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Another Android update betrayal: when will we learn?

Another Android update betrayal: when will we learn?

This week another Android device less than 2-years old has been announced to be at its end-of-life for Android updates. It is my opinion that this happens all too often - that while it isn't necessarily Google's fault this happens, it should be made more clear. Clarity should be the name of the game when it comes to the promise of a smartphone that'll last. Clarity should be at the forefront of the presentation of a brand new smartphone - especially when it costs several hundred dollars.

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Google Play Music update adds machine learning, rollout starts this week

Google Play Music update adds machine learning, rollout starts this week

Google has announced a big update to Google Play Music. The update brings machine learning to the table in an effort to figure out what music you like based on what you are doing. The machine learning algorithm takes into account your location, activity, weather and playlists to personalize the music for where you are and what you are doing. The new updates roll out this week on Android, iOS, and the web.

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Google should never have promised Nexus upgrades

Google should never have promised Nexus upgrades

Google Nexus smartphones are still for sale by Google as of the release of this article - or at least they would appear to be, at first. If one searches for Google Nexus devices in Google's own search engine, the page Google dot com slash Nexus still shows Google Nexus smartphones, including both the 5X and the 6P. "BUY NOW" buttons are also still in play, allowing the user to select which color device they'd like, only then to be sent to the Google Store's standard front page, which is currently stocked up full of everything "Made by Google", including Pixel phones but no Nexus.

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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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