When Android M was officially announced, Google gave the bad news that the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 (2012) were not to receive the update due to the age of the devices, but that may be about to change.
A reference to the codename of the Nexus 10, manta, appeared in the AOSP repository for the device and an update dated May 28th was found marked as android-m-preview. Similar updates were found for the Nexus 4, and Nexus 7 WiFi, lending suggestion that those devices may actually receive the updated Android operating system.
It seems that Google is still investing in the older devices with the Android M rollout, which is great news for adopters of the Nexus devices, because that’s what the Nexus programme is all about. Whilst there’s no official announcements for the support of these devices, don’t be surprised if that changes closer to Android M’s public release.
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Blackberry has been below the smartphone competition partly due its proprietary operating system, BlackBerry OS, that even after its partnership with the Amazon Appstore, lacks access to the more than a million applications available on android and iOS smartphones. Despite of that, Blackberry’s focus is and has always been security and productivity, and is respected for those qualities. Now, how great would an Android-based BlackBerry smartphone with added security would be for professionals looking for a more flexible and familiar user experience? Well, rumors have been around that BlackBerry has been in the works of making their first smartphones running on Android.
During a CNBC interview, BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen was asked about the possibility of an Android-based BlackBerry smartphone, and replied with the following:
“We only build secure phones, and BlackBerry is the most secure phone. So, if I can find a way to secure the Android phone, I will also build that.”
According to an earlier report from N4BB, BlackBerry will be unveiling its first Android smartphone in August, known to this day as the BlackBerry Prague. The device is said to share design elements from the BlackBerry Z3. In addition, BlackBerry is reportedly making a high-end android smartphone codenamed BlackBerry Venice and will feature a Quad HD display with other high-end specs such as a snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB of RAM and an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera.
All of these claims however have not yet been confirmed by Blackberry, and might not necessarily hold true. BlackBerry is committed to making highly secure smartphones, and no precise information was given by CEO John Chen on the progress of this potential project during the interview. Either way, such a device would be a huge milestone for BlackBerry and might allow the company to attract a large number of new customers.
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Just last month Hyundai announced that the 2015 Hyundai Sonata would be the first to market in the US with Android Auto. About the same time, Honda also quietly announced that the 2016 Honda Pilot would feature a brand new audio system powered by Google’s Android OS. To be clear, this is not Android Auto, but rather the full Android OS.
Not much has been said about the specs of the device, but we were able to confirm that it runs Android 4.2.2. Here is a complete run down of what we know at this time.
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- 8″ WVGA (800×480) Electrostatic Color Touch-Screen
- Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity
- Capacitive controls
- Included apps: a web browser and a calculator
- Ability to install/update apps and widgets via USB thumb drive
- Launcher has widget support
In the short time I was able to play with the device I was impressed with the speed and responsiveness of the system. It’s surely a vast improvement over the previous generation Display Audio system available in some of their other vehicles. As we get more information we will update you on the specs. In the mean time you can check out the 2016 Honda Pilot at your local Honda dealer.
During its I/O 2015 keynote, Google has just announced that Android M will introduce a couple of new features in the power department: doze mode and USB Type C support.
The new doze mode uses motion detection to measure your device and when it recognises your handset is idle, it puts the handset to “doze”. While your handset is dozing, it still keeps real time alarms and incoming notifications and Google claims this improves battery up to 2 times while in standby mode.
The other feature just announced is USB Type C support, which brings with it support for reversible charging. Essentially, the addition of USB Type C support means you can now use your phone to charge your tablet and vice versa. Follow all our updates from Google I/O 2015 here.
The Android 5.1.1 update is now rolling to Nexus 4 devices, but who the hell wants to wait 2 to 3 weeks for it? You can manually download the actual and official over-the-air (OTA) update from Google and flash if yourself.
I know what you’re thinking. You think you need to be a rocket scientist or you need a rooted device. Well you don’t. If I can do it, you can do it. Just hit up our very extensive guide that will walk you through each and every step. If you happen to be a seasoned pro and don’t need the guide, just grab the OTA update from the link below.
