Posts tagged with: Google I/O 2014
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    With those invitations Motorola just started distributing for a September 4 event, the ones that pretty unambiguously feature an image of a watch among their highlighted products, it's safe to say that we're just about to learn of the start of retail sales for the Moto 360. But even if that announcement comes at the event, when might the smartwatch actually go up for sale? After all, a couple of the other products we're hoping to see announced – the Moto X+1 and G2 – have been rumored to land on September 25, and September 10, respectively. Would the 360 fall closer to the former or ...

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    Google recently released a Developer Preview of its latest version of Android: Android L. Though it's not final code by any stretch of the imagination, we wanted to see how it compares to Android 4.4.4 KitKat - the latest official release of the operating system. We headed over to Google's "L Developer Preview" page, downloaded, and installed Android L build LPV79 to our Nexus 5 (there is also a build for the 2013 Nexus 7, though only for the WiFi version). From there we spent half a day using it as our daily driver, hunting through the various screens to try and find differences and ...

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    If you don't have a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 2013 to test it out on, you may be itching to see how well it performs. If a hands-on video isn't your thing, and you simply want to take a good look at the next version of Google's mobile OS, look no further than the compilation of Android L screenshots below. One thing many don't realize, is that Android L in its current state really isn't much of a visual overhaul from KitKat. Sure, the Settings app and core UI aspects have been redone, but most apps haven't received the redesign treatment from Google quite yet. The one big notable exception is ...

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    Google introduced us to the next version of Android at Google I/O 2014 yesterday: Android L. Unfortunately, we won't have an official release of until "later this Fall", but we were promised a Developer Preview. This morning that preview landed, and we decided to go hands-on. We loaded it up on our Nexus 5, booted up, and took it for a spin. Click play to see what we found, and what you can expect from Android L. Make sure you watch all the way to the end to get a good look at the new boot animation.   If you'd like to give Android L a go on your own device you'll need to be running ...

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    A few months back Google revealed one of the latest ambitious projects from its Advanced Technology and Project group, the sensor-packed Project Tango. Tango's designed to let a device accurately scan its surroundings and determine its location in 3D space, allowing it to form a complete 3D map of its environment. First Google made available an experimental Tango handset to interested developers, and we just saw it follow that up with a very high-end (not to mention expensive) Tango tablet. But how long is this going to remain a curiosity for devs, and when might it mature into a more ...

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    A recent massive leak suggested that Google and HTC were at work on a beastly followup tablet to last year's Nexus 7, and that set the wheels in motion for what will likely be a near-endless stream of leaks from now until the announcement of the alleged device. We're now learning that in a promotional image for Android L featured by Google, the company may have just shown off an HTC Nexus 9 render. Let's take a look. There are a few things that tell us that this is not the Nexus 7 of yesteryear. First and foremost, it's the front-facing speakers (only one pictured here). This is ...

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    As we've had the opportunity to review devices manufactured by various OEMs, an interesting trend has begun to surface: OEM skins are getting lighter-weight, and a distinctive and bold color scheme has been evolving. We've reviewed the HTC One M8, the One mini 2, and the Desire 816. All of them run modern versions of HTC's Sense UI, and all feature very similar distinctive and bold color theming. We just spent a week with the ASUS PadFone X which runs its own "skin" on top of Android. It too features distinctive and bold colors inside its apps. LG's devices, despite having their own ...

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    Google I/O 2014 is happening right this moment, and even though we had a ton of expectations for this event, it's hard to say that Google disappointed anyone. Surely there was little hardware announced, but we can't say that what we did get, which is the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, weren't all great offerings anyway. We also got a lot of great enhancements for the future of Android, and that's really want we focused on our next video. Android L is the future of Android. Yes, we still don't know if it's Android 4.5 or Android 5.0, nor if it'll have a pastry name either. What we do ...

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    Feeling a little overwhelmed by today's flood of Android news out of Google I/O 2014? You've got our sympathies, as even without the rumored big-ticket announcement of a new Nexus tablet, there was still a heck of a lot to take in. We've been bringing you coverage of all the important developments all day long, but just in case you missed a few bits, we're recapping everything you need to know: Android One is Google's new effort to make it easier for OEMs to produce Android handsets, and is especially aimed at those making phones for developing markets. Google takes a lot of the ...

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    Nestled somewhere between the details on the Android L developer preview and all the great stuff to look forward to from Android Wear, Google announced the latest changes to Google Play Services at I/O this afternoon. The new update, version 5.0, is already headed out to users now, so let's take a quick look at the features that arrive with it. Those improvements to Play Games we just told you about, including Quests and that much-needed cloud save overhaul arrive as part of this update. With Android Wear smartwatches just now going up for sale, Play Services 5.0 delivers more of the ...

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    Google I/O didn't bring us the big Glass retail news that some of us have been hoping for, but it still managed to address wearables in its own way – mostly through all the Android Wear news we got to hear. “But I'm more interested in head-mounted displays,” you insist. Well, even if the absence of Glass news, Google still has some progress to share along that line, introducing Google Cardboard. Cardboard is basically a DIY virtual reality headset that uses your smartphone for its display – so really, all it needs to do is isolate the light path from each half of your phone's ...

