Posts tagged with: Developer Preview
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    Android 7.0 Nougat wasn't as flashy as you expected it to be, right? Where was the Nexus Launcher? Where's Allo and Google Assistant and that "not a home button" home button? Where are all the software changes that we're looking forward to on the Marlin Nexus device? Not here just yet. But XDA developer Nate Benis is telling us that all of that stuff you saw from Android Police are from the first Maintenance Release of Android Nougat, scheduled to be pushed out this fall. The initial version Nougat is mostly based off of Developer Preview 5. "[It] does not have any of the 'proprietary ...

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    For the first time ever, it would seem that the new version of Android will not be released at the same time as the latest Nexus hardware is announced. In fact, it might come earlier. It's only part of the story that tech leaks reporter Evan Blass is tweeting about. Android 7.0 releases next month, with the 8/5 security patch. Sorry Nexus 5 owners, no Nougat for you 😢 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 30, 2016 We don't know what else he may or may not know, including a date for when we might be able to confirm the existence of two speculative HTC-made Nexus devices and even a possible ...

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    There are plenty of places to get your apps these days, many of which are not the Google Play Store. Thing is, if you hand off your phone to your friends or family and they start wreaking app havoc on you from all corners of the internet, you would like to know where those apps came from. Well, you might get to know without the help of said friends or family if you're getting on the latest preview for Android 7.0 Nougat. A new "App details" listing in the App Info page under a "Store" subhead now lists where the APK came from. For many, it'll be the Google Play Store. Sure, sometimes ...

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    The second iOS 10 beta for developers is out and people have been digging up little changes from feature recalls, new icons and plenty of options. 3D Touch options have been revised in the Control Center. Your organ donation preference is available to toggle in the Health app. Oh, and we have a new home button action: you can now rest your finger to unlock your device. It's a convenience measure that takes away the enforced extra tap of the home button to get away from the lock screen in the first developer beta. It also feels like a better obviation of the whole "slide to unlock" ...

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    As media that cover mobile tech, we have a ton of review devices, especially of the Android ilk. And when we feel like shouting something to our daily driver across the room, it seems that every stinkin' phone we own wants to address us in some way. "Ok Google" leads to about 30 pings and 30 answers for results on "Cortana for Android". Hey, Cortana can't even recognize that we're not saying her name sometimes. Well, 9to5Mac has picked up something interesting with the iOS 10 beta and that's Siri's new uncanny ability to stick to one iDevice while answering your question and not echo off ...

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    It takes quick work for some developers to get jailbreak on the latest version of iOS. Luca Tedesco has often been the source of scorn, posting up proofs of his handiwork and then not making Cydia access available to the community. It's not a crime to keep things to yourself, but the feeling of enabling people to take full advantage of their iPhones has to be appealing to someone out there. Well, one @iH8sn0w is showing off his efforts in jailbreaking the iOS 10 Developer Preview and keeping Cydia running steady. To clarify, the package dropped on Monday and the video was made on Friday. ...

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    We've been using the iOS 10 and Apple Watch OS 3 developer preview BETAs for almost a week. How is Apple stacking up to it Android competition? Bluetooth 5 is coming with more bandwidth and a focus on "Internet of Things". And, Net neutrality is defended again, this time in the courts. Will companies start accepting it now as the law of the land? These stories and we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 205 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June 17th (click here for your local time), or check out ...

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    Contrary to what he was looking for, it seems that Dave Burke has lived to see Android Namey McNameface come to life. It comes as part of the Easter egg to Android N Developer Preview 4, which includes the final APIs for N (set number 24) for app developers to begin compiling and publishing or updating their apps. Devs can now also get out alpha/beta/production-grade apps set on API 24 onto Google Play. The images are available right now to flash and the Android Beta Program OTAs should be arriving shortly on all compatible devices, including the Sony Xperia Z3. So many things set and ...

