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Android Studio v1.3 RC1 Enters Canary Release Channel, Adds Full Preview Support For C/C++ And NDK

A large part of the What's New in Android Development Tools session at Google I/O 2015 focused on one particular feature, or rather, group of features coming to Android Studio: upcoming support for C/C++ and the Android NDK. Version 1.3 RC1 of the IDE hit the canary channel late yesterday, finally enabling developers of native apps and games to begin transitioning from Eclipse (or another IDE) to Android Studio, if they choose to.

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Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Now Available At Best Buy With A 2048x1536 8-Inch Screen, Intel Chip, And $200 Price Point [Update: Cheap 7-Inch ZenPad Too]

Asus has a history of making inexpensive Android tablets. While it doesn't make Nexus tablets anymore, the Taiwanese OEM is still chugging along in the tablet market. The latest tablet from Asus is the ZenPad S 8.0, and it's now available at Best Buy in the US. It doesn't appear to be for sale through any other channel yet.

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YouTube UI Testing Continues With Repositioned (And For Now Redundant) Share Button When Playing Videos

The share button inside YouTube is unlike the icon used in virtually every other Android app. Rather than the usual set of three connected dots, we see a horizontally flipped version of the reply symbol in Gmail. Well, Google isn't yet changing the iconography, but it does seem to be testing out a new location.

In addition to the share button's usual home at the top-right corner of a video, we're also seeing it next to the like and dislike buttons.

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[The Android Police Podcast] Episode 168: Have A Good Dinner

Welcome back to another week of the Android Police Podcast. To catch us live on Hangouts On Air every Thursday at 5:30PM PST (subject to change as per the calendar widget below), just head over to androidpolice.com/podcast. For the unedited video show, click here. As always, we'll take your questions at 530-HELLO-AP and also at our email address: podcast at androidpolice dot com.

On this week's show, we talk about the Android "M" Developer Preview 2, the new Play Store interface rolling out to users on the web (finally), BlackBerry's Android ambitions, the OnePlus 2, and our review of the HP Pro Slate 8.

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] Dev Preview 2 Removes The Dark System Theme, Possibly Because It Wasn't Ready Yet

It almost goes without saying (though we do say it a lot) that a developer preview is not necessarily an accurate picture of the final product. We're reminded of that today when it comes to the second Android M developer preview. The dark system UI mode that debuted in the first preview is gone in this one, but it's not time to panic yet.

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Left: first preview, Right: second preview

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Rumor: Samsung May Be Fast Forwarding The Galaxy Note 5 Launch To Mid-August, Pre-IFA

 

It is customary for Samsung to launch its Note flagships each year during IFA in Berlin, sometime around the beginning of September. This year though might be different, as rumors are starting to circulate that the Note 5 could launch a little earlier than that — toward mid-August.

According to our good friend, "a person familiar with the matter," who has spoken to both Reuters and The Wall Street Journal, Samsung is planning on changing its strategy to short-circuit Apple's yearly iPhone launch.

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HTC Uploads The 2GB RUU For The One M9 Developer Edition Android 5.1 Update

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Verizon LG G3 Over The Air Update Adds A Few UI Tweaks And HD Voice Options

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Twitch Android App Updated With A Pop-Out Player That Can Show Video On Top Of Other Apps, But It's Pretty Janky Right Now

Video game live-streaming platform Twitch had a bit of an odd day yesterday. First the Android app was updated to version 4.2, with a new feature called the Pop-Out Player as the only addition. We tried out the app to see the feature... which didn't work. But that was apparently the least of Twitch's problems, as reviews on the Play Store and posts to Twitter immediately claimed that the update had made the app crash whenever it tried to launch video.

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[Deal Alert] 54W Tronsmart Four Port USB Car Charger With One Quick Charge 2.0 Port $13 On Amazon

If you need to charge a lot of gear simultaneously in your car, then boy, have I got a great deal for you. Right now you can pick up a monstrous Tronsmart 54W four port USB car charger for the sweet price of just $13 after a $7 off coupon code. That's like four bucks a port! What makes it even better is that one of the ports is a Qualcomm Certified Quick Charge 2.0 port that will rapidly charge most current gen Android handsets.

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