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[New App] Google Slides App Joins Docs And Sheets In The Play Store

sGoogle I/O is barely under way and already Google is dropping news that would be considered huge on any other day. The latest – the third piece of the Google Drive app troika has been announced. Presentation app Slides is now live in the Play Store.

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Just like the previously released Docs and Sheets apps, this one plugs into Google Drive to give you full editing and document creation capability using Google’s presentation tool.

[New App] Google Slides App Joins Docs And Sheets In The Play Store was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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[I/O 2014] Google Announces The Gmail API – Promises Much Faster Performance Than IMAP

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If you use a third-party app on any OS to manage your Gmail, you may be in for some very good news today: Google has announced the official Gmail API, and it’s available immediately as a beta.

For developers of third-party email experiences, or apps that access email data, the Gmail API is huge. Previously, developers were left using IMAP as the typical way to interface with Gmail, and that standard is far from ideal for a great many reasons.

[I/O 2014] Google Announces The Gmail API – Promises Much Faster Performance Than IMAP was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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[I/O 2014] Carrier Billing Coming To Tablets If It’s Already Set Up On Your Phone


If you happen to be in one of the 25 countries where Google offers direct carrier billing on mobile phones, good news: you’ll soon be able to buy apps, movies, music, books, and the like on your tablet and have it billed to your carrier…even on Wi-Fi tablets.


So, your tablet doesn’t have to actually be set up on your mobile account, just your phone. Once everything is good to go on the phone side, it should work through your Google account, thus allowing purchases to me made on tablets and show up on your monthly phone bill.

[I/O 2014] Carrier Billing Coming To Tablets If It’s Already Set Up On Your Phone was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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[I/O 2014] Google Fit Platform Promises More Accessible Fitness Data, Multiple Partners Have Already Signed On

Fit-ThumbThe new Google Fit Platform is a set of cross-platform APIs that developers can use to provide consumers with the means to better keep track of their fitness goals. The product intends to blend together data from multiple sources, so users can get a better overall picture of their performance and health. It empowers apps by providing them with access to a user’s entire stream of fitness activity, letting software tap into data that it didn’t capture itself and provide better recommendations.

[I/O 2014] Google Fit Platform Promises More Accessible Fitness Data, Multiple Partners Have Already Signed On was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Android L coming to HTC One M8 and M7 90 days after it’s released

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Leave it to HTC’s (USA) to ride in the wake of today’s Google I/O announcements. By now, it really shouldn’t come as a much of a surprise, but the Taiwanese manufacturer has committed to bring Android L to their flagship HTC One family ( HTC One M8 and originally HTC One) world-wide, only 90 days after they receive the final code from Google. Pretty sweet and should help give HTC One owners the added peace of mind that they wont be left out in the cold.

As far as other HTC devices in their lineup, they also mentioned that they’d be bringing Android L soon after to those as well, but no time frame was given. HTC’s commitment to providing Android updates is part of their “HTC Advantage”program, a set of perks HTC owners enjoy as part of their device purchase. Really, you gotta love their transparency.

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You can now signup to learn more about Android Auto and Android TV

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Google announced tons of great new developments at their developers’ conference today. You can read all about it right here if you haven’t been keeping up. Once you’ve done that, you’ll probably want to signup to learn more about everything you’re interested in.

Signup forms for Android Auto and Android Auto and Android TV have gone live for those who are interested in learning more about those particular things when they’re ready for public consumption. You’ll also find links to learn about Android phones and tablets, Google Play and more. Be sure to take a good look at all of it and get psyched up for what should be an exciting year ahead!


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Google I/O attendees receive not one, but two Android Wear devices


Google I/O has been known as a bit of a second Christmas for Android fans, and Google again delivered at their 2014 developer conference. While the overall event was short on actual device announcements, a focus on Android Wear meant Google was eager to get new wearable from partners like LG and Samsung onto the wrists of attendees. All making the trip to Google I/O will leave with either an LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live smartwatch in addition to a Moto 360 when it ships later this summer.

