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Android N to be known as Nougat

Continuing the Android platform’s tradition of sweet nicknames, the next update to the mobile operating system will be known as Nougat. The new name was revealed via Google’s Snapchat account:

Android Nougat announcement via Snapchat
Android Nougat announcement via Snapchat

The name was also revealed on Twitter:

Android Nougat is due to be released later this summer. Expected features include an improved notification shade, split-screen multitasking and improvements to the Doze battery-saving feature.

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Belong – a new way to earn rewards

Belong is a new app promising users a range of rewards in return for displaying branded wallpapers on their devices. The app (formerly known as QuiltLife) is planned for launch in September 2016 – users can sign up now for early bird access on the website.

By installing the app and leaving a wallpaper displayed on their device, users can earn rewards on a “ladder” – the longer you leave the wallpaper there, the better the reward! The image from the Belong website gives an idea of what will be available:

Belong reward ladder

This seems like it will be great for both users and advertisers and is well worth checking out -I’d advise signing up as an early bird so that when the app is launched you can start earning rewards as soon as possible!

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Nexus 5X update

So I’ve had the 5X for a couple of months now and I thought I’d post an update on my usage of the phone. I’m still really happy with it – the only negative is possibly the battery life but that’s only if I spend all day playing Marvel Puzzle Quest on it. There’s no lag when using the phone, things happen quickly and smoothly and it’s an absolute pleasure to use compared to previous phones.

The fingerprint scanner is a big plus. It’s very quick to unlock the phone and helps add an extra layer of security (and stops the kids playing games behind my back!) It also helps with my banking app and LastPass, I can just login with my fingerprint rather than having to mess about with passwords.

The absolute highlight is the camera. Two presses of the power button and the camera loads, and pictures can be taken so quickly. The quality is excellent too. I can easily take three or four high quality pictures in the time my wife’s older phone can take one. It makes such a difference when wanting to take quick pictures – at a gig on Saturday I could whip my phone out, hold it in the air for five seconds and have taken three or four decent pictures, even if some don’t come out it doesn’t matter because one is bound to work. With my previous phone I wouldn’t even have had the camera app open in that time!

I’m really pleased I chose this phone and look forward to what Android N brings. I hope to use this phone for a long time yet (it cost me a fair amount after all) but it’s definitely convinced me that Nexus devices are the way to go. Just watch and see Google discontinue the Nexus program now!