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    In the beta out for iOS 10, there's a change to the platform's operating procedure that may have you scratching your head just a bit. We are closing in on ten years of the whole "Slide to Unlock" paradigm where you would pull a tab across the bottom of the screen to access your home screen or your security measure. Touch ID complicated things with an almost-instant touch-to-sensor unlock. Nowadays on the iOS 10 developer preview, if you pick up your iPhone to check the lockscreen, you're prompted to "Press home to unlock". Furthermore, as BGR points out, if you just place your finger ...

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    We've been running the iOS 10 developer preview for a little more than a day, but it's not the only BETA being run in our offices. We also have Google's latest build of Android N running on a Nexus 5X. We think it's time for a comparison. This is a big update for Apple, reaching the tenth iteration of iOS, a lot of attention has been paid towards streamlining interactions, incorporating more 3D Touch and gesture support, and catching a few services up which have been lagging behind the competition. Likewise, Google has a lot riding on Android N, in making this build of Android more ...

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    We recently produced a video tour of the newest Android N preview, and viewers were quick to point out an omission. This build of Android lacked a dark theme. This has been a long requested feature in the Nexus community, and we've seen glimpses of it pop up in BETA builds, but Developer Preview 3 has cut the ability to go dark. Why go dark? Some might see this as a throwback to the Holo theme days of Android 4, but there are some advantages in making a phone's interface dark. For folks using phones with AMOLED displays, where each pixel on the screen makes its own light, dark menus and ...

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    We know that the OnePlus 3 will get an out-of-this-world purchase experience and a decent 8-megapixel selfie camera. We think we know that it has a 20W charging solution that may get branded as "Dash Charge". And we just haven't been sure about some other rumors, predicated on the phone's model name — a combination of the word "RAIN" and the alphanumeric combo "A3000". Well, Evan Blass was able to source some information about the phone as well as a screenshot of what this thing runs. OnePlus 3 basics: 5.5-inch 1080p, Snapdragon 820, 64GB storage, 16MP rear camera, NFC. SS from an N ...

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    Android developers are starting to get what we want to do on our tablets — read a whole bunch of stuff at once. And in the latest Developer Preview, we can definitely do that on Chrome. Taking advantage of the Split Screen feature that got canonized this week, opening up Chrome and looking at the extended context menu will allow you to "Move [a tab] to other window". You can only move tabs using that menu option, but once you have that new window up, you can add as many tabs as you'd like on that side. Android handles Chrome in this fashion as two separate instances — which seems ...

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    And with that, Android has suddenly lost its touch. There's been plenty of experimentation with a string of code that makes use of Force Touch at the homescreen level. What was dubbed as "Launcher Shortcuts" took a bit of engineering from app developers to suss out, but we hoped that enough progress would be made for it to be a mentioned feature at Google I/O. Well, it didn't get mentioned among several other multitasking features and now we know that it will not be meant for Android N. The Android Developers site has release notes out for N's third preview which includes the new VR Mode ...

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    Google is taking a new view of what its keyboard can be. But you have to get the latest software to take a look at it. If you can get the latest Android N Developer Preview onto your applicable device and also have Google Keyboard version 5.0, there's a whole menu in the settings dedicated to changing the color of the keyboard. Not only can you choose from a few hues, but you can upload your own pictures — taking away one of the biggest tricks up the sleeve for third-party keyboards. Yep, owners of phones with AMOLED displays can enjoy pitch black power savings when they're typing up ...

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    Decent pressure-sensitive UIs on mobile devices have been hard to remember to use — namely, Apple's 3D Touch. Microsoft has its own idea on what to do and we know that Google has an inkling as well. But while we were able to see Launcher Shortcuts function in their infacy, we're told to be set for a long wait if we want to see the real thing. Sources to Re/Code said that the feature will likely be in the wings until a later release of Android N, perhaps in a maintenance update. A Google representative declined comment. The longer lead time for this feature might be expected because of ...

