October 31, 2014

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Update Nexus 4 to Android 5.0 LNX07M Lollipop Developer Preview

Google took a huge leap when it released Android 5.0 to the public and bought tons of new features and additions with it. It was released as a preview officially, for the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 7. The sole purpose of this preview was not only to showcase the upcoming Android version, but to build a stable version of Android, with the help of its users. This way, everybody could prove itself to be a part of it, which in its own way is a huge accomplishment.

Nexus 4

Here at XDA Developers, are aiming in porting the same to our beloved Nexus 4. Since, the beginning of the trials, a lot of errors were tackled and resolved with pure dedication of both, us (developers) and the users. The teamwork has resulted in creating a near-perfect port for the Google Nexus 4, which is highly voted to be used as a daily driver.

Also See: Gmail 5.0: Material Design from Android 5.0 Lollipop (Download APK)

After a long thought, XDA Developers have decided to split the project into two different parts. The first one is based off of Nexus 6 dump (LRX08) containing the complete N6 framework and apps (S-builds). The second one is based on the latest official Nexus 5 preview image. This is being done for a better user experience because some users prefer the N6 framework and apps, giving the latest Android Lollipop experience, and others like to follow a more close-to-google walkthrough given by the N5 preview image (P Builds).

Also See: Android 5.0 Lollipop - Google Apps (Launcher, Keyboard, Wallpapers)

Installation:

Since it’s a testing preview phase, it is advised to Clean flash every time you install a new update. While dirty flash and updating could also work depending upon the update to be flashed. 
Before you proceed, read some real important flashing tips below:

Backup and some important tips

Done with USB Driver? Good. Now here we go for some work that you must do before installing this firmware. Please follow the important points that you need to take care of, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:
Backup your all important data and apps because during any installation of a new custom ROM or Official Firmware , your device will be wiped and cleaned with new operating system. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read below for some important tips on how to backup Android data in a easy process:
Samsung user can also backup data by using Official Sumsang Kies. If you backup data manually, you will get more options for what to choose from. You can also move your data to other Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy S5 backup data to Google Nexus 10. If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

Few more important things that you must remember before installing any custom ROMs or Official Firmwares:

  • You might face some problems in connecting your Android device to the computer. How to fix? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and KitKat.
  •  Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage.  Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?
  • Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on iDroid Horizon are for factory unlocked Android devices. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your device is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the device model or carrier name.
If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE on facebook to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update your Nexus 4 to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Also See: How to Earn Real Cash with Android App — Journey To First $100,000

First Time Installation:

  1. Download the ROM and Other Optional files below:
  2. Connect your Nexus 4 to the PC and transfer all the zips to the root of your device’s storage.
  3. Reboot into recovery mode (Shut down, press Volume Down + Power buttons. In bootloader mode, select Recovery mode)
  4. Wipe the following partitions: System, Data and Cache
  5. Install the ROM zip file
  6. Let it boot. Setup now and wait for the ROM to settle.
  7. Reboot into Recovery again and Install the remaining zip files.

Download Links:

Updating from previous version:

  1. Download the ROM and Other Optional files above.
  2. Connect your Nexus 4 to the PC and transfer all the zips to the root of your device’s storage.
  3. Reboot into recovery mode (Shut down, press Volume Down + Power buttons. In bootloader mode, select Recovery mode)
  4. Wipe the following partitions: Data and Cache
  5. Install the ROM zip file
  6. Reboot now
  7. Let it boot. Setup now and wait for the ROM to settle.
  8. Reboot into Recovery again and Install the remaining zip files.
The ROM is very heavy. After the installation completes, your mobile will boot and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait with patience!

That’s it! Your Nexus 4 should now have the Android 5.0 LNX07M Lollipop Developer Preview update installed on your phone! Go to Settings >About phone to verify.

Hit +1 or LIKE on Facebook to thank us!

Have fun playing with the new Android 5.0 Lollipop. All the instructions are clearly given above, but if you have any issues, please let us know. 
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Samsung Announced Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5, the slimmest phones to date

Samsung has announced two new devices, the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5, that will satisfy your mid-range device needs in an extremely thin, metal constructed frame. The new devices are designed with social networking in mind and will be promoted for the younger crowd.

Both the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5 are designed in a similar fashion, but the A5 is clearly the larger and more powerful device of the two. While the Galaxy A5 may be larger when measured edge to edge, it is the thinner of the two, measuring in at just 6.7mm, while the thicker Galaxy A3 also measures in a fraction under 7mm itself.

