Amazon updates its music app with MicroSD and Android Wear support


If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you’ll be glad to find out that the Amazon Music app is in the process of receiving an update that will greatly enhance its usability. The update brings MicroSD card and Android Wear support as well as a number of other improvements.

New features include:

  • Prime Music artist detail pages – the one stop destination in Prime Music for top songs, albums, photos, stations, and much more for your favorite artists
  • Android Wear support – now you can browse the app & control playback right from your Wear device
  • “New to Prime” tab in Prime Music – highlighting newest music added to the service
  • New “Popular” tab in Prime Music – see charts for top songs, albums, playlists
  • Lyrics support (UK only – it was already available in the US)

The update is currently rolling out via Google Play and it shouldn’t be too long until it reaches your device.

Google adds built-in performance report to its Google Play Developer Console

Google_Universal_app_campaigns_developer_console_101615Android Developers will know what I’m talking about when I say Universal App Campaigns. Announced at this past I/O, Universal App Campaigns is officially accessible in the Google Play Developer Console. Additionally, Google is bringing a new performance report feature giving developers an overview on how their apps have been doing.

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Sony releases Android Marshmallow, adds Xperia Z5 to Open Device program


Sony has been one of the more open companies when it comes to providing resources for ROM developers who want to build for Sony devices and that trend is continuing with the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Sony announced they have added device configuration, software binaries and build guides to their Open Device program for AOSP Marshmallow.

According to Sony, the files and resources now available can be used to build Marshmallow based releases for all Qualcomm based Sony Xperia devices from 2014 and forward. That includes the Xperia Z5 which is being added to the program with this latest release. Developers can use these materials not only for custom ROMs, but to learn, build and test new features in Android. Sony encourages developers to contribute back to the community by submitting their work back upstream via their GitHub.

source: Sony

Here’s how to install Android 6.0 on your Nexus 4

Google Nexus 4Remember the Nexus 4? You might, but Google isn’t particularly invested in keeping it in everyone’s memory anymore. Out of all the devices slated to get the Android 6.0 update, the Nexus 4 didn’t make the cut. To be completely fair, the Nexus 4 is pretty old, and all devices will eventually reach the end of their official support, but if you’re still rocking a Nexus 4 it might be a little disappointing. Read more

The Umbrella app provides security advice for activists and journalists in hostile environments


While most of us use our smartphones to organize our daily lives, staying in contact with friends and loved ones through instant messaging and social media outlets, playing games or watching Netflix, smartphones can often be a useful tool for activists and humanitarians in a hostile environment. But how does one safely report on the latest bout of political violence or expose a government cover-up? The London-based group, Security First, has developed an app called Umbrella, aimed at making it easier and safer for activists to carry out their work.

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