LG hasn’t had a problem with the Snapdragon 810 overheating in the G Flex 2

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In early December, it was reported that Qualcomm was having some problems with its next-generation Snapdragon 810 chip. The SoC was said to be overheating at certain voltages, and this raised concerns that the next slew of flagships coming in early 2015 might see delays. LG then went on to announce its G Flex 2 smartphone at CES 2015, effectively squashing rumors about the 810 that had spread just about a month earlier.

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WhatsApp’s web-based chat client launches, only works with Google Chrome (for now)

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One of the service’s most-requested features, WhatsApp has today launched its web-based chat client. Rumors of it coming soon started appearing yesterday when screenshots of the latest WhatsApp app leaked showing an interface for logging into the web app, and now we have an idea of how that interface is used. With the quick scan of a QR code in-browser, you can start chatting with your WhatsApp friends from the desktop. Read more

Android 5.0.2 Lollipop OTA files start showing up for Nexus 7, here’s how to install them

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We saw in late December that Google had published download links for the Nexus 7 (2012) factory images, but now it appears OTA update links are finally making the rounds. While not much is known about the specifics of what this update brings, Google has been fast to push this minor Lollipop revision to Nexus 7 owners. Many have reported that Lollipop brought reductions in performance, so if you’re one of those people, it might be a good idea to try this out and see if it will help.

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Google posts Android 5.0.2 factory images for Nexus 10 & 2013 Nexus 7

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Google has just released Android 5.0.2 Lollipop factory images for the Nexus 10 and 2013 Nexus 7. Previously, Android 5.0.2 images had been available only for the 2012 Nexus 7. Today’s uploads for the 2013 WiFi-only Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 carry the same build number as the build released last month, LRX22G.

Google hasn’t provided any indication of what has changed in Android 5.0.2 for the 2013 Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, but don’t expect major changes seeing that it’s such a small numerical update. The factory images are available to download on Google’s developer site now and should begin to rollout over-the-air soon.

If you need help installing these factory images on your device, you can check out our guide here with all the details, but if you’re not the daring type, you might want to simply wait for the over-the-air update to hit.

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Hands-on: Adobe brings its Lightroom Mobile image editor to Android w/ Creative Cloud sync

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Adobe has been working to bring Photoshop Lightroom from the desktop to mobile over the last year, and today the image editing app is landing on Android for the first time. Lightroom Mobile for Android joins the company’s existing creative apps for Android including Photoshop ExpressPhotoshop Touch, Adobe Revel, and more. Check out our hands-on with Lightroom for Android below for all the details on Adobe’s latest creative app for mobile users… Read more

Google releases Classroom mobile apps for Android and iOS

Google announced today that it’s releasing mobile apps for its Google Classroom service for both Android and iOS devices. The company officially launched Classroom to its Apps for Education customers in the US during the summer offering them a web-based platform for planning lessons, handing out assignments, and working alongside students. Teachers and students will now be able to access those features from mobile devices through the new apps and Google is also adding a could of new features to the platform.

In addition to a new teacher assignments page and archiving functions for Classroom, Google notes that the mobile apps will let users snap a photo to share or attach to assignments, share content from other apps, and access content cached for offline viewing. Read more

Project Ara MDK 0.2 released detailing Module Marketplace, Vestigen announced as module partner

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Another “alpha” release of the Project Ara MDK (module developers kit) has been released, and interestingly, it goes into some previously undiscussed preliminary details regarding requirements for developers to submit their modules to the Google-run module marketplace we told you about last month. Also, it was announced today on Phonebloks’ blog that a company called Vestigen, known for creating smart liquid sensors, will be creating a module for the project.

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Roundup: Find all of 9to5Google’s CES 2015 coverage in one place

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If you’ve somehow missed the overflow of coverage from CES 2015 last week, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. During the show we took a look at the latest devices and accessories that are expected to be released throughout 2015. The show was packed with new smartphones, home automation tools, cases, and some unexpected surprises. If you didn’t catch all of the coverage from the show, check out the roundup below with links to everything that we found interesting…

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Xiaomi worried potential Facebook investment could have threatened strong relationship with Google

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According to a report this morning from Reuters, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun sat down with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to talk about a potential investment in October, but nothing came of the talks. Facebook being banned in China—the home and birthplace of Xiaomi—was one of the main discussion points, with both CEOs considering what the implications would be of the international investment. While Xiaomi was definitely worried of the “political fallout” that could come of the deal, China’s largest smartphone maker also considered its important relationship with Google–as the company’s phones all run Android—as a reason to distance itself from Facebook.

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Google puts millions of users at risk by ending WebView security updates for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and below

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Forbes reports that nearly one billion Android smartphone users that are not running the latest Lollipop operating system are at risk of malicious attacks due to Google no longer releasing security updates for the WebView tool on Android versions at or below 4.3 Jelly Bean. Research firm Rapid7 discovered that Google started the process of ending support for WebView late last year for devices not running Android 5.0 Lollipop. Read more

Falcon Pro 3 Twitter client lands on the Play Store, but expect limitations

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Falcon Pro was one of the most notorious Android Twitter clients for quite some time, but development of the app got pushed aside when it started running into its Twitter API token limits. But the app’s developer Joaquim Verges has now brought it back with the release of version 3, which has been completely rewritten and re-imagined, and packs a gorgeous new dark-skinned Material Design aesthetic.  Read more