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[Android M Feature Spotlight] Preview 2 Revamps The Memory Settings Menu User Interface

The nice thing about having a huge public beta test is that, well, you get to test stuff. Apparently the reaction to the new dedicated Memory section of the Settings menu wasn't everything that Google had hoped for, because it's been given a notable redesign in the brand-new version 2. The most striking change is a new overview screen that appears when you first tap Memory. Now it shows you the total memory in use with a readout in MB or GB, instead of breaking it down by apps.

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] Second M Preview Adds Delete Option To Screenshot Notifications

Ever since Android added support for native screenshots way back in Ice Cream Sandwich, there's been a handy notification after the screenshot has been saved. In the new M preview the share button on that notification is joined by something else—a delete button. Fantastic.

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] Dev Preview 2 Launcher Changes: Landscape Mode On Phones, App Drawer No Longer Broken Up By Letters, And Fast Scrolling In Widget Picker

We're playing around with the new Android M preview today, and it looks like there are several notable changes to the launcher (i.e. the Google app). The new app drawer is no longer broken up by letter and the widget picker has a fast scroll bar. If that's not good enough, you can view the whole launcher in landscape mode after toggling a setting. Cool, no?

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["M"-azing] Android "M" Preview 2 Lets You Remove Icons From The Status Bar, Put Remaining Battery % Inside The Bar

The Android "M" Developer Preview's second release was released just a short while ago, and we've already discovered an outstanding new feature: the ability to individually enable or disable icons in the status bar. In fact, if the only icon you want is your battery and clock, you can have that now - everything else can be removed!

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Who thought we'd ever see a status bar like that on bone-stock Android?

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Google Announces Android M Developer Preview 2, System Images Up Now, OTA Coming Over The Next Few Days

It's time to fire up those M preview devices again—Google is in the process of rolling out the second M preview build today. The OTA should arrive on all supported Nexus devices that have the first M build in the next few days. If you're the impatient sort, you can grab the system images right now.

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[Deal Alert] Woot Has A Refurbished LG G Watch For $69.99 with $5 Shipping

If you didn't get in on those crazy $50 deals for the G Watch earlier this year... well, we can't give you that deal again. Sorry, but he who hesitates is lost. But Amazon subsidiary Woot has a deal nearly as good going on for the next week: the original black LG G Watch, refurbished, for $69.99. So, he who hesitates has only lost about twenty bucks in this example.

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BlackBerry Bought AndroidSecured.com and .net Domains, Is This More Evidence Of An Android Device On The Way?

On July 7th, the domains AndroidSecured.com and AndroidSecured.net were registered to BlackBerry Limited, the firm formerly known as Research In Motion (RIM) that presides over the one-time dominant smartphone platform. Below is a screenshot of one of the registration records with the area of interest highlighted.

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It's no secret that BlackBerry has seen better days. One of their more-publicized efforts to revitalize interest in the OS has been the addition of compatibility with Android apps and, more recently, loading the Amazon Appstore on the newest OS versions.

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AT&T Has Started Its 1st Gen Moto X Android 5.1 Soak Test—And Made The Update Available For Everyone To Pull Manually

The original Moto X launched in 2013, and while the device is approaching the two year mark, it's still new enough for people to reasonably expect an upgrade to the newest Android releases.

Well, some owners on AT&T have taken to Google+ with screenshots of Android 5.1 coming to their hardware.

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Unlocked Versions Of The Original Moto G LTE Are Getting Android 5.1 In The United States

The original Moto G started a revolution for mid-range phones - specifically by introducing the idea that they didn't have to suck. Motorola is still keeping the first-gen Moto G updated, and today (or late last night), unlocked versions of the Moto G LTE in the United States started receiving the over-the-air update to Android 5.1. This was pretty much expected, since Motorola dropped the kernel source code for the update last week and tested it in soak before that.

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Paranoid Android 5.1 Comes To Nexus Devices, Future Updates Will Likely Take Even Longer To Arrive

Paranoid Android is a favorite in the custom ROM community, so there will likely be many people who are happy to see a build based on the latest version of AOSP.

This release took a while to bake in the oven, and there's a solid chance upcoming versions will take longer. After losing several key contributors to OnePlus, Paranoid Android's core team lacks the manpower it once had. It needs new muscle to keep the changes coming and welcomes contributions.

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