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Android NDK – Everything you need to know

While Java is the default programming language for Android, it isn’t always the best method for making apps, specifically games. Many engines used to make Android games use the Android Native Development Kit (NDK), because the NDK allows developers to write code in C/C++ that compiles to native code.

This means that NDK games/apps can squeeze more performance out of devices. Here is your guide on how to use the Android NDK.

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Samsung Planning To Replace Android With Linux-based Tizen OS On All Smartphones

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Samsung is Google’s biggest partner when it comes to Android mobile operating system. Google’s popular OS powers Samsung’s Galaxy line-up and plenty of other Samsung devices.

However, Samsung is hinting at a shift from Android in the favor of its homemade and open source Tizen OS. In the past, the Korean tech giant has manufactured Tizen-based phones and smartwatches, but this platform hasn’t been the company’s priority.

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Google Is Working On A Closed Source Version Of Android OS

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To take control of the Android in a much bigger way, Google is reportedly working on a proprietary version of the mobile operating system.

According to the claims of a technology analyst Richard Windsor, Google is working on a highly confidential internal project to rewrite the ART runtime to scrape the dependencies from the code base in AOSP (Android Open Source Project).

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Marshmallow update starts hitting Verizon Galaxy S5

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Verizon has started rolling out the Marshmallow update to Samsung Galaxy S5 units on its network. The update brings Android version 6.0 and bumps the software version to MMB29M.G900VVRU2DPD1.

Aside from the usual Marshmallow goodies – including Doze, Google Now on Tap, and redesigned app permissions – the update also brings along Wi-Fi calling, update to app icons, Ultra High Quality Audio and Android for Work.

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Google added the ability to run apps side by side in Android N but so far we could only run different applications side by side, which means if you wanted, say, two browser windows side by side, you’d have to install a separate browser alongside Chrome to do that.

Well, Android N Developer Preview 3 fixes exactly that. Now, you will be able to run Chrome windows alongside each other.

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Wearable tech was a big part of Google I/O 2016 including the Daydream VR platform. Smartwatch fans will also be interested to find out about the first major new version of Android Wear. Here’s the Android Wear 2.0 release date and new features.

Although there have been some updates to Android Wear since its launch in 2014, a full version number is finally arriving for smartwatch owners bringing with it some cool new features. Google is calling it “the most significant Android Wear update since its launch.”

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Android N is coming and is under heavy development. However, Google doesn’t have an official name for the latest Android version just yet. This is where it would like your help.

Interestingly, you can offer a name that’s not a dessert, but as you’d imagine, it’s preferable. While thinking of a name, check out the funny video Google did to promote the project.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have the option to purchase a brand new $13 Android smartphone? Sure, but is it realistic — especially if you live by the adage “You get what you pay for,” or “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

An Indian company, Docoss Multimedia Private, is nevertheless promising to introduce an unbelievably cheap 3G Android smartphone — the world’s second cheapest smartphone priced at just 888 Indian rupees (that’s $13.30 in the U.S.).

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T-Mobile has started rolling out a new update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge units it’s sold. This new release brings with it support for FM radio playback, as well as some bug fixes and performance improvements. Perhaps the most important of those have to do with the functionality of the power and volume keys – bugs in this area should have been eradicated.

The new software also incorporates the May security patches, so it will make your device more secure too.

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