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Android Authority this week
It was the week when Lollipop began trickling out to eager Android fans. Google began feeding our Lollipop craving on Wednesday, when system images hit servers and the much anticipated OTAs began rolling out. (If you still haven’t got yours, our handy guide shows you how to sideload and skip the wait.) CyanogenMod announced plans for the Lollipop-based CM12, and several Lollipop-based ROMs hit XDA. The Nexus 6 finally went on pre-order on US carriers, and Sprint is actually shipping it. Google launched Messenger in the Play Store and kicked off Material updates to some of its apps. And finally, Samsung introduced Flow, its cross-device connectivity feature, and showed off the sensor-packed Simband.
Welcome to Android Authority this week.
Check out Jayce’s take on the events of this week:
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This was another blowout week in terms of traffic and engagement, and for that we thank you! Of course, it didn’t hurt that Lollipop began trickling out to users this week, and the interest is simply incredible. Google really hit this one out of the park. Plus, it’s great to see OEMs competing over updates, to the point that some Nexus users felt frustrated they weren’t first. That’s a (first world) problem we never thought we would have to deal with… Speaking of first world problems, make sure to check out Andrew’s hilarious piece on fanboys.
The stuff you shouldn’t miss
Here some other interesting posts for your Sunday reading:
- Fun: What kind of fanboy are you?
- Must read: Our Nexus 6 review is here
- Review: Premium mid-range never looked better: Desire 820 review
- Review: Kevin Nether takes a look at the beefy Droid Turbo
- Guide: How to sideload a new version of Android on your device
- Opinion: Andrew Grush looks at the Moto 360 after one month of usage
Top news of the week
Here are the top news in the Android world this week:
Custom ROMs going Lollipop
- Lollipop-based ROM for HTC One (M8) GPe available on XDA
- LG G3 (D855) receives its first TWRP compatible rooted Android Lollipop ROM
- CyanogenMod Lollipop progress update: nightlies could arrive by month-end
Lollipop update frenzy
- Android 5.0 factory images finally hit for Nexus devices
- Motorola confirms that Lollipop is rolling out to Moto X Pure Edition and to the Moto G (2nd gen)
- 2012 Nexus 7 WiFi users, your Android 5.0 Lollipop factory image is here
- LG says the G3 will get Android 5.0 Lollipop this coming week, at least in Poland
- Grab the Lollipop update for your Nexus with the official OTA files
- Lollipop update for Nvidia’s Shield Tablet scheduled for November 18th
- LG Nexus 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop factory images are now live
- HTC Google Play Edition devices to get Lollipop from next week
Nexus 6 is here
- (Update: pre-orders are open) AT&T Nexus 6 availability: pre-orders start tomorrow, $249 on contract
- Looking to pick up a Nexus 6? Here’s your best options
- T-Mobile delays Nexus 6 launch until November 19th
- Sprint releases Nexus 6: $299 on contract, 32GB/Midnight Blue only
Google apps & YouTube Music Key
- Google shows off first look at Google Search 4.0 with Material Design
- YouTube’s subscription service “Music Key” is launching in beta next week
- Google Messenger is now in the Play Store
- YouTube Music Key beta may be giving first dibs to Google Play All Access subscribers
- Google Keep getting its Material Design makeover now
Flow and Simband
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