As Google Daydream Launch Gets Closer, Google’s Investments in VR Pick-Up

This morning, the folks over at Bloomberg shared new information surrounding the launch of Google’s VR platform, Daydream, which they say is scheduled to happen in the “coming weeks.” That may not be all that specific, especially since Google told us it would arrive this fall, but today’s report did include inside details about how Google plans to ramp up content and hardware for VR.  (more…)

Android 7.0 Nougat Factory Images Now Available!

If you own a Nexus phone that is scheduled to receive the update to Android 7.0 Nougat, the time is now. Google has posted factory images and the OTA .zip files for those unwilling to wait for an over-the-air update to pop-up.

As of right now, we have Android 7.0 Nougat files for the Pixel C (NRD90M), Nexus 9 WiFi (NRD90M), and Nexus Player (NRD90M).

In case you hadn’t noticed something in common with the missing devices (Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6), look at the processor – Qualcomm. We’ll update this post when those go live.

You can grab each image or OTA file at the links below. For instructions on how to flash a factory image, here you go. For instructions on how to flash an OTA .zip file, here you go(more…)

With Android Nougat Google Introduces Scheduled Maintenance Releases, First Arrives This Fall as a Preview

Buried inside today’s announcement that Android 7.0 Nougat (feature list) was rolling out to Nexus devices, Google also subtly announced that they are introducing a new maintenance release program “over the coming quarters.” This new maintenance schedule will bring “continued refinements and polish” to the platform throughout a year and will be available as a developer preview first, so that those who live on the edge of Android software will be able to test it.  (more…)

Here’s Everything That’s New in Android 7.0 “Nougat”

It’s official, Android 7.0 “Nougat” arrives today. With the announcement, we already have a fantastic sense of what the latest major update to Android offers, thanks to Developer Previews, but now we have the official changelog straight from Google.

Inside this list of new features, highlights include Split-Screen support, native Vulkan API support, VR mode, enhanced Doze, Picture-in-Picture mode (Android TV), as well as a fully redesigned Quick Settings bar. For anyone who ran the developer preview, or has at least been listening to those who have been running the previews, nothing shines as crazy new or unexpected.

Below, we have made available the entire list of changes and new features. Prepare yourself, it’s a pretty big list.  (more…)

Official Android 7.0 Nougat Site Goes Live! (Updated)

The Android 7.0 Nougat site just went live! That’s a thing that we care about, because well, we also think that Google may push out stable Nougat today to Nexus phones.

Also note, at the bottom, that Google confirms that the LG V20 will be the first to run Android Nougat out of the box. In other words, the new HTC Nexus phones aren’t going to be here until after that phone arrives.  (more…)

Google’s Instant Native Notification Warnings for New Device Logins are Live

At the beginning of August, Google introduced a new security feature to Android that should help users catch unwanted logins from other devices. While Google has always sent out email confirmations or warnings about new device logins, this new feature was supposed to pop-up native notifications on your current device the second you or someone else logs in.

The new feature, which was supposed to start rolling out gradually right away, now seems to be live, at least for me. While setting up the Galaxy Note 7 that arrived at the DL offices today, I received instant notifications on my Galaxy S7 immediately after adding my Google accounts to the Note. The notifications look exactly like Google showed when they announced the feature, but we also have the other screens that you are taken to below.  (more…)

Verizon Wanted to Charge Companies $1-$2 Per Install to Get Bloatware on Your Home Screen

A headshake-worthy but not necessarily surprising story about Verizon looking to flood your phone with even more bloatware is making the rounds this week, and yes, we’ve been keeping an eye on it. The report comes from Ad Age, who claims that as recent as late last year, Verizon was pitching an idea to retail and finance app makers that would get their apps installed on Android phones for somewhere between $1 and $2.

Now, that thought, assuming this is the first time you have heard it, is a bit troubling. It’s not exactly new, though, and so I’m not really sure what the freakout here is. Let me explain that.  (more…)