Sundar Pichai pointed to the differing form factors when presenting those at the show with the devices they would be able to take home. Both Samsung and LG’s Android Wear offerings utilize a square form factor, but Pichai wanted to make sure developers would get a chance to experience the round Android Wear face of the Moto 360 as well.

Google made wearables a focus this year, and the decision to provide attendees with multiple devices further shows their commitment to promoting app service developments for Android Wear. We’ll be snagging our own ASAP and will report back with hands-on and initial impressions shortly.

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Google announces exciting new features for Chromecast at Google IO 2014

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Chromecast got a bit of stage time at Google IO 2014 today, and Google had a lot of interesting new features to show off. For starters, a new Bump-esque feature will now allow your friends to cast content to your Chromecast without them having to connect to your WiFi network. It can be a bit cumbersome to have to ask your friend for their WiFi password and connect, so to be able to skip this step is sure to be a very welcome change.

Google has also vowed to allow you to use your Chromecast to make your TV the “biggest photo frame in your house.” They aim to do this with Backdrop, a feature that allows your Chromecast to display photos, information and more. Think of it as “Daydream,” except for your Chromecast. The Chromecast can show photos from your personal collection, art pieces from a list of art curated by Google, maps that are relevant to you, weather reports and more.

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And you won’t ever need to question whatever is on your television. Want to know more about the artwork your Chromecast is showing? Just say “what’s on my Chromecast” in Google Search and it pulls up everything you need to know.

The next big feature is the ability to mirror anything you’re doing on your Android phone directly to your Chromecast. This is a feature developers have been trying to implement in their third party apps, and it’s nice to know that it will now be built into Chromecast and Android by default.

Finally, Google announced new apps, sites and sections in the Play Store to make it easier to find Chromecast-enabled apps which we should see rolling out quite soon. All of the features above are due within weeks, apparently, so sit tight as we wait for Google to deliver the goods.

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Google unveils Android Auto, first supported automobiles arrive later this year [VIDEO]

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There’s been a ton of news pouring out of this year’s Google I/O thanks to Google and their Android L preview. The biggest Android release yet, we’re seeing Google’s latest resolve to bring the Android platform to every screen possible, and in a more polished way than ever. One of those screens is a very important one, and it just so happens to be in your car. Announced at Google I/O 2014, say hello to Android Auto.

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Essentially, this is user-friendly a car-mode that will be available in Android L. Plugging your phone into a compatible car’s in-dash unit will then mirror the display from your phone, onto your car’s infotainment display. It’s pretty seamless. What’s more is you can interact with the Android Auto UI via your car’s built-in display, opening apps, listening to music, or navigating Maps straight from your car.

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On stage, Google showed off the Google Play Music and Google Maps experience orientated in landscape mode, complete with big buttons and a few basic phone functions in the dock. Of course, Google Search voice actions were present, bringing a true hands-free experience to the car. Again, it’s the same Android experience with all the apps you’ve come to love, but featuring a new interface built for and designed for (safe) driving.

Android Auto Open Automotive Alliance

According to Google, 40 new partners have joined the Open Automotive Alliance, with 25 car brands already signing up to ship Android Auto in the “near” future. You can expect the first cars with Android Auto to roll off the lot before the end of this year. Check out Google’s new Android Auto trailer below.


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Android TV announced as Google’s next evolution of the smart television

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Ever since the announcement of Google TV at I/O 2010, Google’s aim with their Android-based smart television platform was fuzzy at best. Today things become a bit clearer with the introduction of Android TV, an evolution of the concept that strips away some of the more ambitious features of Google TV and rolls the remainder into the newly-announced Android ‘L’ SDK, streamlining the platforms and making sure TV isn’t left behind.

Google TV debuted with several hardware partners in tow, Logitech and Sony in particular showing up big for the launch. Over the next several months the initiative seemed to slip further and further out of Google’s plans despite several promising hardware options reaching market as well as strides on the software front. At times, Google TV seemed destined to go the way of other short-lived products like the Nexus Q.

Android TV more or less starts from scratch, but it isn’t that unlike what was initially offered with Google TV. The platform will still be available as a software SDK that can be deployed by any manufacturer, it integrates live TV with downloadable and streamed content, and it incorporates search and viewing suggestions to reveal new content for viewers.

