Yesterday, the final Android Nougat developer preview for us to play with began rolling out. At the bottom of the announcement blog post, Google announced that part of their Android engineering team...
The Docs and Sheets apps on Android now come with Add-Ons Support. Google has teamed up with eight integration partners as of now to create seamless integrations for Docs and Sheets. These Add-Ons allow you to trigger actions above and beyond the standard Docs and Sheets functionality, like sign documents, create mobile apps from data in Sheets, scan business documents into Docs and more. You can check out all Add-Ons with this App Collection.
Samsung does not hesitate to test out new waters, or get back into old in this case, as a Clamshell design smartphone that runs on Android has now arrived at TENAA. The Samsung Galaxy Folder 2, as it is being called, will reportedly pack in a 3.8" WVGA display with 800x480 resolution, a Snapdragon 425 SoC with Adreno 308 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable) and will run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The device has also passed through the FCC, meaning that it may also launch in the USA.
Riding on the success of the Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung has beaten Apple for smartphone shipments for Q2 2016. Samsung's shipments for April-June came at around 72 Million smartphones, while Apple's iPhone shipments amounted to 40.4 Million units. However, a point to note is that the new iPhone is set to release in a few months, while Samsung's strong sales received a boost from their newly released flagship.
To help keep Android and its kernel more secure, Google has announced a number of new mechanisms within Android. For memory protections, they will mark memory as read-only/no-execute, restrict kernel access to userspace, and improve protection against stack buffer overflows. For attack surface reductions, they will remove default access to debug features, restrict app access to IOCTL commands, and also require Seccomp-BMF.
Yesterday, the co-founder of LaunchKit announced the team behind their products and service would be joining Google's Developer Products Group. They'll continue to make tools that helps developers deploy their apps, but it will just be for Google. The LaunchKit tools are now open source, and the LaunchKit service will run independently (for current users) for the next 12 months before being closed.
HERE Maps was just renamed to HERE WeGo, and this update comes with an improved UI and user experience. The Find a Route option used to be at the bottom but now the search box says Where to? so you can immediately input your destination. The app is also getting a new transportation option in various cities from the car-sharing firm Car2Go.
Nextbit is heavily invested in their first and only smartphone, the Robin. The team behind the phone continues to talk about future software features they want to bring to the device, and now there's a new color variant to choose from. This version is called Ember, and it is priced just like the others at $299.00.
Similarly to Samsung, Lenovo has just re-released one of their smartphones as a special edition for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. This version of the ZUK Z2 is a little different than its original though. It has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage compared to the 4GB/64GB combo that the original has. It also comes with Rio 2016 themes and wallpapers pre-installed on it.
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