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Sources: Cyanogen Inc. is undergoing major layoffs, may "pivot" to apps

We're hearing from multiple sources that Cyanogen Inc. is in the midst of laying off a significant portion of its workforce around the world today. The layoffs most heavily impact the open source arm of the Android ROM-gone-startup, which may be eliminated entirely (not CyanogenMod itself, just the people at Cyanogen Inc.

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Android N is now officially Android Nougat

Google has officially N-ounced that Android N is no longer Android N: it's Android Nougat! Nougat was a medium-strength contender for the name of the upcoming OS, and while we still don't have a version number, everyone knows it's the dessert part that's more exciting anyway.

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WSJ: Google Plans To Merge Chrome OS Into Android, Form Single New OS In 2017 [Update]

A debate has waged since Chrome OS started appearing on Chromebooks. It can be summed up as: This is nice Google, but why don't you combine it with Android? Well, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal, it looks like Google is getting ready to do just that.

Chrome OS will fold into Android. Android will better adapt to PCs. By 2017, the two will form a single, new operating system with access to the Play Store. Google reportedly plans to show off an early version sometime next year.

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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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[Update: Wells Fargo Support Live] Android Pay App Will Launch Today, But Does Require The Explicit Support Of Your Credit Card Or Bank

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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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[Breaking] Google Founders Appoint Sundar Pichai CEO Of Google, Form New Parent Company 'Alphabet' (abc.xyz)

 

Google co-founder and CEO (or should I say former CEO?) Larry Page just dropped a real bombshell. He and fellow Google founder Sergey Brin have started a new company called Alphabet, an umbrella for Google and other Googley companies. Along with this change, Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai has been appointed as the CEO of a new, more streamlined Google.

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The Next Android Revision Is Indeed 'Android 5.1 Lollipop', Shipping On Android One Phones, Coming To Nexus Devices

A few hours ago, we spotted no less than five mentions of "Android 5.1" on Google's Indonesian Android One page. Considering that 5.1 is quite a jump from 5.0.2, and something like 5.0.3 seemed more likely as the next bug fixer, we were cautious to suggest it may have been a mistake or a very persistent typo.

But as it turns out, Android 5.1 is real, and it's indeed shipping on Android One phones in Indonesia.

Here, take a look:

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As it's still very early, we don't yet have a changelog for this update, but it should arrive soon enough.

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Google Announces YouTube Music Key, Includes Background Playback, No Ads, Offline Viewing, And More

Guys, it's happening (....gif). The rumored YouTube music service that we've been hearing about for months is finally a reality. It's called YouTube Music Key, and it looks pretty great.

So here's the gist: it'll cost $7.99 a month (initially, at least - the price will eventually jump to $9.99), and includes full albums, background playback, offline viewing, and no ads. No ads. It's worth eight bucks a month just to get rid of the ads. That price also gets you a subscription to Google Play Music All Access, just like we suspected it would.

The question, however, is whether or not current All Access subscribers will automatically get Music Key as well.

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Google Releases Chromoting App For Accessing Computers Remotely From Android Devices [APK Download]

Google is simply on a roll today! As it turns out, the stock camera wasn't the only new app to hit the Play Store today - we now have the Chromoting app as well. Chromoting, for those unfamiliar with it, is a way to securely access your computer remotely by connecting to Chrome running a special Chrome Remote Desktop app. Anyone familiar with Remote Desktop, VNC, and other similar apps should feel instantly at home with Chromoting.

The real beauty of Chromoting is the setup process - there is no need to forward ports or deal with complicated setups. Just install the aforementioned app, enable remote access, and voila - you're pretty much done.

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