Mobile

Better late than never

Google’s flagship Nexus 6 smartphone has been available directly through the Google Play Store for months and also at most of the large U.S. carriers save one: Verizon. That’s changing, however, as Verizon now has a sign-up page for those interested in the smartphone and lists the Nexus 6 as “coming soon.” Droid Life spotted the updated web page on Verizon’s site, and points out that you could technically have already bought an unlocked Nexus 6 and got it working on Verizon’s voice and data networks but a direct offer from Verizon allows for customers to take advantage of upgrade options.

back in stock

In December, it looked like Google had phased out last year’s Nexus phone in favor of the bigger, newer, and more expensive Nexus 6. The Nexus 5 was then listed as out of stock on Google Play and a Google spokesperson even said that production of the phone had stopped. But on Monday, the Google Play device store started showing 16GB and 32GB black Nexus 5 phones back in stock. The Nexus 5 might no longer be the latest and greatest, but it’s still a great showcase for Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you want one, grab one now — Google’s only promised to sell the $349 device through the first quarter of 2015.

Software updates on the way

Good news for Samsung Galaxy S5 owners on the Verizon network in the U.S.: Android 5.0 is ready for your device and Verizon has made it available. A notification should appear on your handset to indicate Lollipop is coming your way, but if you can’t wait, you can always manually check in Settings, About Device. Verizon’s version of the Galaxy S5 is the first in the U.S. to see the official software update. The update includes Google’s Material Design changes, a new way to manage interruptions and more interactive notifications on your Android lock screen.

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