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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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Android update: what’s the point?

Android update: what’s the point?

Google releases another new version of Android and I have to ask: what is the point? Why continue to allow the public to be misled? We asked this question a few years ago, suggesting that Google should never have promised Android updates in the first place. They called it the "Update Alliance" - a group of manufacturers and mobile carriers that promised quick updates to Android whenever Google had them available. It was absurd then. It's still absurd today.

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Android N features: starting with menus

Android N features: starting with menus

Google's next version of Android has been spotted - sort of - in a developer preview for a simple function. This simple function allows developers to switch the operating system's "Dark" and "Light" themes on or off - or dark to light, however you want to say it - and contains a clue. This clue is the hamburger menu button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. This button will allow the everyday user to open a drawer to the left of the screen, switching between sections in Settings menus with swiftness.

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Google “G” logo notifications pushed to all Android devices

Google “G” logo notifications pushed to all Android devices

Just so long as you have Google Now activated on your Android device, you'll be seeing "G" notifications soon. The notifications you're getting might not end up being all that different from what you've been seeing before today, but they will LOOK a little different. The biggest change is the branding. Instead of just a circle with an icon in it, your notifications from Google Now will also have the newest version of Google's "G" logo.

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iOS 9.2.1 update arrives with security and bug fixes

iOS 9.2.1 update arrives with security and bug fixes

Apple has released iOS 9.2.1 for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and with it comes a roster of bug fixes, some improvements, and a fix for the MDM server problem. Those with one of the aforementioned Apple devices can head into Settings and grab the update, but don’t expect anything substantial…those big changes will be coming with iOS 9.3.

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Google Photos update turns it into a social network

Google Photos update turns it into a social network

No, Google didn't just turn Google Photos into Google+. Instead, they've updated the app to include Shared Albums, meaning you will be able to upload photos to an album that all of your contacts can see. Public sharing is slightly different, as is posting to Facebook. This update allows friends and family - whomever you've added - to access a unique folder in your library. Others can share folders of theirs with you, too.

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Android 6.0.1 update released today: here’s where to download

Android 6.0.1 update released today: here’s where to download

As of today, December 9th, 2015, Google has begun to rollout Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Depending on which Android phone you have, you should be getting a notification soon, telling you that you can update to the latest OS version. Traditionally, this usually happens to the Nexus line of phones first, though others should fall in line shortly after.

The biggest news for the latest release is the update to the Unicode 8.0 standard, which includes several new emoji. Personally, I think that the burrito emoji has been far too long in the making. According to the original announcement for 6.0.1, the update includes a "new keyboard, new font, new code."

Of course, the emoji and keyboard updates aren't the only thing that you'll find in the latest version. There are also several other security patches, including one for a vulnerability that could let malicious code be executed when Android processes media files from email, web pages, or MMS. You'll also see some changes to the navigation bar on tablets.

If you'd rather just grab the factory image downloads straight from Google, you can do that by heading here.

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Android Marshmallow hits HTC One M8 GPE before M9

Android Marshmallow hits HTC One M8 GPE before M9

The first of a collection of Marshmallow updates for HTC One Android devices has been released. This first update - beyond the HTC One A9 - goes to the HTC One M8 Google Play Edition. This goes as expected, as the software on the smartphone is about as close to stock Android as a Nexus smartphone. This is also the last Google Play Edition smartphone HTC created with the company - unless you count the Nexus 9, which we don't. That wouldn't even be fair at all.

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How to get your Android 6.0 Marshmallow update today

How to get your Android 6.0 Marshmallow update today

Starting on the afternoon of Monday, the 5th of October, 2015, Android 6.0 Marshmallow began its OTA rollout. This means that smartphones Google has tapped to attain the update will be receiving notifications that their software is ready, and that they may download and load this software as fast as they do so please. As with all Android operating system updates, this software is coming to Google's own Nexus smartphones first and foremost. This pattern was only broken one time - that we can recall.

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Has iOS 9 slowed down your iPhone?

Has iOS 9 slowed down your iPhone?

This week a number of complaints on the speed of users' iPhones have popped up on Apple's Support Communities for iOS 9. It's suggested that iOS 9 has slowed down or otherwise begun to lag devices older than the newest wave of smartphones - the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus (headed to stores tomorrow). The iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6s Plus appear to be affected. Features slowed appear to be camera performance, app launching, and startup times.

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