Samsung Galaxy A5

In supporting social networking, you should expect a handful of tools to improve your selfies. With a 5MP front camera listed for both models, Samsung lists Wide Selfie, Rear-cam Selfie and Beauty Face Features as camera features for the new phones. The selfie technology includes the ability to automatically focus on a person’s face and even an animated gif mode, for a bit of life in your social media stream.

Both the Galaxy A5 and A3 will come packing a 1.2GHz Quad-core processor, 4G connectivity and include Galaxy line specific features, including Ultra-Power Saving Mode, Private Mode and Multiscreen. In addition, the A3 and A5 will come with adjustable audio, which will adapt to noise levels in your surrounding environment to adapt and enhance sound output of the devices.

Samsung Galaxy A5

Samsung Galaxy A5
The Samsung Galaxy A5 is the larger of the two new phones, bringing a 5.0-inch HD Super AMOLED display. As mentioned, it will clock through tasks using a 1.2GHz Quad-core processor. Backing the SoC will be 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with support for microSD up to 64GB and a larger 13MP rear shooter.

If battery life is of concern for you, we’ll be eager to see what day-to-day usage of the Galaxy A5 can do on the 2300mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy A5 Specifications 

CPU/GPU1.2GHz Quad-core
Display5.0-inch, 1920 x 1080
RAM2GB
Memory16GB, microSD up to 64GB
Battery2300 mAh
Camera13MP/5MP, AF with LED flash
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.0 (BLE, ANT+)
Network3G HSPA+ 42.2/5.76Mbps or 4G LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps
SensorsAccelerometer, Geo-magnetic, RGB, Proximity, Hall Sensor
OSAndroid 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz
Dimensions139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7mm, 123g
ColorsPearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold

Samsung Galaxy A3

Samsung Galaxy A3

The Samsung Galaxy A3 is a little less impressive on the specs sheet, good thing we like to get our hands on these devices before we judge them. A 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED display is backed by that same 1.2GHz Quad-core processor. 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with support for 64GB microSD and a decent 8MP rear camera round out the main specs. Turning things down a bit, the Galaxy A3 comes with a 1900mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy A3 Specifications 

CPU/GPU 1.2GHz Quad-core
Display4.5-inch, qHD
RAM1GB
Memory16GB, microSD up to 64GB
Battery1900 mAh
Camera8MP/5MP, AF with LED flash
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, A-GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.0 (BLE, ANT+)
Network3G HSPA+ 42.2/5.76Mbps or 4G LTE Cat 4 150/50Mbps
SensorsAccelerometer, Geo-magnetic, RGB, Proximity, Hall Sensor
OSAndroid 4.4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz
Dimensions130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9mm, 110.3g
ColorsPearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold

These super slim phones will be available in Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold for ‘select markets’ including China beginning in November. Stay tuned for further price and availability information.

At first glance, what do you think of the new Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3?

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October 30, 2014

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Angry Birds Transformers Hits Google Play — Grab it now !

Temporarily exclusive to iOS, the latest in the Angry Birds franchise from game maker Rovio, Angry Birds Transformers, is now available on Android for free.

The game appears to be a side-scrolling, endless-runner-like blow-em-up affair, with Angry Birds characters being used as Transformers. There are vehicles, upgrades, an option to tag team with friends, and a roster of heroes with unique attacks and abilities that can be unlocked. If you read that a certain way, like I just did, that can only mean one thing – massive in-app purchases. And sure enough, the Google Play listing suggests that there are in-app purchases ranging from $4.99 to $99. Again, the game is free to download and play, but don’t expect that play or the fun to be unlimited without some cash being forked over.

Also See: Android 5.0 Lollipop - Google Apps (Launcher, Keyboard, Wallpapers)

Angry Birds Transformers

Angry Birds Transformers Game details:

Developer(s): Exient Entertainment
Publisher(s): Rovio Entertainment
Composer(s): 1. Vince DiCola
                                          2. Kenny Meredith
Series:                              Angry Birds
Platform(s):                     iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Release date(s): September 25, 2014 (Finland, New Zealand, Canada, Australia)
                                          October 15, 2014 (Worldwide on iOS)
                                          October 30, 2014 (Worldwide on Android)

Genre(s):                         Shoot 'em up, Side-scrolling.

