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One of Google’s most important decisions for Android was to separate key feature updates from new firmware — you don’t have to suffer through months of delays from your manufacturer and carrier just to get a new messaging app or a vital behind-the-scenes service. And now, that’s true for Android Wear as well. Google’s Hoi Lam has confirmed that Android Wear 2.0 can receive some updates through the Play Store, rather than waiting for monolithic firmware upgrades. An update this past week is proof positive: 2.0-equipped watches got support for third-party chat apps in contacts and fewer accidental launches for the watch face picker.

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Google’s meticulously planned transition from the Android N to the Android Nougat naming scheme isn’t going unaccompanied by unplanned new Nexus 2016 news.

The internal specs for these next two Android phones has been leaked, and they’re both shaping up to be promising sequels to the current Nexus 6P andNexus 5X, according to Android Police.

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When Apple first released the iPhone in 2007, I wrote a blog post with the headline: “Why my phone won’t be an iPhone.” I laid out several reasons I would not be giving up my Palm Treo 700p for Apple’s gadget, including the poor voice and data service of Apple’s lone wireless partner, AT&T, and the lack of third-party apps.

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Other than getting a new device, nothing brings more excitement than receiving a major software update…I am not talking about Android 5.0 to Android 5.1.1…we are talking about jumping from Android 5.0.1 to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.  It is one thing for a manufacturer to upgrade last year’s model, but it is almost unheard of for them to go back any further, but that is exactly what LG is doing by providing the LG G3 with a Marshmallow update.  On Rogers’ latest list of upgrades, they show the upgrade for the LG G3 as “Coming Soon!”  Of course, Rogers covers themselves with their disclaimer – “Making sure these dates are accurate is our top priority.  Sometimes, things change beyond our control so all dates are subject to change.  Thank you for your understanding.”

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The famous online community Reddit is currently making preparations for a mobile website by testing a beta version of an Android app. It is the first step before the official launch of the app at the beginning of 2016.

Reddit users who want to take part in this test will have to report any bugs and answer a series of questions about the app so that it can be stabilized and become available to the general public “within a month or two,” say Reddit management.

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Microsoft promised to bring its Cortana digital personal assistant to iOS and Android in May this year, and public beta for Android came out in July, with a private iOS beta following a few months later. Now both versions have been released, with Cortana available in the App Store and in the Google Play Store, at least for US users.

 

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Android-powered smartphones extended their lead in the global marketplace in the third quarter, helped by growth in emerging markets, a survey showed Wednesday.

The Google-powered operating system was used in 84.7 percent of smartphones sold worldwide in the quarter, up from 83.3 percent a year earlier, the Gartner survey showed.

 

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Microsoft confirmed this weekend that it has delayed–if not killed entirely–a tool designed to make it easy for Android apps to run on Windows 10 phones and tablets.

Dubbed Project Astoria, the effort was unveiled in April as part of an aggressive but risky plan to get developers who write for Android, iOS or the Web to bring their programs to Windows. Developers had begun to raise questions, though, as the tool was never released publicly and Microsoft had stopped talking about it.

Microsoft confirmed to Re/code this weekend that it was not moving ahead with Astoria as planned, but a representative declined to say whether Astoria was delayed, on hold, or being scrapped altogether.

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Google launched the rollout for Android 5.0 Lollipop on Monday, but it also announced that Google Calendar and Gmail would receive significant updates.

Google’s Gmail for Android got a new design update that continues to roll out at the time of this post, with a new look and inbox tweaks that should make it easier to use.

Obviously, Gmail is something you get automatically on all Android phones, but new devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and those running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above are getting a new version of the app, with some cool new features worth showcasing here.

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The announcement of a new update is always bittersweet for Android users. Android 5.0 Lollipop could be the most significant visual and structural overhaul the mobile operating system has ever seen, but many users won’t have access to it for months. Fortunately, Google has been working to cull fragmentation in the Android ecosystem and it looks like the biggest smartphone vendors are jumping on board.

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