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  • Google planning ‘Pixel 3’ laptop with Andromeda – report

    Earlier today, we reported on Google's apparent plan to merge Chrome OS with Android, in a project codenamed Andromeda. Now, Android Police picked up a scoop of note, reporting that Google is working hard on a laptop running the unified operating system. The publication claims that the so-called Pixel 3 laptop is codenamed Bison and will ship in Q3 2017. It adds that the new laptop would not be marketed as a Chromebook. The Pixel 3 laptop is expected to run Andromeda, the new Chrome/Android platform As for specs, the publication reports that the device will have a 12.3-inch display, an Intel Core M3 or M5...

  • Andromeda: Google to reveal unified Android, Chrome OS?

    We've seen Microsoft move towards a converged mobile/desktop environment with Windows 10, as well as Canonical and Ubuntu. But could Google be next to reveal a similar plan on 4 October? According to Android Police, citing an almost year-old Wall Street Journal report, Google is working on a unified Android and Chrome OS platform. This unified platform will apparently codenamed Andromeda by the Mountain View company. The old report claimed that Google is planning to "fold" Chrome OS into Android and that Google would show it off in 2016 before a 2017 launch. The dots have been joined for a possible Andromeda...

  • Is Google Allo coming out this week? Leak says yes

    Google revealed two major apps at this year's I/O Developer conference, in the form of Duo and Allo. Duo was released last month, being a video-calling service with support for low-bandwidth connections and call previews. But it's arguably Google Allo that has more people excited. Now, serial leaker Evan Blass has claimed to reveal the release date. Sources suggests that Google Allo will debut this week Blass originally tweeted that the service was launching this week, before clarifying the date in a follow-up tweet. 9/21. https://t.co/8Ne6gj0NJS — Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 19, 2016 Google Allo stands out from rival messaging platforms thanks to Google Assistant integration, Smart Reply functionality...

  • Google Play Indie Games Festival: the Android games you can look forward to

    The inaugural Google Play Indie Games Festival is set to take place on 24 September, offering some intriguing Android games from US and Canadian developers. So then, what kind of titles should you expect from the event? A ton of derivative experiences and pay-to-win titles? Hardly. From collectible card games featuring anime girls to polished puzzle games and everything in between, we take a look at the lineup. A Matter of Murder: A murder mystery game making use of point and click mechanics, this title also features rogue-like elements. For instance, randomly generated murder details ensure that no playthrough is alike. It's already available to play on Android...

  • Huawei Nexus device: we told you so (sort of)

    The latest news indicates that Huawei is working on a Nexus/Google-designed tablet. But, at the risk of tooting our own horn, we sort of beat them to the punch a few months ago. At the South African launch of the Huawei P9 (review) and P9 Plus in June, we interviewed Charlene Munilal, general manager for Huawei's Consumer Business Group in SA, who confirmed the company was indeed doing a Nexus device. What we didn't know at the time was what kind of device it was. A new Huawei-branded Nexus on the way? We told you so Munilal explained why the Nexus 6P wasn't more widely available in South Africa,...

  • Android Nougat update: here’s when your phone will get it

    As of 1 August 2016, Android Marshmallow had just over 15% of Google's OS market share, with Lollipop holding 35% and Android KitKat 29%. Why is this important? Well, for one it speaks of Android's version fragmentation, and secondly, Android Nougat is now officially available to some smartphones. While those smartphones include the likes of Google's Nexus range -- the LG-made Nexus 5X and the Huawei-made Nexus 6P -- more smartphones should arrive with the OS in due course. Additionally, we could expect to see manufacturers working on updates for your current smartphone. When will Android Nougat head to your phone?...

  • 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,...