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Games will also be a huge part of Android TV, taking advantage of the large library of titles found in the Google Play Store and syncing with Google Play leaderboards and friends. Because the SDK branches out from Android ‘L,’ it will be easier than ever for developers to get their apps and games on as many screens as possible

Android TV will also work in conjunction with Android implementations found on other devices, including smartphone and wearable apps, as well as Chromecast-like functionality to “cast” content from a tablet direct to television.

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Sony, Sharp, and other manufacturers are already committed to the inclusion of Android TV in their upcoming HDTV lineups. But we’ve seen this story before. Manufacturing partners do not guarantee success, but Google’s new approach to television looks to be based on some hard lessons learned from their initial attempts with Google TV.


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Samsung Gear Live smartwatch announced; available to order alongside LG G Watch later today

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Google has just quickly revealed the Samsung Gear Live smartwatch during their Android Wear demo at Google IO, and while they didn’t go too in-depth regarding its features and looks (it looks like a typical square smartwatch, really), they did drop one bit of nice info: it’ll be available to order in the Google Play Store later today. Google also announced that the LG G Watch would be available to order right alongside it.

What we won’t get right away is the Moto 360, unfortunately — Google announced that it would be available later this summer (to which the crowd let out a series of disappointing laughs and grunts). We’re still digging for pricing and shipping information so stay tuned!


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Android Wear demoed on the LG G Watch, shows new features

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We’re live at Google I/O, and after a lot of talk about design we are finally seeing some hardware. Google is demoing Android Wear on the L G Watch. This is the first time we’ve gotten an in-depth look at how Wear will work on a watch. The G Watch itself looks a little bulky on the presenters wrist, but the UI is great. Let’s take a look.

The main interface is the Google Now-esque card UI. The display is always on, but it lights up brighter when you lift your arm to look at it. The clock face can be changed on a fly by long-pressing the clock and simply swiping through the choices. Notifications can be swiped away, and when you do they are also dismissed on your phone. Everything you do with the watch is synced immediately to your phone. Android Wear can do all of this right out of the box with no extra work from developers.

Android Wear is also location aware. For example, if your friend has a restaurant pinned on Pinterest your watch will notify you if you’re nearby. Today Google is making the full Android Wear SDK available. This will allow developers to make apps specifically for Android Wear devices. One app they showed allows you to order pizza right from your watch. Star Trek is becoming a real thing.


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Google shows off new “Material Design” in Android L [VIDEO]

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Just a few days ago it was considered highly unlikely that Google would show off a new version of Android at I/O. Yesterday the rumors started swirling to suggest we would see Android “L” announced today. Well, here we are, and Google has just announced Android L Development preview. Check out the video below of the new design language.

This new deisgn language is a departure from the “Holo UI.” It’s called “Material Design,” and it has more color, depth, animations, and cards. Google is releasing this design to developers today. Google didn’t talk about core features of Android L, or even tell us what the “L” stands for. This was just an early look at the new design we can expect with it. Android L will see a full release this fall. Do you like it? What do you think of the new navbar buttons?

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Chromecast Getting Android Device Mirroring And More

Chromecast may be the weird stepchild of the new Android TV, but seeing as it’s sold incredibly well globally, Google would be remiss if it didn’t pay it some much-needed attention during this morning’s keynote.

One of the most exciting features demoed onstage was Android mirroring. A long time coming, the service – which is in beta and will be incorporated into Google Play Services in a few weeks – lets you to cast your device’s display and audio to Chromecast. That, of course, allows you to play games or navigate around Google Earth on your TV. Mirroring seemed quite responsive - Google built a new protocol explicitly targeting low latency – and everything seemed to work without a hitch, including switching between landscape and portrait and using the phone’s camera. 

Unfortunately, mirroring is a hardware-dependent feature – only HTC, Samsung, LG, and Nexus devices will be able to take advantage, at least initially. Bummer.

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Another welcome addition to Chromecast is the ability to cast from a different network. Using WiFi and cellular to approximate location, devices will now automatically detect and be able to use a Chromecast without having to connect to a local network. PIN security can be enabled, of course, if that prospect frightens you.

