September's security updates have been posted for most of the Nexus family, although a few devices are still mysteriously lagging behind on official Nougat images. The source code for most of the changes has been uploaded to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and we've generated a list of those changes for quick and easy viewing. The security bulletin already details most of the issues resolved this month, but there may be additional details lurking behind the code, so feel free to take a look around.
There are currently five new builds posted: three for Marshmallow (MMB30W, MOB31E, MTC20K) and two for Nougat (NRD90R, NRD90S). Read More
One of the more interesting aspects of Android Wear, and smartwatches in general, is how they are being embraced by traditional watch companies. Michael Kors, one of the most well-known fashion brands in the world, has officially released their Michael Kors Access brand of smartwatches.
There is a total of seven smartwatches to choose from, with four of the 'Bradshaw' lineup (seen above) and two more of the 'Dylan' line. The price range from $350 to $395, while expensive for an Android Wear watch, isn't nearly as pricey as the TAG Heuer Connected. All watches include exclusive Michael Kors watch faces, wireless charging, and interchangeable bands. Read More
The first round of security updates for Nougat is ready. It has only been eleven days since the official release of Android 7.0, but keeping with the regular schedule, new factory images and full system OTAs are now available for installation. There are also Marshmallow-based images with the latest security updates for many devices, including the Nexus 5, which will no longer officially receive major version updates. Read More
(Note: it looks like the OTA page lists the new updates, but the files aren't linked properly.
It's not often that we see an Android game released just for Android TV, aside from the various exclusives that NVIDIA has acquired for its SHIELD set-top box. Hotlap Heroes eschews smartphones and tablets and insists that players experience its old-fashioned racing action on a full-sized television. The 3D racing game, a rookie effort on the Play Store from developer Team Pea, is $3.99 with no in-app purchases. Read More
Fossil announced Q Wander and Q Marshal Android Wear watches way back in March, but neglected to provide basic details like release date or price. I'd almost given up hope they'd actually come out, but now the date has been set—both watches go on sale August 29th, but you can pre-order them this Friday. Read More
Your wrist is looking rather bereft of apps and watch faces, but we can assist with this roundup. Contained herein are all the best things to hit Android Wear in the last couple months. Slap on your watch and get ready to test. Read More
That ZenWatch 3 leak from a few weeks back appears to have been right on the money. Asus just announced the new smartwatch, and it's got a round display, distinctive design, and a new Snapdragon 2100 system-on-a-chip. Read More
The idea of a smartphone that magically turns into a full PC has been something of a pipedream for a while now. Motorola tried it with its Atrix laptop dock, Canonical is trying something similar with its Ubuntu Unity phone OS that can dock into a monitor. Even Microsoft is giving it a go with Windows Phone devices that can dock into a slimmed-down ARM Windows environment. The latest attempt with an Android base comes from "Maru OS," the brainchild of developer Preetam D'Souza. Read More
Google's restore options upon setting up a new device have been gradually improving over the past few versions of Android, culminating in being able to transfer data from an old Android device in Lollipop, rather than restoring from a Google account. Google's taken another step with Nougat, with the ability to restore from an iOS device.
Selecting the iPhone or iPad option results in the setup process telling users to go to a web address on their iOS device and following the instructions. The URL is www.android.com/switch, which prompts users to transfer over contacts, photos, music, email, and find favorite apps. Read More