Android Studio 2.1 with support for N Developer Preview released to stable channel

Along with the Android N Developer Preview, Google released a preview version of Android Studio to allow developers to begin testing their apps. Android Studio 2.1 has now been released to the stable channel with updates to Instant Run, along with other Android N development features.

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Chrome 56 adds native support for playing FLAC audio in the browser

Chrome 56 is currently in the beta channel and should hit stable in about a week. When released, it will bring support for the FLAC audio codec directly in the browser. This will provide a quick way to play those files, with the Mac being the biggest platform to benefit due to a lack of native support.

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Chrome 62 beta redesigns ‘Chrome Home,’ marks more HTTP sites as ‘Not secure,’ adds more DRM support to Android

With Chrome 61 rolled out to Android and desktop browsers, version 62 is now in the beta channel. Chrome for Android’s new bottom bar interface is already testing a redesign, while there are a number of security-related changes that apply to browsers across all platforms.

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Glass support website finally confirms ‘Glass: Enterprise Edition’ name, add-on battery pack

We told you across several exclusive reports last year about not-so-new Google Glass hardware that the Mountain View company has been privately testing within the Project Aura group and with external clients, but we were also the first to tell you that the device is internally known as “Enterprise Edition”.

Now, public-facing support pages we discovered on Google’s servers confirm the “Enterprise Edition” moniker as well as reveal regulatory and warranty information for the device…

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Accelerated Mobile Pages will support ads in time for next month’s launch

Next month’s launch of Accelerated Mobile Pages on Google Search will support ads right out of the gate. AMP, an industry effort to speed up and improve mobile web pages, has garnered the support of many tech companies and publications. The latter will have full control over ads on AMP pages and get accompanying statistics.

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Google adds support for 30 more languages for voice dictation in Gboard, Voice Search, and more

As good as virtual keyboards have gotten, sometimes it’s just easier to send a message or perform a search with your voice than it is to physically type something out. With the latest update to Google’s Cloud Speech API, more users can now take advantage of these features than ever before.

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Google’s Eddystone beacons updated to support private and secure interaction

Bluetooth beacons usually only broadcast public one-way signals. By allowing secure and private communication with users, the Eddystone-EID opens up a variety of new use cases for beacons. Along with the new secure open beacon format, Google is announcing a number of new hardware partners that will make compatible devices.

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