Finally, the familiar backdrops that display when Chromecast is idle are becoming customizable. An updated version of the Chromecast app for Android and iOS has a toggle to stream photos from either your Google+ library, or from category-specific web galleries like Art, Places, Lifestyle, and Weather. Each backdrop will now be accompanied by more information, too – just ask Google Now “what’s on my Chromecast” to be presented with details about image on screen.

Don’t expect these features anytime soon – Google is projecting they’ll roll out gradually over the next few weeks. Chromecast owners, you certainly have things to look forward to.

Chromecast Getting Android Device Mirroring And More is a post from: Droid Life

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HTC Commits to Android L Release, Will Update Flagship Devices “As Fast As Possible”

If there was any doubt, know that OEMs are on board with the newest Android L release from Google. Updates like these always come with a caveat, however: devices receive the new version of Android entirely at the respective makers’ discretion. Thankfully, HTC is stepping up to the plate.

HTC committed on the company’s blog to bringing the Android L release to its flagship smartphones – the HTC One (M8) and HTC One (M7) - as quickly as possible. Other “select HTC devices” will receive the update as well, but HTC was mum on that front.

The company says it will begin the update process within 90 days of receiving final software from Google. That likely won’t be until sometime this fall.

Via: HTC Blog


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Android L Developer Preview: New Material Design, Features, and Performance

As expected, Google previewed the next major release of Android at today’s I/O keynote. Dubbed the “L” release, it’s a fundamental redesign of Android brimming with new features.

Let’s take a look at some of the announcements below. 

Material Design

The big buzzword was “material design.” In theory, that means new transition animations within and between apps, virtual light sources that cast realtime shadows behind objects, and colorized UI elements. In practice, it means a much more polished aesthetic that feels light years ahead of even KitKat.

If extendability were a word, it would describe L’s design language perfectly. Part of the goal, Google design guru Matias Duarte explained, was to enable developers to easily and logically bring apps to multiple platforms. “Grid,” one of the pedestals of the new aesthetic, will automate much of that process, appropriately adapting the UI for the form factor. Ideally, apps across mobile, desktop, and tablet will look and function consistently.

New Features

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The changes don’t stop at the ecosystem level. The new Recents UI is card-like, using the L release’s shadowing and depth to great effect. The new functionality is impressive – Chrome tabs automagically slot into the list of recent activities.

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Notifications also received some much-needed love. All notifications are now actionable on the lockscreen – you can interact with them without unlocking your phone or tablet – and can be manipulated with a double tap. Some notifications can now interrupt you. Taking a cue from Apple’s playbook, notifications designated as “urgent” slide down from the top of the screen, and can be dismissed with a swipe.

Personal unlocking, part of Google’s bid to eliminate barriers to content, unlocks your phone when in a “secure” state. If you’re wearing a Bluetooth smartwatch that’s paired to your device, for example, your phone will unlock without the need for a PIN or password. Disabling Bluetooth or leaving the watch at home will re-enable security. But personal unlocking’s intelligence apparently extends beyond Bluetooth – it’ll leverage wireless and even things like voiceprint to make unlocking your device less of a hassle.

Other additions in the Android L release include a more refined Roboto font, awesome new animations, and a bunch of little enhancements like redesigned navigation keys, a new keyboard UI, and quick settings menu.


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Big fluidity improvements are in tow with the Android L release. As rumored, a finalized version of ART will become the default runtime, which translates to fewer app stutters and 2x performance in some cases.

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Android is now 64-bit, which means support of new ARM instruction sets and RAM amounts of 4GB and greater – basically, all things that will help make future devices running Android faster and more responsive.

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Project Volta is an initiative aimed at improving battery life across the board. It’s more than rhetoric – with a new battery saver setting, Google was apparently able to extend the Nexus 5′s life by 90 minutes. Volta also introduces Battery Historian, a tool for developers that sheds greater light on how apps are using sensors and hardware.

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Google said the Android L release is their “biggest to date,” and they weren’t kidding – we’re still sifting through the many new features introduced onstage at I/O. Preview software will be made available to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 tomorrow morning, so we’ll be diving deeper into L very soon.

