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.

Brainpower just isn't enough

Intel has purchased Lantiq for an undisclosed sum, a company familiar to those of us in the wireline broadband sector for its DSL and other networking chips. This follows Intel’s moves into networking with the purchase of Fulcrum back in 2011 as it realized that servers needed more than just brawny processors, they needed faster communications chips. A related story is playing out in the home, where communications between hundreds or even thousands of relatively dumb connected devices will require some impressive networking technology and brainpower in a few hub devices or a home gateway. And apparently Intel wants to power that hub.

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