News Updates/Software

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5 updates to Lollipop 5.0

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S5 is getting its Lollipop update. Usually, Verizon has waited as long as it could before releasing a new OTA for its devices. This time though, things are different and Galaxy S5 is getting a timely update to Android 5.0, being the first US variant to get the update so far.


Verizon Samsung


The update version is VRU1BNLC and it has Android build number LRX21T. The first rollout stage will be slow but it will come in a few days with its unforgettable TouchWiz. The software design presents a new lock screen, ART, priority notification modes and an updated multitasking interface with brighter colors.

We do not know if checking the update button will do anything to the device yet, but we doubt mashing the button in will bring the OTA faster to your device. You will just have to wait for a few more days for it to organically reach devices.

Source: Verizon

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Root Explorer update to 3.3 – SD card writing without root on Lollipop devices

Root Explorer gets an update to 3.3 and it still keeps its relevance in play thanks to developer Speed Software. It’s one of those apps you just have to have on your Android devices because it’s useful. Version 3.3 uses the revamped Android 5.0 SD card management to write to external SD cards without root.


Root Explorer now works without root permissions so you can use it as a file manager where you cannot modify the /system partition or any other protected Android file systems. In the past, most third-party apps could only use one folder assigned to them and they could not be modified without root control. Now on Lollipop, new API intents were added and they give full read and write access all over the card.





At the moment you won’t find many Lollipop devices with SD card slots, but in the next couple of months, that will essentially change as Lollipop will take over the market. Root Explorer can also see SELinux properties on Android 4.3 devices which can help if you constantly work with security systems. The app costs arouind$3.99 and you can find it in the Google Play Store by clicking the widget below.


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Android 5.0 Lollipop system image for Nexus 4 ready to download

The Android 5.0 Lollipop system image for Nexus 4 is finally available for download. The Nexus 4 is not as old in some people’s pockets as we think, and now those owners will be happy to know that they can enjoy the Lollipop pleasures of the world as well.


Nexus download image



The image bears number LRX21T, which is dated to October 21st, as most similar images available. The image has 412MB and it includes anything you will need to flash the Android 5.0 update to your device. You won’t even have to delete your user data to apply the update, but just to be sure, you should do it.


If you think you are ready for flashing, head over to the source link to envelop your Nexus 4 in Lollipop glory.


Source: Nexus Lollipop image


Android 5.0 Lollipop factory images and binaries for Nexus 5, 7, 9 and 10 live on Google Devs

Android 5.0 Lollipop factory images and binaries for the Nexus 5, 7, 9 and 10 are finally live. The full system images were recently uploaded on the Google Developers site and with the new files you can flash your Nexus back to stock even after you threw a hammer on it (metaphorically speaking of course; you would never really do that…. Would you?)!


Nexus binaries


The images posted so far are for Nexus 5, 7 both WiFi models, Nexus 9 and 10. No Nexus 6 image has been posted yet, but we know it is getting an update as well. Nexus 4 for example is not getting the OTA update yet. Binaries for devices with factory images are up as well, save for Nexus 9, whose drivers are on a separate partition.

As soon as you download the desired image, you can flash it directly from your computer in a few easy clicks. You don’t HAVE to wipe your device clean, but you may want to do that just to avoid future troubles.

Source: Developers Google