Huawei and Google team up for the first Android development board, similar to the Raspberry Pi

Android developers had one serious problem that made their jobs much harder up until now – they had to develop software for the platform using hardware that’s completely different in just about any way. The community wanted an ARM-based development platform for quite some time now, hoping it would make things easier, and it finally has it.

Huawei has introduced the HiKey 960 board – an ARM-based development board that comes with all the essentials one would need. It employs Huawei’s latest octa-core processor – the Kirin 960 – complete with the Mali-G71 GPU, 32 …


T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ will be updated to Android Nougat next week

T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ is about to get an official update to Android 7 Nougat – not long after the smartphone received a similar update on Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.

T-Mobile Project Manager Des Smith confirmed on Twitter that Android Nougat should be rolled out to the Galaxy S6 edge+ starting “early next week.” Just like it happened in the case of the S6 edge+ from other carriers, the update will likely bring Android 7.0, not 7.1 to the handset. Even so, this is a major (and sizeable) update that T-Mobile S6 edge+ owners have been impatiently waiting …

Game Studio Tycoon 2 on Android is free for a limited time

In the past few years, a few game developer simulators have popped up, and they all play pretty much the same. This is why, when it comes to game dev tycoons, any of the more popular games will scratch your itch for game development.

Luckily, one of them is currently free. Game Studio Tycoon 2, developed by Michael Sherwin, was discounted to $0.00 for a limited time. We don’t know how long the game will be free for, so you might want to hurry up with claiming it.

Game Studio Tycoon 2 will have you start your career as a game developer in 1970. Your goal is to make the best games possible, …

Best army games for Android and iPhone (2017)

Join the army, they say! Get through grueling bootcamp, strap your gun, and go off to defend your country with guts and glory! Army games are big on mobile, with several variations of them available for your army commander needs.

Understandably, action shooters dominate the scene, with a fair bit of strategy games involved, too. But there’s a good choice of casual army games as well, so unless you’re looking for something extremely specific, you’re bound to find something worth your time. Onward to your conquest, now!

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What to expect from Google I/O 2017: Android O, stand-alone VR headset, Google Assistant everywhere

How time flies! As if it was yesterday when we finished our 2016 edition of “What to expect from Google I/O” and it’s already time to see what the Big G has in store for us in 2017. But we are not complaining – we are always curious to see first-hand what the leading companies in the industry are working on and the moment and envisioning for the future. 
As is tradition, Google I/O 2017 will kick off with a keynote. This one’s scheduled for 10:00 AM on May 17 and will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.

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Affordable BLU R1 Plus packs a large battery, old version of Android

If you’re in need of a new and affordable unlocked smartphone, you may want to check out the R1 Plus, the latest handset released by Miami-based BLU. 

Priced at $159.99, the BLU R1 Plus succeeds last year’s R1 HD, offering a larger display (5.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels) and a beefier 4,000 mAh battery. According to BLU, this battery should last “for more than one day” on a single charge. 

Built around an aluminum frame, the new handset is powered by a 64-bit, quad-core MediaTek MTK6737 processor, further featuring 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, …

Pixel XL 2 aka Walleye scores a mention in Android testing by Google engineer

David Zeuthen, a Senior Software Engineer at Google, may be toying around with a Google Pixel XL 2, which we recently learned could be codenamed Walleye. From the AOSP project code postings that revealed to us the eventual internal titles of the next Pixel phones, now comes the thread that you see above, where Mr Zeuthen refers to testing new software, probably part of Android O, on a “walleye” device (nudge, wink).
Provided that the deduction is legit, Google is apparently hard at work on the new Pixels already. With the Google I/O event right …

Best zombie games for Android and iPhone! (2017)

Zombie games never go out of fashion, do they? It seems the world can’t get enough of slaughtering the undead. Come on, zombies did nothing wrong! Poor beings are just trying to survive by biting off a head or two, can’t fault them for being who they are!

Alas, this selection of various shooters, cutters, and all-around zombie murdering mayhem won’t make a compelling case for zombie rights worldwide. But at the very least, it’s going to let you have some mindless fun – if you let the ghouls maul your brain, that is. Otherwise, you’re going to be very focused as swarms of ghastly …

Android 7.0 gets pushed out for the Moto X Pure Edition in the U.S.

Even as we get closer to the unveiling of Android O (Oreo?) at Google I/O next month, there are still plenty of handsets that have yet to receive the update to Android 7.0 Nougat. One of them, the Moto X Pure Edition from 2015, is in the process of receiving this update right now. When you receive the notification that the update has arrived, you should make sure that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network before beginning the updating process. Additionally, the battery on the handset should be fully charged up before you start installing the new files.

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Spotify updates its Android app to include "Behind the Lyrics"


So how did the Stones come up with that iconic riff for Satisfaction? Keith Richards heard it in a dream. How did Paul McCartney come up with the tune for Yesterday? It came to him in a dream. Who wrote the Monkees hit I’m a Believer? Neil Diamond, of course. And as far as we know, it didn’t come to him in a dream. Interesting tidbits like these will now be available to Spotify subscribers using the Android variant of the music streamer’s app.

“Behind the Lyrics,” which launched last year on Spotify’s iOS app, reveals information about the band or artist performing the tune that you’re …