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Video: This is Google’s New Material Design

Google announced a massive change to their design philosophy in something they are calling Material Design, which uses “tactile surfaces, bold graphic design, and fluid motion to create beautiful, intuitive experiences.” For the “L” version of Android, we will see this new design idea in action, but Material Design wasn’t built just for specific use cases, it is a new set of guidelines that Google wants to use to make beautiful design on all screen sizes

To learn all there is to learn about Material Design, head over to Google’s new design site

Update:  For some reason, Google pulled their Material Design post. I have included it below, so that you can read the full announcement.

This is material design

By Nicholas Jitkoff, Designer

When we started building for the first mobile devices, mobile meant less: less screen space, slower connection, fewer features. A mobile experience was often a lesser experience. But mobile devices have evolved—they have become more powerful, faster, and more intuitive—so must our approach to design.

And as Google, including the Android platform, expands into new form factors, we’re introducing one consistent design that spans devices across mobile, desktop, and beyond. Today at Google I/O, we introduced material design, which uses tactile surfaces, bold graphic design, and fluid motion to create beautiful, intuitive experiences.

In material design, surface and shadow establish a physical structure to explain what can be touched and what can move. Content is front and center, using principles of modern print design. Motion is meaningful, clarifying relationships and teaching with delightful details.

We needed something that felt at home on the smallest watch, the largest TV, and every screen in between. We used it for Android Wear, our project to extend Android wearables, as well as Android TV, and Android Auto. So as you create applications and services for this expansive new range of devices, we’ve created one unified set of style guidelines that works across any platform. We’re releasing the first version of these guidelines as part of our preview today. You can find them on

Material design, in L

Bringing material design to Android is a big part of the L-Release of Android, the version we previewed today. We’ve added the new Material theme, which you can apply to your apps for a new style: it lets you easily infuse your own color palette into your app, and offers new system widgets, screen transitions and animated touch feedback. We’ve also added the ability to specify a view’s elevation, allowing you to raise UI elements and cast dynamic, real-time shadows in your apps.

Bringing material design to the web, with Polymer

Last year at I/O we announced Polymer, an ambitious UI toolkit for the web. As a developer, you’ll now have access to all the capabilities of material design via Polymer, bringing tangibility, bold graphics, and animations to your applications on the web, all at 60fps.

If you’d like to learn more about material design, please take a look at our guidelines. Join us as we continue to design and iterate at +Google Design.

Via:  Google Developers

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LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live Available Today on Google Play

We are only an hour into the keynote for Google I/O 2014 and have already seen a number of massive announcements. We’ll have more on all of that soon, but wanted to quickly point out the first hardware announcement of the day – Android Wear watches will be available later today on Google Play.

Google didn’t announce pricing just yet, but the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live can be purchased this afternoon. 

The Moto 360, unfortunately, will not be available until later this summer. That news, as you can imagine, drew all sorts of sighs from the crowd. But hey, Android Wear today!

More coming!

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HTC One M8 and M7 to get Android L within 90 days of release

HTC One M8 and M7 to get Android L within 90 days of release

Google announced Android L, the next major release of Android, merely an hour or so ago, and HTC has already revealed its plans to update its devices with the new version of the OS. Both the HTC One M8 and the original HTC One will be getting the Android L update within 90 days after Google releases the software to OEMs, a schedule the Taiwanese manufacturer had followed with the KitKat update as well.

Android L is among the most major updates to Android ever, with a major UI overhaul that Google touts as Material Design. There are redesigned Google apps, the switch to ART as the default runtime for better performance, better battery efficiency through Project Volta, features such as a Do Not Disturb mode, and lots more. Beta builds will start rolling out to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013) today, though an actual release of Android L will take place sometime in the fall, which means we could be waiting until 2015 to get it on non-Nexus devices.

Source: HTC

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Protestors Get Into The Google I/O Keynote

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Today during Google’s I/O keynote, a few protestors managed to get into the room. They appear to be part of the “Occupy Google” protest group, which protests Google, and by proxy Silicon Valley, for supposedly making it impossible for people not in the tech sector to live in the Bay Area.


