Android N Developer Preview 4 has been released, factory images can be found right here, with the full image OTA files here. The new build number is NPD56N. All the same devices that have been supported in the N Preview to date have factory images up now (along with the Sony Xperia Z3). You can check out Google's summary of what's new here. There's also an official blog post here.
New in DP4
Android N final APIs
Developer Preview 4 includes the final APIs for the upcoming Android N platform. The new API level is 24.
You can now publish apps that use API level 24 to Google Play, in alpha, beta, and production release channels.
The next update to the SHIELD TV firmware will come with a built-in Plex media server. This is a big deal, as it will let people who own this Android TV box use something other than an always-on PC to store their media library.
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The OnePlus 3 was just announced yesterday with interesting specs and a very decent asking price. If you pre-ordered the phone and were thinking about getting something to protect that precious aluminum body but without adding much weight, thickness, or bulk, then you might be looking for a skin. Fortunately, dbrand didn't waste time releasing its own set of skins for the OnePlus 3.
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The TED app on Android has looked roughly the same on Android since the day it was released in March of 2012. As a matter of fact, up until yesterday, it had barely received any major interface changes and, although it did its job well with offline support, subtitles, bookmarks, Cast support, and more, it still felt like an antiquated piece of software compared to all the modern apps gracing our phones nowadays.
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