Posts tagged with: Google I/O
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    Today is the big day! Apple Watch is finally available - sort of. Apple's website is open for pre-orders, but the soonest you can hope to see your shiny, new smartwatch will be four to six weeks from now. Most options will ship in June, but we're already seeing some dates in July pop up. In the meantime, Motorola's Moto 360 is now available on Amazon for as little as US$179 with Prime shipping. Sure, that doesn't mean a thing for every Apple user in the world - Android Wear isn't compatible with iOS (or the other way around, depending on your perspective). However, that could be ...

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    It's that time of the year for Google to show us most of what it'll innovate during the year with. Google I/O is the company's developer conference, and it's quite famous for its software and hardware launches as well. We've hear a ton of rumors of what the event might include, but we also have to commend Google for doing an amazon job at keeping its possible hardware a secret. Surely it can mean that there isn't any, but it's not like Google to just leave the show floor empty. After going through some of our written thoughts on what to expect, make sure you watch today's Top 5, as we talk ...

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    Ever since day one of its existence, Android Wear has had partner companies we haven't heard a peep out of in terms of products to show, the most popular being Samsung. While we knew the South Korean OEM was signed on to offer Android-powered watches in the near future, its own flagship Gear wearable line made the switch to Samsung's own Tizen OS recently -- and we haven't heard very much since. That all changes today though, as a report out of CNET suggests a Samsung Android Wear Watch will make an appearance next week at Google I/O for its official launch. Samsung reportedly has two ...

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    We're now less than a month away from Google I/O 2014, and that means we will start seeing more frequent leaks of what exactly Google has in store for us at the developer conference. One of the things we have been expecting this year is a Nexus 7 refresh, as the current model is approaching its one-year birthday. Leaks of an HTC-manufactured Nexus 8 have already slowly started streaming out of Mountain View, but this latest one possibly adds some critical details to the leaks of weeks past. Allegedly found in Android source code, this information on Flounder (the Nexus 8's supposed ...

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    A bit under a month ago, we shared with you a pretty controversial rumor, suggesting that Google could be thinking about making some major changes to Google+ concerning the role the social network would hold in the company's broader strategy. Specifically, we heard that Google might downplay the extent to which Google+ and all its social interactions would be pushed upon users, and it might instead evolve into something more like a universal sign-in; really, a lot like Google accounts before Google+ came around in the first place. While we're far from getting confirmation of this theory, ...

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    The Google I/O conference may be about a lot more than just mobile devices, but Android always manages to be a pretty big part of it. In years past we learned about new Android platform releases, services like Google Music, and of course, new hardware. While that's included the flop that was the Nexus Q, Google I/O has also been the place where we got official announcement for the first Nexus 7. Today, Sundar Pichai shared the news of when this year's Google I/O will take place, scheduled for June 25 and 26. Returning to a June date is interesting, and has us wondering if that means that a ...

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    Google used to have "launch partners" to help it show off a new operating system or new platform. Motorola showed off its XOOM tablet, Logitech showed off its Google TV set top box. After that, Google leaned more toward Nexus devices to show its new features, rather than its traditional "launch partner" approach. Many of us in the tech industry mused about the potential (albeit remote) of multiple Nexus devices in each category (smartphone, 7-inch tablet, and 10-inch tablet), perhaps even the flagship smartphone from every top-tier manufacturer, being made available for sale unlocked, ...

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    When sites like Pocketnow review smartphones and tablets it can be somewhat difficult to flatten the playing field and return an unbiased evaluation comparing Apples to Apples (if you'll pardon the pun). Part of this stems from the fact that in addition to comparing different hardware, journalists are also challenged with comparing dissimilar software features. These differences can reach beyond the user experience and can manifest anomalous readings in bench-marking utilities and negatively impact everyday performance. Thanks to "Google Editions" of the latest-and-greatest Android-powered ...