The first protestor claimed that Google lawyer Jack Halprin is trying to get her evicted from her home using the California law known as the “Ellis Act.” The Ellis Act allows landlords in California to remove tenants from their place of residence in order to “go out of business.” After a few quick seconds though, the woman was removed from Moscone.

The keynote was quite for another hour after that until another protestor suddenly stood up. He did not talk about getting evicted though and claimed that Google is “totalitarian” and that it is “making robots that kill people” for the NSA. After also shouting that all the people in the room should “wake the f*** up,” he also left.

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— Ben Gilbert (@RealBenGilbert) June 25, 2014

Both of these protests appear to be part of the larger “Occupy Google” group, which has planned a large-scale protest outside Moscone that will begin at 12 PM PDT, presumably after the keynote. There are already people that lined up to protest at around 10:30 AM PDT.

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— Scott Stein (@jetscott) June 25, 2014

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— Scott Stein (@jetscott) June 25, 2014

Other than the protestors though, it was a good, if long, keynote. All the changes Google is making in Android and breaking out into new categories with wearables and television seem like great improvements to the ecosystem.

Sources: Ben Gilbert, Scott Stein (1), Scott Stein (2), Venturebeat

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Google officially announces Android L; available for developer devices later today

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Just as Sundar Pichai mentioned yesterday, Google has officially unveiled Android L at the ongoing I/O event. Google traditionally names Android versions based on desserts, but it seems like they’re keeping the actual name a surprise for now. Unsurprisingly, Android L comes with a major UI overhaul with something Google is touting as Material Design. This gives developers deeper access to control various aspects of an application, including deeper color palettes and animations.

From the user standpoint, Google’s core apps will see a change as well. They demonstrated this on the new dialer app which isn’t quite dissimilar from the recently overhauled stock Android dialer, but there are some significant visual changes on board. Google also showed off Head Up Notifications which is essentially a do not disturb sort of a feature while you’re in an app or a game. Users will be notified with a message on top whenever there’s a call rather than occupying the entire screen. This is particularly beneficial when you’re within an app and don’t want to lose the progress due to the incoming call.

Google also spoke in lengths about Android Runtime and how it would affect performance in day-to-day usage. Keeping battery efficiency in mind, Project Volta was shown off which will check app usage and cleverly make your device more efficient. Android L will also have factory reset protection which allows users to erase and control the device in case of theft.

Google claims that Android L will start seeding to developer devices starting today, although no particular devices were mentioned. But given that the event is still going on, we expect Google to provide more information on that soon. Watch this space for more on Android L and all the goodies that it comes with.

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Android TV Made Official at Google I/O, Hopes to Put Google TV’s Bad Past to Rest

While Google TV and its many iterations built into TVs and set-top boxes never quite flourished as Eric Schmidt once intended, Google announced the new Android TV platform this morning at Google I/O. With Android TV, which is essentially a rebranded and retooled version of Google TV, users can play games, watch shows and TV, and speak directly to their TVs to find what they are looking for. 

Users can control Android TV with either a remote, gaming controller, or by using an Android TV app on their Android devices. For now, Android TV has a very healthy list of content providers, given that you have full access to Google Play. With that access, you can download your favorite content apps, such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, and plenty more.

With the gaming controller, which Google is showcasing here at Google I/O, gamers can have plenty of fun on Android TV. With access to Google Play, you can play any title you currently play on your Android device, right on your TV. While not all apps are completely optimized for the platform, developers will surely begin work on making sure Android TV owners can take full advantage of this.

Android TV is set to be built into TVs and set-top boxes, which will launch later this year, some time in the Fall.

Do you think Android TV has a brighter future than that of Google TV?

Via: Android TV

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Google Slides Goes Live In The Play Store


This morning during the Google I/O keynote, Google announced that they completed their Google Drive apps and would be publishing the Google Slides app to the Play Store. It is now live as a free download.


Google Slides lets you create presentations as part of Google Drive and also lets you import existing Powerpoint presentations to edit. With the publishing of this app, it means Google can now compete against Microsoft Office on mobile, since the Drive apps are also available on iOS. Go ahead and download Slides right here and enjoy it.

