We’ve had a little bit of everything in the world of Android this week. Samsung surprised naysayers with a speedy Lollipop update kickoff for the Galaxy S5. Google pushed out a minor update to Nexus devices, bringing the software revision to Android 5.0.1. The two-face YotaPhone 2 finally made its actual debut, and we brought you our impressions of it. Some tantalizing rumors about Samsung’s and HTC’s upcoming flagships surfaced. And Google pushed out interesting updates to Messenger, News, and YouTube.
Google is taking a harder stance on piracy-related apps, and recently removed a number of Pirate Bay apps from the Play store.
After being out of stock for quite some time, the black Nexus 5 is once again available on the Google Play Store.
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The most useful and visible change seems to be the new My Accounts section, accessible from the side menu, which lists all your Play purchases (apps, music, devices, etc) and provides quick access to paying methods.
Designer Aurélien Salomon’s concept shows how Google search could look with Google’s Material design implemented.
If you rely on Google’s News & Weather app to stay up to date with your favorite news sources, you’ll be happy to hear about the update to version 2.2, which brings a new dark theme, Material Designs touches, and some new functionality.
Google is now pushing out a little update to Google Messenger, rolling out slowly to devices now. Changes include a touch of color and some new Material Design tweaks.
Google is set to overhaul a number of their services to be 12-and-under friendly.
Having trouble with your Nexus, Google Play Edition, or Android One device? Google has released Device Assist to help you get the most out of your device!