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Well folks, it’s official. Android N finally has a name, and it’s called Nougat. Last month, Google launched website allowing the general public to submit suggestions on potential Android N names, and it looks as though the delectable, chewy treat won out. To be honest, the Nougat name is a bit deflating and just don’t have the same ring to it as Marshmallow or Lollipop (and why do we need two chewy treats in a row?). The internet seems to be mostly “meh” about the name, with many having placed their hopes with Nutella.Introducing #AndroidNougat. Thank you, world, for all your sweet name ideas! #AndroidNReveal pic.twitter.com/7lIfDBwyBE— Android (@Android) June 30, 2016 With that being said,... Read more...
We're inching ever closer to the formal release of the next major version Android, referred to simply as Android N, which is due out any day now. In the meantime, Google has made available fourth developer preview of Android N, noting that the APIs for Android N are now final, along with the Software Development Kit (SDK). All that's left are some "finishing touches" before rolling out to consumers later this summer. Supported preview devices include the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus 9G, Nexus PLayer, Pixel X, General Mobile 4G (Android One), and Sony's Xperia Z3 handset. If you have a supported device, you can update to the Android N preview by enrolling it to receive automatic... Read more...
If there's a point of frustration for Android users, it's the inevitable waiting game for newer builds to trickle down to their handsets and tablets. Looking at the latest data from Google, just 10.1 percent of Android users are enjoying Marshmallow, with the majority of users still stuck on Lollipop, KitKat, and Jelly Bean (in that order). Google said at its I/O event that the next major version of its mobile operating system, Android N, will be out sometime this summer. Even if that means a September launch, it's unlikely that Marshmallow's ranks will swell much above a couple of percentage points between now and then. By that time, Marshmallow will be nearly a year old (it's been on the market... Read more...
Lenovo just disclosed that Moto G4 Plus smartphone will be upgraded in 2017 to Android O. This leak has come ahead of Google’s announcement of Android O, which should be deployed over a year from now. Image from AnzuhoGoogle announced Android N far ahead of schedule. Instead of waiting for this year’s Google I/O conference, Google made the Android N Developer Preview available as an OTA update in early March. The Android N Developer Preview currently supports the Nexus, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 9, and the Pixel C. Some Android N improvements include multi-window support, direct reply notification support for all apps, an improved Doze mode, and support for Java 8.Many are... Read more...
It’s been nearly a year since NVIDIA first launched its Tegra X1-powered SHIELD console. Since that time, SHIELD has been upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and received nearly a dozen software updates and features enhancement to keep it up to date. But as its first birthday rolls around, NVIDIA is ready to drop some new software goodness on SHIELD owners. NVIDIA will soon be releasing SHIELD Experience Upgrade 3.2, which will bring with it (among other things) support for the VUDU app. In fact, SHIELD will be the only Android TV device to support the VUDU app and the 4K content library that it will bring. A number of additional apps will be available for the platform including Spotify, WatchESPN,... Read more...
Google is expanding its reach into virtual reality (VR) with the announcement of Daydream, a VR platform that is built on the upcoming Android N mobile operating system. Daydream encompasses both hardware and software, which means that later this year you will be able to purchase Daydream-ready smartphones from popular OEMs like Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei and ASUS. Daydream in essence is a more advanced replacement for Google Cardboard and uses a new VR Mode that’s incorporated into Android N. Daydream-ready smartphones are all designed with performance and low-latency in mind and include a VR System UI for navigation. Google has also developed enhanced versions of YouTube, the Google Play... Read more...
Google's doing something a bit unusual with Android N, the next version of its mobile operating system. Ahead of its final coat of polish and subsequent release to the masses, Google's partnered up with Sony to make available the Android N Developer Preview for Xperia Z3 devices. That's a first for Google.Preview versions of Android have historically been the exclusive domain of Google's Nexus devices, at least officially. But with Android N, Sony is working with Google to bring ongoing Developer Preview builds to select Xperia Z3 handsets primarily so developers can test their apps and ensure that new system behaviors for saving power and memory don't introduce any unwanted side effects."We'll... Read more...
Google surprised us all in early March when it made available a developer preview of Android N well in advanced of its annual Google I/O conference. Today, Google announced that it has released Android N Developer Preview 2, which brings a few new features to the mix for those that are willing to take a chance testing such early software. For starters, Google is introducing the Vulkan 3D rendering API with this build, which provides “low-overhead GPU control to developers and offers a significant boost in performance for draw-call heavy applications.” Compared to OpenGL ES, Vulkan offers a 10x improvement in single-core draw-call operations. Also new is the ability to create shortcuts within... Read more...
Well, we didn’t see this one coming. Google has gone and shocked the tech community by announcing the follow-up to Android Marshmallow way ahead of schedule. Instead of waiting for this year’s Google I/O conference, Google has already made the Android N Developer Preview available to day as an OTA update. Winning! David Burke, Google VP of Engineering, made the announcement this afternoon via the Android Developers Blog, and describes this “early… really early” look at Android N as a “work in progress” and that the entire Android Team is working hard to make the next tasty Android treat available in release form this summer. Given this accelerated launch schedule — new Android releases typically... Read more...