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Official Android 5.0 Lollipop final factory images for Nexus 5, 7 and 10 are now available to download. You can find the direct links right here.

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Google has just rolled out the new messaging app, first seen on the Nexus 6 running Android Lollipop, to the Play Store, meaning those rocking other Android devices can now indulge in this intriguing new application. Provided that your handset is running Android 4.1 or higher, it’ll be ready to run the nice-looking tool simply called Messenger, and as well as the download link, you’ll find all of the relevant details below.

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We recently saw Apple introduce iOS 8 to a whole host of compatible iPhone and iPad devices, and now it’s Android’s turn to take things to the next level. As we should all know by now, getting our hands on the latest and greatest version of the Android OS isn’t as simple as hitting Software Update and watching as the improvements download. Apple have the monopoly on that simplicity it seems. However, if you happen to be the proud owner of an unlocked, mid-range Motorola Moto G smartphone then you’ll be the first to officially get your hands on Android Lollipop.

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New leaks show what appears to be a vastly improved Android Wear companion app for Android, and carries Google’s new-found design language.

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The one long-standing criticism of Samsung’s powerhouse smartphone line has been about the plasticky, cheap build quality. Whilst the likes of the Apple iPhone and HTC’s One series have set the standard in this regard with some premium finishes, the Galaxy roster has been the subject of much debate. Sure, most power users are nonplussed about the outer shell, particularly when the likes of Apple and HTC are forced to cut corners and remove perceived necessities like a removable battery, but in recent times, the Korean company has expanded its horizons by offering handsets with metallic finishes. The Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are both products of this new initiative, but like many other metal-housed devices before them, the new duo is apparently afflicted with signal issues.

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Here’s how you can record and mirror your Android device’s screen on Android 5.0 Lollipop without root access.

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If you dig flat looking geometric designs, then these 141 Material Design inspired wallpapers are bound to make your day, and the best part is, you can use them on any device you might have.

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While Google is busy exploring different ideas in its lab, Android fans are taking the company’s open-source mobile OS to even crazier levels. Guess what? Your Android Wear smartwatch can run PlayStation One games. Read all about it after the jump.

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Android Lollipop is all the rage right now and the OS has not arrived on devices other than the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 as of yet. The wait and anticipation of the arrival of a magical update from manufacturers such as Samsung is producing more excitement every day. We now have a video that shows of the Samsung Galaxy S4 running Android 5.0 Lollipop, being compared to a similar device, but running Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

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It isn’t much of a surprise when camera units on some of the best Android phones out there are found to be taking photos that don’t do justice to the device. The Galaxy Note 4 unfortunately suffers from the same, but since it’s Android, performance and results are hardly ever constant.

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While we were focusing on and vouching for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 to be getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update, the Galaxy S4 has jumped right in. The device has been seen running Android 5.0 with the new TouchWiz UI layered on top.

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And you thought Quad-HD resolution on mobile phones was truly overwhelming. Enter Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – which, according to reports, is rumored to come with a 5.9-inch display with an over-the-top crazy Ultra HD Super AMOLED display, also called the ‘4K’ resolution.

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Lenovo has released its S90 Sisley smartphone, and it is impressively beautiful, with a construction that will confuse a few into mistaking it for an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

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In a surprising move, Microsoft has just made Office completely free for iPad, iPhone and Android. Microsoft wants users to stick to the Office platform on their mobile devices, and apparently this is the way to achieve that.

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Let the ‘gates’ of shame open! Nexus 9 is apparently not as premium-ly built as we have been led to believe. Press the rear shell in the middle and you can easily indent the plastic back.

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WhatsApp is the go-to IM’ing app for most smartphone users out there. While the app itself is feature-rich in a lot of ways, there’s always room for improvement, and today, WhatsApp is rolling out a new feature over-the-air that enable users to see if their message has been read by the recipient.

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Google’s Maps service is about as popular as its search engine these days, and as well as the Web service, the Big G has made a concerted effort to improve navigation for mobile users. Those rocking an Android nearly always get the better end of the updates as far is Google is concerned, but in recognizing that iOS users are still an important demographic as far as reach is taken into account, the Android maker has just announced a rather sizeable update for those on iPhone and iPad as well as users running its own mobile OS.

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The third iteration of the UP wristband from Jawbone – UP3 is the most advanced fitness tracker from the company so far. In a market abuzz with smartwatches, Jawbone is determined to excel further in what it does best.

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Google’s newly updated Calendar app is now ready to download by anyone running a device with Android 4.0.3 and above.

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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer may not be everyone’s first choice when it comes to picking a browser, but despite having conceded quite a bit of its market share to Chrome and Firefox in its time, the software maker has made some significant improvements of late both in terms of functionality and reach. Given that IE is only available on the software maker’s own platforms, though, it’s somewhat limited to a particular audience, and so in order to rectify this situation, Microsoft has launched a new system that allows users to test the most recent edition of its Web-surfing app through the likes of OS X and iOS as well as Google’s Android.

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