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

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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.

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

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Remember 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.

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

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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.

GFXBench listing reveals specifications of Amazon’s rumoured $50 tablet

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While Amazon recently laid off some of its engineers after the Fire Phone failed to set the world alight, there has been persistent rumours that the global retailer is developing a budget-friendly tablet that could be priced at just $50. Amazon has so far declined to either confirm or deny the existence of such a project, although it has allegedly been spotted being put through its paces on GFXBench under the ‘Amazon KFFOWI’ moniker.

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Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 takes just 35 minutes to reach 80 percent charge

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Charging your handset overnight used to be part of our nightly routine, but now? Not so much. Thanks to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, we can charge our devices whenever we want, and still have enough juice to make it through the day. And it’s going to get even better because Qualcomm has just announced Quick Charge 3.0 that will allow smartphones to go from being as dead-as-a-doornail to 80 percent charge in just 35 minutes.

Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight dev platform lifts off in drone reference

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Qualcomm may best be known to smartphone phone fans for their processors powering so many devices. However, the company does get into other areas, sometimes on the back of the same technology powering smartphones. Today they revealed their latest robotics project, the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight development platform. Qualcomm says the technology will enable manufacturers to build consumer class robots and drones, which they showed off with a reference design for a new 4K flying camera.

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