Android operating system brought to Samsung Gear S thanks to XDA developer and CyanogenMod

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Samsung might not have been the very first smartwatch manufacturer, but they definitely have been one of the most adamant companies in pushing the appeal of a wrist-borne computer. Additionally, one could easily argue that they also produce the most beautiful of all the smartwatches: the curved Gear S. Also, arguably, the Gear S has one of the biggest flaws of all the smartwatches out on the market: Tizen.

Until XDA developer biktor_gj stepped up and brought Android to the Gear S via CyanogenMod 12.1. And what was Biktor’s opening comment upon success? “Hey GearS! Welcome to the Android family!”

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Get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow wallpapers right here


The easiest way to freshen up the look of your phone or tablet is by changing the wallpaper. Google’s Nexus line of devices, with stock Android being present, usually have some of the best wallpapers around; however, a Nexus device is not necessary to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and clean Material Design pieces that Google goes with. The nine wallpapers included with Android 6.0 Marshmallow are available for you to download and stare at right now.

Hit the break for the gallery to download the wallpapers.

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Get the final Android M Developer Preview for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player

Nexus 5, 6, 9 and Player

Right now, you can download the latest version of the Android M Developer Preview for select Nexus devices. People with the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player can go ahead and grab system images of the Developer Preview for their devices. Doing so is as simple as manually flashing the system images from the source link below.

This is the third and final version of the Android M Developer Preview before Google delivers Android 6.0 Marshmallow to consumers later in the year. Expect Marshmallow to remain relatively unchanged between now and its launch.

Source: Android Developers

Google names Marshmallow as the official treat for Android 6.0


At Google I/O 2015, Android M was introduced to the world. The software has been available in the form of a developer preview so that the team behind Android can work out any issues before launch later this year, but among the only things unknown about Android M were its version number and name. Would it be Android 5.5 or 6.0? Would it be called Milkshake or Marshmallow? Today, Google debuted Android M’s official version number and name.

The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system will be known as Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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[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


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


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


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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