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Google Delays Project Ara Until At Least 2016, Still Deciding On Initial Launch Location

The news late last week for Google's modular smartphone initiative was not good. After promising a real world test of Project Ara would take place in 2015, Google finally had to pull back and cancel those plans. A series of tweets today at least provides some clues as to what's next for Ara. There are three tweets which conveniently answer the questions—when, where, and why?

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A Stable Version Of Mozilla Webmaker For Android Is Now Available In The Play Store

Webmaker is Mozilla's effort to make it easy for new smartphone users to make content for the web. Instead of creating something using WordPress or Blogger, people can throw materials together using a more simplistic interface.  Webmaker has been available on the web since 2012, but now you can download an Android version directly from Google Play.

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LG Display Commits To Spending $8.5 Billion To Improve OLED Technology

When you think of OLED displays on phones, you probably think of Samsung's Super AMOLED. However, LG is a larger display manufacturer overall. Most of its phones and retail panels are LCD, and the few forays into OLED haven't been awesome. However, with the decision to pump a few billion dollars into research, LG Display could quickly catch up.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon's Fire HD 6 And Fire HD 6 Kids Edition Tablets Are $70 And $120 Today ($30 Off Each)

Looking for a starter tablet? You know, something to give a kid or someone not so into tech that they would scoff at something not running regular Android? Then consider the Fire HD 6. Amazon is currently offering it for $30 off, bringing the price to a compelling $70. Sure, the 1280 by 800 6-inch display won't turn heads, but the build quality is solid enough where it won't feel like a comparatively priced off-brand knock off.

Maybe you're looking to stick a tablet in the hands of a really little person, someone not ready for a big kid tablet.

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The Latest Android Marshmallow Preview Comes With A Spiffy New Boot Animation

 

There's a new developer preview for Android M—oh wait, I mean Marshmallow, and that means lots of new features and tweaks to explore. Among the most obvious changes is a new boot animation that greets you upon starting up the device.

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Amazon Brings Fire OS 5 Developer Preview Based On Android 5.1 To Fire TV

Now that you've heard the new name for Android M, you're probably all excited to hear about how Amazon plans to deliver a customized version of Android Lollipop to its Fire devices later this year. Yeah, around the time regular Android will be making the leap to Marshmallow. The company released a developer preview of Fire OS 5 back in June for the Fire HD 6 and 7. Now it's releasing a version for Fire TV as well.

With Fire OS 5, Fire TV is making the substantial jump up from OS 3. The upcoming version will bring Android 5.1 along with support for Android TV and the v17 leanback library.

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[Update: Video - Story Of Marshmallow] Android "M" Is Now Officially Android Marshmallow

Google has finally, physically unveiled the official name for its new operating system (still sans a version number): it's marshmallow! Googler Alex Ruiz just posted a picture of the statue over at Building 43 (the Android building) at Google HQ in Mountain View.

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Marshmallow Is Android 6.0, As Confirmed By Newest SDK

The next version number for Android is 6.0! We've confirmed the new version number in the official Android SDK, which was just updated moments ago to add the new platform. As for the name, we know it's Marshmallow, as per the statue which was just unveiled at Google HQ in Mountain View.

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It also looks like the third developer preview is here alongside the SDK. Google says preview three will be the final Android 6.0 developer preview.

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Googler Posts Photo Of What Is Almost Definitely The Android "M" Statue Under A Curtain On Google Campus

Are you ready to finally stop calling Android M... Android M? Well, you better be: Google is almost certainly going to reveal the official name of its upcoming operating system very, very soon. And it looks like a Googler (Jeff Sharkey) just posted a photo on Google+ of something very potentially statue-like on the Google campus in Mountain View. If that's not convincing enough, his accompanying post text is "Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?"

What's under the curtain? Who knows! But if you want even more assurance that M unveil is nigh, Google's official accounts have been teasing away this morning, as well.

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