Nexus 4 (ossam) From LMY47O to LMY47V (5.1.1)
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The Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 have been two of the most popular Nexus devices to date, and many would like to think that manufacturer LG had a lot to do with their popularity. One thing’s for sure: the latest Nexus 6 made by Motorola hasn’t quite reached the same commercial success that its predecessors did and a large part of that was down to pricing, something the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 definitely didn’t have issues with. So when the news dropped today that another LG Nexus smartphone was possible, we had to take a closer look.
Today’s rumour allegedly comes from sources within LG who say that the Korean manufacturer is considering making the 2015 Nexus smartphone. This is decidedly interesting as quite a few rumours about a Nexus smartphone so far have named Chinese manufacturer, Huawei, as the front runner. Whether this is true or not, we’ll never really know until Google drops the bombshell presumably later this year as they have done the last few years. A LG Nexus based on the LG G4 anyone? Here’s to hoping.
What do you think about a possible LG Nexus smartphone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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If you have yet to get your hands on 5.1.1 for the Nexus 9 tablet, you have three options. Option 1, you can keep waiting until the OTA hits. Option 2, you can now download the official factory image and do a clean wipe and installation of Android 5.1.1. For those that don’t want to wait for the OTA but don’t want to have to do a full factory wipe either, you also have a third option: You can down the OTA link, as it has now been captured and made available for your sideloading pleasure!
- Nexus 9 factory image
Nexus 9 OTA capture
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For those unfamiliar with flashing a Nexus image, you’ll want to check out our guide. While the guide was written with Android 5.0 in mind, the same basic steps still apply. Of course it is important to note that while flashing is rather safe if you follow instructions properly, things can go wrong if you don’t — and so you should proceed at your risk.
For those on Android 5.1.1 already, what do you think of the update so far?
Now that smartphones have become personal companions, landline usage has understandably dropped. BT launched an Android-powered home phone, complete with smart call-blocking features and apps, in an attempt to lure people back, but because it only offered downloads via Opera’s app store, choice was severely limited. With the BT Home SmartPhone S II, it appears the company has learned from its mistakes. It’s partnered with Google to offer access to the Play Store, while Facebook, Twitter and BT Sport apps are already bundled. It means that you’ll be able to watch Premier League football if the main TV is out of action, but also download your favourite apps and games — as long as you’re connected to WiFi. At £169.99, BT’s Home SmartPhone S II is a little more expensive than Motorola’s current-generation Moto G, meaning you really must be intent on making the most of your landline for this handset to make any fiscal sense.
Via: BT Media Centre
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During the company’s Build 2015 developer conference, Microsoft announced that both Android and iOS applications will be able to run on the upcoming Windows 10 platform. Using the new Project Islandwood (iOS) and Project Astoria (Android) development kits, developers will be able to port their applications and games to Windows universal apps. Microsoft is letting Android developers use Java and C++ code on Windows 10, allowing applications to be quickly and easily compiled for the platform. Since the majority of the code being used by Android devs is being recycled, this will save app makers a ton of time and money in the long run.
Microsoft is urging developers to bring their code to Windows 10 with only minor changes at the start. Once the bulk of the app is built, the devs are encouraged to take advantage of some key integration points to build in Windows-specific features like Cortana, Live Tiles, Xbox Live, Holograms and more, which are all included in the Project Astoria dev kit. Microsoft has been testing its new APIs out for the past few months, specifically on the popular puzzle game Candy Crush. In fact, the Candy Crush version that’s currently on Windows is converted from iOS code using Microsoft’s new Windows APIs.
To clarify, this doesn’t mean you’ll be able to install any APK on Windows 10. This is simply just Microsoft making it much easier for Android devs to convert their applications. Microsoft has struggled over the years to keep up with the number of apps available for both Android and iOS, so for the end user, this is certainly great news. The Google Play Store will never come pre-loaded on any Windows 10 devices, but rest assured many more applications will soon make their way to the platform.
We’ll be sure to update you as we learn more.
Android 5.1 is slowly making the rounds and next up is the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2013, and Nexus 7 LTE 2013. Factory images were posted for all three, and the actual OTA update was captured for the Nexus 4.
Flashing a factory image is really easy, so be sure to check out our extensive guide which will guide you every step of the way. If you happen to have an unlocked bootloader, you don’t even have to lose your data. We show you how to do that as well.
source: Google Developers
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