Posts tagged with: Google I/O 2013
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    Google I/O is a developer's conference; Yes, we know that. Still, Google has used its press event to showcase some of their hottest Nexus products for the last couple of years. The logical thing to do is to expect more hardware releases to happen this year, but let's not forget there's a new boss in-charge of Android this year. As we all know Sundar Pichai is Andy Rubin's replacement in leading Android, and according to some recent interviews he's had with Wired, Google I/O will be a different ball game this year. Instead of focusing on getting us new hardware to play with, the developer's ...

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    Mobile payment systems are some of the biggest disasters in the smartphone world. The failure for any to catch on speaks to everything wrong with the industry: the tech is there, the infrastructure is in place, yet greed, egos, and back-room deals have managed to hold a pillow to the face of this otherwise promising technology. Last fall we saw evidence that Google, frustrated with an inability to get Wallet onto more Androids, was implementing its own card system, where users of incompatible phones could simply use this physical card to pay, instead. Now a new report claims that Google ...

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    One theory that's arisen time and time again in anticipation of Google I/O is the idea that Google could use the venue to introduce a new Nexus 7 tablet. After all, we'd like to believe that some new hardware would show its face at the event, and a tablet is both a much "easier" product to bring to market than a new phone, as well as has a history of premiering at I/O in the first place. We've heard a number of stabs at just how this new Nexus 7 might differ from existing models, and that trend continues today, with a new set of specs suggested. Just to be clear, this isn't any sort of ...

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    Ever since some files to came to light last month that pointed towards Google's development of a feature-packed online gaming service for Android users, we've wondered when we might hear the company officially launch it. With Google I/O on the horizon, that seemed like a prime candidate for the venue, and now an invitation that's going around may just reveal how Google intends to brand this service, arriving as Google Playground. Now, we say "may" because some of this rumor is a little weak. Android Guys doesn't divulge where it obtained this image, and has its own doubts about its ...

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    All signs are pointing to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie not being released at Google I/O 2013. What's more, it probably won't even be announced. We've talked about some probable causes for the delays, though nothing is confirmed at this point. At the May 16, 2013 meetup of The San Francisco Android User Group a "trio of dev gurus from HTC" are making time in their "busy Google I/O schedules" to present to the group. What are the developers from HTC going to talk about? Two things in particular that we've heard of: Bluetooth 4.0 and OpenGL ES3.0. Bluetooth 4.0 Back in January I went into quite ...

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    A few weeks back, some seriously compelling evidenced surface which made it appear that Google was looking to introduce some sort of major Android gaming service, tying together lots of individual games with online matchmaking, leaderboards, and achievements. As we wait to see if anything along these lines will be announced at Google I/O, a new Google hire has us thinking once again about this growing focus the company might be placing on mobile gaming. Noah Falstein has spent years in the industry, getting started on the awesome arcade game Sinistar in the early '80s. Last month, Google ...

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    Every Nexus smartphone to date, hardware and specs aside, has been subjected to an abnormal amount of hype. The LG Optimus G is a perfect example. Internally, the Nexus 4 and Optimus G are excruciatingly similar. They even feature similar design language (speckled glass panels on the back) and build quality. But in many ways, the Optimus G is better than the Nexus 4 – storage, camera and LTE. However, the Nexus 4 has received much more hype, adoration, attention on many fronts. This is solely due to its Nexus branding, the fact that it ships with the latest version of Android, gets ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Apple's WWDC details and also some probable launch dates for the company's future hardware. Then we go through an HTC One software update that promises better Ultra Pixel performance, though with some probable bad news for HTC One X users. We later go through more rumors of Google's probable gaming service, which we still can't figure out. Later we talk about Android 5.0 and how some unconfirmed reports consider it will be delayed. We end today's show talking about the Samsung Galaxy S 4, our review and all our comparisons. All this and more ...

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    When will Android finally make the leap to version 5.0, presumed by many of us to be called Key Lime Pie? It feels like expectations have been dictating that Google should announce the new build at this year's Google I/O, but we've yet to see any real confirmation. The whole lineup for the event is a bit of a mystery, with rumors about hardware announcements recently shifting from the Motorola X phone to maybe a new variant of the Nexus 4. Now we're hearing that whatever does happen, Key Lime Pie may not be on the menu, and would instead launch sometime this summer. Cards on the table: we ...

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    Is it time for a new Nexus smartphone? We've broached rumors of a Nexus 5 a few times over the past months, but there's been very little in the way of specific, reliable information to start getting us excited about seeing such a thing this soon. What about the Motorola X phone? Could that take the place of a new Nexus? Well, maybe, but the X has been looking like it might he launching later and later, and the Google connection is still a little uncertain. So, what of the Nexus line proper? A new rumor suggests that the next Nexus phone could be a new hardware revision of the Nexus 4. ...

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    With Google I/O just around the corner, most of our bets are set on the next version of Android, and the successor to the current Nexus 7 to be released. There's no denying that Google's 7-inch tablet has been a complete success, and even with it's short comings, it's unbelievable price and benefits have proven to be enough to garner its own cult following. New rumors already have Google working once again with Asus on the Nexus 7 successor. Rumors have this device sporting a narrower bezel, better screen resolution, and a new Snapdragon CPU to ditch the disappointing Tegra 3 that ...

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