Android Basics: How to stop your phone from automatically adding icons to the home screen

When you are setting up a new Android phone, the Google Play Store on some devices has a setting enabled that will automatically add icons for all newly installed applications to your home screen. This can be a nuisance when you are installing all of your favorite apps at once but, thankfully, it’s easy to disable…

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Google’s LG-made Android Wear 2.0 watches are the ‘Watch Sport’ and ‘Watch Style’

Google confirmed last month that it would be launching two new Android Wear watches in early 2017, and now we’re getting our best look yet at what they’re actually going to look like on paper. A new report out of the usually-reliable Evan Blass (via VentureBeat) says that both devices will be LG-made and will be dubbed “LG Watch Sport” and “LG Watch Style”, as well as details each of the devices’ specifications…

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Developer preview page code suggests Android N beta might land on non-Nexus phones

Traditionally, when it comes to Android developer previews, Google only makes the pre-release software available to the Nexus smartphone and tablet lineup. This year, it’s already broken with tradition by releasing the first developer preview of Android N earlier than usual, and it could throw another curve ball by making a version available to non-Nexus owners.

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Android Basics: How to free up device storage with Google Photos

With the phones in our pockets getting larger cameras that are capable of taking higher resolution images and videos, it is no wonder why people are running out of storage space. Thankfully, with Google Photos, it is possible to backup your favorite pictures and videos and then have them automatically deleted directly off of your device…
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Latest Android Studio Canary offers Android Wear developers a digital crown emulator

Android Studio, a Google-built tool for developers to use when making Android applications, is focused on making it easy for developers to quickly visualize their apps in action. To further improve the Android Wear developer experience, Google is introducing a new tool that emulates the rotating digital crown found on some smartwatches…

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Android 7.0 Nougat is apparently set for an August public release

After revealing the Android N Developer Preview back in early March, it seems we’re now getting ever closer to the public release. The final preview is here, developers are updating their apps, and OEMs are hard at work getting updates prepared for devices. That said, we haven’t heard much from Google or from leaks regarding the date of the public release until now.

Today, leakster Evan Blass says that we should be expecting the update “next month”.

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Android Marshmallow update for OnePlus One in ‘final testing stage’, rolling out ‘very soon’

While its fans eagerly wait for the next ‘flagship killer’, OnePlus has been quietly working on making sure those with the first generation model aren’t left behind. Android Marshmallow for the OnePlus One has been in testing, and is now in its final stages. A public software rollout is on the very near horizon…

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Google Translate Android app can now do live Word Lens translations from Japanese

Google Translates’s augmented reality feature, Word Lens, now works with Japanese. As with other supported languages, you simply point your smartphone camera at a Japanese sign, notice, menu or similar and it will instantly overlay the English text – even without a data connection.

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Facebook for Android will soon begin playing video sound in News Feed by default

Along with a slew of other new features announced yesterday, Facebook says that videos in News Feed will soon play audio by default. The company also announced improvements to vertical videos, a new picture-in-picture mode for watching videos while scrolling, and a Facebook video app for TV.

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