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    T-minus five days ... and counting. Google's biggest developer conference of the year is happening at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, from May 18 to 20. If you weren't lucky to be chosen to get tickets for the event, you can still grab a chair at one of the 471 (and counting) I/O Extended events. Better yet, you can stream select events live from the Google I/O app or the Google Developers YouTube page. While the schedule is loaded for the three days, we have just three events you should watch out for if you're anything at all like us — curious about mobile and ...

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    If you're just a friendly neighborhood Nexus owner with a slight curiosity about what Android N might offer you, the Android Beta Program was made for you — you could just download the latest OTA package made available at Google's discretion and enjoy. But if you're a developer that needs to hop between different preview versions and you hate flashing the full image on and reconfiguring your settings and re-uploading your apps and re-dreading your life ... well, there's a way out of that, too. Google has made its over-the-air update packages available for flashing on its Developer site. ...

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    It's been a while since we've talked about Force Touch, right? We've gone and genericized Apple's "3D Touch" to the point where we've forgotten it's been around for a while. But let's not lose sight of the features package 3D Touch brings us — added functionality. The second iteration of the Developer Preview has code to support something called "Launcher Shortcuts" and the folks at Phandroid, in association with Nova Launcher's developer, have gotten together a working demo of how an app might take advantage of it. Since the Android ecosystem has yet to develop an app with the new ...

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    Incremental improvements between big steps in developer preview software are important to us, especially when it comes to mobile — remember that these improvements are supposed to make our lives a tad easier, wherever we are. So, if you're on the Android Beta Program and use your phone for quick interactions on the go, you might have some fun with these new features adds in Developer Preview 2 of Android N. And do remember that these features can come and go up through the final build in different shapes and forms. Calculator in Quick Settings If your OEM hasn't already embedded a ...

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    The prospect of beta testing an unfinished Android iteration on devices not manufactured under Google’s direct supervision has been a dream many power users couldn’t dare to dream. Heck, until 2014, so-called developer previews of unreleased major OS versions weren’t even available for members of the Nexus family. But this year, the first pre-launch Android N build rolled out to courageous software tinkerers surprisingly early, signaling… something. We couldn’t put our finger on exactly what was coming, but it was definitely good. A commercial dispatch in the summer, perhaps. Or ...

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    Freeform jazz shouldn't be this hard. Or maybe it is and we just don't know it. Chew on that for a second. But getting the freeform windows feature out of Android N in its current state is going to be hard — we mean that it's definitely not for the casual user. But it's possible and worth the effort for those wanting to get a huge head-start on developing apps for a windowed mode in Android. We'll give those in the know the quickie. Fair warning: if you plan on getting OTAs from the Android Beta Program, this process involves unlocking your bootloader and flashing a custom recovery — ...

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    Well, Google promised and Google delivers, though with a caveat. Those who signed up their Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi or LTE) or Nexus Player for the Android Beta Program are getting their first over-the-air update for the Android N Developer Preview. The build number has been updated from NCP56P to NCP56W for the phones, NCP56X for the tablet and NCP56R for the Player. The Nexus smartphones' update package is only 27.3MB. On our end, we have not seen the update come to one of our Nexus 9 units just yet, so the process is ongoing. You can also flash the new image if you so ...

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    If you've signed up for the new Android Beta Program for your Nexus, Pixel C or Android One device, you're able to keep up with Google's Android N preview builds every so often through over-the-air updates. But if you flashed the image to your device, you weren't promised to get incremental Android N OTAs automatically. So, here's the thing: Google VP of Engineering Dave Burke has said that OTA packages will be full updates, not incremental ones, period. So, either way you go, be it manually or automatically, you're going to have to wait a bit to see a refreshed file on the servers. If you ...

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    Now that Android 6.0 Marshmallow is running on 2.3% of devices, it's time for us to start talking about the next version of Android - Android "N". Marshmallow was released in October 2015, but the Developer Preview of that version (Android "M") was first unveiled in May 2015 at the Google I/O conference. Just as before, we don't know what Android "N" will be called when it's released, but in the meantime we've got our first taste of Google's newest mobile OS. How to install the Android N Developer Preview Here's where the first major change come in. Unlike previous Developer Previews, ...

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