Posts tagged with: Google I/O
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    While it was fairly easy to overlook some of Google’s lower-key I/O 2016 announcements and demos of experimental technologies not yet ready for primetime during the actual jam-packed conference, now that the event is in the past we almost have to talk about things like Project Soli and Abacus. Abacus, as some of you might recall, is the provisional name given to an Android security-modifying initiative that’s both captivating and controversial, getting its first public showing at last year’s I/O, and evolving greatly in the past 12 months. In fact, this “project” is so close to ...

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    It’s practically impossible to keep count of Google’s innumerable groundbreaking, sometimes weird, sometimes downright nutty “projects”, especially as they often evolve and unite towards a common goal. Of course, you also have the occasional nonstarter, but in recent years, we’ve seen Aura, Ara, Tango and Loon, to only name a few, capture the imagination of the tech world and press on very close to the mass production phase. Well, you can now add Project Soli to that list, although the wide commercial release of gadgets endowed with a new sensing technology that uses miniature ...

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    Who says we don't cover pockets at Pocketnow? Google's Advanced Technologies and Products unit — you know, the one that'll make sure Project Ara gets out to consumers next year — is working on another little ditty called "Project Jacquard". It is essentially trying to work with denim crafting company Levi's to make one of its signature Commuter trucker jackets, but with a cuff woven with touch sensors and a Bluetooth-enabled band embedded within. The band connects with your phone and allows you to swipe up or down on calls and notifications and even trigger actions — if third-party ...

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    ***Winner Update*** Thank you everyone for participating! We have selected two winners for this contest. Austin and Fata will be receiving a Nextbit Robin and Galaxy S7 respectively! Many thanks to Nextbit and Clove.co.uk for supplying these prizes! *** There's a new Moto G coming soon. How will it compete in a market full of mid-range and entry-level phones? Google I/O delivered some exciting developer news, what might consumers have to look forward to on Android? The Nokia brand is returning to smartphones! What might we see out of Finland? Plus, we'll be announcing the winners of our ...

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    Yesterday, we asked Google a series of questions that weren't answered to our satisfaction at Google I/O's keynote. But we’re not completely negative Nellies here at Pocketnow. But while that list of questions is pretty long, the list of great things coming out of Google I/O thus far is pretty great in and of itself. So, to balance the negative with the positive, here are nice things from Google I/O that have impressed us here at Pocketnow. Split screen It has been asked for for years. Samsung has been doing it, first on the Note, then on the S-series of phones. So we all asked Google to ...

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    The Wednesday morning keynote that brought us the Google Assistant-based Google Home Echo rival, as well as the first details on the Daydream VR platform, Android Wear’s biggest update yet, Android Instant Apps, and Allo and Duo communication services was just the beginning of the 2016 I/O celebrations. The software developer-focused conference will only wrap up later today, and since the opening keynote, we also heard word of the imminent arrival of Android apps to Chromebooks, Family Library sharing for Play Store purchases, and seamless updates (or lack thereof) for existing Nexus ...

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    Google I/O's keynote was yesterday and today all the developers are attending learning sessions where they can dive deeper into some of what was presented in the keynote - and a quite a bit more. Now that the hype from the keynote is over, and the glitz and glamor are starting to wear off, let's take a closer look at the Google I/O 2016 keynote and see what we really learned. Google I/O 2016 Keynote In the keynote, a spoken sentence could contain several announcements or unveil numerous changes to the current ecosystem. Sometimes the full impact of what that sentence really meant wasn't ...

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    We've known that PCs have been flagging down in sales for a long time, but what's also been a growing thought among market analysts is that they are due for a resurgence. Convertibles (or "detachables") were thought to be the largest engine for it, but now we're hearing from IDC that it Chromebooks are up on their way, too. The research firm reported that the market saw 13.6 million shipments in the US PC market in Q1, down 5.8 percent annually. The global market saw a 11.5 percent dip to 60.6 million units. Consumer demand continued to dwindle while enterprise were still putting Windows ...

