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Android 6.0 Marshmallow OTA Updates To Hit The Nexus 5 And 6 Starting October 5th, Says Telus

Instead of one new Nexus device, this year we're getting two: the Nexus 5x and the Nexus 6p. But as usual, what's perhaps more exciting than the release of a new Nexus device is the software that comes with it. When Google shows off the devices, which we expect to happen on September 29th, they will show off the final version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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The Google Store Celebrates Seven Years Since The Announcement Of The Original Android Phone With Some Themed Wallpapers

Android has more birthdays than a cheapskate in an Applebees. November 5th, 2007 is often given as one option, because that's the day that Google announced the development of the platform itself. October 22nd, 2008 is another one, the day that the HTC's G1 phone was first released by T-Mobile. But for some reason, the Google Store team is choosing to pin down today, September 23rd as Android's "seventh birthday." On this day in 2008 Google and T-Mobile announced the availability of the G1 for the following month. That's also the day that the Android 1.0 SDK was first available for public download.

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AT&T Updates The Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 To 5.1.1, Sprint's Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Lags Behind With 5.0

There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to which carriers release updates for their Android updates first, and once you stray outside of the shallow waters of flagship smartphones, things start to get really inconsistent. For example, AT&T is updating its carrier-specific version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 to 5.1.1 today, at least according to this support page. But at the same time, Sprint's Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 is only just now getting upgraded from Android 4.4 to 5.0. Huh.

AT&T's Tab 4 8.0 update includes changes to the Quick Settings menu, but not much else on top of the usual changes.

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[Update: Official Changelog] [APK Download] Google's Clock 4.2 Adds Gradual Alarm Volume, Separate Timer Alarms, And More

Google seems to really love tinkering with its Clock app. The latest version of the app, 4.2, should be rolling out in the Play Store now. This one is available to everyone running Android 4.4 or higher (we didn't grab it from one of the Android M preview builds). It has exactly one new notable feature: the ability to gradually increase alarm volume, which is a fairly typical feature of alarm apps (and even real, physical clocks). The rest is a bunch of visual tweaking.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 And Note Pro 12.2 On Verizon Wireless Get Android 5.1.1

Marshmallow is around the corner, but you know the routine by now. Updates take a while to roll out to some devices. Right now Verizon Wireless is pushing Lollipop to the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and Note Pro 12.2.

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Google Now On Tap In Android M Preview Is Back To Saying 'Coming Soon'

If you've been following the Google Now On Tap saga in recent days, you'll be happy to know we've come full circle. A new version of the Google app last week enabled On Tap for the third dev preview, but it stopped working soon after. Now it's back to displaying a cheerful "coming soon" message. Why do you taunt us, Google?

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Google Sends Out Invites For Event On September 29th In San Francisco, Of Course It's Nexuses (And Probably More)

Google just sent out the invitation below for an event in San Francisco on September 29th. This will almost definitely be the venue for the unveiling of the next Nexus phones, rumored to be manufactured by Huawei and LG. There's also a strong possibility of a new Chromecast, and who knows what else Google may have planned.

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We'll be live at the event on the 29th at 9AM PST, and you'll be able to catch it streamed on Google's YouTube channel, as well, at youtube.com/google.

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Following The Accord, Honda's Second 2016 Model With Android Auto Support Is The Civic

The Honda Civic is one of the most popular economy cars on the planet, thanks in no small part to Honda's continual updates over the last forty years. The 2016 model year, which incidentally includes a complete redesign for its tenth generation, will be the first model to support Google's Android Auto digital platform. It's the second car model in Honda's lineup to do so, after the larger 2016 Accord, and it also supports Apple's CarPlay standard.

According to a press release by Honda, the new models will appear in North America this fall after rolling off of the manufacturing lines in Indiana and Ontario.

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Google App v5.3 Is Rolling Out To Finally Enable Google Now On Tap For M Preview 3 Devices [APK Download] [Update: Brings Android M UI To Google Now Launcher Too]

Update Wednesday isn't over yet, and this is a big one. Google is rolling out v5.3 of the search app and it enables Google Now On Tap for M preview 3. The app will  install on Android 4.4 and higher, but it won't add On Tap functionality, obviously.

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Messages For Android Wear Lets You Type SMS And Hangouts Texts, Courtesy Of The Team Who Also Brought A Mail Client, Browser, And YouTube To Your Wrist

The developers behind appfour have a few crazy and not so crazy apps under their name. There's the useful AIDE which lets you develop Android apps on an Android phone, and then there are some Android Wear apps trying to pretend that microscopic watch screen is enough to do things we usually use 5-inch+ displays for. Like Gmail or web browsers or YouTube. And now they're back with another app that spells out what it does in its name: Messages for Android Wear.

The app works with both SMS and Hangouts accounts, displaying your list of conversations and the last few messages from each one, and letting you reply by pecking on a keyboard.

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