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A 3rd-Generation Nexus 7 is still a possibility according to Asus chairman


Google and Asus first partnered up for the original Nexus 7 tablet in 2012, and again with the Nexus 7 2013 the following year, with both tablets offering great specifications for an affordable price. Now it seems as if the two companies could be teaming up once more to produce a 3rd-generation Nexus 7.

According to Trusted Reviews’ interview with Asus chairman, Jonney Shih, Asus and Google have numerous projects on the go. While Shih didn’t go into specifics about what the developmental projects consisted of, other than we should “stay tuned”, he did have this to say about the original Nexus 7 collaboration:

“So, for the [first-generation] Nexus, I think that both parties feel that this will be an exciting product, with this kind of…price and this kind of functionality and quality,” explains the Asus chairman. “Even [the second-generation Nexus 7], we moved to the Full HD screen, and we still believe in this kind of beauty. It still makes sense.”

Shih said that a 3rd-generation Nexus 7 tablet would require “a lot of discussion.”

So, what would fans want to see in a potential 3rd-generation Nexus 7 tablet? It should probably go without saying that it should feature a USB Type-C port, possibly a Quad HD display, and 3GB of RAM, and perhaps the Snapdragon 808 processor (skipping the 810 for obvious reasons, which the upcoming 820 would be too expensive).

Should the screen size stay at 7-inches or perhaps move up to around 7.85-inches while changing to Google’s now preferred aspect ratio of 4:3? If a 3rd-gen Nexus 7 came to pass, what would your specifications wishlist look like?


Source: Trusted Reviews
Via: TechnoBuffalo 

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Want Android Marshmallow on the 2012 Nexus 7? This method has you covered

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The man who was behind the way to get Android Marshmallow on the Nexus 4 is at it again, this time figuring out how to get Android Marshmallow on the 2012 Nexus 7. Dmitry Grinberg provides a guide on how to do it, but like the method for the Nexus 4 that he posted last week, the method of updating the 2012 Nexus 7 will require a little Android know-how – though learning some cool tricks is never a bad thing. That said, it looks like Grinberg has also provided the relevant files if you want to take the shorter, easier approach too.

According to Grinberg, all the major things are working, including the camera, NFC, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth so you should be able to use it as a relatively stable device. Nexus devices have slowly been dropping off the radar as Google stops their official support, but it’s always good to know that the community will keep these devices alive for the foreseeable future. If you try out this method, we’d love to hear how it turns out for you.

What do you think about Android Marshmallow on the 2012 Nexus 7? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Dmitry Grinberg via XDA

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Here’s how to install Android 6.0 on your Nexus 4

Google Nexus 4Remember the Nexus 4? You might, but Google isn’t particularly invested in keeping it in everyone’s memory anymore. Out of all the devices slated to get the Android 6.0 update, the Nexus 4 didn’t make the cut. To be completely fair, the Nexus 4 is pretty old, and all devices will eventually reach the end of their official support, but if you’re still rocking a Nexus 4 it might be a little disappointing.

The good news is that it’s still a Nexus device, and that means unofficial support for the device will last for years and years past when Google decides it’s time to retire the phone. A Nexus owner, Dmitry Grinberg, has kindly uploaded a list of instructions for building your own Android 6.0 Marshmallow ROM to install a Nexus 4, complete with an optional radio flashing that will bring LTE support for the not-officially-LTE Nexus 4.

If you’re not interested in compiling things for yourself, there’s also a pre-built image you can go ahead and flash to get your Nexus 4 updated to the latest Android release. Not a bad deal for a device that’s no longer officially supported.

source: Dmitry Grinberg

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Enable multi-window mode in Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a bit of tinkering

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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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Factory images for Android Marshmallow have been released

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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.

Source: Google Developers via Droid-life

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Get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow factory images for Nexus devices!


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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Viber for Android updated with public group chats, 7,000 character limit & more!


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’s 2016 Civic will come with support for Android Auto

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.


Google releases factory images for new Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 update

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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 starts rolling out Android 5.1.1 update with Stagefright fix for the Nexus 7


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.

Source: Verizon


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