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    Apple is holding its developer conference (WWDC) in approximately two weeks. WWDC is roughly analogous to the Google I/O that concluded a few weeks ago. According to the WWDC website, we will be able to get an in-depth look at what to expect next in both iOS as well as OS X and developers will be shown how to take their apps "to the next level". It's really an impressive shindig with over 100 sessions, hands-on labs, events, and even the opportunity to connect with Apple engineers and fellow developers -- and Google may be laying in wait to steal Apple's thunder with Android 4.3. As ...

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    Up until Motorola and Google co-released the XOOM tablet, Apple dominated the tablet arena. Various manufacturers attempted to "shoe-horn" the smartphone version of Android onto tablets with much larger screens, and actually did some with some measure of success. Google politely asked manufacturers to hold off while they put together a version of Android that was designed specifically for the larger screen sizes that are what make tablets so much different than smartphones. Android Honeycomb was born... and everyone hated it. Honeycomb was a necessary evil to get us "over the hump" so apps ...

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    Google introduced some very cool things at I/O 2013, primary among them was a renewed focus on services. In addition to talking a lot about new Google Play Services which will bring a whole new set of features and functionality to every Android handset and tablet from Froyo on up, we were also shown "Auto Awesome" and Hangouts (the replacement for Talk). Auto Awesome "Auto Awesome" is a set of utilities built in to the latest version of Google Plus -- the website, not the app. It can automatically select the best pictures from your vacation and organize them into a scrap book for you. It ...

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    Before any large event or conference there's always a lot of speculation about what's coming next. It may come as a surprise to many of you, but any software development project is never really "done". There is always a list of features that didn't make it in, known bugs that were deemed not to be "show stoppers", bugs that weren't identified prior to release, as well as other patches and updates that come with the normal development cycle. As such, there will always be updates to software, including operating systems like Android. There are always rumors about what's coming in the next ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we uncover the GS4 Active leaked photographs. Then we talk about AT&T and their new commitment to remove restrictions for video chats over cellular data, but you know there's always a catch. Then we talk about smaller versions of Windows 8 tablets as the Acer Iconia W3 leaks a product that's ready for the market. Later we go through Google I/O's teasers on Key Lime Pie all through the presentations. We end today's show talking about the first Jolla smartphone running their Sailfish OS and what this means to the smartphone industry. All this and more ...

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    Last we checked, there are 52 weeks in a year - but you wouldn't know it, given the announcement schedule of some major players in the tech space. Companies vying for the attention of fickle consumers often stack their events one right after the other in a strategic attempt to undermine competitors, sometimes hosting major announcements just days -or even hours- apart. Sometimes, it's all a tech podcast team can do to keep up. Such a thing happened this week, with Nokia preempting Google's annual I/O developer conference with an announcement of its own: the Lumia 925, a mid-cycle Windows ...

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    It's not common to see Larry Page on stage for a Google event, regardless of how big it is. Usually Eric Schmidt or Sergey Brin have been the ones that have shined the most for their showmanship, and as I watched the Google I/O keynote yesterday, Larry changed that, and he said something that really struck a nerve - "We should be doing what nobody else is doing". He also said things like "We should work on getting technology out of the way", and other phrases we've heard in the past, but by the late CEO of another company I don't even need to mention. It's no state secret that Larry Page ...

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    The keynote of Google I/O 2013 has come and gone. This would have been the time when Google announced a new version of Android. Instead they went into great detail about new features that are coming to Google Play Services. To bring everyone up to speed, Google Play Services are a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) -- hooks that developers use to make apps do awesome things. While some may argue that APIs alone don't do much to help end users like you and I, others would say they provide a foundation upon which developers can write new applications and extend current apps ...

