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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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    Google spent a great of time telling us what was so great about Android M at Google I/O. Surely Lollipop has gotten better with recent updates, but Android M intends to take things further, and we've covered most of what you'll receive in a recent hands-on video. At the moment this new version of the OS is still a beta for developers, and today it gets an extra polish. Google has just announced its first update to the developer preview of Android M. The changes are mostly internal though, as the company claims the update includes the latest platform code and near-final APIs, something that ...

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    At the Google I/O 2015 keynote we were shown pieces of the next version of Android, currently codenamed "Android M". While we don't know what the final dessert name will be we were treated to a Developer Preview of Android M (just like last year with Android L). Not everything we saw in the keynote is available in the Developer Preview, but many of the features are. If you want to give the Developer Preview of Android M a try on your supported device, head over to the Android Developer website and flash away. It's buggy, as one might expect, so proceed at your own risk. In the meantime, ...

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    Today and tomorrow, Google is hosting its developer conference, Google I/O 2015. Like last year, we got to see the next version of Android for the very first time. Also like last year, Google isn't giving away the name of the next version, it's simply referred to as it's letter - in this case: Android M. This morning Dave Burke, VP Engineering (Android) at Google, took the stage, giving us all a first-hand look at Android M. Though nothing was mentioned about the version number of this upcoming release, the changes that were mentioned sound a lot like Android M will be version 5.2 rather ...

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    In software development there are many different stages of release. Working backwards, most customers use a "final release". As bugs are found in this version of the app, they're patched. When a significant amount of patches are issued, they're usually rolled up into a "Service Pack". Before that version is released to the public, it's run through various different test releases. At each stage, features are completed, bugs are fixed, and performance and stability are improved upon. A "milestone" version is released each time a set of bugs are fixed or features are completed. These are ...

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