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CyanogenMod 13 Nightlies Come To The Moto MAXX, T-Mobile Galaxy S4, Verizon Galaxy S5, And GSM/WiFi Galaxy Note 8.0

Over the past week, CyanogenMod 13 nightlies have been released for several Android phones and tablets, breathing new life into what can be now considered old hardware. Most of the devices had CM12.1 prior, meaning that the jump they're witnessing is just from Lollipop 5.1 to Marshmallow 6.0, but the Verizon Galaxy S5 never had CM12, it was on CM 11 (KitKat) prior to this update. That must feel like a quantum leap.

Alright, now to the meat of the matter. The devices with new CM13 nightlies are:

  • Motorola Moto Maxx "quark"
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (T-Mobile) "jfltetmo"
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (Verizon) "kltevzw"
  • Galaxy Note 8 (GSM) "n5100"
  • Galaxy Note 8 (Wi-Fi) "n5110."

These being nightlies, expect bugs and instability so you may be better off flashing them on devices that aren't your daily drivers.

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[Minor] Android N Dev Preview 2 Shows A New Icon When Your Recent Apps Screen Is Empty

Gather 'round people. There's a change in the second Android N Dev Preview and it will rock your whole world upside down. Oh who am I kidding, we spotted it and we know you guys like these teeny tiny tin-tastic changes in Android, even if they mean nothing to the way you use your device, so we're sharing it with you. Prepare to be underwhelmed.

If you decide to use the new 'Clear All' option in Preview 2 or if you manually clear out all your app instances from the Recents screen, instead of the lifeless "Your recent screens appear here," you'll see a graphic icon of recent apps with "No recent items" beneath it.

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Comparison: New Human Emojis From Android N Dev Preview 2 VS Old Yellow Blob Emojis

In its announcement of the second Android N Dev Preview, Google mentioned support for Unicode 9, including more human emojis, skin-tone emojis, more characters, and overall more realistic emojis. Google explained that developers should start taking advantage of the new emojis in their messaging and keyboard applications, and one of the most obvious examples is Google's own Keyboard which shows many of these changes.

First up, the emotions / faces panel sees more forward-facing blobs instead of the many emojis that were previously looking toward the left. There are a few changes here and there in some emojis, but most of them kept the same allure.

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[Update: Pixel C] [Flash All The Things] April 2016 Marshmallow Nexus OTA Roundup

The April Android updates are rolling out, but as usual, they are doing so in waves. If you don't want to wait, you can grab the OTA file and sideload it. Where can you find such a thing? We've got all the OTA links right below.

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[Specs Comparison] HTC 10, HTC One A9, & HTC One M9

The HTC family welcomed a new member yesterday – the HTC 10. From our initial impressions, it's a pretty sweet phone that packs some impressive hardware and software. However, the 10 isn't the only phone HTC makes, and it can be difficult to keep track of changes from one product generation to the next. With that in mind, I've put together a handy-dandy chart for you, our dear readers, so you can compare HTC's last three flagships spec by spec*.

FeatureHTC 10HTC A9HTC M9
Size145.9 x 71.9 x 9.0 mm145.8 x 70.8. x 7.3 mm144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6 mm
Weight161g143g157g
Screen/Resolution5.2 inch/2560 x 14405.0 inch/1080p 5.0 inch/1080p
Battery 3000 mAh2150 mAh2840 mAh
USB Type/QC USB Type-C 3.1/QC 3.0Micro-USB/QC 3.0Micro-USB/QC 2.0
CPUSnapdragon 820Snapdragon 617Snapdragon 810
SoftwareAndroid 6.0Android 6.0Android 6.0
Memory4GB3GB3GB
Storage32GB32GB32GB
SD SupportYes Up To 2TBYes Up To 2TBYes Up To 2TB
Bluetooth4.24.14.1
NFCYesYesYes
AirPlayYesNoNo
DLNAYesYesYes
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Rear Camera12MP/ƒ1.8/4K Video13MP/ƒ2.0/1080p Video20MP/ƒ2.2/4K Video
Rear Camera OISYesYesNo
Front Camera5MP/ƒ1.8HTC Ultrapixel/ƒ2.0HTC Ultrapixel/ƒ2.0
Front Camera OISYesNoNo
Fingerprint SensorYesYesNo
Current Unlocked Price$699$429$499

As you can see, the HTC 10 is bigger, faster, and more powerful than its predecessors, but it also comes at a steeper price.

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Google Contacts 1.4.9 Extends Support To Devices Running Android 5.0 [APK Download]

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NVIDIA Updates The SHIELD Tablet K1 With 6.0.1, Security Patches, Vulkan Support, Bug Fixes, And A Few Tweaks

The SHIELD Tablet is still going strong, right there with the SHIELD Android TV. (The original SHIELD Portable, not so much. Hey NVIDIA, where's that SHIELD 2 you guys were working on?) The original tablet and the slightly newer variant, the K1, were both updated to Android 6.0 a couple of months ago after a rocky start. But for some reason the K1 is getting the latest incremental update first. K1 update 1.2 adds Android 6.0.1, including the security patches from March.

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[Deal Alert] LG Is Selling Batteries And Cradles For The LG V10, G4, G3, And Lucid 2 Priced As Low As $10 Each

The benefit of replaceable batteries is that you can replace them. This effectively doubles your device's battery life. I know. Mind blown.

Batteries can be pricey. Like other forms of phone accessories, you may want to wait for a sale before picking one up.

Oh look, what have we here?

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A Bunch Of Xiaomi Devices Get TWRP Support, Alongside Other Hardware

I'm not going to tell you why you may want to install a custom recovery. You already know you need one to replace your default ROM or make carbon copies of your device's current state. And you know that the Team Win Recovery Project's custom recovery is at the top of your list of options.

Now TWRP has arrived for quite a few devices, including a buttload of Xiaomi phones. We're talking about the Mi 2 and Mi 4, along with their various versions. There's the Redmi 3, Redmi Note 2, and even the Mi Pad. These make the list not long after the Redmi Note 3 did the same.

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Google Releases Android N Preview 2, Posts Images (NPC91K) For Nexus Devices

If you've been living the developer preview lifestyle, get ready for an update. There are new factory images available for download on Google's developer site. That means an OTA update for those who joined the beta won't be far off, but you can grab the full image if you want to update now.

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