YouTube and Google Calendar added to HTTPS transparency report

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Google maintains a transparency support that details how well their services are encrypted, and it’s a pretty interesting chart to dig into, especially if you’re concerned about how secure Google is. The charts track what percentage of traffic from a particular service is sent over HTTPS and keeps a trail of how those services have done since 2014.

A new launcher should debut on Google’s 2016 Nexus phones

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Paired with the launch of Android 7.0 Nougat this year will be two devices developed by Google and HTC under the Nexus name. The phones, known internally by their makers as Sailfish and Marlin, are going to ship with high-end specifications and the latest version of Android. It’ll definitely be the phones to get during the upcoming fall and winter seasons.

What’s going to be different for these phones? Google is going to overhaul the stock Android launcher once again. We’re getting our first look at it right now courtesy of Android Police.

Hit the break to see what’s coming.

Android 7.0 might drop this month without Nexus 5 support

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Google announced that Android 7.0 would be Android Nougat, and it includes your usual new features and under the hood enhancements that we see with all new Android releases. However, they didn’t announce when Nougat would be officially available for our devices.

The good news is that if you’re tired of waiting for Google to announce something, Evan Blass has kindly tipped everyone off as to when Android 7.0 should be available to Nexus devices.

Chromecast devices hit 30 million shipped mark

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During a recent earnings call for Google, CEO Sundar Pichai revealed the company has now recorded shipments of over 30 million Chromecast units. The accomplishment comes three years after Google launched the streaming dongle that changed the market for connecting televisions with our mobile devices and streaming services. During that time, Google updated the Chromecast lineup to introduce the second generation Chromecast and added a Chromecast Audio device meant to emulate the original’s success, but for audiophiles interested in streaming content to their speaker systems.

Allo won’t be the default messaging app in Android 7.0

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Google’s approach to messaging apps is clouded at best and completely confused at worst. Not only do we already have Google Voice, Hangouts, and the default Messenger app for Android devices, but later this year we’ll be able to add Allo and Duo to that list. With five different apps, you’d think Google might be considering replacing and consolidating apps, but that doesn’t appear like it will be the case for Android 7.0

[Deal] Grab the Nexus 5X from Carphone Warehouse for just £169

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In recent weeks there’s been a few leaks about the upcoming Nexus handsets from HTC, Sailfish and Marlin, and I’m sure there will be a whole lot more before the devices are eventually announced. If you’re hankering for a Nexus phone and can’t wait for the new batch to launch, though, you can score last years Nexus 5X (reviewed here) for just £169 from Carphone Warehouse (CPW) in the UK. Join us after the break for more details.

Specs for Marlin, HTC’s bigger Nexus phone, trickle out

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This fall, Google will offer two Nexus phones yet again; however, they’ll be produced by the same company in a surprising detour from the usual strategy in which different companies each make a single device for the line. Returning to the Nexus line for the first time since 2014 when the company developed Google’s Nexus 9 is expected to be HTC.

Sailfish (S1) and Marlin (M1) are going to end up being the spiritual successors to 2015’s Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P in that one will be on the lower half of the high-end segment while the other stands tall as the cutting edge option. Following last month’s leak of alleged Sailfish specifications, we’re getting an idea of what Marlin could be like.

Hit the break for details.