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 [...]
Last Friday we were excited about the week ahead, this week, as it contained two days circled with very promising events: Nokia’s Lumia 925 event in London and Google’s I/O. Both came and passed, leaving us with a phone (or two), and ecosystem improvements. Depending on your expectations and standards your excitement probably either turned into delight or disappointment.
Of course we’ll talk about Nokia and Google I/O reactions, since they’re the most recent (and probably among the last until the [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]