Chrome browser desktop apps - Google Web Store

Chrome apps to be available on Chrome OS only as Windows, Linux and OS X support axed

Chrome browser apps are to be discontinued on Windows, Linux and OS X, with just Chrome OS left supporting the software platform. Google has said that the need for Chrome apps has been reduced, thanks to advances in web standards.

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Android 7.0 Nougat - multi-window support

Multi-window support is the highlight of Android 7.0 Nougat

Amongst Google’s most surprising moves last year was the launch of the Pixel C. Now the search engine giant is looking to rectify one of the biggest complaints about the convertible device, with the inclusion of multi-tasking support in Android 7.0 Nougat.

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Olympic Channel

As Rio Olympic Games end, IOC launches the Olympic Channel

The Olympic Games may have come to a close on Sunday, but already there is one visible legacy. At the end of the games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) launched a new digital channel.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 Titanium Bronze

No Android Marshmallow for Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.4 and 10.5

Samsung has dealt a blow to owners of the well-liked Samsung Galaxy Tab S, with news that the tablet series will not receive an update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The last official update the devices received was for Android 5.0.2 Lollipop – a version of the mobile operating system that was first released in December 2014.

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SolidEnergy battery comparison

Smartphone batteries which last twice as long could be ready for 2017

Although there has been a raft of changes in the mobile world in recent years, one thing that has stayed the same is battery technology. But that could all be about to change, with claims that SolidEnergy is on track to release a new battery for smartphones, based on lithium metal technology, in 2017.

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Android 7.0 Nougat robot

The launch of Android Nougat could be just days away

The closer a new product gets to its launch date, the harder it becomes to keep secret. In preparation for a release, increasing numbers of people become involved, as companies share details with partners.

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Nokia N1 tablet - rear

Nokia could start selling Android smartphones and tablets this year

Although it has never been a serious force within the Android device market, there remains a lot of fondness for Nokia amongst enthusiasts. The warmth towards the Finnish company may primarily come from its exploits as a feature phone manufacturer, but it appears there may not be long to wait before it returns as a smartphone and tablet maker.

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AnTuTu v6.0 - Android benchmarking app

AnTuTu shows HTC Nexus Marlin will go head-to-head with 2016 flagships

Some time ago there was talk of Google switching focus away from Nexus devices and launching a premium hardware line called Silver. Although this is a concept that never came to fruition, many new Nexus products have moved away from the budget market to compete at the high-end.

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USB Type-C charger and cable

New USB Type-C certification after concerns over chargers

With the growth of devices supporting USB Type-C, many smartphone buyers faced a problem: a large collection of cables and chargers built up over the years which were not compatible with their new device.

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Nexus 6 Midnight Blue (rear)

FCC filings for HTC Nexus Marlin and Sailfish discovered

Although it has not been confirmed officially that HTC is making two smartphones for Google in 2016, the growing evidence means the eventual announcement is little more than a formality. Now filings linked to the two devices have been placed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the US communications regulator.

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