Hangouts Version 11 Will Kill Conversation Merging Because No One Uses It

According to a support page posted by Google, the next update to Hangouts (which will be for version 11.0), will remove the option for conversation merging. This features allows instant messages and SMS messages from the same contact to appear in a single thread.

Why is it being killed? Well, Google claims no one is using it, so instead of continuing to support it, they will simply kill it off entirely. (more…)

Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 2 Released, Wrist Gestures for 3rd-Party Apps and More

Developer Preview 2 has been launched for those running Android Wear 2.0, but take notice that Google and the Android team still label this build as “not intended for daily use.”

Catered to developers who want to get their apps prepared for the public launch of Android Wear 2.0, the latest developer preview features a bump to the Android Platform API 24 (now matching Nougat), Wearable Drawers enhancements, and opened Wrist Gesture commands for 3rd-party applications.  (more…)

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…)

Nexus (2016) Render Given Photoshop Treatment to Add a Bit of Color

For a bit of fun, a reddit user whipped open his Photoshop, offering a few renders of what the new Nexus devices could look like if Google provided them with a bit of color.

Obviously inspired by the Nexus 5 in Red and the Nexus 6P in White, these renders are based off the initial 3rd-party render that hit the web earlier this week. With that said, don’t go around thinking Google plans on releasing anything close to what these look like. We still have no idea what exactly is coming.  (more…)

Report: Google is Working on Two Android Wear Watches It Can Call Its Own

Because no one else seems interested in building them anymore, Google is apparently going to build two of their own Android Wear smartwatches, one with LTE and GPS, and another without. The report arrives via Android Police, who describes each watch at length, but doesn’t have mock-ups or images of either, leaving us the opportunity to open our creative minds to try and picture them. They sound like…round smartwatches made by Google. Shall we talk about them? OK.  (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…)