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    Windowed Android apps are officially coming to Chrome OS with Google announcing that Chromebooks can soon start accessing the million-plus apps on available on the Play Store. The Android apps will supplement Web apps to provide a variety of games and productivity solutions previously unavailable. And, unlike web apps, these apps work without an internet connection. A product manager for Chrome OS said that apps with sensor requirements (think GPS and gyrometers) will be culled from Chromebook Play Store listings. Touchscreen-equipped Chromebooks — beginning with the Pixel 2, the ASUS ...

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    Google expanded its Cardboard VR efforts with the announcement of its Daydream project at I/O yesterday. But while manufacturers are working off of the reference designs for the requisite headset and controller right now, Google itself has gone on to confirm that it's making its own headset and controller. Clay Bavor, chief of VR at the company, made the announcement at an I/O presentation called "VR at Google". It's the second original manufacturing push for Mountain View in recent history, at least when it comes to mobile — it had designed and built the Pixel C tablet last year. ...

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    Google's keynote is over and we are left with a whole heap of newness to revel in. We have new features in Android N, Android VR/Daydream, Instant Apps, new messaging apps, Android Wear 2.0, boy oh boy! Good times are ahead folks. But as the announcements rolled out, I was left with a few nagging questions about some of what we saw. Why can’t you name your own damn product? After months of speculation and thought. After website polls and scouring of recipe books from sea to shining sea, Google finally reveals...nothing…about what that darn “N” stands for. Instead, it’s turning to ...

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    While I/O’s main goal has always been to inform software developers of Google innovations in various operating systems, apps and platforms, the search giant diversified the scope of San Francisco announcements in recent years, also focusing on hardware. But yesterday’s conference was different, not only by taking place in Mountain View. At the same time, there was nothing new to show off on the Nexus front, and Android Wear’s biggest update yet came without a single revamped smartwatch. The Amazon Echo-rivaling Google Home thus flew solo to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in terms of ...

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    Google I/O's keynote ended a few hours ago, and the amount of changes in the event were just too bold to condense within the Pocketnow Daily. This is a different Google, a company that is now showing off a more cohesive result of over 10 years of innovation. From the announcement of Google Assistant, to Google Home, to the enhancements of Android N, there was a lot of information covered at this event. Products like Google Assistant completely challenge the way digital assistants work today, and it serves now as the backbone for everything else that Google is doing. Let's not bore you with ...

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    "What if you could run any app with one tap?" Just like on the web and just like with installed apps, you may soon be able to get into an Android app ... without installing it! It's what we saw with Android Instant Apps at Google I/O. Android's engineers are working on making sure that you can hit a URL and, if it can connect to an Android app, the Google Play Store can download only the code necessary to show off the content you need. Be it a videos module or a text article module, you can access that part of the app, just like as you would see it in the app, in just a tap. You can even ...

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    It’s time to reimagine what’s possible for wearables with the biggest update yet to Google’s slowly flourishing Android Wear platform. Fittingly dubbed 2.0 (no dessert name or other type of alias?), the new OS aims to help you do a lot more on your wrist when not synched to a smartphone. There are already a few Android smartwatches around that can connect to the web via 3G and even 4G LTE by themselves, but with Android Wear 2.0, you also get “standalone apps”, where your wearable apps have direct network support for “better and richer” independent experiences. Handwriting ...

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    "VR should be mobile, should be approachable, should be for everyone." It's why at Google I/O the company is improving upon everything it had in its earlier Cardboard solution. The Daydream experience on Android N to bring higher framerates, lower latency, better motion quality and processing. Smartphones must have minimum specifications for Daydream. Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi and several other manufacturers already have Daydream-ready specs in current phones or in ones coming soon. Manufacturers working on headsets already have a more comfortable reference design while a new controller ...

