The system UI in Android has, for the most part, been sacrosanct. Apps can't just add new elements to the OS, but Android N looks to be loosening up that restriction a bit. We already posted about the ability to add Quick Settings tiles natively, and now it looks like Google is allowing developers to insert an app settings link in app info. Read More
We knew Google was going to be pushing out OTA updates to the Android N developer preview this year, but I don't think anyone was expecting it to happen quite so fast. The first update is rolling out to devices now, and factory images have been updated for those of you planning to do it the old fashioned way. Read More
No matter how convincing something like the Moto 360 or the Huawei Watch may be, some people won't pick up an Android Wear device until real watch makers start offering them.
That time has come. Fossil released a watch last year, and it announced two more this month. So has Nixon, a California-based company that makes products for extreme sports enthusiasts. Now we have a grown up watch on its way from Michael Kors. Read More
Google has released a new app in the Play Store, but before you get too excited, it's not technically a new app. It's just new to the store. It's the Android TV Backdrop Daydream app. If you've got an Android TV device, it already has this app installed, but now that it's in the Play Store you should get automatic updates. Read More
Chainfire, the renowned Android developer, has been busy; he's put CF-Auto-Root for Samsung's new flagships up for download, plus a new beta of SuperSU for those brave enough to test out Android N.
CF-Auto-Root is a rooting method for most Samsung phones and a few other manufacturers. Chainfire's worked his magic once again and released an autoroot solution for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, mere days after they were put on sale. Bear in mind that the developer says on his site, "if you have locked bootloaders, flashing one of these will probably brick your device," so make sure your bootloader is unlocked and ready to go before starting the process. Read More
OnePlus doesn't ship its phones with plain vanilla Android. They run OxygenOS. No matter. It's Android, and what people want from the over-the-air updates remain the latest version. Right now that's Marshmallow.
Apparently OnePlus is soak testing its Android 6.0 update, which is going out as part of OxygenOS 3.0. Read More
Google introduced factory reset protection in Android 5.1 to prevent a stolen device from being used. When FRP is active, you're supposed to be required to log in with an account that was previously on the device, but RootJunky has made it his mission to find workarounds for FRP. In fact, he found a fantastically complicated one for the Android N developer preview. Read More
Custom ROMs used to be associated with speedy updates. That's not necessarily the case anymore. Technically, yes, someone somewhere will probably release an unofficial build with the latest update that you might feel comfortable using if you're very trusting and have nothing to lose if your phone malfunctions. But for those well-tested versions, you generally have to wait a bit longer. Read More
There are a lot of sports-oriented tech products, but not many are aimed squarely at surfers, skiers, and snowboarders. Which is why this new Android Wear smartwatch from Nixon – a major Californian manufacturer of watches and accessories – is so fascinating.
The Nixon Mission is a $400 smartwatch unabashedly aimed at extreme sports enthusiasts, and as a consequence, has been designed with an emphasis on durability. It packs a vivid AMOLED screen which is protected by a layer of Corning's Gorilla Glass 3, and a chassis constructed out of rugged stainless steel and polycarbonate.
The Nixon Mission is no slouch in the performance department either. Read More
You can already use a browser, email client, and video player on Android Wear thanks to Appfour, and now you can check your calendar too. This dev specializes (apparently) in taking full-size apps and shoehorning them into the small form factor provided by Android Wear. Sometimes it's a bad idea, but it's at least good for a laugh. This one seems somewhat useful, though. Read More