Android M May be Called Macadamia Nut Cookie, at Least Internally

Google is expected to unveil the follow-up to Lollipop at the I/O event in a few days and till then there’s a lot of speculation to discuss and debunk. First of all we learned a potential new codename for Android M, that may end up being called Macadamia Nut Cookie (MNC). The name was already referenced in the AOSP, but odds are that this is... 

Foxconn Invests Solidly in Cyanogen, Together With a Few Other Bigshots

It was revealed this week that Cyanogen has received a solid investment over the past months and on the partner’s list there’s also Foxconn. Foxconn made the news a lot lately through its robots that help manufacture iPhones and iPads. Well, we don’t know what amounts were invested in Cyanogen, but we know that back in March the software... 

Android 5.1.1 Builds LMY47S and LMY47W Pop Up Online, Spotted Running on Nexus 9 and Nexus 7 2013

Although the Nexus 9 tablet didn’t even get Android 5.1 with the other Nexus models, there’s a fresh leak out there, showing this device running Android 5.1.1. This is a version that Google hasn’t even released yet, by the way. The builds found here are the LMY47S and the LMY47W, for the WiFi Nexus 7 2013 and the Nexus 9 models. They... 

Smart Lock “On Body Detection” Now Coming to Lollipop Devices, Doesn’t Feel Very Useful

Aside from “Trusted Devices” and “Trusted Places”, there’s a new method for smart locking and unlocking your Android phone. Google has rolled out a brand new “On body detection” mode for the Smart Lock menu. With this option, users will be able to keep their devices unlocked depending on the proximity to the... 

New API to Allow Developers to Work With Third Party Google Now Cards More Easily

Google was said to expand Google Now functionality for a while now, via third party apps, but we didn’t exactly have many details about that. Well, it appears a group of developers were privileged enough this January to get to code for third party apps with Google Now features. In the future even smaller developers will get that functionality. Speaking... 

Google Universal Music Player App is a Reference Design for Multiple Hardware Platform Android Apps

Android is reaching many formats of devices out there, including TV sets, consoles, cars and wearables, so it’s hard to develop a cohesive app experience for all of them. Google is helping developers out by releasing an app called Universal Music Player. The software is used as a reference app that helps developers learn how to get an app on... 

Nova Launcher Gets Updated With Material Design, New Features (Beta)

Among the third party Android launchers, Nova Launcher is certainly one of the most popular solutions. Well, today we learn that its beta version got updated with a major release, that brings Material Design features and new animations, as well as some changes behind the scenes. The Material Design changes are clear, ranging from the keyboard part... 

HTC’s BlinkFeed Now Available on Any Android Device, Plugins Included

The guys of XDA Developers have managed to bring forth installable files that bring HTC BlinkFeed on non HTC devices. BlinkFeed is one of the standout features from HTC phones, an aggregator of news, restaurant recommendations and more. BlinkFeed is basically an extra homescreen, a Flipboard alternative, that shows info and articles as “live... 

Samsung Galaxy S6 Screenshots Appear, Reveal New TouchWiz UI and Features; Galaxy S6 Apps Up for Download!

Just hours before the big unveiling today, Samsung Galaxy S6 screenshots have appeared on XDA Developers, revealing the look of the device’s UI and some of its features. We find here the usual TouchWiz, but with a more Material Design-style approach. Wallpapers have also leaked, for both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, confirming their huge... 

Google Play Store Gets New and Improved Google Search Bar

The action bar that you find at the top of the Google Play Store app is being replaced with a regular Google Search bar, that has the words “Google Play” inside, apparently. The info comes from Google interface engineer Kirill Grouchnikov, who leaked the news via Google+. This is a server side change, so you don’t have to do anything... 

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