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  • Android Nougat: 6 key features Google’s adding to Android

    The latest version of Android is finally spreading to Nexus devices, bringing all sorts of welcome features in tow. There's the better Doze mode, seamless updating and Vulkan API, but there are also quite a few other additions to the world's most popular mobile platform. There's a data saver option We already had capable data management tools in previous versions of Android, but the biggest omission was a data saving mode of sorts. This was something that Windows Phones shipped with since Windows Phone 8. Fortunately, Android Nougat ships with a data saving mode, essentially killing the ability for background apps to access cellular data. "When...

  • Android Nougat spreads its sweet love to Nexus devices

    We've waited a long time for the latest version of Android to launch (no, the developer previews don't count), but Android Nougat is now rolling out to Nexus devices. Google confirmed the news on its Android blog, saying that the update would be launching on the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G Android One handset. In other words, Nexus 5 owners are out of luck -- at least in an official capacity. "And there are many tasty devices coming from our partners running Android Nougat, including the upcoming LG V20 which will...

  • Google’s stock Android is great, but it’s not the holy grail

    "Pffft, stock Android is where it's at. Why would I want to use TouchWiz, EMUI, MIUI or any other useless skin?" That's been the refrain among hardcore Android fans for years now. Pure Android definitely has some lovely things going for it, but let's be honest here, it's not perfect by any measure. First, why do stock addicts love this implementation of Android? Let me count the ways... All the updates, none of the tackiness The biggest reason for going stock Android is because you're getting the latest versions of Android first. This is a big problem in the Android environment, where it's not...

  • Android Marshmallow now running on 13% of Android devices

    If Android Marshmallow's adoption numbers are anything to go by, Google's finally cracked the Android update issues that have plagued it for years. New numbers from Android Developer portal suggest that in July 2016, 13.3% of all Android devices were running on the company's latest stable operating system -- Android Marshmallow. This is a marked jump from the previous month's 10.1%. The OS still lags behind heavily-used Android KitKat (30.1%) and Android Lollipop (35.1%) though, but both  now cater towards the budget smartphone categories. Related: Android Nougat: why did Google snub Android Nutella and Neyyappan? This growth is extremely positive for Google though,...

  • Android Nougat: why did Google snub Android Nutella and Neyyappan?

    Last week, Google officially announced the name of the seventh version of Android. Dubbed Android Nougat, the name will undoubtedly throw many people's pronunciation problems into the fore, and likely increase nougat sales worldwide. But while I do have a soft spot for the strange confectionery, there was a more popular name. Google allowed users to submit name suggestions for its next version of Android. We didn't quite get Boaty McBoatface, but we did get a few interesting ideas. Android Naan, Android Nectarine, Android New Mexico Chili and even Android Nori were all suggested. But according to Google Trends search data,...

  • Google Cast heading to select Bang & Olufsen speakers by June-end

    The premium audio genies at Bang & Olufsen have announced a new partnership with Google that allows users to stream music to its supported wireless speaker sets via Google Cast. Google Cast -- the same WiFi-based tech Google uses to beam information wirelessly to its Chromecast dongle -- will soon be supported by the BeoSound 35 and BeoSound Essence. The technology lets "you enjoy entertainment streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer and TuneIn directly casted to the network speaker," claims B&O in a presser. Google Cast also uses a pair-free, Bluetooth-free system, which allows multiple users to connect to the same...

  • Apple HomeKit: Google’s big challenger to your smart home

    A decade after delivering the iPhone to the masses and changing the communications landscape forever, Apple is at it again. This month, at Apple's WWDC 2016, company executives unveiled ambitious plans for Apple’s HomeKit smart home system. According to reports, HomeKit will have an AI component far better than anything in the works at Google and Facebook, Apple’s two principal competitors in the smart home space. This push dovetails with Apple’s long-awaited Siri upgrade. According to previous reports, Apple will allow Siri to interact with apps made by other companies (including Google) and is experimenting with a concept known as differential...

  • Watch: Here’s how Chromebooks run Android apps from Play Store

    Google made tech headlines when it announced that the Play Store was coming to its Chromebook laptops. But how will it all work? Fortunately, the Mountain View firm has published a YouTube video (spotted by Android Central), outlining the process. The video shows the Play Store working like a normal Chromebook program, with Google's Kan Liu saying that it would function like any other Android device. Want to install an app? Then merely hit the "install" button and track the progress via the Chrome OS notification centre. Liu said that general Android app notifications would "seamlessly" open in the Chrome OS notification centre. Chromebooks have a reputation for being...

  • 3 features we’d love to see arrive in Android N

    Although Android's market share is tipping the scales at 61%, the operating system still needs some serious polish. Bigger manufacturers can develop their own solutions to the annoying quirks on Android, but the lesser, budget-orientated makers have to just suck it up. And worst of all, so do their users. So how can Google improve Android? We look at three features we hope Google addresses in the latest build of Android, Android N. A solid camera app Let's face it, Google's default camera app sucks. You could download third party replacements like Open Camera, but why do users have to? The default...

  • Google Chrome 51 is now stable for all, ready to download

    If you haven't been keeping track of the latest browser update numbers, we can't blame you, because Google Chrome has just updated to version 51. With such a large number comes a slew of updates too, and a total of 42 security fixes, states the Google Chrome team on its blog. The release is available for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux platforms, but what new features does it bring to your desktop? For one, version 51 brings support for the new Credential Management API, which is essentially the company's first step to revamping and eventually killing password inputs. Websites can interact...