Video recording, new ad tools to help Android game developers announced by Google


At the Game Developers Conference, Google announced several updates to the Google Play Games platform as part of their annual Developer Day event. Noting tremendous growth in the gaming community especially in terms of games reaching the 1 million install plateau, Google hopes the new tools will help developers improve monetization and grow their businesses. Read more

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


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. Read more

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


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.

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Samsung begins production of 256GB Flash memory chips


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.  Read more

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


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. Read more