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Google Adds Android TV Backdrop App To the Play Store

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.

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Chainfire Releases Beta Of SuperSU For Android N, Updates CF-Auto-Root For Galaxy S7 And S7 Edge

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

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.

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OnePlus 2 OxygenOS Update With Android Marshmallow Is Currently Undergoing Soak Testing

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.

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RootJunky Discovers A Super-Convoluted Factory Reset Protection Workaround On Android N

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.

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CyanogenMod Pushes Out The First Official 13.0 Snapshot Builds With Android Marshmallow

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.

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Nixon Unveils New Android Wear Smartwatch Aimed At Extreme Sports Fans

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.

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The Nixon Mission is no slouch in the performance department either.

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Appfour Continues Cramming Big Things Onto Tiny Watch Screens With Calendar For Android Wear

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.

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Fossil Announces Two New Android Wear Watches, The Q Wander And Q Marshal

Fossil is going all in with Android Wear following the release of the Q Founder. The company has announced two new Wear devices—Q Wander and the Q Marshal—with a slimmer profile and some interesting styles. You can't buy them yet, but these devices look even more "watch-like" than the Q Founder and Moto 360.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: Automatic System Updates Can Be Disabled In Developer Options

System updates are a good thing usually, but not for everyone all the time. Maybe you've got some mods that you don't want to break or you've heard about some nasty bugs in a new build that you want to avoid. The Android N developer preview lets you block updates in the event you don't want them.

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Android N Feature Spotlight: Full Importance Settings Offer Granular Control Of Notification Priority

Google made a few tweaks to the notification options in Android N, but you can use the system UI tuner to make these options much more powerful. A toggle called "Show full importance settings" changes the notification options from three simple toggles to a 5-point scale of increasing "importance."

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