AOSP Android 6.0 Marshmallow early version available for Xperia Z2

AOSP Android 6.0 Marshmallow is now available for the Sony Xperia Z2 device. It is not free of troubles though, but if you are eager to try new things and are initiate in the magic of operating systems, you should be eager to try something experimental on your Sony device.       This first build brings about some bugs as well, including the camera not working and a defect in the video playback color calibration. The build itself comes from scstar6696, a senior dev on XDA, where you will find the complete tutorial to what you have to and what you MUST NOT do in order to get AOSP on your Xperia Z2. Happy flashing!   Source: XDA forum

Google to combine Android with Chrome OS in the near future

The world is changing and evolving and so are operating systems. This day marks the beginning of an new era because an announcement made by Google execs. puts the world’s most popular operating system in jeopardy. Android and Chrome OS will become one in the near future! According to the Wall Street Journal, the two will combine and create a new OS that will be revealed as soon as next year.       The change is mostly an incorporation of Chrome OS into Android OS simply because we all know Android is bigger, better and more popular. This also means that Google’s current mobile OS will also work on computers and laptops, and this will mean that things will change. But this does not necessarily mean that Chrome OS is gone forever, but it does mean that Chromebooks will get rebranded to reflect their new statuses.   The Verge confirms that Android and Chrome OS will indeed combine and a first impression/ preview of this new operating system will be shown at I/O next year. This move is an effort in reducing the range of independent platforms that Google has to maintain every year; plus, Chrome OS is not THAT much of a success on its own.   The new Google operating system is expected to release sometime in 2017. Sundar Pichai, the current leader of Google, was put in place two years ago and, since then, he made moves towards integrating Android apps into Chrome OS. Support is limited at the moment, but […]

Android 6.0 officially rolling out next week

Android 6.0 starts rolling out to devices as soon as next week. The first to get Google’s freshest android experience are, of course, the Nexus devices, namely Nexus 6, 5, 7 (2013), 9 and Player. Marshmallow will get to devices probably starting October 5th, as specified in some leaks, and that is also the date when the OS gets to the AOSP.       The OTA rollout will probably be slow but zip files will be relatively easily procured and then everyone will be able to taste the Marshmallow.   The first devices to launch with the freshest Android 6.0 OS are the new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, of course. The devices were also launched today and they can already be pre-ordered.     On a side-note, the Android page has suffered some changes to match the new operating system. The site now features highlights such as Now on Tap, permission support and smart battery usage. You can also find dozens of new things related to the Marshmallow update (interactive animations included).   Source: Marshmallow Android

Blackberry Venice renders leaked – a curved screen Android Blackberry smartphone?

Blackberry Venice is reportedly on the way and it is powered by Android and not the proprietary OS that the Canadian company has used so far. This could mean an important step in Blackberry’s attempt at getting back to the relevant smartphone market or it could be another downfall eased by the team up with competitor Android.       Some new render leaks made their appearance as well, and they show a strikingly similar curved display to that of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. It is possible that Samsung sold their AMOLED technology or LG may have been responsible with making this display.         The leaks provided for the Blackberry Venice Android phone also mention Chromecast support and streaming to other devices plus the look of the Blackberry hub on top of the Lollipop OS. The pictures also show a possibly 18MP rear camera with a seven layer lens.   Possible specs for Blackberry Venice Android phone: 4” QHD display Hexa-core Snapdragon 808 SoC 3GB of RAM 18MP rear camera plus 5MP front camera.       The smartphone will be heading to AT&T and T-Mobile, at least on the US market, which means they may be somewhat exclusive to these carriers only. These renders have no clear production date, which can also mean that the final product may look more or less as depicted above. We can still hope it will be a glorious device though, right? Right?   Source: Crackberry

[I/O] Android M Developer Preview flash images for Nexus 6,9 and Nexus Player available here!

The Android M Developer Preview will be live for some devices and the word on the street is it will focus on improving the overall user experience because Google wants you to get quality from end-to-end. The supported devices for the preview are Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player.     Among the brand new features you will find on this OS version are granular app permissions, a doze mode for enhanced battery life and enhanced fingerprint support. It appears that devs will have clearer timelines for feedback and testing and they will receive update preview builds more often. Android M preview images for the aforementioned devices can be found at the links below:   Nexus 5       Nexus 6       Nexus 9       Nexus Player.     Google announced it will be updating the preview M much more frequent than the L, and these updates will happen over the air, which means you won’t have to flash them yourself. Source: Android M Preview  

Google’s Android M build to be named Macadamia Nut Cookie? – MNC spotted on AOSP

It appears that Google’s next Android version will be called Macadamia Nut Cookie! The official unveil could be made sometime this week at Google I/O (if Google will be more caring towards its fans) but it will likely still be named Android M for a while after. The internal name mentioned above was spotted in various places around the web, including the AOSP forums.   Googlers seem to be using it and there are mentions of it all over AOSP. We’re pretty sure it’s real, even though there is a slight chance that things can be changed. The codename is just a fun option either way as it can be changed at the official release.   There have been rumors related to Macadamia Nut Cookie (MNC) and it recently started appearing in AOSP as “mcn-dev”. Google previously used LMP for Lemon Meringue Pie and KLP for Key Lime Pie to denominate its operating systems in progress, but they never got to keep their name upon official launch. It is highly possible that the same will happen to LMC after launch. Source: AndroidPolice