One of the benefits of Google's Nexus devices is that you can flash full factory images if something goes wrong. Google makes these files available for download each time a new OTA update rolls out, and the first few devices now have Nougat images. This could be just what you need to get your device back on a stock build of Android in a single step. Read More
Several of you - there are dozens of us! - have asked on a number of occasions that Android Police list off some of the most popular mobile devices used on the site by our readers. Using Google Analytics, we actually have pretty granular insight on this, and so I figured I'd share with you the top devices in the last month as well as some of my obscure favorites and their respective positions on our list. Ready? We'll start with the top 12 (more on why in a second), in order of popularity.
- Google Nexus 6P
- Apple iPhone*
- Google Nexus 5X
- Google Nexus 6
- Google Nexus 5
- Galaxy S7 edge
- Apple iPad*
- Galaxy S6
- Galaxy S5
- Galaxy S7
- Galaxy Note 5
- Galaxy Note 4
The reason I used a list of twelve, you may have guessed, has to do with those Apple asterisks. Read More
Last year, HTC promised that the One A9 would receive Android OS updates within 15 [business] days of the first Nexus device to get that update. HTC almost immediately failed to meet its self set goal with security patches, and last I checked, my One A9 was rocking a June 1st security update in early August (it does now have the August security patch, though). Now HTC is seemingly implying the One A9 may not get Nougat until 2017, or: at least not until well after the end of August it would have under its 15-day no-longer-a-rule.
Given very few people bought the One A9, this should not surprise you in the least. Read More
Android N still isn't officially released yet, but that hasn't stopped HTC from trying to grab some attention and get its time in the limelight during I/O's news cycle. The company announced through its official Twitter account that Android N will come to three of its existing devices.
CyanogenMod 13 is the latest version of the popular open source custom ROM. It delivers Android Marshmallow to hundreds of devices, many with no hope of ever receiving an official update. On other hardware, CyanogenMod offers a chance to remove heavy skins and enjoy a mostly stock Android experience. The latest wave of devices receiving version 13 represents both types. Read More
The saga of Night Mode on Android is a bit of a dramatic story that started with a sneak peek in Android M, disappeared, returned again in N dev previews, only for our excitement to be short lived as we learned that it might not make it to the final release. And make it, it didn't. With the latest dev previews and Nougat's official release, the signs of Night Mode started disappearing one by one.
But there's hope after all. It seems that Night Mode is still hidden in the System UI Tuner, and all you need is an adb command to unleash it. Read More
Android 7.0 Nougat is now truly official and available to those of us toting around certain Nexus devices. The hardware support will grow soon, and seemingly more quickly than versions in the past. We've already seen much of what 7.0 has to offer, but there's surely much more to discover.
As always, along with the brand new firmware comes some brand new source code. There's entirely too much for one person to look through, so we instead generate a log of the changes from a previous version to make it easier to read. This is how we get some idea of what the developers at Google have been up to while they were behind the curtain. Read More
There's a new version of Drive rolling out, and it's the last one for users of ICS. It's been a good run, but it may be time to give your Android 4.0 device the boot now that there will be no further Drive app updates. I mean, there were dozens of reasons to do that before, but surely this is the final straw. In addition to ending support for ICS, you'll be able to give Google money for more storage from the app and never miss a document comment again. Read More
We already know that Google is planning to make Android's release cycle a little more predictable with quarterly maintenance updates. The first update is expected to include a developer preview, and it sounds like Google is planning to bump the version number up to 7.1. This comes from Google's crash and report filter in the developer console—it offers an option to filter for Android 7.1. Read More