Also See: Google Fit App to track all your Exercise Progress

Characters in Angry Birds Transformers

In the game, there are six Autobirds and five Deceptihogs, (but some are more than one transformer.) The six birds are Red, Chuck, Terence, Hal, Bubbles, and Stella as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Heatwave, Grimlock, Jazz and Arcee, in respective order. The five pigs in the game are the King Pig, Corporal Pig, Foreman Pig, Chef Pig, and Minion Pig as Megatron, Galvatron, Lockdown, Soundwave, and Starscream, in respective order.

Also See: Gmail 5.0: Material Design from Android 5.0 Lollipop (Download APK)

Angry Birds Transformers - Android Launch Trailer [Video]


Download Angry Birds Transformers from Google Play

Download - Google Play Link
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How to Factory Reset Your Android Wear Smartwatch

Whatever the reason may be, sometimes you have to perform a factory reset on a device. Whether you are sending it back to the manufacturer or possibly selling to a friend, it is always good to know how to wipe all of your personal data from a device.

With folks buying and receiving their Android Wear smartwatches, now is the perfect time for you to learn how to perform this task. Luckily for the beginners among us, Android Wear is a very easy OS to navigate, so learning these tricks is easy as pie.

Android Wear Factory Reset

Below, we take you through how to perform a factory reset using just your fingers, and also how to do the same thing using your voice a little bit.

Voice Instructions 

  1. From the home screen, say “Ok Google.”
  2. When you see the visual prompt to begin your query, say “Settings.”
  3. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down until you see “Reset device.”
  4. After confirming the reset, the device will power off and perform a factory reset.
  5. Once booted back up, you will have a clean Android Wear device with no user data attached.
Android Wear Factory Reset

Manual Instructions

  1. From the home screen, tap on the display to begin a Google search.
  2. Without saying anything, scroll down on the display. A list of options will appear.
  3. Scroll to the bottom until you see “Settings.”
  4. Once in the Settings menu, scroll down until you see “Reset device.”
  5. After confirming the reset, the device will power off and perform a factory reset.
Also See: How to Enable Developer Options and Debugging on Android Wear

If for some odd reason you ever need to perform another factory reset, now you know how to do it like a pro.
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How to Enable Developer Options and Debugging on Android Wear

What kind of Android device would an Android Wear watch be without the ability to enable developer options? Not much of one, that’s for sure. Thankfully, you can enable developer options and ADB debugging pretty easily, just like you would on a regular Android phone or tablet.

Once you have ADB debugging setup, you can do fun things like take screenshots, unlock the bootloader, think about rooting your Android Wear watch, and almost anything else that comes along, like a ROM (yes, there are ROMs for these watches already).

Debugging on Android Wear

Step by Step Instructions:

Debugging on Android Wear

Step 1 : Say “OK, Google” to your watch, then “settings” to bring up the settings menu.

Step 2 : Scroll down to About, and tap on it.

Step 3 : Find the build number and tap on it multiple times.

Step 4 : A countdown will tell you that you are becoming a developer.

Step 5 : Once tapped enough, you will unlock the developer options menu.

Step 6 : Swipe back once (a swipe to the right) and you should see a new option under About for Developer options.

Step 7 : Tap on Developer options.

Step 8 : Find ADB debugging, tap on it, then tap the green check to enable it.

Debugging on Android Wear

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October 29, 2014

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Install OmniROM on Google Nexus 5 — Hammerhead (Android 4.4.4)

OmniROM  for Google Nexus 5 is an awesome ROM unbelievably stable and snappy. The features are stock plus a few extra but getting added in every day. Love the fact that this is the only ROM I have found that has almost the same battery life as the stock ROM did. I used to have 2 days at least of battery life and now its right at about 2 days. Every other ROM I have tried has failed in this aspect and that is why I will not use them. There are Lots of pros and only one con of this OmniROM i.e.  not as many features as other ROMs but more than stock. I am very happy now that OmniROM Android 4.4.4 has come out. As you read further, we will guide you how to install Android 4.4.4 OmniROM on Nexus 5 with complete steps and instructions, how to backup your important data, some other important tips.

