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Android Wear: My Love & Hate (Video)

I’ve been a loyal Wearer (is that the right term?) since the launch of the 2014 Moto 360. I bought one as soon as I could, and I wore it every day. It didn’t exactly change the way I use my phone, but hey, I’m an early adopter. We get things before they’re great so we’re already there by the time they are. Well, I’m kind of still waiting.

Wear just hasn’t seen too many updates in terms of functionality and usability and it’s really starting to show. When you take a look at promo material for Wear, it’s painfully clear we’re still quite a bit off from having our wrists do most of the heavy lifting in our digital lives.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: ADB Has Much Faster Transfer Speeds, Improvements To Shell Commands, And A Bunch Of Compatibility Fixes

Google's introduction of Android N promises many great enhancements to the operating system, but we can't overlook some of the important awesome changes to the tools we use. The latest iteration of ADB brings some new features and significant performance improvements. Googler Elliott Hughes took to Google+ with details about the update, letting us know what we can look forward to from moving to the latest preview release of adb.

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Android N Dev Preview 2 Merges Downloads And Files, Lets You Install APKs From The File Explorer But Causes Various Other Issues

I'll be honest here. We don't know what's exactly happening with the Android N Dev Preview 2's Downloads and Files situation. There are lots of nitty gritty changes happening and we obviously can't tell if these are forgotten missteps in this release or if this is the way things will be from now on. I've been going back and forth between each screenshot of Android N Dev Preview 1 and its equivalent on Dev Preview 2 trying to understand the rationale behind some of these changes, but I haven't made sense of it all.

Here is what we know though and I guarantee that it's confusing, so I'll try to make it as clear as possible and hope you can follow along.

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AT&T Pushes Out LG G Vista 2 Marshmallow OTA Update

The LG G Vista 2 is a large phone for AT&T customers who don't quite want to spend flagship money. At $348.99, the price isn't quite low-end, and neither are the specs. You get a 5.7-inch 1080p screen, a 13MP camera, and a stylus.

And now, you also get Marshmallow. AT&T is pushing out the latest version of Android in an over-the-air update for the device.

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Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update Rolling Out To AT&T's LG V10 [Update]

Perhaps the LG G5 isn't what you're looking for in a phone. No big, LG also has the V10. It's bigger, has a secondary display, and now it has Marshmallow on AT&T. The UI won't change to match the G5, but you'll get all the usual Marshmallow goodies.

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Haystack TV Gets Major Update: Now Shows Streamed TV Stations Alongside Broadcast TV

One of the biggest problems with TV news is that if you're not interested in a particular story – say, sports or celebrities – you have no option but to sit through it. Haystack TV aims to solve that by turning the news into personalized streams which are curated through artificial intelligence, big data, and editorial decision-making. The idea being that if you're especially interested in finance or international affairs, you can create a TV channel just about that.

In addition to being available through the browser and as a downloadable application for most major smartphone and Internet TV platforms, it is also available for Google's nascent Android TV platform, which can be found running on the latest-and-greatest Sony Smart TVs.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: Launcher Shortcuts Give Apps Many New Ways To Provide Information And Quick Actions

The first Developer Preview of Android N was a pretty big hit with a boatload of new features for both users and developers. Unlike last year, Google didn't ship the second preview with just a series of bug fixes–there are already new APIs for developers. One such addition is called Launcher Shortcuts and it promises to bring a new interaction model to the homescreen. The simple icons we've always known will soon be able to expose easily glanceable information, quick actions, and clever shortcuts into various parts of an app.

Launcher Shortcuts

Launcher Shortcuts have a lot in common with the regular shortcuts supported by Android since the beginning.

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Galaxy Note Edge And S5 Sport On Sprint Receive Marshmallow OTA Updates

The Sprint Galaxy Note 5 got Android 6.0 a month ago. Now it's the Note Edge's turn. The carrier has announced an over-the-air update delivering Marshmallow, security patches from Google and Samsung, and bug fixes. The OTA is going out as verison number N915PVPU4DPD.

That large, curved device is not alone.

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Sony Offers A Build Of The Android N Developer Preview For The Xperia Z3

Normally only Nexus and other first-party Google devices get a taste of an upcoming Android version before it's released, barring custom ROMs and other end user activities. But Sony has been offering experimental AOSP builds for some of its phones for some time, and today the company has surprised and delighted owners of the former flagship Xperia Z3 with a custom Android N developer preview. This is more or less the same as the preview builds for Nexus phones and tablets, and it includes the Play Store and Google Services - everything one needs for a full Android experience.

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AT&T's Galaxy S7 Edge Is Getting An OTA Update With Performance Tweaks, A Widget You Probably Don't Want, And More [Update: Regular GS7 Too]

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