Moar Lollipops, Bluetooth 4.2 and AirMirrors

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“It’s Friday, Friday…Gotta get down on Friday…Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend’..

Before I continue the song, here’s the news for the day.

*Goes back to listening to Rebecca Black*

Google releases images for Android Lollipop 5.0.1 

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With Google’s latest iteration of its Android OS Lollipop out for little over a month now, everyone expected great things from the sweet tasting OS, but sadly it was not to be.

Already released for all Nexus series of devices, Users were happily downloading the factory images from Google left, right and center. The whole world seemed to be in a lollipop induced madness. Yet no sooner than they installed the latest and presumably the greatest Android OS, red flags started popping up. Users began to complain about buggy Wi-Fi connections, Network issues, applications randomly closing and the biggest concern of all was the somewhat noticeable battery drain that offered no explanation.

Now though it seems Google has been listening to the prayers of its faithful and quietly released an update to the Android 5 image. Titled build version LRX22C (as opposed to the initial LRX210),

Aimed at cleaning out the bugs present in the LRX210 version, the updated version includes an increase to the amount of memory allocated for video playback on the Nexus 7, which gave a “There was a problem while playing the video. Touch to retry” error whilst on Youtube and avoiding accidentally factory resetting a device configured to wipe itself after a number of failed access attempts. Lollipop now does not count password or patterns with less than four elements as attempts to access the device. While these are fixes for the Nexus 7, there seem to be no immediate fixes for the issues reported for the Nexus 5. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Bluetooth 4.2 announced

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It seems everything is getting an upgrade these days. Among them is the venerable Bluetooth technology.The Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) who is in charge of overseeing all bluetooth standards and licencing of Bluetooth technologies announced that Bluetooth 4.2 will be released as an update to the existing Bluetooth 4.1. The update is touted to possess faster connection speeds, enhanced connectivity and improved privacy controls.

Promising almost 2.5x the transfer speeds between two devices possible because of the increased capacity for Bluetooth Smart data packets (which are now able to hold ten times as much data as before). The updated 4.2 also offers improvements in connecting with Smart devices that use Bluetooth LE (Low Energy such as those found in fitness gears and smart watches.

In addition, Bluetooth 4.2 also emphasizes on security and privacy. It is now more difficult for a Bluetooth-paired device to get tracked. With retailers being able to connect to a customer’s phone without permission, this is indeed a welcome update. Additionally, another major improvement is support for newer IPv6 protocol ensuring seamless and lesser time connecting to the Internet, including the Internet Protocol Support Profile (IPSP) via IPv6/6LoWPAN.

All good things come at a cost though, in this case, whilst Bluetooth 4.1 was an update to Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth 4.2 will require some hardware improvements especially for the increased speed and IPv6 features which require new hardware completely.

AirDroid updated, now offers AirMirror 

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If you haven’t heard of AirDroid, well now’s the time to read up on it. Used as a tool to connect your phone to your PC wirelessly, it also lets you access SMS and the file system from your PC. You can also download the apps installed on your device as well as remotely install an app onto your phone and tablet. Once connected, you’re given a web link in order to access your device.

It was recently updated with AirMirror, as well as standalone clients for Windows and Mac. As per the name, you can mirror your android device’s screen on your computer. Essentially meaning that you can run apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook via your PC.

However, for this feature to work, you must have a Android device with root access and or an AirDroid-certified handset to beam content to your PC and/or Mac. The developers have also promised that they will enable this feature for Android 5.0 Lollipop as soon as possible.

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