OmniROM on Google Nexus 5

Disclaimer: All the official firmwares, custom ROMs, software updates, themes, mods, tools, apps, or anything provided in our blog belongs to their respective developers. Most of the custom ROMs we are providing here are from XDA Developers. We (iDroid Horizon) or the respective developers are not responsible if any of our tutorial damage or brick your device. However if you follow our instruction properly, we hope it would not bring you in trouble. If you face any problems with our tutorials, please comment below. We are sure that we can bring your device in original position.

Backup and some important tips

Done with USB Driver? Good. Now here we go for some work that you must do before installing this firmware. Please follow the important points that you need to take care of, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:
Backup your all important data and apps because during any installation of a new custom ROM or Official Firmware , your device will be wiped and cleaned with new operating system. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. Read below for some important tips on how to backup Android data in a easy process:
Samsung user can also backup data by using Official Sumsang Kies. If you backup data manually, you will get more options for what to choose from. You can also move your data to other Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy S5 backup data to Google Nexus 10. If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE on facebook to thank us!

There are tons of useful articles and how-to guides on iDroid Horizon for the Google Nexus 5, but we think you might be interested in the following posts:
All set and ready? Good. You can now continue reading below and update your Nexus 5 to Android 4.4.4 OmniROM Custom Firmware.

How to Install Android 4.4.4 OmniROM on Nexus 5

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install Android 4.4.4 OmniROM on Nexus 5 using the preview image provided by Google. This tutorial is for beginners who are not used to playing around with official factory images by Google for their Nexus devices.

Please make sure your phone fulfills all the requirements and you read the entire tutorial once before actually performing it on your device.

Just To Remember:
  • This tutorial is only for Lg Nexus 5 and I am not sure if it will work on the other variants of this tablet.
  • Your tablet can be on any previous Android version or even on a custom ROM. It doesn’t matter at all. This tutorial will still work for installing Android 4.4.4 OmniROM.
  • Enjoy Android 4.4.4 OmniROM on your device and let us know your review about it!
NOTE: Installing Android 4.4.4 OmniROM Custom Firmware will WIPE / DELETE / ERASE everything from your tablet if your bootloader is not already unlocked. Please make sure you have a backup of all the data. Read: How to Backup Android Apps and Other Data.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 - Download Android 4.4.4 OmniROM (hammerhead-NIGHTLY.zip.md5sum) for Nexus 5 on your PC.

Step 2 - Connect your Nexus 5 to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3 - Please make sure Fastboot is configured and properly installed on your computer. How? See here: How to Set Up ADB and Fastboot with Android SDK.

Step 4 - Turn OFF your tablet.

Step 5 - Get into the Fastboot/Bootloader Mode on your device. Turn ON the tablet while pressing and holding the Volume Up + Power buttons till you see the Fastboot menu and START on top.

Step 6 - Now extract the downloaded file anywhere in your computer. Go to the folder hammerhead-LPX13D and then copy/paste all the files to your Fastboot directory.
Note: If you followed our tutorial on setting up Fastboot on your computer, there is a 99% chance your Fastboot directory will be the platform-tools folder in your Android SDK directory.
Step 7 - From the factory image files in your Fastboot directory, do the following depending which OS you are on:
  • On Windows: Run the file “flash-all.bat”.
  • On Mac: Run the file “flash-all.sh” using Terminal.
  • On Linux: Run the file “flash-all.sh”.
Step 8 - That’s pretty much that you had to do for flashing the stock factory image on your Nexus 5. Now wait and watch as the process is completed — or follow the on-screen instructions on your tablet if in case you have to unlock the bootloader.

Step 9 - After the installation completes, your tablet will boot now and it might take about 5 minutes to boot on your first time. So, please wait with patience!

That’s it! Your Nexus 5 should now have the Nightly Build Android 4.4.4 OmniROM update installed on your phone! Go to Settings >About phone to verify.

Hit +1 or LIKE to thank us!

Have fun playing with the new Android 4.4.4 OmniROM. All the instructions are clearly given above, but if you have any issues, please let us know.

XDA:DevDB Information

[ROM] [4.4] Omni (hammerhead), a ROM for the Google Nexus 5

Contributors:
mithun46, XpLoDWilD

ROM Kernel: Linux 3.4.x
Based On: Omni
Version Information Status: Alpha
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Google Wallet and Google Docs With Material Design (Download APK)

Google app updates are hitting Google Play, bringing even more Material Design aesthetics to your smartphone. As Google Fit hit Google Play, updates are available for Google Wallet and Google Docs too, but you can rest assured that more are to come.

