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Buick And GMC Announce Android Auto Availability On Five 2016 Model Year Vehicles

Today, GMC and Buick wrapped up the larger set of Android Auto announcements for GM's 2016 model year lineup, adding five more Auto-ready vehicles into the mix. Those cars are as follows:

  • 2016 GMC Canyon
  • 2016 GMC Yukon
  • 2016 GMC Sierra
  • 2016 Buick LaCrosse
  • 2016 Buick Regal

All but the Sierra have only GM's 8" infotainment system as an option, meaning they'll ship with CarPlay and get Android Auto at a later date (probably early 2016, if you want a rough estimate). The GMC Sierra is offered in some trims with the 7" GM infotainment system, and others with the 8", and the former system will ship with Android Auto from the factory.

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] Toggle 'Charging Sound' On And Off In System Settings

Stock Android may not make a special noise when plugged in to charge over USB, but it does play a tone when your device comes in contact with a wireless charger. Until now though, it hasn't been possible to disable this sound without adjusting the system volume. In Android M that will apparently change, as a new toggle joins the lineup in "Other sounds."

Dial pad tones, screen lock sounds, touch sounds, and touch vibration entries are all still present.

This is a small change, but - even if they're buried in settings - sometimes adding more granular controls can be a good thing, and that seems to be one of the themes of Android M so far.

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] Tap To Wake Is Now A Setting You Can Tweak

"Tap to wake" is advertised as a feature. Instead of reaching for your power button every time you want to wake up your phone, you simply tap the screen a few times instead. It reduces hand contortion and puts less abuse on the physical button all at the same time.

But maybe you accidentally toggle it more often than you would like, and you would rather do away with the feature entirely than continue to deal with rampant pocket dials and general battery wastage. For you, Android M appears to have added a setting that lets you toggle this feature on and off.

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Galaxy S6 Android 5.1.1 Update On T-Mobile Added RAW Photo Support, But Not In The Stock Camera App (Yet)

The T-Mobile Galaxy S6/S6Edge is (strangely) the only variant that currently has an official Android 5.1.1 build, and it turns out there's an interesting little bonus hiding inside. Samsung has added support for RAW photography to the Galaxy S6 in this update. The catch is that it's not supported in the stock app at this time.

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Google Announces 17 New Android Wear Watch Faces From Brands And Designers Like Cynthia Rowley, Rubik's, Bang & Olufsen, And Anrealage

Google has dropped a bunch of new Wear watch faces into the Play Store this morning in partnership with a variety of fashion designers and popular brands. Some of these you will have heard of and others probably not, but almost all of them are free.

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Sony's Mega-Thin 4K Android TVs Are Now Live For Those Of You With More Money Than Sense

You can buy 4K TVs for an almost reasonable price these days, but that's not true for Sony's new 4K TVs. These sets run Android TV and are razor thin at just 0.2-inches. However, they start at $2500 for a 55-inch set. They are now listed on Amazon and Best Buy, with pre-orders live on the former.

These are LED-lit LCD televisions with a resolution of 3840x2160. Of course, the thin design is one of the selling points. Oh, and they support 3D viewing too (apparently that's still a thing). The 55-inch model is $2500 and the 65-inch is $4000.

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Sony Announces Android M Developer Preview For Xperia Devices

At this year's I/O, Google again made a developer preview of the upcoming version of Android available for download. Thing is, it only ran on Nexus phones and tablets. Today Sony has announced plans to release a test build of Android M for Xperia products in the Sony Open Device program as well. Here we see it running on an Xperia Z3 Compact.

There are a few things to keep in mind before you rush to the source page below. A wordpress error appears for links to the "easy-to-follow guide" and the "necessary software binaries" that you need to create a test image and flash it to your own device.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Is Selling The Nexus Player For $64.78 ($35 Off) With Free Prime Shipping

Looking for an awesome Android TV machine? Then go buy the NVIDIA SHIELD, because it's worth every penny that you pay over competitors like the Razer Forge TV and the original Nexus Player. But if you want one that's cheap, look no further than the Amazon listing for Google's first-party set-top box. Today the Nexus Player is $64.78, just over $35 off of the $100 retail price. Amazon Prime customers can get free two-day shipping as well.

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The Nexus Player is far from ideal - its Intel-based hardware is poorly-optimized, so apps and games tend to be sluggish - but at the moment this deal is the only option for Android TV below $100.

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No, Google Won't Enable Ticker Text If You Disable Heads Up Notifications (Peeking) In The Android M Developer Preview

Heads up or "peeking" notifications, the little miniature pop-ups that appear in Android Lollipop if a notification comes in when you happen to be actually using your device, aren't for everyone. That's why Google will include the option to disable them on a per-app basis in the upcoming Android M release. (See Settings>Sound & Notification>App notifications in the Developer Preview.) It's also why apps like HeadsOff have sprung up to cater to those who want them to go away even sooner.

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Unfortunately, it looks like Google isn't all that interested in bringing back the pre-Lollipop equivalent, Ticker Text. Ticker Text is that scrolling text you see across the notation bar when a new alert pops up while you're using your phone, but it's gone as of Android 5.0.

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The Moto X 2013 Android 5.1 OTA Update Is Starting: US And Brazilian Unlocked Models Plus Rogers Model For Now

The original Moto X signaled a major design shift for Motorola, and the company has done an admirable job keeping the device updated to the latest versions of Android so far. The Moto X 2013 is now seeing its first Android 5.1 updates, specifically for the unlocked retail models in the United States and Brazil plus the Rogers carrier version sold in Canada, according to Motorola manager David Schuster. This comes after a few weeks of soak tests.

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That's just a short while after the first Moto X 2014 models were given 5.1 updates, and about three months after Google officially announced Lollipop 5.1 itself.

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