Lollipop breaks 30% mark in first Android distribution report for 2016

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Google updated their Android distribution numbers through the beginning of January 2016 with the latest data showing the slow and steady rise of Lollipop and Marshmallow on devices. After knocking on the door in December, Lollipop climbed through the 30% mark and is now installed on 32.6 percent of devices. With only a handful of devices updated thus far, Marshmallow is still on a small number of devices, but the share grew from 0.5 percent to 0.7 percent.

CyanogenMod lists the first devices to receive CM13 (Marshmallow) nightlies

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In recent times, most Cyanogen related news has been about which new handset will sport the alternative Android operating system, but today the Cyanogen team has announced the availability of CM13 nightlies for a selection of devices. As you might already know, CM13 is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and the term ‘nightlies’ is basically a euphemism for betas. 

Google helping speed development with new Instant Run feature in Android Studio 2.0 Preview

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Google is getting ready to update Android Studio to version 2.0. One of their first steps with that update is rolling out a preview version of Android Studio 2.0 starting today. Announced at the Android Developer Summit today, Google says new features coming to Android Studio 2.0 will help “dramatically” improve workflow for developers. Two of the new features they are highlighting out of the gate include a new Instant Run feature and a new GPU Profiler.

‘Zooshi’ from Fun Propulsion Labs showcases open source game development

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Within the Google organization, there is a group of employees working to build sample games that demonstrate how available technologies can be used by game developers to create easy-to-build, performant, cross-platform games. This group comprises the Fun Propulsion Labs and their most recent creation, which supports Google Cardboard, has been released to the Play Store as Zooshi.

Sony updates the Camera app for the Xperia Z5 range, brings refreshed UI and other improvements

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Sony has just begun pushing out an update to the camera app for its Xperia Z5 range of handsets. The updated camera app, or Camera 2.0.0 as it is called, can be found in the pre-installed ‘What’s New’ application. The update applies to the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium handsets, and includes tweaks, bugfixes, as well as some new options.

[TA Deals] Learn how to build Android and Java apps with The Android Expert’s Coding Bundle

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If you’re interested in getting started with Android or Java development, you’ll likely be interested in The Android Expert’s Coding Bundle. You can pay what you want for an entire bundle that goes over Java basics and essentials, as well as some courses covering Android Studio to build apps for Marshmallow.

Activision spends $5.9 billion acquiring ‘Candy Crush Saga’ and its developer, King Digital

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While many of us cringe when we hear the words Candy Crush Saga thanks to all the unsolicited invites we’ve received over the years, it seems that Activision Blizzard likes the game so much, it has decided to buy it and its developer, King Digital, spending $5.9 billion in the process. In an announcement earlier today Activision’s CEO, Bobby Kotick said that the move would make it “the most profitable standalone company in interactive entertainment.”

Amazon updates its music app with MicroSD and Android Wear support

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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.