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It's the one thing everyone expected to see at Google I/O 2015, but app developers didn't sound like they were champing at the bit for the debut of Android M.
I've heard "marshmallow," "marmalade" and everything in between, but this is the only thing I know for sure: Even if it might resonate with app developers, it is highly unlikely the "M" in Google's upcoming Android M operating system will stand for "monetization."
When developers walked into Google I/O last year they were probably expecting updates to Android and some additional tools, but the introduction of its Material Design guidelines was something of a surprise. This year, however, may be the moment when Material Design starts to make a material difference to the way Android apps are created.
No matter what Google announces at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco this week, it will be hard to top its Games In Motion source code for Android Wear, based on social media comments from app developers.
Android mobile games trail iOS in retention over a 30-day period by an average of 72 percent, according to AppsFlyer. "iOS dominates gaming retention, widening gap with Android over time," the report said.
Sometimes, like many other men trying to dress to impress, I will stand before my wife--or even one of my children--with two different ties. "Which one do you like better: this one or this one?" I'll ask, giving them a choice between colors, patterns, or often both. Depending on the nature of the meeting I'm going to, I may follow up with questions like, "Which one says 'knowledgeable' or 'creative' to you?"
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The FCC and Justice Department are investigating possible violations by Comcast of mandates put forth in 2011 as conditions for regulatory approval of its NBCUniversal purchase.