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Google Play on every desktop OS

I've always picked out Chrome's Native Client as this crazy "Universal Binary" project that could work on every desktop OS. If this "Google Play on Chrome OS" thing really happens, the technical underpinnings of it make it easy to bring Google Play to Windows, Mac, and Linux too. Would Google want to do that?
The feature could lead to Google's ecosystem on every desktop OS.
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A look at the I/O schedule. There's a ton of VR stuff in here. I'm guessing everyone goes home with a Lenovo Project Tango phone. 
The Google I/O schedule promises tons of VR talks and Project Tango news.
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This one's not very complicated or original but in light of this (http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/04/android-n-takes-baby-steps-toward-becoming-a-virtual-reality-platform/) I felt the little android guy needed some modern VR gear. =D
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At least he chose the right format. #vivalavive
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Android N DP2 System Image Extraction?

update: This is mostly solved thanks to +José Rebelo. This app will do it https://sourceforge.net/projects/androidicsjbext/ but it crashes on the Nexus 5X image, which threw me for a loop. Not sure what the deal is with that.

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Uh, did Google change the format of the Android N Dev Preview #2 system images? My extraction tools totally worked on the first developer preview but they don't seem to work on the second one.

I want to download the Android N .tgz file (http://developer.android.com/preview/download.html) and extract APKs from it. Can anyone recommend something that works?

Usually this involves extracting the tgz file, extracting the zip file inside of that file, and then converting the system.img file to something readable, mounting it, and getting out the APKs. The conversion step doesn't seem to work anymore though, as all the system image files come up blank now.

Help?
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+Ron Amadeo The standard simg2img and mount worked on the 5X image I just downloaded. Perhaps your initial download was corrupted?
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Presidential Smartphones

I felt compelled to research this for some reason. It came out kind of perfect. The smartphones of the US presidential candidates: 

Hillary Clinton has a BlackBerry. - t.co/oCjtaobJV4

Bernie Sanders rocks a 2014 Moto X with a bamboo back. youtu.be/sSYmkM-hUAE

Donald Trump hates Apple and uses a Samsung phone. bit.ly/1VizFeO

Ted Cruz has an iPhone 6. bloom.bg/1PW3L0T 

John Kasich kicks it old school with some kind of flip phone. politi.co/1SOEXh6
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Bernie buys American (sort of)
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I know "Google Cardboard Plastic" is supposed to be purposefully-bad branding, but when Google already ships stuff like "Google Play for Work," I found it to be totally believable.
The future is clear. Experience actual reality with Google Cardboard Plastic.
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I love that it has holes for the headstrap.  That will make RR so much easier to experience.
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Google announced some watch bands, but I can't stop watching the ad person cut an already cut piece of toast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nx6Z5jC7Pik&feature=youtu.be&t=6
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As far as I can tell, these bands are incompatible with the first generation Moto 360.
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I got to write about a favorite topic of mine: cheap flagships! All these new high-end phones are nice but wow is $700 a lot to ask. I think we'll see great stuff from this $400 price point in the future. 
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I kind of had a plan to buy phones costing around $200 and then replace them every year. It will keep keep with up to date with the latest OS versions and the features that I really care about without all the fluff.. Though that plan went out the drain when the 6P came out.. 
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Android N Virtual Reality stuff

The second Android N Developer Preview has some hidden and some not-so-hidden settings for virtual reality.
Android N gets a "VR helper service" and a "sustained performance mode."
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+Luis Alicea I will never see the Vive the same way again.
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HTC 10 review

SHOCKER: HTC's phone is actually good. Like really good. They slimmed down the front, stopped adding stupid junk like a double camera system, and just made a great, no nonsense, smartphone. Even Sense is alright since it only really messed with the user-replaceable parts of Android.

It's better than the Galaxy S7.

No gimmicks, no nonsense—HTC keeps it simple and builds an awesome smartphone.
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+Ron Amadeo To be honest this whole update thing is a non issue. Seriously. According to the latest research the OS X and iOS have the greatest number of vulnerabilities of all software in the world, ranking at number 1 and 2 respectively on terms of most vulnerabilities. Whereas Android is down in 20th place for number of vulnerabilities. It's WAY more secure than iOS but I don't hear anyone deriding the iPhone because it doesn't get monthly security patches.

And if you want the latest Android version at all times just root your device and install stock Android.

Updates are not on anyone's list when choosing a new phone, and frankly the Android press needs to stop making this an issue.

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2015/12/31/software-with-the-most-vulnerabilities-in-2015-mac-os-x-ios-and-flash/
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LG G5 review: Get yo sandpaper
I reviewed the G5. I'll second a lot of opinions out there that this phone is weirdly unrefined. LG is a major manufacturer, how can they make a phone with seams that don't line up and edges that are weirdly sharp? 

The phone feels like it was rushed to market and missed a whole manufacturing "fit and finish" step. It comes off as an engineering prototype or cheap knock off. For $700 you've got to get that stuff right.
Fit and finish problems mar an otherwise promising phone.
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+Rich S only time will tell the whole story we'll see..
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This was fun. =D
 
New episode of The Blerg is out, in which +Ron Amadeo and I dig into the recent Alphabet related news.

http://theblerg.net/podcast/23

Hope you enjoy!
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Well.. Now I'm listening to the blerg.
Love your work Ron. Always with the info and the deep dive and self formed opinions based on your own discovered information.
One of my favourite tech communicators. I chose not to use the word reporter, because you're deeper and better than the typical fluff and regurgitated stories reporters latch onto.
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