Multi-Window is one of the most awesome features that has blessed larger Android devices. You will never use a smartphone the same way once you try running two apps at once, but sadly this is a feature limited to very few handsets (mostly Samsung ones). This is why the whole Android modding community went nuts when it was discovered the Android M developer preview code included this featured, hidden deep within all those ones and zeroes.
People had to tinker with the phone to enable multi-window mode in the Android M developer preview, but it was definitely possible. The real question was whether this would also be the case for Android 6.0 Marshmallow when it became available, in its full glory. It turns out multi-window works, and all you have to do is follow the very same steps you did with the Android M developer preview.
The news comes from Reddit, where Android enthusiasts shared their experiences regarding the matter, and showed images as proof of this feature working. The process is not that simple, but those who know their way around rooting, flashing custom recoveries and running ADB on a PC should be fine.
And just in case those crazy words don’t manage to scare the faint of heart, the following might. Do keep in mind that rooting, flashing recoveries and tinkering with your device may harm it or void your warranty. Go on with this at your own risk and do your research, for you may be left alone if anything happens.
With that in mind, those who choose to continue can just follow the instructions over at XDA Developer forums, where pretty much all hacking and modding goodies come from. Have any of you tried this? How is it working for you?
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It was announced last week that Android Marshmallow for the Nexus devices would be released “next week”, and right on cue, the factory images for Android Marshmallow have been released today for your flashing convenience. Specifically, the images that are available today are for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9 and Nexus Player, just as we expected. If you’re looking for where to download them, you’ll be able to find all the images on the Google Developers website.
Just remember that if you’re going to be flashing a factory image to your device, you’ll need to back up all your essentials as it will wipe clean. If that sounds like too much effort, then you’re likely better off waiting for the OTA (over-the-air) updates that should be rolling out as we speak.
If you do take the plunge, we’d love to hear about how you’re finding it in the comments below.
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Today, Google posted the Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images for various Nexus devices. You can now manually install Marshmallow on your Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. The exact version here is MRA58K.
Get ’em while they’re hot!
Source: Google Developers
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Earlier today, mobile messaging platform Viber took delivery of a rather nifty update via the Play Store. In terms of added functionality, the upgrade carries the facility for user to like individual messages, join public group chats and send text up to 7,000 characters long.
The full changelog can be seen below:
- Group Likes – ‘like’ messages in group chats and see who’s loving your vibe
- Forward Public Chat messages – share content with your friends more easily
- Write freely – text messages can now be up to 7,000 characters long
- Better video messaging – new features improve the experience
- Public Chats – now available on Android
To install the update, simply open up the Play Store, toggle the hamburger menu by swiping in from the left-hand side of the screen, select ‘My Apps’ and click on ‘Viber, then hit the update button.
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Honda is no stranger to Android Auto, as the car manufacturer just recently announced its 2016 Accord would come equipped with Google’s automobile platform. Honda isn’t stopping there, though, as it has just revealed that both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay would be supported in the 2016 Civic. Just like the 2016 Accord, the new Civic will come with a built-in 7.0-inch high-definition Display Audio touchscreen, which will allow drivers to take advantage of either platform depending on what type of phone is plugged in.
Just like with any other vehicle running Android Auto, you’ll need a smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Once the setup process is complete, you can utilize features such as navigation with Google Maps, quick and easy access to your favorite music or podcasting applications, and even use your voice to quickly access Google Now.
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For more information on the 2016 Honda Civic, be sure to check out Honda’s announcement post at the source link below.
Yesterday, T-Mobile announced a series of OTA’s for the Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9. The sole purpose of these updates are to fix a number of security and bug-related issues that were unearthed in the Android operating system. Now, Google has released the factory images for the upgrades, which are available to download and install directly from the search engine giant’s Developer Platform.
It’s important to bear in mind that these factory images aren’t your standard JPG or PNG. They are in fact images, which allow you to directly update and wipe your device – effectively installing the operating system from scratch. The images are also particularly useful if you have previously tinkered around with the ROM on your device and need an easy route back to the stock version of Android.
If you want to get your hands on the upgrade, hit the source link below, then locate the firmware version entitled LMY48M.
Source: Developer Platform
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Verizon has finally started rolling out the long-awaited Android 5.1.1 update to its carrier-branded variant of the second-generation Nexus 7. In addition to the latest consumer build of the open-source operating system, this upgrade also transports a much-needed patch for the device’s ever-so-scary Stagefright vulnerability.
All the changes you’d expect to find in the Lollipop software are bundled into this upgrade alongside Verizon’s XLTE service, such as support for multiple accounts, improved notifications, stronger 256-bit encryption, a smoother multitasking experience, a new recent screen, personal unlocking and Material Design.
As is the norm, the update is being rolled out in stages, but if you don’t feel like waiting for a notification confirming that it’s ready for your device to hit your unit, you could always search for the upgrade manually.
To do so simply open the Settings app, scroll to the bottom and tap on “About Device”, hit “System Updates”, then select “Check for updates”. Once done, the upgrade will start downloading from Samsung’s servers.
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Amid the concerns of Android’s Stagefright vulnerability, Google has commented on the protection of its own devices. Nexus devices ranging from the Nexus 7 to the Nexus 6 will now be covered by monthly security updates. The company pointed out that Android being open source means that potential security risks can be identified and addressed by anyone to strengthen the platform.
Nexus devices have always been among the first Android devices to receive platform and security updates. From this week on, Nexus devices will receive regular OTA updates each month focused on security, in addition to the usual platform updates.
Starting today, at least seven Nexus devices are receiving the first monthly security update. The Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, and Nexus Player are all protected from the Stagefright vulnerability in addition to receiving other smaller fixes. Any changes made will be added to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
Google reminds everyone that Nexus devices will receive major software updates for at least years years while security patches continue for as long as three years.
People have long bashed Google and Android for not being secure, but the company notes that its decisions are responsible for there being less than 0.15% of devices with a potentially harmful app installed.
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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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Google certainly hasn’t forgotten the Nexus 7, more specifically the 2013 edition. The latest build now available is Android 5.1.1 (LMY48G). There isn’t an OTA yet, so your only option for now is manually flash via fastboot. If you you have done this before, which I am sure most of you have, then this should be a breeze. Remember to download the system images under the code name “razor”.
For those who don’t want to get their hands dirty, be sure to check your device every so often to see if the build is available via Settings > About Tablet > System Updates.
As always when performing updates of any kind, be sure to backup any data you don’t want to loose just incase things go haywire during the update.
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