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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Android Nougat Name - Love It or Hate It?

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Google is Testing Internet Speed Within Search Results

Typically, when you are looking to test your internet speeds, one will head to Ookla’s Speed Test website, or maybe even Netflix’s new Fast.com site. Well, that all may be changing soon. According to information posted onto Google’s support site, as well as a tweet circulating the web, it appears Google is bringing internet speed testing directly to Google Search.  (more…)

Tuesday Poll: Google+ Turns 5, Do You Still Use It?

Google+ turned 5 years old today. Don’t believe it? Check out our original announcement post, as it’s filled with awesome notions like, “it looks to be one hell of an impressive social tool that may even stretch beyond what Facebook has been doing.” Yeah, we were spot on with that one.

While 5 years is quite the milestone, it’s safe to say that Google’s social network never really quite took off. The only time Google probably saw an uptick of use in the service was when YouTube required users to make a Google+ account for uploading and commenting, and we all know how well that went. If you don’t know how it went, just know that Google retracted that requirement almost a year ago.

Anyway, Google+ isn’t dead. It’s still alive and well. And while the community there isn’t as vibrant as we all might like, it’s still an excellent source to follow your favorite Android news blog.

So, do you still dabble in Google+ or is it dead to you?

Do you still use Google+?

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DEALS: Unlocked Galaxy S7 Duos Just $499, 32GB Nexus 5X for $239

eBay has cooked up two serious deals today that include the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Nexus 5X. The Galaxy S7, in all its unlocked, dual-SIM glory, can be had for just $499, while the Nexus 5X with 32GB of storage is all the way down to $239.

If you are interested in the Galaxy S7, I’m not sure you will find a better deal than this. This is a 32GB unlocked version with dual SIM slots, so you can travel easily with this phone without swapping SIMs. This particular variant is model SM-G930FD and works on GSM networks in the US like T-Mobile and AT&T. It will not work on Verizon or Sprint. The only real issue here is that it more than likely won’t work with Samsung Pay because of its international nature.  (more…)

Report: Google Will Release Its Own Non-Nexus Phone Later This Year

For years, tech pundits, especially old washed up media who love nothing more than Apple, have begged Google to be like Apple. They think, because Apple prints money by manufacturing their own phones that run their own software, that there is no other way for Google to approach Android. Forget the fact that Android is on four in five phones across the globe, it’s Apple’s way or bust. According to a report that randomly went live over the weekend from the Telegraph, these one-track-minded pundits may get what they have long wished for.

Sources of the Telegraph, potentially who work within the carrier realm, are under the impression that Google is going to release a Google-branded phone that is 100% controlled by Google. The phone could arrive before the end of the year.

Confused? How is this different from Nexus phones? Let’s walk through this.  (more…)