Google Maps, My Maps, YouTube, Androidify, Slides, Music Updated–Here’s What’s New

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In the last few weeks, Google has been one of the busiest company in tech world. In addition to the floating Android revision releases popping up every couple of days, the developers from Mountain View have also focused on providing updates to proprietary applications commonly known as GApps. You, however, may not be familiar with some of these applications because they aren’t shipped with latest factory images.

The list of updated applications isn’t too long and contains six main entries. Let’s take a closer look on what have changed since the last release.

Androidify :

  • Translated into 13 more languages.
  • Bug fixes
  • Now you can share your Android character with a QR code.

Google Maps:

  • New M
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SuperSU BETA: Root Android Lollipop on Stock Kernel

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Up until now, if you wanted to get root on Android 5.0, you needed to flash a modified kernel onto your device to work around some SELinux restrictions. XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire recently released the previously-necessary CF-Auto-Root package, which made the necessary kernel ramdisk modifications to remove SELinux restriction from the install-recovery.sh script on AOSP. This morning, however, Chainfire brought smiles to many faces, as he announced on Twitter that this would no longer be necessary going forward.. . . READ ON »

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Android App Review: Get Amaze with Material Design – XDA TV

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Material Design is all the buzz in the Android world right now. Android 5.0 Lollipop’s user interface has introduced the topics of material design.  All apps are going to material design, even boring old file managers.  Those standard apps that allow you to browse the file system of your phone, and today’s app does it in material design.

XDA Senior Member arpitkh96 offers up a Material Design-themed file manager. In this video, XDA TV Producer TK reviews Amaze File Manager.  TK shows off the application and gives his thouights, so check out this app review.. . . READ ON »

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Small But Eternal: HTC Explorer Receives Unofficial CM12

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When HTC officially announced the HTC Explorer, they most likely weren’t thinking that this device will be such popular handset. The device which originally shipped with the Android 2.3.5 is still in use by many–and rather unsurprisingly, the Explorer received an initial, unofficial port of CyanogenMod 12 based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

To make this happen, XDA Recognized Contributor kirmaniarslan used resources provided by TeamHackLG and LegacyXperia groups. After adding a bunch of patches to adapt this archaic platform to Android 5.0, the Alpha version of CyanogenMod 12 was born. It was fairly easy to predict that not everything is working as expected, but currently only three things . . . READ ON »

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TWRP Available for the Google Nexus 9 and 6

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The HTC-manufactured Google Nexus 9 has just been on the market for just a couple of weeks. As you may recall, Google promised to deliver the newest version of the Android with encryption turned on by default. Luckily, the strengthened security policies didn’t cause any additional trouble with rooting, as the Volantis was quickly rooted by XDA Senior Recognized Developer Chainfire.

With working root, the only thing that was left was a custom recovery. This problem has been solved by the TeamWin Lead Developer and recovery guru, the XDA Senior Recognized Developer Dees_Troy. TWRP 2.8.2.1 handles Android 5.0 Lollipop and its new features perfectly. The new version of TWRP will now automatically de. . . READ ON »

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Google Nexus 6 Factory Images, 5.0 r7 Source Now Available

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Google continues to play its nightly game with the release of the latest 5.0.0_r7 revision of Lollipop. The updated code isn’t everything, as the Mountaon View giant decided to publish the factory image for yet another Nexus device–and surprisingly, it’s not the Nexus 7 GSM, but rather, the Google Nexus 6. Original Android developers have also released new versions of the OS for other devices in the last few days, so it’s a wise choice to check if your build is up-to-date.

The Google Nexus 6, codenamed Shamu is one of the latest devices presented by Google. It is produced by Motorola and is one of the most powerful devices currently available to buy. Google hadn’t published . . . READ ON »

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Android 5.0 Lollipop Overview for Nexus Devices – XDA TV

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We’ve showed you how to install Google factory images on your Nexus devices before. Now the latest factory images are of the new Android 5.0 Lollipop. A lot of excitement have been buzzin around Lollipop. With its Material Design and other great improvements. Continuous improvement is a good thing. What if you are not ready to flash the last Lollipop image to your device? We won’t judge you, we promise. But let us show you what you are missing.

In this episode of XDA TV Producer rirozizo shows you what Lollipop looks like using his Nexus 4. He shows of the user interfact changes. He shows you the new notification panel. He talks about ambient display. If you wanted to see Lollipop in action, check out t. . . READ ON »

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Toggle Cell Radio 5.0 Micromanages Your Lollipop Connectivity

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Not too long ago, we took a look at a handy little widget by XDA Senior Member cygery that let you control your WiFi connectivity status right from your home screen on Android 5.0 Lollipop. While ordinarily not too big of a deal, the previous offering filled a certain void that was created when Lollipop came about since most of the existing data connectivity widgets stopped working with the update.

Unfortunately, the same situation holds true for cell radio connectivity widgets, so cygery got back to work and created an similar Cell Radio connectivity widget for Android 5.0. Users can now freely control their data settings like in past Android versions. And when used in conjunction with the previously . . . READ ON »

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Android 5.0 Lollipop on the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet! – XDA TV

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Not too long ago, Nvidia announced the successor to the Nvidia Shield, which got redubbed the SHIELD Portable. The successor was the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet. In the past, XDA TV Producer Jordan has done a SHIELD (Portable) unboxingreview, and a played a couple games, including streaming games from his PC to his SHIELD. Also, he showed you how you can play two hot PC games on the SHIELD natively, Half Life 2 and Portal.

Check out this video to watch Jordan talk about the Android 5.0 Lollipop release for the Nvidia SHIELD Tablet, which he reviewed not to long ago. Check out the material design user interface update. Additionally, Nvidia has released the Nvidia GRID On-Demand Gaming Service. Previously this wa. . . READ ON »

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