Android Distribution Updated for July 2016 – Marshmallow Keeps on Climbing

Google updated the Android distribution numbers today for the month of July, showing Marshmallow jumping up to 13.3% of the share. That’s up from the 10.1% of last month and continues to show the slow, but steady climb of the latest version of stable Android. Of course, we’d all like to see that at 95% by now, especially with Android Nougat all but a month away from a stable release, but that’s not how Android works. If you still don’t get that, dear Apple journos, good luck to you in life.  (more…)

Project Fi Gets Faster International Data, Will Shave $150 Off a Nexus 6P If You Sign-Up

Google is fully aware that when traveling abroad, your data connection is a major pain point. Not only is it expensive to use data when traveling outside of the US, it’s also often quite a slow and frustrating experience. Today, to help reduce those struggles, they are introducing better roaming to Project Fi by adding connectivity through Three’s network.  (more…)

Amazon Prime Day Deals: A Preview of the Discounts

Tomorrow, July 12, is Amazon Prime Day. You probably know that, because Amazon won’t shut up about it. And rightfully so, as Amazon Prime Day is a day not unlike Black Friday, where Amazon slashes prices and offers a variety of discounts on thousands of items. All I can say is that I hope this year’s Prime Day is better than last year’s massively disappointing inaugural discount day.

Today, to help set expectations, Amazon released a list of Amazon Prime Day deals we should see tomorrow as a preview of sorts. The deals include a $50 discount on the Amazon Echo, $30 off the Fire TV, $15 off the Fire TV Stick, and $30 off the Kindle Paperwhite. The deals don’t all involve Amazon products, though. You will also see big ticket items like a Samsung curved 55-inch 4K TVs available for as little as $650. There will be lightning deals too, the ones that come and go as they sell through or reach the end of their allotted time, and special discounts should you order through Alexa via Amazon Echo (or Echo Dot or Tap).

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Poll: Did You Play Pokemon GO This Weekend?

You played Pokemon GO this weekend, right? If you say “no,” I don’t know that I can believe you.

Even me, the guy who spent 30 mins on Friday’s DL Show talking about how little I know or understand about Pokemon, installed Pokemon GO and nabbed a Pokemon or three from within my living room within the past couple of days. Everywhere I went over the weekend, which included a toddler party on Saturday, there were people talking about it. Yes, the parents at the toddler party, many of whom are old like me, talked Pokemon GO for lengthy periods of time. Honestly, I think some were counting the minutes until their child was headed for bed so that they could run around their neighborhood with phones up, tossing balls in AR to creatures from their past that are back and taking the world once again by storm.

So we want to know, because there is no denying the level of buzz surrounding this game at the moment, how many of you spent some time playing Pokemon GO this weekend? If you did spend some time, be sure to head over to this giveaway we are doing to show off your collection – you could win some Play credit!

Did You Play Pokemon GO This Weekend?

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P.S. – I still don’t understand it at all, even after reading Eric’s sweet Pokemon GO tips and tricks posts from earlier. I guess I should get to learning.

Samsung Develops Slot That Supports Both New UFS 1.0 and MicroSD Cards

Last week, Samsung announced a new form of removable storage for devices like smartphones, DSLR cameras, action cams, and drones, that put the microSD format to shame. These new cards are built off the UFS 1.0 standard and are at least 5x faster than the microSD cards we all own and use today. By all means, these UFS cards should help to create the new standard for removable storage.

But what does that mean for the microSD card? What does that mean for future devices and storage? Will manufacturers have to choose to support one over the other? Will there be backwards compatibility? Does anything currently on the market support these new cards?  (more…)

July’s Android Security Update Kicks Off Today With Factory Image Files, OTA Files

Google is pushing out July’s Android security update to Nexus devices today and has done so by already publishing both factory image and OTA .zip files. They also provided the typical security bulletin as well.

As of right now, we have Android 6.0.1 files for the Nexus 6P (MTC19X), Nexus 5X (MTC19Z), Nexus 5 (MOB30P), Nexus 6 (MMB30K, MOB30O), Nexus 7 2013 (MOB30P, MMB30M), Nexus 9 (MOB30P), and Nexus Player (MOB30P).

UPDATE:  Pixel C files for July are now available as build MXC89K.  (more…)