Google Wallet

While Google Docs received what appears to be just a slightly updated MD makeover, Google Wallet received a few new features, including new ways to add money to your account. Users can now setup recurring bank transfers into your account, as well as new Low Balance alerts, which will kick in at whichever amount you designate.

Add money to Google Wallet balance 

What if you never needed to remember to add money to your Wallet Balance? Now, you don’t. With the latest version of Google Wallet you’ll be able to add money automatically to your Wallet Balance and set up Low Balance alerts, so that you’ll always have money in your Wallet Balance when you need it.

Download Google Wallet and Google Docs With Material Design

Luckily for you, we have provided download links to both of the updated apps, so there is no need to wait for Google Play to populate the update. Go grab them.
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Google Fit App to track all your Exercise Progress

Google announced it back at Google I/O 2014 in June, and built in support for it into Android 5.0 Lollipop in August, but it's now finally here, it being Google Fit. The app just hit Google Play, bringing a fairly basic activity tracker to your Android phone. Google Fit tracks walking, running, and cycling activity, either on your phone or from an Android Wear device.

Google Fit App

It's worth noting that installing Google Fit will wipe any activity tracking on your Android Wear smartwatch, so you'll be starting over in the process.

Here’s what Google Fit can do:


  • Reach your fitness goals
  • Set goals based on either duration or steps and see your progress throughout the day.
  • Receive performance-based recommendations for activity goals.
  • A comprehensive view of your fitness – Connect third party devices and apps to Fit and we’ll show you all of your fitness data in one place.
  • Available everywhere – Compatible with all Android Wear devices. – Also access Google Fit on the web at www.google.com/fit and on your tablet.

Google prepared some APIs to give developers more tools to use these new activities. We should expect a large number of applications that use sensors to pop up in the Play Store. It’s important to note that installing Google Fit on your Android Wear device will wipe all your existing activity tracking.

The application will work with pretty much every device available on the market running Android 4.0 and higher, so you can play with it even now. Even without Android Wear, you can download the app from the Google Fit Play Store listing. Now, it’s time to go ahead and leave your chair and do some running!

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October 28, 2014

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Some Awesome Features in Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop is the latest major revision to Google’s mobile operating system. The Mountain View company waited a long time to bump the version to 5.0. With Android Lollipop’s upcoming final release, we will see many under-the-hood changes that will make this OS even more complete than it is today. Google made efforts to reduce the fragmentation and implement some exciting features.

Android 5.0 Lollipop

Unbundling of WebView from the OS

One of the most important new features that has been spotted so far is that WebView is now a separate package, which can be updated straight from Google. This means that a larger number of users will have access to an up-to-date WebView, leading to greater security that the built-in variant. WebView is a component that is used by third party applications to display Web content without launching the browser. Unbundling WebView makes the update process independent from OEMs update schedule. This is definitely good news to all users of devices whose OEMs aren’t the best with updates.

Also see: Customize Android with Lollipop floating notifications - Tasker

Multi-User Support for Phones

Multi-user support has been available in Android ever since Android 4.2. Unfortunately, it was historically available only for tablet users. Bringing this feature to phones has been highly demanded by the community, and Google finally decided to give the users what we want. The core functionality is pretty much the same. The first user is considered the owner of the device and controls who else can use the device. Every profile has its own welcome screen, application settings, wallpapers, and such. Profiles can be switched by pressing the head button into top right corner of the screen. Now, you can stop worrying about your kids and friends seeing private content on your phone.

Also See: Android 5.0 Lollipop - Google Apps (Launcher, Keyboard, Wallpapers)

Application Pinning

Speaking of children and friends… Starting with Android 5.0 Lollipop, users can now pin to lock the currently running application. If your device has some kind of protection (PIN, pattern, etc), any other potential user will have to breach its security in order to access other applications once pinning has been enabled. This is a very convenient way of protecting your data. Now, not everybody has to check your browser history or gallery before handing off the phone.

Also see: How to Switch iPhone into Android - Google Guide

Google Search in Recent Apps

Google also added its Search prowess to the Recent Apps screen. Android developers are really trying to make Google Search accessible from every screen. As such, you are now just one tap of your Recent Apps menu away from search at any time. Furthermore, even the “OK Google” function can be used from that screen (if you haven’t already enabled it from all other screens). The motivation behind this feature addition is clears, as the Search engine was Google’s original claim to fame and still one of its major revenue sources.

