Posts tagged with: Google I/O 2013
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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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    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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    One of the announcements at Google I/O this year was somewhat unexpected. We'd heard a few scattered rumors of another Samsung-made Nexus based on their new Galaxy S 4 platform, but I don't think anyone was ready for what we actually got: an unlocked, cross-carrier version of the Galaxy S4 -- the Galaxy S4 Google Edition. Earlier today Pocketnow's Stephen Schenck wrote about this new but "not quite-a-Nexus" phone, and why it's a "slightly" bad deal. His points are fair and accurate, and I can't say that I disagree with any of them. Why is the "Google Edition" of Samsung's latest flagship ...

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    Those of you who watched along with the Google I/O keynote last week got to witness the debut of what's essentially a Nexus Galaxy S 4. Everything was going great at the time: "it's Google's take on Android – on the Galaxy S 4" *cheers* "it's bootloader unlocked" *cheers* "it will get prompt updates with every Android platform update" *big cheers* "it will go up for sale on June 26 in Google Play for $649" … … *silence*. We're talking pin-drop, cricket-chirping stuff here. Yup, there are no two ways about it: that's a very un-Google, un-Nexus price tag. At the time, I wasn't too ...

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    When you install an Android app, you're presented with a litany of permissions that the app requires you to accept. Currently, that's an all-or-nothing situation. While that makes things easier for developers, it also takes away a lot of power away from users, and potentially makes Android less secure. We've recently been talking about news uncovered thanks to Google I/O events, and that trend continues now, with Google addressing just this very issue during the Android team "fireside chat." When pressed to answer whether we'd see expanded user control over app permissions come to Android, ...

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    Despite our expectations, Google I/O 2013 failed to deliver a new version of Android. As we've discussed, that wasn't so much of a big deal, as we got plenty of improvements to services without needing a whole new Android build, but has left us wondering: just when might Key Lime Pie get here? We've seen evidence showing Android 4.3 in testing, and rumors have suggested that it could arrive sometime next month. We wait to learn if that will indeed come to pass, but in the meantime a couple little hints have surfaced in the wake of Google I/O that remind us that Key Lime Pie is still in our ...

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    Instead of bringing us a new Android version, last week's Google I/O instead introduced a whole load of updates to Google services, giving the platform a refresh without requiring a full-on new Android build. A big chunk of those improvements centered on Google+, including a number of improvements to how the service handles photographs. Today an updated version of the Android Google+ app arrives to finally give you access to these new features, numbering 41 in total. Google+ will now let you automatically backup photos to the cloud, and introduces all those automatic tools we learned about ...

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    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 next big event of the year bringing us the next iPhone), and you can tell us why you're happy ...

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    Those of you who stuck around for the entire Google I/O 2013 keynote address yesterday got to see a hoarse-sounding Larry Page take the stage to wax philosophical, answer questions, and take a few swings at Google's competition. Microsoft found itself on the receiving end of just such a volley, with Page criticizing the company's willingness to let its products interoperate with Google's. Specifically, Page talked about Google offering to have the companies' instant messaging protocols work with each other, and despite Microsoft taking Google up on its offer, it hasn't returned the favor ...

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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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    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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    As promised, last-minute Google I/O rumors continue to hit our desk, and the latest we want to share with you is some talk about the idea of Google introducing a new streaming music service. Unlike the locker-like system currently used by Google Music to let you stream your own library, this would be a subscription-based system more in line with what you get from a company like Spotify. Supposedly, Google has secured deals with both Universal and Sony that would allow it to feature the companies' music in this service. It looks like there could be multiple ways Google intends to use such ...

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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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    We're now only hours away from Google I/O bringing us the latest announcements concerning Android, but that gives us just enough time to check out some last-minute rumors. It may be too early still for news of a Nexus 5, but could we learn of something a little different but up that same alley? One rumor claims that Samsung could bring word of a Nexus-like pure Android version of its flagship Galaxy S 4. Supposedly envisioned to address demand for a higher-end premium phone that offers a Nexus-like software experience, Samsung and Google would announce a Galaxy S 4 Google Edition running ...

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