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Have You Checked Out Our New-And-Improved YouTube Channel? You Should! (And Subscribe To It)

Guys, it's time we had a talk. There's... someone else. On our YouTube channel. His name is Mark Burstiner, and you've probably noticed some of the videos he's made for us in the past month (aren't they awesome?).

We know that, over the years, many of you have asked us here at Android Police to do videos. We pondered this a great many times, and a great many times we sort of tried, then stopped, then started again - and the quality just wasn't where we wanted it to be. Making videos is hard, it takes a skilled person to really put in the time and effort to do it right, and that person just hadn't come along - until now.

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LG G5 Video Review: A Confusing Pile Of Device

You've read our text review of the G5, but what about video? Well, Mark Burstiner breaks down the latest from LG in our official video review.

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Android Security Report: 6 Billion Apps And 400 Million Devices Scanned Every Day

Google has released its second Android Security Annual report, and it's full of big, impressive numbers. The full report is 49 pages long and covers the state of Android security in detail, but the basics are covered in Google's latest blog post. The gist is, Google scans all the things to keep Android users safe. We're talking about billions of apps; the Verify Apps service sure is working overtime.

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[Update: Tiny Planet Mode Returns] Android N Dev Preview 2 Introduces New Camera UI, Lets You Take Photos While Shooting Video Again, And More [APK Download]

In the latest taste of Android N, we've seen changes to emoji, wallpapers, fast app switching, and other aspects of the Android interface. Now we're highlighting what's new in the camera.

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HTC 10 Review: A Very Good Phone, But One That Costs Too Much Money

Smartphones are, in my opinion, in something of an innovation rut. Underlying technical advancements have slowed in the last couple of years, and reasons to upgrade from year to year seem to decrease with each new generation of device. That's in large part because smartphones are already, generally speaking, very good products.

This is not to say they are near-perfect, or even optimal. Of course not - batteries still don't last long enough for many people, their cameras have notable limitations versus traditional dedicated systems, and we still have real performance bottlenecks that could be widened. There is refining that can still occur, and when major companies like Samsung, Apple, Huawei, and LG keep pushing the envelope on that refinement, there is always a chance a new product simply won't stack up well against the competition.

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Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Bootloader Unlocked Courtesy Of Beaups

Owners of the Verizon Galaxy Note 4 have been stuck with a non-unlockable bootloader since the device came out more than a year ago, but that's changing thanks to noted modder Beaups. With a few ADB commands, you can unlock the bootloader and open up a whole world of modding possibilities. Of course, you might also break everything. So, proceed at your own risk.

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Big Google Analytics 3.0 Update Brings A New Icon, Material Design, Report Sharing, More [APK Download]

It's not often that we witness a complete application overhaul from Google, so today is a special day. Granted, not everyone uses Google Analytics so the number of users who will benefit from and appreciate this update is small, but it's nothing to scoff at. Web admins, like our own Artem, are just going to love it.

The first immediate change you'll notice is an icon switch. The old icon wasn't bad really, but the new one is simpler and less square. It also has a lot more yellow and no dark orange / quasi-red.

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Old icon (left) vs new icon (right)

There are new onboarding screens that explain a couple of the new app's features like swiping through dimensions and sharing reports.

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More Sony Devices Receive Marshmallow Update, Including Xperia Z2 Tablet And Z3 Dual

After updating more recent flagship devices to Marshmallow in March, Sony commenced its Marshmallow rollout for other phones and tablets in its range earlier this month, including the Xperia Z2, the Z3, and the Z3 Compact. Now the Japanese consumer electronics company is updating more of the Xperia line to Marshmallow, including the Z2 Tablet, the Xperia Z3 Dual, and other Z2/Z3 variants from around the world.

According to Xperiablog, the only devices which got the update earlier in April were those in the Beta Marshmallow (also known as the Concept builds) program. Naturally, it makes sense those were updated first, and then other similar devices follow suit.

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CyanogenMod Releases The Second 13.0 Snapshot Builds

We often talk about CyanogenMod Nightlies here on Android Police, but unless you like living on the bleeding edge of custom ROMs or you're just running them on a secondary device, you'll likely think twice before flashing them on your phone. CyanogenMod Snapshots, on the other hand, are released intermittently and are more reliable versions of the ROM, sitting somewhere between "nightlies" and "stable" builds.

The first CyanogenMod 13.0 snapshot builds started rolling out about a month ago, and now a second snapshot is being pushed for plenty of devices. This one should be more stable and, depending on your device, might have a couple more features than the first snapshot.

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Viber Rolls Out End-To-End Encryption Verification, Hidden Messages, And Contact Authentication

It has only been a couple of weeks since WhatsApp made end-to-end encryption more visible and easily verifiable to all its users, and now Viber is following up in its footsteps.

The app, which messages seem to have been encrypted before (but not exactly end-to-end, apparently) will now show a padlock in conversations to confirm that your personal and group messages are end-to-end encrypted. All users need to have Viber 6.0 installed for the feature to work and the padlock to show up, which means that you'll probably need to wait a day or two before everyone's app updates on Android and iOS.

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