Also See: Gmail 5.0: Material Design from Android 5.0 Lollipop (Download APK)

Backed Up Preferences, Applications, and More

If you are purchasing a new Android device, you likely already have your own favorite set of apps and more. Google has for a long time backed up your list of applications and WiFi networks, but importing this has never quite worked as it should. For example, some applications are automatically downloaded even when you haven’t used them for ages. With Lollipop, Google refined the system considerably.

 You can now transfer all relevant settings and applications (even Google Now Launcher settings) through NFC at the time of initial login or selectively through the Internet connection. While unavailable, applications that are to be downloaded will be shown as gray icons that launch their Play Store listing when clicked. After they are restored, they will look and behave like they did before. Furthermore, since Android has offered cloud backup of app data for some time, applications that are coded to use this feature will behave just like they did on the previous device or installation, without the need for third party app data backup and restore apps!

Also See: Android 5.0 Lollipop Screenshots — Developer Preview on Nexus 5

Two Factor Authentication from Initial Login

nexus2cee_1_thumb10If you use two-factor authentication (and you really should following all these nasty leaks), you are probably familiar with how the account login screen opens up a browser window in order to enter your time-sensitive security code. Android Lollipop changes this, as you can now enter the code right from the login screen itself, which will undoubtedly make security-conscious users happier.

Also See: Download Android 5.0 Lollipop Wallpapers and Sounds

Application Hierarchy Changes

Now for something a bit more behind the scenes… Unlike before, system applications are now placed in folders, where the APK and odex (if it exists) have their dedicated place. Applications are still divided into apps and priv-apps folders, so the OS is getting a little more complicated than it was before. We hope that this is just a small change that won’t affect app porting in any way.

Flappy Android Easter Egg

Last but not the least, we have a brand new Easter Egg. The funky folks over at Google have once again proven that they have a pretty good sense of humor. Do you remember the Nyan Cat Easter Egg back in Ice Cream Sandwich? With Android 5.0, Google decided to make its own version of the immortal Flappy Bird. This time, you have a chance to tap your screen like crazy to control the bugdroid to squeeze it between two giant lollipops. Be aware: Lollipops are sticky, so your small flapping buddy can easily lose its flying abilities. We wish you all good scores!

Android 5.0 Lollipop is a pretty exciting revision, and we are (im)patiently awaiting the day when we can get our grubby little hands on the source code. Hopefully this version of Android will be up and running on many older devices through the third party development scene. This may be difficult due to ART and storage issues, but the XDA community has quite often shown that limitations can be blasted into oblivion.

Source via XDA Developers
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October 21, 2014

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How to Switch iPhone into Android - Google Guide

When Apple finally released devices with 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens, it thought that it should publish a guide for Android users who were tempted to eat the fruit of Cupertino. In a reciprocal move, Google has now published a guide for iPhone users who want to migrate over to Android.

iPhone into Android

The new guide, called “Get going on Android”, covers transferring your photo stored on an iPad or iPhone, how to move from iTunes to Google Play Music, copying your contacts from iCloud, and how to set up email and messaging.

Google lets you transfer up to 20,000 of your songs from your iTunes library to Google Play Music for free.

To transfer your photos you just need to install the Google+ app on your iPhone or iPad and then set up the “Auto Backup” option. This will ensure that all your photos are copied to the cloud. To see your photos you just need to open the Photos app on your Android device and voilà.
Migrating away from iTunes is also quite simple. Google lets you transfer up to 20,000 of your songs from your iTunes library to Google Play Music for free. Once in Google Play Music you can access your collection from any web browser, on any of your Android devices, or even from your iPhone or iPad.



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Copying over your contacts isn’t as seamless as the transfer of photos and music, however it isn’t hard. Basically you need to export your contacts in vCard format and then import them into your Google contacts.

To get access to your emails you just need to install the relevant app on your Android device. If you are using Gmail then there is not much to do as the Gmail app should come installed by default. If you are using a service like Yahoo! then you just install the Yahoo! app on your device. For iCloud email, install an email app that supports IMAP, POP3 and Exchange accounts.


Google’s final recommendation is to switch off iMessage before you move the SIM card from your iPhone to your new Android device. To do that go to “Settings”, then “Messages”, and set iMessage to “off”. For full step-by-step instructions read Google’s Get going on Android guide Below.

