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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 delayed to 2016, looking for US launch site

Project Ara delayed to 2016, looking for US launch site

It seems that the dream has officially been delayed. The Project Ara team has officially confirmed what was already foreshadowed in yesterday's tweets. The modular smartphone won't be coming this year. Instead, it will have a 2016 launch which still has no new timeline. And instead of doing it outside of the country, the first Project Ara smartphone might be launched somewhere in mainland US instead. Naturally, despite its best efforts to assuage fears, the delays would inevitably worry not just fans but also existing and potential hardware partners.

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Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ T-Mobile release bumped up to tomorrow

Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge+ T-Mobile release bumped up to tomorrow

Apparently T-Mobile USA customers weren't super thrilled when they heard the news about preorders earlier today. Verizon customers are getting their Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ devices before T-Mobile customers, and they were jumping mad about it. As such, CEO John Legere decided to push up the launch of their own models of the device, making them available for general sale starting tomorrow. This means the device will be online only starting at 6AM PT through T-Mobile USA.

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Galaxy Note 5 shipping this afternoon

Galaxy Note 5 shipping this afternoon

This morning Samsung Galaxy Note 5 preorders began to ship from multiple carriers. The first confirmation we've got on record here - sent in my a helpful citizen in Brooklyn - suggests that preorders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with Verizon will be arriving as early as this afternoon. A second delivery was confirmed by a tipster in Chicago this afternoon with an estimated delivery set for 8PM (Central Time). The first shipments appear to have begun two days ago from shipment locations such as Memphis, Tennessee.

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How to try Android Marshmallow 6.0 right now

How to try Android Marshmallow 6.0 right now

Today Google revealed Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and with it, they've released a new batch of downloads for Nexus devices. If you have a Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Nexus 5, or Nexus Player, you'll be able to load Android Marshmallow (also known here as Android M Preview 3) to your device immediately. Below you'll find instructions for those users that feel confident enough in their abilities to load a full OS to their smartphone. If you've never heard the term "ADB" before, we recommend you wait until Google sends the update to you directly.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow downloads released by Google

Android 6.0 Marshmallow downloads released by Google

This morning Android 6.0 Marshmallow (or just Android Marshmallow, if you prefer), was revealed by Google. With this big reveal game the final SDK for the system as well as Android Marshmallow Preview 3 (after M 2 and M 1) for several Nexus devices. For those of you that own the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, or Nexus Player, you're in luck. Remember that these downloads are recommended for developers only and should be treated as such.

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Android Marshmallow revealed with new statue

Android Marshmallow revealed with new statue

Today Google will unveil the statue - and with it the name - of the newest version of Android. This fact has been teased by Google employee Jeff Sharkey then revealed by Google employee Dave Burke - and it's a strange one. Google has opted to have an original Android holding the marshmallow rather than turning the statue into an Android-ified marshmallow with white head and all. This can only mean one thing - the next version is going to be Nuts.

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Huawei Nexus X detailed in render leaks

Huawei Nexus X detailed in render leaks

Google has been tipped to be revealing two new "Nexus" smartphones in the near future, one made by LG, the other by Huawei. For the moment we're calling them "Nexus X" devices, X representing the unknown. The images you're about to see come from the same source that brought you earlier LG Nexus X images that just days later turned out the be strikingly accurate. What you're looking at here is a larger device with a 5.7-inch display and specifications that are rather similar to the Huawei Honor 6 Plus.

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Google Project Sunroof takes guesswork out of solar switch

Google Project Sunroof takes guesswork out of solar switch

Google is hoping to encourage more homeowners to fit rooftop solar panels, launching Project Sunroof to do the math on just how much could be saved. The system relies on the same aerial imagery that Google already delivers in Google Earth, figuring out rooftop area and then taking into account factors like what angle the sunlight will hit it, whether it's in the shade of nearby buildings or trees, and even what the weather might be like in your area.

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Alleged LG Nexus 5 2015 appears in real photo

Alleged LG Nexus 5 2015 appears in real photo

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 out of the way, there is now more room for other upcoming devices to grab the spotlight. Like the upcoming Nexus smartphone, or smartphones, whether they be from LG or from Huawei. This latest leaked image is allegedly LG's third Nexus handset. And this time, it's no schematic or render but what is supposedly a real device, albeit only the back side of it. And while it does seem to match other earlier leaks, it also raises some doubts as well.

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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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