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Pokemon GO update details: big changes coming soon

Pokemon GO update details: big changes coming soon

This week the folks at Niantic have updated Pokemon GO with several new features that'll affect gameplay. In a big way, users that only have an Android Nexus device, like the Nexus 6 or Nexus 6P, will actually BE ABLE to play the game as it's been updated to include Android N, or Android Nougat in its usability structure. It works on Android N, in other words. This newest update also opens the doors for Germany as well as all Android devices with Intel x86 processors.

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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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ADW Launcher 2.0 official: time for Android fun

ADW Launcher 2.0 official: time for Android fun

The excess of settings available with ADW Launcher 2.0 is absolutely insane. It's as if the creators of this app decided to take everything Google recommends about keeping in line with their Material Design language and threw it directly out the window. You can do basically anything you want with this launcher, up to and including making your Android smartphone or tablet look like a masterpiece - or an absolute mess. That's on you.

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Android Distribution shows big gains for newest releases

Android Distribution shows big gains for newest releases

Today Google has delivered their latest Android Distribution chart showing how the newest versions of the platform are reaching the masses. Together, Android 5.x Lollipop and 6.0 Marshmallow have a 33.1% increase over this same market point last year. That means two things - first, that Android devices continue to sell well new around the world. Second, that there's a large number of Android lovers out there updating their devices as often as possible.

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Google Goggles now built in to Android (with Now On Tap)

Google Goggles now built in to Android (with Now On Tap)

Android just got a whole lot smarter. This afternoon Google released new abilities for Now On Tap, a system built in to Android Marshmallow. Users can now use their smartphone's camera to find out information about whatever is in front of them. This functionality is not strictly new to Android - we've seen it before in an infamous and sorely under-used app by the name of Google Goggles. Remember Google Goggles? They're back.

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Marshmallow Galaxy S5 update live (plus a few more Verizon Android changes)

Marshmallow Galaxy S5 update live (plus a few more Verizon Android changes)

This week Verizon has released a list of current and near-future updates to Android device versions, starting with the Samsung Galaxy S5. At long last, this device has received its update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, just a few weeks (or months) after its closest brethren. As for the rest of the Android universe, we've got some good news and we've got some bad news. Verizon has provided a list of what's happening, what's happened, and what's about to happen.

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WhatsApp updated for Android and version “N”

WhatsApp updated for Android and version “N”

This week the folks behind WhatsApp have made the app far more compatible with the newest versions of Android. This newest iteration of the app brings on features for its newest camera, enabling new abilities - and a new look. There's a new bit of text formatting for all messages, and there's a new way to make replies happen quicker - with Android Wear, too. This update also allows you to reply from your Notifications panel - all in Quick Replies.

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Galaxy Marshmallow update incoming: AT&T latest this month

Galaxy Marshmallow update incoming: AT&T latest this month

The Samsung Galaxy S6 for AT&T is just the latest in a line of Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates to the Galaxy smartphone line. The Samsung Galaxy S7 has been updated in basically all iterations - as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. All of the Samsung Galaxy S and Note smartphones released in the past could of years should be getting updates to Android 6.0 Marshmallow before the end of this year - unless you're very, very unlucky.

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New Google Camera released for Android [UPDATE: Auto]

New Google Camera released for Android [UPDATE: Auto]

This week Google released the newest version of their "Google Camera" app for the masses - for Android, anyway. This new version of the app give you the ability to take photos while shooting video, first and foremost. That's an ability many devices already have and, indeed, an ability that past versions of Google's camera for Android did have as well - it just disappeared for a while. Now it's back!

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Android N version 2 is released – here’s how to get it

Android N version 2 is released – here’s how to get it

With the Android Beta program in full effect, users are receiving the 2nd edition of the Android N Developer Preview this afternoon. This version of the Android N operating system update includes several awesome features that will change the way users use Android, starting with Vulkan. As a member of the Khronos group, Google has helped develop the 3D rendering API known as Vulkan - with this update comes support for this next-generation draw-call heavy applications - GPU power ahoy! This update also enables launcher shortcuts for quick-steps into different points within a given app.

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Google fulfilled their Android update promise to me, at last!

Google fulfilled their Android update promise to me, at last!

Back in January of the year 2012, I wrote an article calling out Google for its promise for Android updates on smartphones of all sorts. Back then, Android was an ever-so-slightly different monster. Back then, Google was mad to make the bold and broad Android Update statement that was the "Android Update Alliance." Even just a few months after the Update Alliance was revealed, it was being shot down for its not-so-great results. But NOW, here in 2016, a new program could be the key to timely Android updates for everyone that wants them.

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What’s New in Android N?

What’s New in Android N?

This week we've been running down the many features that appear in the next version of Android from Google. As we remember that this is only a developer preview release thus far, we can also conclude that not all features will be delivered to end-users by the time OEMs get onboard. What we've got today is a video from Google. This video shows what's new in Android N for everyone able to load the software right this minute.

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