Google is testing the Android N Developer Preview on the Nexus 5

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The past 24 hours has been quite the party for Nexus device owners with Google announcing (and releasing) the Android N Developer Preview firmware for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus 9 LTE, the Nexus Player as well as the Pixel C tablet. Nexus 5 owners may feel a little left out at the moment, with the LG-made handset not making the list of devices eligible for the Developer Preview. The omission has led to fears that the Nexus 5 is too old for to receive another major update, but it seems that there is cause for hope.

Developers can join the Android Beta Program today, public beta coming this summer

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The traditional way for developers (or really anyone) to get the pre-release versions of Android on devices is by installing factory images as they become available. With Google’s Android N, the Android N Developer Preview can be installed in two ways. The first is that usual factory image route because Google already posted them for the most recent Nexus devices. However, the new option is to enroll in the Android Beta Program for seamless over-the-air updates to move along to the latest beta versions of Android N.

Samsung begins production of 256GB Flash memory chips

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Remember the mid-nineties when computers had 320MB of storage, 8MB of RAM and used a processor that was clocked around 66MHz? Those days are long gone, now we have smartphones with multi-core processors, multiple gigabytes of storage and RAM. Last year Samsung began producing 128GB Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 2.0 modules, with its Galaxy S6 series of handsets the first to make use of this ultra quick storage technology. Today sees the Korean company announce it has started production of 256GB UFS 2.0 chips. 

Mastercard to roll out selfie and fingerprint ID verification system for online payments later this year

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Over at MWC 2016, it isn’t all just about the latest smartphones and smart gadgets, we also have Mastercard announcing that the credit card company will begin accepting selfie images and fingerprints as proof of identity when making online payments. The move comes after the company trialled the technology in The Netherlands and the U.S. in 2015.

Google unveils new security panel for DevTools in Chrome

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In case you didn’t know, Google prioritizes websites that are the most secure by putting them closer to the top of the search results. However, it has been hard for developers to check just how safe their site is. Just yesterday, Google introduced a new security panel for DevTools built directly into Chrome. This is just what developers have been waiting for.

Google Cardboard adds support for spatial audio to SDK

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Developers of Google Cardboard virtual reality apps will have a new tool available to help them create even more immersive environments for their users. Google Developers announced an update to the Cardboard SDK to add support for spatial audio or 3D sound. The updated SDK will be available for developers using Unity to support Android, iOS, Windows and OS X or those developing in Android itself via a Java API.