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Android 6.0 Marshmallow – What’s hot and what’s not

Android 6.0 Marshmallow – What’s hot and what’s not

Google dropped a double whammy yesterday. First it announced the final preview of Android M, signaling the closeness of the consumer launch of the next Android version. And to emphasize that point, Google also formally christened that next version and gave it formal numbers. Android M, which is API 23 for developers, is major version 6.0. But it will forever be known by its more popular nickname: Android Marshmallow. So what has changed in this latest and last preview? They're not as ground breaking as the last, but they are still significant nonetheless.

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Google Hangouts now has its own hangout on the Web

Google Hangouts now has its own hangout on the Web

Google has been steadily simplifying the Google+ brand, primarily by separating the rather amorphous service from more stable and more independent products. The latest to get that treatment is Google's all-embracing Hangouts messaging platform. To emphasize the point that it is a distinct product separate from Google+, the tech giant has given it not only a facelift on mobile, but now also a home on the World Wide Web. Yes, Hangouts now has a website of its own and you can use it on a browser, no plugin required.

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Project Ara might have hit a snag, Puerto Rico launch ditched

Project Ara might have hit a snag, Puerto Rico launch ditched

It's probably too premature to sound the alarm, but Project Ara might be further delayed than it already is. Although more positively and warmly welcomed than Google Glass, Project Ara is also more ambitious and more experimental, which makes sudden shifts in plans not that surprising but still nerve-wracking. Without much explanation, Project Ara is practically saying that it will no longer have its pilot launch in Puerto Rico, maybe not even this year anymore. At the same time, the team reassures the public that it won't be going the way of Google Glass.

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Replaceable Battery and microSD slot on Phones: how critical are they?

Replaceable Battery and microSD slot on Phones: how critical are they?

Samsung has just unveiled its two latest phablet masterpieces and, naturally, they are the talk of the town. But some of those voices raised aren't as welcoming as Samsung might have hoped. Because just as we expected and equally dreaded, the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ did lack two features: a removable battery and a microSD card slot. And just as expected, it did not sit well with the very same group of people, the "productivity users", that Samsung is trying to win over. But how important are these two features today anyway?

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Ingress makers Niantic spins off, Alphabet status unknown

Ingress makers Niantic spins off, Alphabet status unknown

Google's surprise Alphabet announcement has definitely sent theories, speculations, and analyses flying all over the Internet. Naturally, it has also shaken up Google's own properties and subsidiaries, most of which are now owned by the Alphabet mothership. That said, not everyone and everything might be joining the new club. Niantic Labs, known for its augmented reality "game" Ingress, has just announced that it is spinning off as an independent company from Google. But equally interesting is the absence of any mention if it will now be included in the Alphabet soup.

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Alphabet: everything you need to know

Alphabet: everything you need to know

Alphabet is a company created by the founders of Google. At its inception, Alphabet will have Larry Page as CEO and Sergey Brin as President. As Alphabet is created, Google will be slimmed down, and Sundar Pichai will become CEO. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., and several companies that were previously subsidiaries of Google will instead come under the Alphabet umbrella. Alphabet is "mostly a collection of companies." The largest of these companies is Google.

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Google reveals Alphabet, leadership restructured

Google reveals Alphabet, leadership restructured

Google, at least Google as you've come to know it, is no more. Google co-founder Larry Page announced today the upcoming arrival of Alphabet, a company Google is creating that will see Page serving as CEO and his partner Sergey Brin serving as President. Alphabet is essentially a holding company that will encompass “a collection of companies”, including Google itself — a version of it said to be “a bit slimmed down”, as companies that have been part of Google but separate from its main Internet products will now fall under Alphabet instead.

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Android One reboot could see ridiculously low prices

Android One reboot could see ridiculously low prices

You have to hand it to Google. It just doesn't know when to quit. Despite the lackluster performance of its sub $100 Android One project in developing markets, particularly in South and Southeast Asia, the search giant is still pushing forward, even if it has to slash prices down by half. According to a Google exec, the company is planning to relaunch the Android One program, where a primary focus is pulling down the prices even more, which could result in sub-$50 Android smartphones in India.

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Night mode finally descends on Google Maps for iOS

Night mode finally descends on Google Maps for iOS

Ever since the whole Apple Maps fiasco almost three years ago, Google has had the opportunity to snatch that part of the mobile Apple experience. So far, it's been working and iPhone users are more or less satisfied. Except for one thing that mostly drivers have been clamoring for: night mode. The day, or night, has finally arrived when you will no longer be blinded by your iPhone's bright screen while driving down the highway. Night mode is finally here, perhaps giving users less reason to switch map apps.

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Stagefright might help fix one of Android’s biggest flaws

Stagefright might help fix one of Android’s biggest flaws

Last week, the Android world woke up to quite a scare. Imagine a vulnerability where you don't have to do anything at all. You just need to receive an MMS (multimedia message) and you're done for. That was Stagefright. And while Google was said to have responded quickly, revelation of the security hole also put one of Android's biggest warts under a spotlight once more. No matter how swiftly Google acts, updates don't come as fast. Now, however, Stagefright might ironically be helping change that, slowly but, hopefully, surely.

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Google Fiber is coming to San Antonio, Texas

Google Fiber is coming to San Antonio, Texas

Google Fiber is about to roll out into its largest city so far: San Antonio, Texas. This is the latest in Google’s slow-growing ultra-fast Internet service, which has already been available in several cities and is slated to roll out in many more. Google cites San Antonio as being a big and still growing tech hub, one that is drawing in more tech jobs through things like the Tech Hire initiative. Sibling city Austin, TX has already enjoyed Google Fiber service.

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Google: Nexus devices will get monthly security updates

Google: Nexus devices will get monthly security updates

Today Google announced a new update policy for Nexus devices, saying that in addition to the regular updates, the Nexus devices (minus the Galaxy Nexus) will receive regular monthly security updates over the air. This is another method on top of existing features to further increase Android security. Google points toward the fact that it has, for the past three years, informed Android manufacturers monthly about security issues, and with this newest change it is taking that to a new level.

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