Source: Google Slides

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Google Fit gets formally announced at I/O

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We were expecting so hear about Google Fit today, and Google did not disappoint. They waited until about two and a half hours into the keynote to do it, but they did do it nonetheless. Google Fit is a platform to organize all of the health and fitness data from various trackers and sensors.

Google Fit is similar to Apple’s Healthkit for iOS. Apps are able to access a users fitness profile with data aggregated from all the fitness services they use. Think of it like Google+ sign in, but for fitness data. Google announced several big name partners that will be integrating Fit into their apps. Adidas, Nike, Runkeeper, Withings, and Basis are the main ones. The software kit for Google Fit will be available to developers in the coming weeks. Android just got a lot healthier.

How many of you use your Android device for tracking fitness and health data? Do you also use a fitness tracker, like a Fitbit, to go along with it? Are you excited about Google Fit?


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Android for Work to bring KNOX-based security and improved device management for enterprise

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Google sought to make enterprise users happy at their developers’ conference this morning by announcing Android for Work. The first part of it is comprised of security, with Google revealing Samsung to be a major player behind improving Android’s underlying security platform. Google says they’ve made many contributions, including everything they’ve been working on with KNOX in their own Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

Beyond that, some new device features have been revealed such as seamless integration of work and personal apps. No longer will you need two different phones, VPN and virtual machines, and more to access your work apps — they can live in harmony on the same device that you do your personal bidding with. It’ll be up to you to decide if you want to make business with pleasure, but it’s a nice choice for those who don’t fancy having to carry multiple devices around.

So when’s the new security platform coming? With Android L to start, whenever that is. Don’t fret, though, as Google says it will eventually be rolled out to all devices with Android 4.0 or higher.

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Could we see the Moto X+1 at Google I/O today?

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The Moto X+1 has literally been everywhere since the rumors began just a few months ago. It will certainly be Motorola’s next flagship, and is definitely coming soon.

More rumors today, naturally.

We have a press images for the device, seen above. There are also rumors of a front-facing speaker on the bottom of the device, something that’s worked out quite well for HTC’s One M8.

It’s also possible that we might get a first glimpse of it at Google I/O today (or some point this week), but it seems unlikely. (But who knows? Anything can happen.)

Source: 9to5 Google

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Happening Now: Watch the Google I/O keynote and our live blog!

We’re live from San Francisco this week where Google’s bringing coders together from the far reaches of the globe for its annual developer conference. Wednesday morning is the kickoff event — the two-hour keynote address in which we’ll see plans for what’s next, updates on what’s current — and maybe a surprise or two.

And we’re bringing it all to you, live. Below you can both watch the keynote in video and tune into our live blog coverage. You won’t find better Google I/O coverage anywhere else! And for all the stories coming out of the keynote and the conference this week, be sure to visit our Google I/O 2014 event page!

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LiftMaster’s MyQ app will work with Nest to help with energy use

Garage door maker LiftMaster has announced a new partnership with Google subsidiary Nest that will enable the company’s MyQ app to work with the thermostat so it can better regulate heating and cooling use in the home.

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Live from Google I/O’s 2014 opening keynote!

Get ready for two crazy hours of Google awesomeness: I/O’s opening keynote is about to begin. This is typically the time for the company to unveil some of its biggest projects and set the tone for the following year. Just two years ago, for instance, co-founder Sergey Brin skydived onto the roof of the venue and biked into the keynote while wearing Google Glass. Whether we’ll see anything as adventurous this year remains to be seen, but that’s why we liveblog these things — so you, dear reader, can experience every second of the madness right along with us. So join us right back here at noon (EDT), okay?

June 25, 2014 12:00:00 PM EDT

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Google I/O 2014 Live Blog

nexusae0_io2014_thumbThe Google I/O 2014 live coverage begins Wednesday, 9am Pacific.

Note: Please wait for the live coverage widget to load below. It will auto-update with new messages, so there is no need to refresh manually.

Google I/O 2014 Live Blog was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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