Galaxy Labs menu is missing on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge handsets in the U.S.

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In recent weeks, there’s been a fair amount of hoopla about Android’s app drawer. There have been rumours that Android N could do away with the app drawer entirely, and we’ve seen LG place the app drawer on the G5 within the Easy Home launcher for some reason. Then we get to Samsung, with its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones showing the app drawer in its usual place on the home screen, with the option to disable it via the device’s Galaxy Labs menu. Except in the United States, that is. 

Casting functionality to be built into Vizio TVs

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As of today, Google allows people to use their phones and tablets to mirror content to televisions with a technology known as Google Cast. The technology debuted in July 2013 with the original Chromecast and has only grown since, being the backbone of the Chromecast (2015) as well as a supplementary feature for Android TV. Using it is as simple as possible because the Google Cast icon appears in any supported apps when a Chromecast or Android TV-powered device is operating on the same network. While the technology is already pretty accessible, Google wants to open it up to an even wider audience. The company has inked a partnership with Vizio to develop new televisions with Google Cast technology inside.

Variety has the exclusive details on this one.

LG announces modular G5 with wide range of companion devices

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So, MWC 2016 has officially kicked off with a bang, with LG taking the wraps off its much-anticipated G5 flagship with its Magic Slot Modular capabilities. While many of the specifications have leaked or been alluded to over the last few weeks, it’s always great to get confirmation. Join us after the break for the full list of specifications of the LG G5 as well as a list of its modules and companion devices.

Google Engineer Max Braun made an Android-powered smart mirror and it is awesome

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The internet of things promises to bring us some incredible innovations in the future. For some, like Google Engineer Max Braun, innovation is just not happening fast enough though. Braun believed that lack of innovation was the reason he had to look into a boring old “dumb mirror” everyday. What happened to the interactive smart mirrors that the movies have been promising us for years? Well, Braun decided to take matters in to his own hands and just build a smart mirror of his own. Spoiler alert. It’s Awesome.

Nova Launcher Prime is discounted worldwide until December 15, just $0.99 in the US and 10p in the UK

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One of the easiest ways to customize your Android device is to install a custom launcher, there are many to choose from, but one of the most popular options is Nova Launcher. While the basic version is free, you can add even more features such as Gestures, Unread Counts, and Custom Drawer Groups by purchasing Nova Launcher Prime, which is currently heavily discounted on the Play Store, almost anywhere in the world. 

CyanogenMod lists the first devices to receive CM13 (Marshmallow) nightlies

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In recent times, most Cyanogen related news has been about which new handset will sport the alternative Android operating system, but today the Cyanogen team has announced the availability of CM13 nightlies for a selection of devices. As you might already know, CM13 is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and the term ‘nightlies’ is basically a euphemism for betas. 

Awaken your Light or Dark side as Google plays Jedi mind tricks with your favourite apps

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So. Star Wars. The new film (The Force Awakens) is being released next month, and the excitement is ramping up quite nicely. As I was never a fan of George Lucas’s sequel prequels, I can’t wait to see the old (and I do mean old) gang back together. There’s tons of merchandising available already, along with games on all sorts of platforms (check out Brad’s review of Star Wars: Uprising here), and now Google is getting in on the act allowing fans to choose the light, or go over to the dark side.