How to Transfer photos stored on your iPhone or iPad

Google+ Photos is a great way to have all your pics - past and future - in one place, with unlimited private storage* and accessible from any internet connected device. There are always lots more choices on Google Play to find the photo app that works perfectly for you.
*only photos over 2048x2048 pixels and videos longer than 15 minutes count against your 15 GB of free storage
  • On your iPhone, download the Google+ app from iTunes.
  • Open Google+ and sign in using your Google account (i.e., your Gmail address and password).
  • Select "Auto Backup" for your photos by selecting the menu icon, followed by the gear icon at the top right. Now go to "Camera and Photos", touch "Auto Backup" and switch it on.
  • Sit back as all your photos are being saved to the cloud.
  • Open the Photos app on your new Android device to see all of your photos from your iPhone or iPad. 

How to Transfer your iTunes library

Easily transfer up to 20,000 of your songs from your iTunes library to Google Play Music for free. From there, you can access your collection on any web browser, any of your Android devices, or even from your iPhone or iPad.
  • Make sure your iPhone or iPad is fully synced to iTunes on your computer. Your music should all be backed up on your computer when this is done.
  • Install Google Play Music Manager on your computer. Music Manager will upload your iTunes music to the cloud. You can download Music Manager here.
  • Finish setting up your Google Play account by creating a Google Wallet account*.
*Even though the standard version of Google Play Music is free, you'll need to input a credit card into your new account.

Keep all your contacts

If you don’t already know which account your contacts are saved to, you’ll need to check this in iOS. To do this on your iPhone or iPad, tap “Settings”, then “Mail, Contacts, Calendars.” Once you’re in the “Contacts” section, tap “Default Account” to see which account is selected. From the list below, read the instructions for your default account.

Contacts Account: Gmail

You’ll only need to sign in with your Google Account on your Android phone or tablet and all your contacts will be right there.

Contacts Account: iCloud

You can transfer your contacts from iCloud to Android as follows:
  • Go to “Settings,” then “Mail, Contacts, Calendars,” then “Accounts” where you should see “iCloud” listed. Open iCloud and turn on the toggle for “Contacts” which will prompt you to “Merge” your device's contacts with iCloud.
  • In a web browser, go to apple.com/icloud, login with your Apple ID, and click on "Contacts". In the lower-left corner, click on the wheel, “Select All”. Once selected, click the wheel again and choose "Export vCard".
  • In a web browser, go to gmail.com, click on the "Mail" button in the top left and select “Contacts”. You should see a list of your Gmail contacts.
  • Now click the "More" button above the contacts list and select "Import". Select "Choose File" and select your saved vCard file. When importing is complete, Gmail will display the number of contacts imported.
  • Finally, delete any duplicates by using the “Find & merge duplicates” function under the "More" button above the contacts list.

Other

If your contacts are stored locally or you’re using an account other than iCloud or Gmail then one way to transfer your contacts to Android is through iTunes on your Windows or Mac computer.
  • Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer.
  • Open iTunes and navigate to the device screen by clicking "iPhone" or "iPad" in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Open the Info tab and check the box next to “Sync Contacts with.”
  • Choose "Google Contacts" from the drop down menu and enter your Google account credentials when prompted.
  • Wait for your iPhone or iPad to sync.
You can also use a SIM card or third party apps to transfer your contacts if you’d prefer. Please see here for further info.

Set up Gmail

The Gmail app is ready to go when you set up your Android phone or tablet with a Google account. Simply open the Gmail app and sign in.

Set up iCloud email, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook, or another email service

You can still access all your email accounts on your Android device by installing the app for your email service from Google Play. For example, just install Yahoo Mail. For iCloud email, install an email app that supports IMAP, POP3 and Exchange accounts.

Don’t forget to turn off iMessage

iMessage is an Apple messaging service. Don’t forget to turn it off, or SMS/MMS messages will continue to be directed to your old iPhone or iPad instead of being routed to your new Android phone.

Turn off iMessage before you remove the SIM on your iPhone or iPad by going to "Settings", then "Messages". Finally, set iMessage to “off”.

Find all your apps and discover new ones

Google Play has over 1.3 million apps to choose from so you can find all your favorites and discover new ones. For apps where you’re a subscriber, like Netflix, you can simply transfer your service over to Android for free. Just download the same app from Google Play and sign in to your app.

Hooray! Enjoy your new Android device. 

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