Nexus 6 Android update: bugs fixed with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop

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If you are lucky enough to have a Nexus 6 (given that the Google phone seems to always be out of stock), you already had Android 5.0 Lollipop right out of the box. As of December 11th, the Android update, Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, is making its way OTA to the Nexus 6 to fix up all the bugs that was found in the first iteration of Lollipop.

After getting used to Android 5.0 Lollipop, the biggest update in the history of Android, and a heck of a lot different to Android 4.4 KitKat (Android 5.0 vs Android 4.4), we also encountered a few bugs that came with Lollipop, such as a pesky missing system.img error, apps that restart in the background, Wi-Fi connectivity issues and more Android 5.0 Lollipop related problems (many of which we found a temporary)/ Google was pretty quick to come out with the bug fixing Android 5.0.1 update and it’s great that it is already rolling out OTA to the likes of the Nexus, 4, Nexus 6, and Nexus 7 2013. If you haven’t received the OTA update now, you can grab firmware for the corresponding Android Lollipop update here:

We’re hoping that some of the problems mentioned above will be resolved with the bug fix update.

Let us know in the comments below what you noticed about Android 5.0.1.

by Loie Favre

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How to get Android L’s performance boost right now

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You don’t need the newest version of Android to get all of the performance benefits. Here’s how you can speed up your Android device in one easy step.

Google on Wednesday announced an update to the Android operating system at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco. The latest version, code-named Android L, includes a revamped notification system, an updated user interface, smarter unlock features, and a new battery-saving mode. The update, which will officially arrive on devices later this year, also promises to double app performance thanks to the new ART runtime. However, many people aren’t aware you don’t needAndroid L to enable ART on your device.

Google introduced ART in 2013 with the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat, which means your device must be running KitKat for this process. Even so, however, not all Android 4.4 devices support ART at this time. I can confirm that this method works for the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, Moto X, Moto G, the Nexus 5, and 2013 Nexus 7. Some other phones, such as the Korean model of the LG G2, also have the ability to enable ART.

Head over to the settings menu, select About Phone, and click on build number seven times. This will enable your device’s Developer options, which will give you access to more advanced settings.

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From the settings menu, select Developer options, scroll down to Select runtime, and choose ART. After rebooting, your device will begin to optimize your apps for the new runtime. This should take a few minutes, but when complete you will notice a considerable performance boost on most devices.

I should warn you, though, that some (and I mean very few) apps may be incompatible with the ART runtime. If one of the apps you use is unable to open or you are having trouble receiving a software update, simply switch back to Dalvik mode using the same process.

Last updated Thursday, June 26, at 1:00 p.m. PTInformation regarding ART runtime support and additional device details have been added.

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What to expect from Android 4.4.3?

Although we have heard quite a bit of buzz surrounding the Android 4.4.3 update, there really hasn’t been anything concrete released in regarding what exactly will be included in this update to the OS. However, as promised by Google, the OS is always expected to receive two updates per year and with the Google I/O rapidly approaching, the evidence for Android 4.4.3 is everywhere.

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Last month, news was released in regards an update coming to the Nexus 5 which would provide a bunch of bug fixes for the device. However, Google hasn’t officially made any announcements in regards to this news.

Also in April, we had two other curious events transpire. One was an update to the Google Edu Device Setup on the Play Store, indicating that it now compatible to run on devices with Android 4.4.3. The other clue was in the leak of the redesign of application icons and the new UI dialer new stock Android.

As such, taking into account that there has been a ton of indicators pointing towards the arrival of a new version of the Google OS and that by all indications that it will continue with the naming convention of KitKat, it is time to ask ourselves: what can we expect from Android 4.4.3?

Bug fixes

Android 4.4 unfortunately released a plethora of different bugs across multiple devices, most notably Google’s own Nexus line. Unfortunately, not all of these issues were resolved with theAndroid 4.4.2 update. Bugs such as a frequent loss of network connections, freezing on the lock screen, misrepresentation of data usage graphs, LED not functioning properly and more should see themselves corrected in the next update.

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Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat Update: What You Need to Know

Although Samsung did not announce anything about the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update just yet, a number of reasons point out that an update is on the way to users already.

In September, Google announced the Android 4.4 KitKat update but the company revealed too little information about it.

In November, the update started rolling out for the Nexus devices and since then, it has arrived to other devices, until the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update last week. However, although the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 update started rolling out already, Samsung kept silent about the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update and its plans remain unclear.

Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat Release Date Window

Although early rumours suggested that the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 update will mirror the Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update release date, apparently that is not the case now. According to a French carrier, SFR, the Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 KitKat update will roll out between January or February. On the other hand, SamMobile , a Web site famous for insider leaked software information, reported that the roll out will be in February or March. Furthermore, the Web site reported that at least one Galaxy S4 Android 4.4 update has just entered testing.

Galaxy Note 3 Release Date Should Mirror Galaxy S4 Release Date

Galaxy S4 owners who are waiting for the Android 4.4 KitKat update might want to look at the current state of the Galaxy Note 3 Android 4.4 KitKat update roll out as the process might be quite similar.

Samsung is known to roll out major updates in stages, which means that updates are done slowly. Currently, the Android KitKat 4.4 update for the Galaxy Note 3 is confined in Poland but it is expected to roll out to the rest of the world pretty soon. Carriers are known to have the updates a little bit behind, so we expect the U.S. carriers not to push anything out just yet.

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Adobe Reader For Android Updated To Version 11.1, Now Has New PDF Export Options, Improved File Browser, And More

Adobe ReaderThe Adobe Reader Android app has received another update, but you’re going to have to hand over some money to take advantage of all of its new features. Adobe has rolled out new “Adobe PDF Pack” and “ExportPDF,” which users can purchase from within the app. The former let users convert documents into PDFs, while the latter does just the opposite.

In addition to the PDF functionality, Adobe has made the app’s file browser more up to date, as options are finally accessible from an Action bar. The basics such as copying, pasting, and renaming files are covered, as is uploading data to Acrobat.com. The updated app also has multi-window support on devices that can handle it, such as the Galaxy Note 3.

The app is free to download, even if all of its content isn’t available out of the gate. Regardless of whether you wish to create PDFs, Adobe Reader is still a well-known option for reading them. Check it out by hitting the widget below.

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Evernote Android App Update Adds A Multitude Of New Features

EvernoteEvernote has today rolled out a new update to its Evernote Android App which brings with it a number of new features and tweaks including the ability to now edit attached documents with OfficeSuite, mark up PDFs with Skitch, and a lock screen widget. The Evernote Android app and the Skitch app now allow you to easily annotate attached PDFs, letting you give quick, on-the-go feedback on work projects, scanned documents and research if you are an Evernote Premium user.

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