Ford updates its 2016 vehicles to support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Ford is bringing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay software support to its 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 and adding that support will be as simple as downloading a piece of software from owner.ford.com and installing it with a USB drive (you can also get the update over the air if your vehicle supports Wi-Fi, or take the car to a dealership). The massive update will be available for some 800,000 vehicles.
Needless to say, having access to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay makes the infotainment system on Ford cars much more modern, streamlined …


LG software updates schedule: When will my LG phone get a new Android version?

Let’s talk about LG. The South Korean company that refuses to add anything but zeros behind the decimal point of its Android versions, no matter how helpful those other numbers might be. If you’re the proud owner of an LG phone, we’re sorry to inform you that this is unlikely to change.

This, of course, doesn’t mean that LG phones won’t be getting maintenance and security updates. However, even those will be few and far in between. If you’re an LG owner, you should expect just one update every few months, incorporating several security patches at once.

But …

TNT and TBS announce major updates to both networks' streaming video apps

Cable networks TNT and TBS have announced that major updates are getting pushed out now for the pair’s streaming video apps. Those using the apps on mobile platforms like iOS and Android will receive the update, as will users of Apple TV and Amazon Fire. The updates will include complete redesigns of the apps and will also add new platforms such as Roku, Chromecast & VIZIO SmartCast. Later this year, the apps will be offered on certain game consoles and connected televisions.

The redesigned TNT and TBS apps will be the first from major television networks to employ a technology called …

Google's Project Treble aims to make slow Android updates a thing of the past

Slow manufacturer updates are a huge problem for Android that doesn’t really need an introduction at this point because everyone knows the drill. Google releases new Android Dessert. Anywhere between 3 months to a year later, the update has reached your phone, assuming it isn’t older than, say, 18 months. It’s not only manufacturers at fault, though. The multi-tiered Android update process is rather convoluted.

Now, Google is taking tangible steps to reduce the overhead and quicken up those updates a bit. Ahead of I/O 2017, the Android household announced Project Treble. Touting …

OnePlus software updates schedule: here's when your OnePlus phone is getting updated


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PSSST! Got a OnePlus device, perchance? 

If the answer to that question is “Oh, yes!”, then you’re definitely interested when your device is getting the next version of Android — after all, that’s one of the vital questions pertaining to the Android scene.

Luckily, OnePlus is one of those manufacturers that usually don’t get quite long to update their phones to the latest Android release. The reason for that is pretty simple – carriers have never stood in the way of “relatively” fast software updates. 
So, let us …

Google updates Gmail for Android with anti-phishing security checks

Google announced that starting this week, Gmail users will receive a new security feature on Android devices that’s meant to keep their email safer than ever before. Once the updated version of Gmail makes its way to your Android device, the application will check any suspicious link you’ll be clicking going forward.

If the website you’re trying to visit is indeed suspicious, you’ll receive a warning message that should help keep your Gmail account safe.

The site you are trying to visit has been identified as forgery, intended to trick you into disclosing financial, personal, or other …

NVIDIA debuts SHIELD Preview Program to grant users early access to upcoming updates

NVIDIA is the latest newcomer in the beta program field, as the company is trying to provide users with smooth software updates for its SHIELD lineup of products.

A new SHIELD Preview Program is now available for users who own this type of devices. Those who decide to enroll in the program will receive early access to features and improvements on their SHIELD. Moreover, they will gain access to beta forums where they can provide their feedback.

It’s worth pointing out that those who own multiple SHIELD devices will have to sign up for an account for each …

Verizon updates the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with One Talk support

Shortly after releasing Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, Verizon is now rolling out yet another update that brings a single new feature to the smartphone, One Talk support.

One Talk works like a multi-line telephone solution that should help those who work in an office, are on the move and remote, or a combination of both. As long as your phone supports One Talk, you will have a single number that you will have to answer at your office or mobile.

The new feature added in the update is aimed at Enterprise customers and includes “Auto …

Google Pixel and Pixel XL will get software updates at least until October 2019

Google today refreshed one of its important Android support pages, adding the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones to a special list: the one showing for how long the handsets will receive official software updates.

As you can see below, Google can’t guarantee that the Pixel and Pixel XL will get Android version updates after October 2018 (thus two years after their initial launch). It also can’t guarantee that the two devices will receive security updates after October 2019 (3 years after launch). To be fair, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. Android version updates …

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 …