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    Today was the day we looked to Google to blow our minds, to sweep us off our feet with some new, revolutionary product. The Google I/O 2013 keynote kicked-off at 12:00 PM local time, and stretched on for a tiresome three and a half hours. Between 12:00 and 1:15 PM, we were watching intently – even through the bits aimed at developers that flew over our collective head – for something truly new. We were waiting, wishing, hoping for a new device: a refreshed Nexus 4, a successor to the Nexus 7 or maybe even the rumored Motorola XFON. But as the keynote progressed, with new features and ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about HP's new SlateBook X2 and what this means to their efforts to bring Android into their ecosystem. We later talk about Google I/O starting with the new APIs, Services and Google Play Games, and then include things like Google+, Search enhancements, maps, etc. We then go through Google Music All Access and cover some of the included features. We end today's show talking about what Google I/O didn't release, mixed with the fact that a Galaxy S 4 running stock Android is awesome. All this and more after the break. Stories: - HP SlateBook X2 ...

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    For a Google I/O with not much to offer in the way of big Android announcements, there sure were a lot of smaller improvements Google had to share. After telling us about new Android APIs and the AOSP Galaxy S 4, the I/O keynote switched gears to Chrome and some other Google services. A lot of changes were revealed, so let's hit on some of the more notable ones. Some of the most impressive news was about the Google search experience. Voice-based search sees a number of improvements enhancing its ability to parse common language queries, letting you have a bit of a conversation with Google; ...

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    Google already sells music through Google Play, and lets users upload their own collections to its cloud locker system, but it's still been facing stiff competition from the likes of Pandora or Spotify, for users who don't necessarily want to build up a big personal library of music, and just ant to be able to listen to whatever they like, whenever the mood strikes them. We had heard rumors that the company was preparing to announce a new streaming service of its own, and it did just that at Google I/O today, unveiling Google Play Music All Access. All Access augments your previous music ...

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    Google I/O is still underway, and even though there is still more to be seen at the event, we could say that everything we were waiting to know about Android has already been said. There's a lot that we saw that we liked, a lot that to be honest with you, we're still waiting to see if they reveal as a "one more thing", and a lot that did surprise us about Google's new approach to their yearly developer conference. We haven't seen any Key Lime Pie, we haven't seen any Android 4.3 either, and it all points to a very stale Google I/O all around. Still, not everything is lost as we finally see ...

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    One of the last Google I/O rumors to arrive before things got started was word of a Nexus-like version of the Galaxy S 4, the GS4 Google Edition. We've been lowering our expectations when it comes to Google I/O device announcements this year, but this one actually ended up happening, with Google announcing the phone today. This GS4 runs stock Android, just like the Nexus 4. Updates will come from Google, quick and speedy, just like with regular Nexus devices. You'll be able to buy the phone right through Google from the Play Store when it start selling next month. This version of the GS4 ...

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    We've been looking forward to this moment for weeks, and now that Google I/O 2013 is underway, today's keynote has begun, we're finally learning just how many of all those rumors we've heard are actually coming to pass. There have been a number of leaks about new Google Play Services, culminating in the recent leak of the new code along with Google Play Games support. We'll get to gaming in a moment, but that's only a portion of the new services coming to the platform. Google's introducing a number of new APIs for developers to take advantage of in constructing some advanced apps. One is ...

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    Google's 2013 I/O keynote is happening in just a few minutes and we will all finally see what Mountain View has prepared for us. Whether it will be an ace up the sleeve or not is yet unknown but the world is definitely watching, and you should be too. Below's a live link to the event itself and we're hoping to see interesting things. Whether it will be Android Key Lime Pie (insert version number here), and a Nexus 7 refresh, or something else, we'll talk about it, and much more, at our Google I/O Editorial Roundtable Hangout, Pocketnow Live-style, happening at 5p EDT.

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    Despite rumors about devices like that Galaxy S 4 Google Edition, there's a feeling going in to Google I/O that this year's event could be much more focused on services than hardware. We're looking forward to news of Google Play Games, and in the hours leading up to the conference a new version of the Google Play Store has started arriving. On the surface, this looks to be a relatively minor polishing-up job. The app gets a few new button and image designs, and the colors are tweaked in some areas. Google also updated a couple text strings, and cleaned up how you redeem gift cards. There ...

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