System images for Pixel and Pixel XL now available


Twitter tipster and developer LlabTooFeR managed to get the device images for Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones and has made them available for download. This is not going to be useful for the general public or even folks who want to try to flash them onto their device as they will only work on the Pixel devices. However, this does mean developers can start to dig into the software included on the new phones, so we should have some interesting findings to surface while buyers wait for their new devices to arrive. Read more

Google hires David Foster, Amazon’s former head of hardware, to run smartphone development


When you decide to manufacture your own line of smartphones, it’s probably best to place someone with the relevant experience in charge of producing hardware. This is what Google would appear to have done by hiring David Foster, formerly of Amazon, as VP of product engineering ahead of the company’s launch event later today, according to The Information. Join us after the break to find out more about David Foster, and where he has come from. Read more

Huawei ‘Nexus’ tablet may be a second Andromeda device


With a little over a week to go until Google’s October 4th event, where several new pieces of hardware including the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, are expected to be revealed, software is getting a bit of a bump as well. The frenzy started when word surfaced that a new project called Andromeda may be announced, representing the effective merger of Android and ChromeOS into a new operating system. Now sources are trying to connect dots and think the new Andromeda could land on a rumored “Nexus” tablet believed to be incoming from Huawei. Read more

Google home button to be animated?


As fall draws closer we start to look for the official launch of both Android 7.0 Nougat and new Nexus smartphones from Google. One of the peculiarities that has surfaced in recent leaks and rumors is a new onscreen home button for the Nexus devices. Thus far that home button has appeared as a static image as shown above. Now, an animation has surfaced showing how the button will be animated assuming this feature makes it to launch. Read more

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


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


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


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