[Infographic] Samsung highlights the Android M features it will bring to its devices

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The Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ smartphones were announced last week to varying degrees of excitement, depending on if the device you want is launching in your region. Not everyone wants to upgrade to a new handset, though, which means that many Samsung fans are wondering what new features the eventual Android M firmware update will bring to eligible devices. Read more

Google-obsessed Nat & Lo wonder what Android M will go by

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Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, and Lollipop are all tasty treats. They are also names of versions of Android launched in previous years. Each year, Google chooses a new treat to act as the symbol of Android. This year, with Android M, the options are vast. So YouTube’s Nat & Lo, who often explore Google’s mysteries, created a musical number on potential Android M names while hinting at their next episode.

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Google Play Services 7.8 includes face recognition and nearby communication

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A new version of Google Play Services was silently introduced on Thursday. Google Play Services 7.8 brings two new APIs that are currently available to developers using the Android SDK Manager.

The Nearby Messages cross-platform API is purposed to enable communication between devices and people through Bluetooth, WiFi, and an ultrasonic modem. The Mobile Vision API analyzes surroundings in real-time and detects facial features in images and videos.

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Latest OxygenOS update addresses StageFright exploit for OnePlus One devices

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OnePlus recently announced that it is slowing down the rate at which it issues invites for its 2016 flagship killer, the OnePlus 2, which isn’t great news for its fans. But, on the other hand,  it has also just announced that it’s released a firmware update for the OnePlus One to deal with the marauding StageFright exploit. And that is good.

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Alcatel OneTouch working to issue Stagefright patch for the Idol 3

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Sometime next week, Alcatel OneTouch will push a security update to its flagship device. The Idol 3 will receive a software update “on or around August 10″ to address Android’s Stagefright vulnerability. Alcatel OneTouch is following Google’s lead in issuing a fix for the vulnerability.

Owners of the Idol 3 located in the United States will be first to receive the security update.

Expect Nexus devices to receive monthly security updates from now on

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Amid the concerns of Android’s Stagefright vulnerability, Google has commented on the protection of its own devices. Nexus devices ranging from the Nexus 7 to the Nexus 6 will now be covered by monthly security updates. The company pointed out that Android being open source means that potential security risks can be identified and addressed by anyone to strengthen the platform.

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