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    Well, we saw the christening of Android N and the feature set is being splayed out as this post is going up. One part of that set that's made up the buzz of the OS version is the supposed multitasking features that will make it onto this version of the platform. The multi-tasking button and interface now is limited to seven apps and also gets a "Clear All" button. Finally. You can also quick switch From the outset, the biggest development we've been talking about for N is the Split Screen feature. Lo and behold, it's here and brings the base OS up to Samsung and (formerly) LG's snuff. A ...

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    The big day has finally arrived, and as we suspected, Google has plenty of neat tricks up its sleeve to showcase to the over 7,000 attendees of the 2016 I/O conference, as well as the millions tuning in from home. Duo basically works as the video calling equivalent of the Allo text messaging service, being described in a hilarious demo on the Mountain View stage as a “simple one-to-one calling app for everyone.” By everyone, Google of course means both Android and iOS users, which will get Duo at some point “this summer.” The main draw of the service is the “spontaneity” of a ...

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    Dave Burke, VP of engineering, took the Google I/O stage to talk about Android N. And its real name is up to you. Yep, still nothing here for us to see. But head on to the source link and submit your own name for Google to consider. "No Namey McNameface," Burke said. We just thought you should know. The platform's still out for dev tinkering after the couple month's it's already been out in the open. Source: Google

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    Eric Kay, Director of Engineering, announced a new messaging app called Allo. It focuses on letting you express yourself in a messaging situation while making it secure and smart with the Google Assistant. You connect with your phone contacts and talk with your friends through texts, lots of custom-made stickers and a little something called "WhisperShout". It's a slider feature that can shrink or grow how your message will appear in the conversation — sorta like how you can hold the Like button to blow up a thumbs up in a Facebook Messenger convo. Google Inbox's Smart Reply feature has ...

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    It’s kick-off time at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View for the software developer-focused I/O conference, and right off the bat, Google just dropped a bombshell on its home automation-obsessed fans. After giving due credit to Amazon for pioneering a whole new tech segment with the Alexa-powered Echo, Sundar Pichai took the wraps off Google Home, as rumored earlier today. Unfortunately, the product is still a work in progress, and will only see actual daylight sometime by the end of the year, at which point Amazon is expected to sell an even more complex Echo with a tablet-like ...

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    Google knows that machine learning and artificial intelligence needs to be more human. After all, 20 percent of the search engine's queries come from users talking to Google Now. So, why not debut something that not only knows how conversations work, but to deliver results based on that conversation? Well, Google chief Sundar Pichai gave an answer to lead off the Google I/O keynote and that's Google Assistant, a voice service to rival against Amazon's existing open-source Alexa service. It builds off of the search engine's Google Now interactions that takes advantage of its trained machine ...

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    Although the I/O conference is first and foremost Google’s way of staying connected to software developers, helping them out with new tools, platforms and OS iterations, and even handing them out free hardware, everyone can and should be interested in attending the event at least once. If not for the gifts, the product announcements, prototype showcases and just the chance to hear Sundar Pichai and other top Googlers speak from a few yards away make the experience (and expenses) well worth it. But don’t beat yourself up if you were put off by this year’s registration fee, failed to ...

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    More Chinese manufacturers are on their way to the US, though it's still all for show at this point. ZTE has a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal, while Huawei's still holding off on whatever improvements it may or may not have for the Nexus 6P. More relevant to this week's events, Meizu is said to be bringing the loudness over to Google I/O. And now, we can count Xiaomi in. Global vice president Hugo Barra teased what the company had in store for San Francisco on Twitter. Beyond thrilled to share that Xiaomi will be a part of Google I/O. A sneak peek of what you'll see from Mi at ...

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    In keeping with its secretive nature and tradition, Google let very few things slip in the weeks leading up to the 2016 installment of I/O. We’re pretty sure Android N will be further detailed at the software developer-focused conference in San Francisco tomorrow, perhaps finally getting an official dessert name too, and a pair of highly anticipated Cardboard sequels and spin-offs should be on display for the whole world to marvel at. But that can’t be it. Granted, the introduction of new Nexus devices could take an extra few weeks, possibly months. And the self-driving car project is ...

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