Android Nougat Statue Video Also Confirms Android 7.0

This morning, Google officially unveiled the name of Android N as Android Nougat, but this afternoon, they put a number to it as well. The next version of Android is Android 7.0.

That new number shouldn’t really shock anyone, since Google basically told us last year to expect a new version each year. We knew that meant a new name, but was anyone sold on their being a full digit jump each year? I don’t know! Either way, Android Nougat is Android 7.0 whether we were ready for it or not.  (more…)

Google Play Beta Tab Now Rolling Out to All, Early Access Section Too

A couple of weeks ago, we pointed out a new section in Google Play that showed you a list of apps you were currently beta testing, noting that it was only just beginning to rollout to users. Today (or maybe even last night), the full rollout started and you more than likely have the new section, whether you realized it or not.

What is this new beta section for?  (more…)

Here are Some of the Rumored Specs for the Other Upcoming HTC Nexus

If you believe the interwebs, we should see two Nexus phones once again this year, only this time only one manufacturer will make them. That manufacturer is thought to be HTC. Last week, purported specs for the smaller of the two HTC Nexus phones surfaced, and now this week, we are getting specs for the other, larger model. For those keeping track of the dirty details, the smaller is running under codename “Sailfish,” while the larger, possibly more premium phone is the “Marlin.”

Let’s talk about HTC Nexus “Marlin.”  (more…)

Poll: Android Nougat Name – Love It or Hate It?

Google revealed the name of Android N today and that name is Nougat. Android Nougat, to be exact. There has been fallout on some level. Nerds seem to be unhappy with the choice, probably because it wasn’t called “Nerds” or “Neapolitan” or “Nutella.” You only think I’m joking about that – I’m not. People really are not OK with Google going full Nougat.

That right there, is the reason for this poll. This is as official as it gets. You either love it or hate it. There is no in between. You have to take sides because, well, because I said so.

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Where to Buy the Unlocked Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge (US Model)

Samsung surprised us this morning with news that it was releasing the Galaxy S7 (SM-G930U) and Galaxy S7 Edge (SM-G935U) in unlocked form here in the US. While we’re a bit annoyed at the fact that it took them this long to do so, we still appreciate having the option. After all, not everyone buys the new shiny toy the minute it comes out and some have probably been waiting for the right moment to upgrade. Now would be that time.

These unlocked units work on all US carriers (including Verizon and AT&T), so if you champion unlocked phones like we do, these are great because they give you flexibility to jump around on carriers and never feel locked down. They also lack bloatware and may even receive timelier updates (might is the key there).  (more…)