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Smart Unlock is just $0.99 on Google Play. Photo: Hazex

Smart Unlock is just $0.99 on Google Play. Photo: Hazex

Still waiting for Android 5.0 to come to your device? You don’t need it to enjoy Smart Lock, one of Lollipop’s best new security features, thanks to a new third-party app called Smart Unlock that delivers the same functionality.

Compatible with any device running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and above, the $0.99 download automatically disables your lock screen security when a trusted wearable is nearby. What’s more, Smart Unlock has an advantage over Google’s own Smart Lock feature by allowing you to add trusted Wi-Fi networks, too.

Google's new Messenger app looks awesome. Screenshots: Google

Google’s new Messenger app looks awesome. Screenshots: Google

Google’s given a fresh lick of paint to many of its own Android apps for Lollipop, while others have been completely rebuilt from the ground up. One of those is Messenger, which replaces the aging Messaging hub and breathes new life into traditional text messaging.

Screenshot: TiVo/Google Play

Screenshot: TiVo/Google Play

TiVo has today updated its Android app to finally add support for video streaming from your DVR to supported smartphones and tablets. The feature gives users the ability to begin watching live and recorded shows on their TV at home, and then continue enjoying them on their mobile devices when they leave the house.

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Google has updated its platform distribution numbers for the 1st week of July, which shows KitKat’s continuous growth and the slow and steady decline of Jelly Bean.

The latest version of Android is now the third most popular distribution of the OS, finally surpassing the three year old Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and is now right behind Android 4.2 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a market share of 17.9%.

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Nokia — the part that has not been sold to Microsoft — has released a new launcher for Android devices, dubbed Z Launcher. Like every other launcher recently released on the Play Store, Z launcher aims to make your life simpler by offering app suggestions depending on the time and your usage habits. 

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