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Google starts rolling out the August Security patch

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As another month ticks over Google is right on track to send out both the August Android Security patch as well as device specific patches for Pixel devices going back all the way to the original Pixel and Pixel...

Google stops developing updates for WebView opening up potential for security issues for over...

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A large portion of Android devices could be open to attack, according to security a new report from security research team Rapid7, and it's all thanks to Google. According to a report in Forbes, security firm Rapid7 has advised...

XDA Developers working on Android Wear 2.0 for Sony Smartwatch 3

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The Sony Smartwatch 3 was released all the way back in 2014, back with the original Moto 360. It should then come as no surprise that it has reached it's end of life (as far as Sony is...

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Wifi gets KitKat

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It appears that Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Wifi) users are seeing an update, bringing their devices up to KitKat. It's great to see that Samsung are continuing to update their devices, but Note 8 users might be a little disappointed...

Google releases July Security patch for Android – Nexus and Pixel OTA and Factory...

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July 4th in the US is over, and that means Google is back on track and has released the July security patches for Android, including OTA and Factory images for supported Nexus and Pixel devices. As usual, Google has...

Google Gave Your Pixels two System Partitions, Use It To Deliver Dual Booting!

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Google's Pixel phones are good looking, fast, and they're secure as hell. The Pixels not only have extra security and encryption (which complicates custom recoveries immensely), they include a dual partition system for updating the OS in the background....

Is this HTC Sense 7 with Material Design?

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We've all been drooling over the release of Lollipop, Material Design and all the latest Nexus devices over the last few weeks, but now it's time to turn our attention to HTC's Sense Android customisations, and how it'll look...

Developers can now see analytics for Google Cast apps

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Google loves data, and they've announced a new set of tools for developers who have incorporated Google Cast into their apps, with a new analytics tool now available to use. There's a variety of metrics available in the analytics page...

Samsung Galaxy S 4 receiving Android 4.3 update in Australia

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While Nexus devices were busy receiving their update to Android 4.4.2 earlier this week, Samsung is slowly catching up with the pace of Android progress and rolling out Android 4.3 Jelly Bean to its range of Galaxy S4 handsets. Ausdroid...

Getting weird Android notifications? Bluetooth may be the culprit

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Bluetooth is more important than ever since the demise of the headphone jack and the rise of the smart watch. However, according to an Android Police report, it may be the cause of recent Android notification bugs. Some of the...

Samsung Galaxy S4 gets a leaked look at Lollipop

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Owners of the 2013 Galaxy S4 can now breathe a little sigh of relief, as they can take a look at Android 5.0 Lollipop without having to shell out for a new phone. There's a leaked Lollipop ROM available...

Nexus Factory images for Nexus 4, 5, 6, 7 (2013) Wi-Fi, 9 and 10...

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Last nights announcement that Google would be releasing a security update for a range of Nexus devices has come through this morning with factory images being posted to the Google Developers page. Of the devices promised, only the Nexus Player...

Google Enhances Play Store Security

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Every month or two we seem to see scare tactic articles, mostly in the mainstream media, where Android users have had their details etc hacked/stolen/copied/(insert nefarious action here). Each time we follow up the piece here at Ausdroid...

If you’ve got a recent Pixel device and are ok with the risk, here’s...

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Android 12 is almost here, but if you've got a recent Pixel device and are willing to take the risk then you can have the Beta now. The process to get the update as an OTA is actually...

This is my next Android: Android L shown off at I/O

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With the Google I/O 2014 keynote now wrapped up, it's time to take a look at one of the core announcements: Android L (or, the 5th major-version release of Android). There's an absolute tonne of information about Android L,...

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