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[I/O 2015] Google Announces Android M With Permission Control, Fingerprint Reader Support, New Low-Power App Mode, And More

Just as expected, Google has taken the wraps off the latest iteration of Android at Google I/O. So far all we have with regard to the name is the placeholder "Android M." Will that be Marshmallow? Marzipan? M&M? Magneto? We don't know, but we do know what sort of features it will bring. There are six tentpoles in Android M.

2015-05-28 12_02_46-Google I_O 2015 - Keynote - YouTube

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[I/O 2015] Android M 'Doze Mode' Can Extend Low-Power Operating Time By As Much As 100%

Mobile electronics use power. And as the software becomes more complex, they use more and more of it. At Google I/O 2015, the company has announced an improvement on the ultra low-power mode found in Lollipop. They're calling it "Doze," for obvious reasons, and it will debut in the M release of Android scheduled to go into a developer preview soon. It should debut in public builds later this year.

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Specifics on the improvements made to the low-power mode are scarce, but apparently they are extensive enough for some dramatic power savings.

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Google I/O 2015 Live Blog

The Google I/O 2015 live coverage begins at 9am Pacific.

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Chrome For Android Hits Version 43 With Touch To Search [APK Download]

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How To Make Sense Of All The Different Nexus 6 Builds: Why They Exist And What It All Means

Ever since Android 5.1 began rolling out to the Nexus 6 a few months ago, there have been numerous builds at the same time, depending on country and carrier. This can be a lot for even the most hardcore of Nexus fans. Fret no more, however. We are here to help.

Disclaimer

This post is intended for people who have locked bootloaders and flash OTAs - you know, the people who keep their phones stock.

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Android M To Introduce Granular Permission Control

Remember App Ops? Back in Jelly Bean 4.3, the feature could be accessed by resourceful users to switch on or off permissions for individual apps. By KitKat 4.4.2, the feature was completely hidden from users. Google's explanation was that App Ops was never meant for public consumption - it was devised for internal debugging only.

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Google Releases Spotlight Stories App With Support For Non-Motorola Devices And A New Story, Free For A Limited Time

Owners of Motorola's newer Android devices are probably familiar with Spotlight Stories. Those are the immersive animated shorts that are available via the built-in Spotlight Player app. Now Google has released a new Spotlight Stories app that has all three shorts from the Motorola experience, but adds a new live-action film called Help.

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Google's New Photos App Will Get More Transparent Settings For Photo Backup

We've already taken an extensive look at all the options and interface changes in the new and unreleased Google Photos app that should be decoupling from Google+ and hitting our devices sometime down the line, and now it's time to peek behind the scenes at the app's settings, specifically its backup options.

With the current Photos app, the first run asks you to enable or disable photo backup and asks whether you want to use cellular networks or not.

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Google Makes The Roboto Typeface Open Source

 

With Ice Cream Sandwich, Google introduced Roboto to the world. Since then, the family (designed by Googler Christian Robertson) has expanded to include a set of slab serif fonts, and has even seen a major revision introduced with Android 5.0 last year.

Today, Google has announced the next step in Roboto's history - making the entire family open source, and reorganizing its production toolchain around open source tools like ufo2fdk and FontTools.

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[Probably Not Ready Yet] Verizon Appears To Be Gearing Up To Activate Any Nexus 6 Through Normal Procedures, Not Just Ones Sold By The Carrier, And There's An OTA Going Out For It

As is well known by now, Verizon Wireless has, thus far, refused to activate any Nexus 6 that wasn't purchased from the carrier, at least through official procedures. Thankfully, it would appear that things are ready to change.

Nexus 6 owners on Verizon are now reporting that their non-VZW Nexus 6s are showing up on their accounts as "Nexus 6 Non VZW," rather than just a generic "Non-VZW Device" as it had in the past.

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