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Sony Music beta adds support for Android Auto [APK Download]

The latest beta for Sony's Music app just added support for Android Auto. Now you can control playback and view album art from the app while in Android Auto, as you can with other apps like Spotify or Google Play Music. Unfortunately, the beta requires being part of a closed community. But, fortunately, we have an APK, if you are interested in trying it out. 

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Android platform distribution numbers for July 2017 show another modest increase for Nougat

Google has provided updated numbers on what versions of Android are out there in the world, and again Nougat is showing a respectable, though not impressive rise. Nougat has increased by 2% across both versions, which is a bit weaker than last month's 2.4% rise. Some older versions of Android saw larger than expected decreases, but Nougat has still fallen behind the pace set by Marshmallow last year.

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Hulu adds live and on demand access to HBO and Cinemax, just in time for new Game of Thrones

Video streaming app Hulu has recently made great strides in its attempts to catch up with other similar services like Netflix. In the last few months, it's added profiles to support individual watch histories and introduced Google Home integration. It's also got live TV now, and you can read our thoughts about that in our recent review. No streaming service would be complete without quality shows and movies, and with that in mind, Hulu has now added HBO and Cinemax to its burgeoning list of content partners.

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[Update: Only T-Mobile/Project Fi NKG47M builds] July OTA update is failing to install for 5.0" Pixels, Google is looking into it

Google began rolling out the July security updates to the Pixel family and newer Nexus devices earlier today, as is traditional for the beginning of every month. However, owners of the Pixel have found themselves unable to install the OTA, with their phones simply telling them "Couldn't update" and "Installation problem." Not to worry, though - Google is already aware of the issue, and is looking into it.

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Google posts July OTA files and system images for Pixel and Nexus devices

It's that time again—Google is rolling out monthly security patches for Nexus and Pixel devices, but you don't have to wait. The system images and OTA files are now live and ready for your sideloading pleasure. In addition, the monthly security bulletin is available for your perusal if you want to know what's being patched this time around.

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Reminder: You can find your Android Wear watch from your phone with Google's Find My Device

When your watch is misplaced, and the clock is figuratively and not-quite-literally ticking away as the battery slowly dies, what can you do? If you ever find yourself in that particular position, thankfully you can locate Android Wear devices in Google's Find My Device app. It only works for Android Wear 2.0 devices, and without a speaker the utility is... limited. But, the next time your sofa eats your watch, you'll have a plan. 

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[Update: Nougat 7.0 for ZC520TL] Asus begins pushing Android 7.1.1 update to ZenFone 3 Max ZC553KL

Asus didn't pop up much on our radar until a few years ago when the ZenFone 2 came in at a competitive price. The ZenFone 3 family hasn't been as popular, but there certainly are more of them. One variant of the ZenFone is the lucky winner of "first Nougat update," the ZenFone 3 Max (model ZC553KL).

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[Update: July 11th for the ZW3, later for ZW2] Android Wear 2.0 delayed again for the ZenWatch 2 & 3, release date unknown

When Google listed all of the watches that would receive Android 2.0, I was surprised. I only expected a handful of wearables to make the jump, but nearly all of them (besides the earliest models) were marked as compatible. Unfortunately, it's taking a while to deliver on that promise; fast forward five months later, and a few models are still waiting on an update.

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Google Maps navigation is crashing on Android Auto for many - here's how to fix it [APK Download]

Google gets made fun of for treating its customers like beta testers quite often, and the latest situation the company has gotten itself into doesn't do that reputation any favors. In very close proximity with another Android Auto issue, users on the Android Auto User Community in Google's Product Forums are reporting that Google Maps is crashing when navigation is initiated.

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OK Google voice command is broken on Android Auto, but a fix is coming soon

The "OK Google" voice command first came to fruition on the Nexus 5, but it's since made its way across the Google product portfolio. It's especially useful on Android Auto, where it enables drivers to interact with their head units without getting too distracted. Unfortunately, it's currently broken and requires a workaround.

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