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Manufacturers should stick to Android, despite Google exerting more control

Manufacturers should stick to Android, despite Google exerting more control

Huawei was recently reported to be in the process of developing its own OS as a contingency plan. It isn't unique nor first in that regard. Samsung has long been believed to have invested in Tizen for that very purpose. Both of these independent pieces of news share a common theme, a common goal: being free of total dependence on Google. That concern has recently resurfaced with whispers of Google desiring to exert more and more control over Android. But whether that is true or not, and it is likely to be true, Android hardware makers will be better off remaining with Android, with or without Google.

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Google Fiber to buy Webpass ISP in expansion bid

Google Fiber to buy Webpass ISP in expansion bid

In the aftermath of Alphabet-induced restructuring, some of Google's former groups and businesses have seemingly been de-emphasized or have gone silent. Of course, that isn't completely the case. Take Google Fiber, for example, which has proceeded surely though slowly, despite seemingly taking a step back in Kansas. And as is if to further prove that it still means business, almost literally, it is swooping up another business. Google Fiber has just agreed to buy San Francisco ISP Webpass, to not only further enhance its ability to provide high-speed fiber Internet, but to also give it an edge in the five cities Webpass operates in, including San Francisco.

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Huawei said to be planning own OS to free itself of Google

Huawei said to be planning own OS to free itself of Google

It seems that Samsung isn't the only one thinking of breaking away from its dependence on Android and Google. Insider sources are now claiming that Huawei is also mulling over the possibility of creating its own OS, in the somewhat distant feature, in order to not rely on the crutch of Android. These latest "separatist" sentiments have been prompted by recent talk about Google planning to exert more control not just over its own Nexus devices but OEM devices as well.

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Google has a basic Android nanodegree program on Udacity

Google has a basic Android nanodegree program on Udacity

Google has partnered with Udacity to create an “Android Basics” Nanodegree, an educational program that teaches those with no experience all the basics needed to create their own Android app. The program is designed for those who “have little or no programming experience,” says Google; by the end of the program, those who complete it will be able to create their own basic apps, a couple examples of which are educational apps “Dr Malaria” and “ROP Tutorial."

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Android Marshmallow update released for Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+

Android Marshmallow update released for Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+

Back in April we got news that the folks at AT&T were testing the Samsung Galaxy S6 for inclusion in the Android Marshmallow update. The Galaxy S7 has that as well, regardless of your carrier - now it's time for the rest of the Galaxy crew to get onboard. As of this week, AT&T subscribers will be seeing Marshmallow updates for the Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, at long last.

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Nexus “expiration dates” now listed by Google

Nexus “expiration dates” now listed by Google

Although Google treats its Nexus devices with very special treatment when it comes to updates, it was never meant to last forever. Although disappointing, it is reasonable that Google impose a cut off in order to best manage its developer resources. Almost like a carrier or OEM, Google promises up to two years of major version updates for its Nexus smartphones and tablets. And just to make sure everyone's on the same page, Google has now put up a table detailing exactly until when a Nexus device will get a new Android version.

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Motorola exec heads out

Motorola exec heads out

Today it's become apparent that Motorola Mobility has had another loss of executive in Jim Wicks. This is Wicks, design lead for Motorola Mobility for "a dozen years" as Chicago Business says, heading to Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering next month. Normally I'd say Motorola was losing an executive because of bad reasons but, in this case, it's far more likely that Wicks is heading out because Northwestern University is a place he wants to be after working the same job for over a decade.

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First Galaxy Note 6 detail spilled by Samsung

First Galaxy Note 6 detail spilled by Samsung

In what must be the smallest detail leak in the history of Samsung that remains significant to super-fans, the Galaxy Note 6 has been named. Named on Samsung's Agent (AA) Profile page, that is. In comes SM-N930F, the "F" version of what's certainly the next smartphone in the Note series. It goes like this: Galaxy Note 4 is SM-N910, Note 5 is SM-N920, and we can safely assume that the Note 6 (or Note 7, as it may be called), is SM-N930.

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Google makes two-step verification easier with new prompt

Google makes two-step verification easier with new prompt

Google has made two-step verification easier with a new prompt that simply requires a tap — tap “Deny” to block an attempted sign-in, or tap “Yes, allow sign-in” to approve it. This is optional -- if you really prefer codes, you can still receive them instead. By enabling it, though, getting into your own account, or keeping someone out, is faster than it has ever been.

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Google Health symptoms search about to get much smarter

Google Health symptoms search about to get much smarter

Google is about to take over "am I sick" searches. They're going to do this with smart parsing of the terms you search - sussing out the ones they're able to tell you more about. If, for example, you search for "why does the left side of my head hurt", Google will tell you about the sort of headache you likely have. And why? Why would Google take the time to do this? Because "roughly 1 percent of searches on Google (think: millions!) are symptom related," according to Google's Veronica Pinchin, Product Manager.

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Road to the next Nexus Android : HTC, Daydream, Tango, Valve

Road to the next Nexus Android : HTC, Daydream, Tango, Valve

Our understanding of the next generation in Google's Nexus smartphone line has become a bit more clear over the weekend. HTC's newfound experience with virtual reality may be playing a big role in Google's approach with the next several generations in Nexus smartphones. Word back in March could end up proving entirely truthful, coming in two forms, at least one per cycle, all made with Android's Daydream technology built-in. Of course Daydream requires only minimal specifications, and HTC's already got them on a device elsewhere.

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Chromebooks getting Android apps: here’s the full list

Chromebooks getting Android apps: here’s the full list

Google just recently pushed out version 53 of the Chrome OS development channel, which, for a select few Chromebook owners, that heralded the arrival of Google Play Store and Android apps on their devices. However, it did raise the question of when, or if, other Chrome devices will also get this juicy feature. Especially the promised 2015 Google Chromebook Pixel as well as the Acer Chromebook R11. Good news is that those two will getting their fair share soon. Even better news, almost all Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, and Chromebases will also have their day in the Android sun. At least eventually.

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