipop is rolling out now to the like of the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, 7, 10 and Google Play edition devices, with the new Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet rocking the software out of the box.

For the rest of the folk in the world you’re at the hands of your phone’s manufacturer as Samsung, HTC, Sony and co. fiddle and fine tune Lollipop to their liking.

Some manufacturers have already started to push out the Android 5.0 update, with the LG G3 gaining the sweet treat as well as Motorola’s Moto X and Moto G handsets.
•Want to know when your device will get Lollipop? Check our constantly updated Android Lollipop update: when can I get it?

HTC has said it’s “excited about the new features in Android Lollipop and we can’t wait to share them with our customers. We are committed to updating our flagship HTC One family as fast as possible.

“We will begin rolling out updates to the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) in regions worldwide within 90 days of receiving final software from Google, followed shortly thereafter by other One family members and select devices.”

It recently confirmed that it had received the final code from Google, so expect Android Lollipop to land in under three months.

OnePlus has committed to bringing it to the OnePlus One within three months of Google releasing a final build, while Sony has revealed a whole host of handsets that’ll be getting version 5.0

If you’re wondering about how much this update will cost the good news is Android 5.0, like all previous updates, is free.

Android Lollipop Material Design

The big news for Android Lollipop is the change to the way it looks – and it’s going well beyond the mobile phone to the tablet, TV screen, watch and even the car.

The new Material Design is strange in that it bucks a trend at the moment – yes, it’s flat, but it’s heavily based on making every animation, every ripple, every shadow look real, which is something that most brands are shying away from.

Google tells us that this feels more intuitive, which means that there are shadow gradients, 3D tiles that slide over one another and most importantly: access for developers to use this for themselves on their apps.

The idea is obvious: remove the fragmented way Android looks and bring consistency to the app world no matter what device you’re on. Google intends to create an expansive ecosystem that will allow you to start a song on one device, move to another room, pick up a separate Android device and continue right where you left off.

The Roboto font has been updated too, so everything from watch to TV to mobile looks the same.

Every animation on screen will be allowed to connect to one another – so there’s no ‘teleportation between apps’. The home, back and multi-tasking window buttons on Android 5.0 have been refined too, they’re now geometric shapes which spin depending on what the app needs them for and overall this is a massive step forward for a cleaner, more intuitive-looking version of Google’s mobile platform.

It’s full of little flourishes and details too, for example the settings icon will spin round when you pull down the notifications screen. It’s clear that a lot of thought has gone in to the changes, it’s not just easier to use but is also likely to make you want to use it more, as every screen and every tap is a pleasure.

you don’t have Android Lollipop on your device yet then to get a taste of Material Design now just head on over to the Play Store on an Android device, as the material design update is available for it and a host of Google’s own apps including Chrome, Maps, Calendar, Gmail and many more.

Notifications and lock screen

Notifications on Android Lollipop have been given an overhaul, so only the more relevant information about your apps is presented.

You can even adjust the OS to display notifications from the most important people and apps during the evening hours or an important meeting. The notification panel is being merged with the lockscreen, so you can see what’s going on as you pick up the phone and get where you need to be with intuitive gestures- a double tap to open an app or a swipe to clear a notification.

Imagine that the lockscreen is similar to the notifications panel now, and you’re pretty much there. That’s not to say that the main notifications screen is gone, that’s still there too and has undergone some changes of its own.

Android Lollipop will learn from you for example, working out what you look at and interact with more often to prioritise that notification.

Another big change is that notifications will flow over the screen at the top – get a call when you’re playing a game and it will pop up at the top, asking if you want to take it. This will likely be the same with messages etc too, meaning less intrusion at the wrong times.

On tablets Google has also combined notifications and settings into a single screen, rather than dividing them up, you simply keep pulling down to see more. Sadly you still can’t action notifications straight from the lock screen or notifications screen though, so if you get an email for example you still have to go into the app to respond to it.

As well as getting some notification action the lockscreen on Android 5.0 is also getting smarter – if you’ve got a specific location set up, or are wearing a Bluetooth device or have an NFC sticker, the phone will recognise you and unlock without a PIN.

Move away or take your watch off and you’ll need to tap or swipe in a code when you unlock – or you can even use your voice.

Google has also improved Face Unlock with the Trusted Face feature, which is faster and more accurate than ever. It starts looking for your face as soon as you attempt to unlock your phone, so there’s no waiting around and in our tests we found that it even works in poor lighting a lot of the time.

Android 5.0 Lollipop Flashlight Bug Affecting Some Nexus 5, Nexus 4

Now when Google has started rolling out the OTA Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its older Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013), and the Nexus 10, more reports of bugs related to the latest Android build is emerging.
We have already heard about the Wi-Fi bug that was reported to be affecting some users, and on Monday multiple reports claimed that Android 5.0 Lollipop removed the very useful ‘silent mode’ from phones.

The latest in the series is the flashlight bug that is reportedly affecting some Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 users. According to an Android Police report, Nexus 5 users are facing a problem with the new Flashlight toggle in Quick settings. The publication says, “If you turn it on and leave it like that until it times out and shuts off, the camera and flashlight will stop working until you reboot.”

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The report suggests that leaving the flashlight switched on until it times out makes the camera and flashlight “inaccessible” thereafter. The publication claims that the flashlight bug is confirmed for the Nexus 5 smartphone, and that the only workaround is to reboot the device – “All you can do is reboot and remember to turn it off next time,” it adds.

The bug however doesn’t seem to be affecting all Nexus 5 users running Android 5.0 Lollipop, as one of NDTV Gadgets’ units is not affected by the reported bug.

Phonearena, on the other hand, reports that the Nexus 4 is also affected by the same bug but in a different way. It notes, “We’ve checked on one of our Nexus 4 handsets running Lollipop: the flashlight doesn’t turn off itself at all, it stays on as long as you want. However, the camera will stop working after a few minutes.”

However, the report suggests that Nexus 4 camera app will remain accessible through the lock screen, and that a reboot is not required in this case. As of now, Google has not acknowledged the flashlight bug reported by some Nexus phone users.

On Monday, some Nexus 7 (2013) tablet users were reporting issues in playing any video on the device after updating to the latest version of Android. Reporting the issue on the Android Open Source Project Issue Tracker site, in a post titled “Android Lollipop video issue on Nexus 7 2013”, some Nexus 7 (2013) users are claiming that their updated tablets are now unable to play any videos.

You can now unlock your Motorola phone with a ‘digital tattoo’

Hate unlocking your Android smartphone so much that even Face Unlock or Skip feels like too much of a hassle? Motorola just came to your rescue. The company has partnered with VivaLnk to launch the previously teased Digital Tattoo, an NFC-based skin tag that unlocks your phone (currently limited to the Moto X) with a quick tap.

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The tattoo can stay on your body for up to five days, and it should survive abuses like showers and sweat-laden runs. It’s a clever approach that might be appealing if you’re fed up with PIN codes and patterns, although the back-of-a-napkin math suggests that you’re paying a lot just to save a couple of seconds when checking your email. VivaLnk is asking $10 for packs of 10 tattoos, or enough to last 50 days — you’ll have to spend $80 to get through a whole year. It could be useful for those busy days when you’re constantly waking up your handset, but you might be better off rolling that money into a Moto 360 or your next big phone upgrade.

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