Android N 4th Developer Preview released with final SDK, APIs

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Google’s Dave Burke, VP of Engineering, posted on the Android Developers Blog that the 4th Developer Preview of Android N has been released. Users who already enrolled their devices in the Beta program should be receiving a notice to update to this latest version. This sounds like the final preview that will be released as Google has finalized a couple key components of Android N in preparation for the official release. Read more

Marshmallow breaks through 10% mark in latest distribution numbers

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Google’s Android Developers released their latest survey of Android versions running on mobile devices. Marshmallow has been growing at a nice clip in recent months as smartphone manufacturers finally start getting the update out to their devices and new devices hit the market with Marshmallow out of the box. Marshmallow managed to hit a milestone with the survey that just concluded on June 6, 2016, by breaking through the 10% mark, but just barely at 10.1%. Read more

Update-shaming may be latest tool from Google to keep Android up to date

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The Android operating system dominates the global smartphone market, but in spite of that lead position, there are some frustrations that users put up with in using the platform. One concern is a lack of updates to the operating system being released by manufacturers and carriers for devices that are in the hands of consumers. This has been an issue Google has battled for years and it looks like they may be getting ready to deploy a new tool to aid end users by releasing public rankings and hoping this has a shaming effect on those parties who are lax in keeping up. Read more

Addition of pressure sensitive touch to Android to be delayed

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When Google released developer previews for the Android N update to their operating system, one of the items spotted in there was apparent support for pressure-sensitive touch. This would be similar to what Apple implemented with 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. With only days left before Google I/O 2016 and the expected official announcement of Android N, sources indicate Google has pulled this pressure-sensitive capability from the release. Read more

The second generation Philips Hue app comes with a modern UI and and added functionality

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If you have the Philips Hue lighting system installed in your house, you’ve probably been left a little dissatisfied with its clunkiness, possibly to the point of having to rely on one of the many serviceable third-party apps. It seems that Philips may have taken notice because it’s just published a new app to the Play Store called Philips Hue Gen 2. The second generation Hue app includes a new, dare we say, even modern UI and some added functionality. Read more

Latest Android N preview introduces VR platform settings

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Last week Google released the second Android N Developer Preview with new goodies like support for Vulkan, some new emojis and a smattering of user interface tweaks. As developers have started to dig in a little deeper, one of the discoveries that has been made are some settings that indicate Google may be planning to hook in support for virtual reality to a much greater extent with the next version of Android. Read more

Next Android version number leaked by Samsung

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Although it does not appear to have been an intentional snafu, Samsung may have leaked the version number for Android N. The information was included in a changelog for Samsung’s own MultiWindow SDK. The next update for the Android operating system was released earlier this year as the Android N Developer Preview and the final name and version are expected to be announced by Google in May at their Google I/O event. Read more