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[Update: Fix] Android N Developer Preview 4 breaks Android Pay functionality once again

Let me just start this article with the following caveats: one, Google makes it more than clear that not everything will work in a Developer Preview Android build, or in the new beta system in general. Two, Android Pay is hardly an essential service - suddenly losing access to it doesn't make your credit or debit cards stop working. Three, it's easy enough to get it back by flashing an older Developer Preview or stock build on any Nexus device that's likely to run into this particular problem.

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Android N gets support for custom mouse pointers via new API

Android is mainly a touch environment, but it has had rudimentary support for mice and keyboards for years. Mice will be getting more useful in Android N with the addition of a new mouse cursor API, which is available in its final form as of dev preview 4. The cursor can actually change to indicate actions just like on a desktop OS.

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Movies & TV v3.15 for Android TV brings new player controls and an updated banner icon [APK Download]

If you have tried the Play Movies & TV app on Android TV and weren't in love with its player controls, it might be time to give it a new try. A fresh update to v3.15 started rolling out to set-top boxes and televisions yesterday. There are a couple of cosmetic changes, most notably the banner on the launcher screen, but the big change comes in the form of updated player controls that are faster and easier to use.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog:

  • New launcher banner
  • Updated player controls

New Launcher Banner

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Left: old. Right: new.

After the latest visual rebranding of Google Play, most of the primary apps were updated to the new icons within about a week.

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Developers can now post apps for Android N (API 24) to the Play Store using the new SDK

Android N Developer Preview 4 is out and it marks a very important milestone in Google's release schedule: the API for the next version of Android is officially final and developers can begin posting apps built for it to the Play Store. In fact, this is a first for Android, never before have developers been able to post apps to the Play Store targeting a preview version of Android. Users can now look forward to trying out 3rd-party apps that target Android N without jumping through hoops with individual APKs.

Play publishing
You can now publish apps that use API level 24 to Google Play, in alpha, beta, and production release channels.

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Easter egg in Dev Preview 4 gives Android N the Boaty McBoatface treatment

While Android N doesn't have a name just yet, the Android team seems to feel compelled to taunt us with yet another N easter egg, this time one that is absolutely hilarious. If you long-press the "N" logo after tapping the Android version in the about section of settings enough times, the text above is revealed: Namey McNameface.

OK, Google. You get one.

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Android N Developer Preview 4 is out, build NPD56N

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.

Play publishing

You can now publish apps that use API level 24 to Google Play, in alpha, beta, and production release channels.

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[Deal Alert] Huawei Watch On Sale At Multiple Retailers For Up To $200 Off

If you've been holding off on Android Wear in anticipation of a good deal, this might be it. The Huawei Watch is on sale again, and some of the discounts on the more spendy versions are as much as $200. The deals are live on the Google Store, Amazon, Best Buy, and more.

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Motorola Confirms Moto 360 Gen. 1 Will Not Receive Android Wear 2.0 Update

While you may have seen reports via Motorola's Twitter account that the Moto 360 Gen. 1 would not be receiving Wear 2.0, we decided to follow up with Motorola's official PR this morning on this news and received direct confirmation: the Moto 360 Gen. 1 won't get Wear 2.0.

The Moto 360 was heavily hyped leading up to its launch nearly two years ago, and understandably so: a [semi-]circular display made it stand out from pretty much any smartwatch that had been released previously. While LG's G Watch R was, in my opinion, a better take on the circular watch, the Moto 360 still stood out with its small bezels and minimalistic, lugless style.

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Google Says Marshmallow Memory Leak Is Fixed In A 'Future Release'

You don't have to look far on the internet to find someone complaining about a memory leak in Android. There is, of course, the infamous Lollipop memory leak that was fixed in Android 5.1, but Google just crossed another big one off the list. According to the Android issue tracker, Marshmallow system memory leak issue 195104 has been closed with a status of "future release." That probably means Android N or a monthly patch.

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Moto 360 2nd Gen And 360 Sport Get Improved Fitness Features In Update, Other Watches Get Security Patch

It's not just Nexus devices that are getting updates right now. Android Wear devices are getting an update as well, but it's just a security tweak for most of them. Motorola's current watches are getting a more sizable update, though.

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