New Nexus phones are getting tweaked Settings menu and a Night Light mode

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Google’s latest iterations of Nexus devices are shaping up to offer some killer standout features, and the leaks continue to trickle in building on Google’s philosophy of making some things exclusive to the Nexus line instead of adding everything to AOSP. The latest rumor from Android Police suggests that we’ll see a night mode make its way back into Android at some point, even though the feature was present in some early Android 7.0 builds before being left on the cutting room floor. Read more

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. Read more

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.

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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. Read more

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. Read more

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 Read more