Nougat. Listen, I can get over the name, Google. And I know, this is such a hot take. But the name isn't my big problem here. The name could be salvageable, even if I'm pretty sure the last time someone ate "nougat" unironically was in like 1783 or something. No, the problem is this statue. It's just bad.
What we have here is a bugdroid, slightly posed, standing on top of what admittedly are probably the most appetizing representations possible of the candied joylessness that is nougat. It's just standing there... over some nougat. Who stands on nougat? Why? What does this statue convey - that the bugdroid feels so unexcited about its dessert-y namesake that it just decided to trample on it on its way to the big unveil? Read More
Google has officially N-ounced that Android N is no longer Android N: it's Android Nougat! Nougat was a medium-strength contender for the name of the upcoming OS, and while we still don't have a version number, everyone knows it's the dessert part that's more exciting anyway. Read More
Some OEMs thrive on selling unlocked phones, but Samsung has always been very chummy with carriers as a way to move its phones in the US. That has traditionally meant unlocked versions of the Galaxy phones on sale in the US were actually imported international models. Today, Samsung is announcing an unlocked version of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge for the US, and it'll work on virtually all carriers. Read More
Google services are some of the most reliable on the web, but even Google can't guarantee 100% uptime. Many users (including most of us on the AP team) are seeing an error message when attempting to access Google Calendar online. These things are bound to happen roughly once in a blue moon, but it's always a bit of a surprise when it does.
According to the official Android Twitter account, Google will reveal the name of Android N today. We are absolutely nutty with anticipation over here.
Let the hype begin. Here's the N statue waiting to be revealed at Google HQ in Mountain View.
About a week ago, we started getting tips of HTC asking its HTC Preview program members to enroll in a new project to test called "GOOGLE_PLAY_SENSE_GP" with two requirements: you have to have a non-HTC Android phone and it has to be running Android 4.4 and above. You could have surmised from the title and requisites that HTC was working on a new Sense launcher for non-HTC phones. And you would have been right.
HTC Sense Home 8 Beta has just started getting into the hands of HTC Preview members and it's a home screen replacement app with optional Blinkfeed panel, app drawer support, app search, widget drag-and-drop, and... Read More
Back in March, Google began notifying Google Wallet users that the physical Wallet Card was on its way out. The card would continue to work normally until May, after which it would no longer be possible to top it up with funds from a bank account, and on June 30th, Wallet Card would be officially retired. Unfortunately for the dozens of customers who signed up for Wallet Card, that day has finally arrived.
Like so many Google products before it, Wallet Card was a nice idea that never garnered enough users to justify Google's time and resources to back it up, lasting less than 3 years from launch to shutdown. Read More
Those of us who live in countries where multiple languages are spoken have to always walk the thin line between them, choose which one is the default on their phone, find a keyboard that handles several languages well, and continuously pick their preferred language in Google search results.
If you live in India, you're probably used to the torture that is having to find search results in English or Hindi, depending on the situation you're in. But your life is about to get just a lil' bit easier with this new feature. Google is rolling out a tab to switch between English and Hindi search results with a simple click. Read More
If you're the type of person that has to flash developer previews and sign up for every beta program available, being the first to try new apps is probably also pretty high on your list of things to do. Google has you covered. Announced last month during I/O, the Play Store is launching an "Early Access" program to give people like us a place to find apps that are mostly operational, but not quite ready for prime time. A few people found that they had early access to Early Access a few days ago, but now it looks like everybody is welcome to the club. Read More