While this is an exciting rumor for most Android fans, it will not be pleasant news for folks who own the Google Nexus 5 smartphone. The good news is that Android 7.0 Nougat will supposedly start pushing out to Nexus devices August 5th. The bad news is that for some odd reason, the update will not be made available for the Nexus 5.
Here's the quote from Evan Blass, "Android 7.0 releases next month, with the 8/5 security patch. Sorry Nexus 5 owners, no Nougat for you."
Considering @evleaks' excellent track record with Android leaks, this news seems likely to be true, although Nexus 5 owners are probably wishing he was wrong on at least part of it.
Dell has apparently abandoned their Android tablet product line. They recently announced they will no longer be making any Android based tablets, and will not even be pushing out updates to their existing ones. They indicated they intend to refocus their efforts on 2-in-1 Windows devices instead.
Dell will continue to provide remaining warranty support to their existing Android tablet line, like the Dell Venue 8. Here's a quote from a Dell spokesperson in an email,
"The slate tablet market is over-saturated and is experiencing declining demand from consumers, so we’ve decided to discontinue the Android-based Venue tablet line."
What do you folks think of Dell's decision? Do any of you own a Dell Android tablet?
"The best just got better" is a worn out phrase in marketing, but that doesn't necessarily mean it isn't true. In this case, that is the best description possible for the news we have. Google Maps on Android just added a super-handy feature that most users have been wishing it had for some time: you can now add multiple locations when getting directions.
This means that you can map out your route with several stops if you have multiple different errands to run along the way to your destination. While this feature has been available on the desktop version of Google Maps for some-time, it's rather baffling that Google has taken so long to include it on their Android version of the app.
Here's how it works. You now set waypoints along the way when adding a destination in Maps. You just have to enter a destination, and the select "Add stop" in the overflow menu. After that, every destination along the route will be assigned a...
Just as we shared a few weeks ago, NVIDIA was working on a big update for their Shield Android TV console. The 3.2 update started rolling out today and it includes a number of cool new features. The biggest new doodad is the Plex media server support, although there are quite a few other nifty gizmo add-ons as well. here's a summary of several of them:
Netflix in HDR
YouTube 4K in 60fps
VUDU in 4K
Dolby Atmos surround sound
Option to turn off your TV when SHIELD goes to sleep
Mounting of a network attached storage device (NAS)
Accessibility of SHIELD folders from network PCs with drag-and-drop sharing (Settings>Storage & reset>Access SHIELD folders on PC)
Picture improvements to RGB TVs
Latest Android security patch
For all the details, here's a link to NVIDIA's update release notes: NVIDIA...
One of Google's VPs, Hiroshi Lockheimer, keeps dropping hints that the final dessert name for Android N will be Nutella. His latest "tease" posted on Twitter above is pretty obvious. In the past he has made it known that he likes Nutella and wants it to be the Android N name. The answer to his clue in the Tweet is more than likely the Nutella Pizzetta. This time, Google created a contest in which Android fans will vote on the final name, so Lockheimer may not get his wish.
Lockheimer is also infamous as an online joker, so it's entirely possible that he is simply trolling us with this teasing. Android N could end up being called Nougat or Navy Bean. Alternatively, the ultimate back-flip "trolling" would be if he convinced us that the name was NOT going to be Nutella by spamming us with it, but then it really ends up being named Nutella. Perhaps we are getting trolled either way...