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    Watching the Play Store like a hawk for the first sign of those initial Android Wear smartwatches arriving? You're not alone, after Google announced earlier today that both the LG G Watch and brand new Samsung Gear Live would be going up for order. It looks like we could be seeing those sales get underway in just another hour or so, at 4pm Pacific (7p Eastern, 11p GMT), but before that happens, we've already picked up a few important details about how the G Watch will be sold. LG confirms that pre-orders of the G Watch will begin today, but we've heard that shipments won't get underway ...

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    Gaming has never been Android's claim to fame (despite a wide variety of quality titles), but today's Google I/O very much saw the company giving gaming some needed attention. As part of the next release of Google Play Services, we'll be seeing some new features come to Play Games. First up is the arrival of the new Game Profiles, which will show what you've been playing lately and keep track of your achievements, all placed out there publicly for your friends to see. Play Games already support saving games to the cloud (even if not enough titles take advantage of it), and it's building on ...

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    The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are both set to begin sales (or pre-sales) later today, so if you're interested in purchasing an Android Wear watch that's not the Moto 360, you're probably debating between the two. To make the question of LG G Watch vs Samsung Gear live a bit easier, we've put together a table to let you quickly compare the specs of the two smartwatches. On paper, there's not much different between the two. There are differences in four key areas, which is what you should bring into consideration when debating which one to buy. The first is the screen. The G Watch's ...

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    Just a few weeks ago, if you told us Samsung was going to launch an Android Wear-powered smartwatch at Google I/O, we'd have thought you're crazy. But a report earlier this week suggested otherwise, and it turns out said report was correct. Samsung launched its Gear Live today at I/O, and it'll be available for order later today, so you're probably wondering -- what are the Samsung Gear Live specs? We've gone ahead and brought the specs for the Gear Live all into one place, and it's actually not too terrible a product. It's similar to a midrange phone just as the G Watch, but it does ...

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    One of the announcements from today that didn't really surprise us was of the availability of the LG G Watch. In the time between the I/O keynote and now, AT&T has also stated it has plans to carry the smartwatch, so you may be wondering what exactly powers the thing. So, we've compiled a list of the LG G Watch specs below -- check them out to decide if this watch is the right one for you. It turns out, the watch is actually fairly powerful. It features a decent Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, has 512MB of RAM, and overall comes off as what we'd think to find in a mid-range phone. ...

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    Google I/O 2014's keynote is now in the books, but the news still keeps flowing in. Now we're hearing of AT&T's intentions to carry the LG G Watch on its network." But wait, the LG G Watch doesn't have cellular radios!" Of course it doesn't -- let's go over the details. AT&T is bringing the G Watch in as a purchasable accessory, and you'll probably be able to pick one up either in stores or on the carrier's website. The LG G Watch can connect to any smartphone touting Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or better, so many will be able to get in on the fun should they choose to. It's all about ...

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    Google has just announced the Google Fit platform preview as a centralized platform to bring in fitness information from a variety of sensors and apps. Similar to what Apple launched at WWDC, Google also has partners such as Nike, Adidas, HTC, and Motorola. There are even more partners, but we won't bore you with the full list here. We aren't sure if Google Fit will end up becoming a standalone app from Google, but seeing as that it pulls in data from a variety of different apps and services, we're thinking that's not the case. You'll likely be able to use the fitness app of your choice ...

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    Update: We'll begin shortly. Video embedded at the bottom. Google I/O one of the company’s most important events every year. It's that time for developers to meet, and for Google to meet them and us with its latest and greatest evolution in products and software. This event has historically been used to showcase the future of Android in both hardware and software, and even though our hardware expectations are still grim, anything can happen in the next couple of ours. Even though we've seen products like the Google Nexus 7 and even the Chrome Cast announced years ago, we're hoping that ...

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    Google just announced Android L, and we're now learning of a new feature of it to help separate work from play. Android L will allow for data separation and security between professional and personal applications on your device, meaning you can use one phone for both work and your outside life. Samsung is working with Google to bring some of the Knox features over to Android, which many Samsung Galaxy users understand as a terrible thing. This does mean celebration for corporations, though, that data will be protected by Android itself and more security will be easier for IT people to ...

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    Google I/O 2014 is still underway, but as we continue following it on the web and from our local Google office outside Boston, we've got some new info on the new crop of Android Wear devices that just can't wait. Google's announcement included the exciting news that two new Android Wear smartwatches –both the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live– will go live for pre-order today (and also as the not-so-exciting news that we're still going to have to wait a while for the Moto 360, but you can't win 'em all). Rest assured, we've got our orders drafted and ready to send in, and we'll bring ...

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    We're fresh off of the launch of Android L, and we were told a developer preview would be launching tomorrow. We're now hearing more about when exactly this developer preview will be launching, and which devices will be initially able to get in on the fun. The preview will be available as factory images, presumably on Google's usual site (linked in the source below). This site has never been restricted to developers only in the past, so we're not sure if a developer account will be required to download and install this Android L developer preview. Installation should be a cinch with some ...

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    Google has not been letting us down when it comes to confirming a lot of the big Google I/O notes we were expecting the company to hit, and following a number of leaks pointing to the launch of Android TV, Google's gone ahead and confirmed the project. Android TV makes full use of the arrival of new features in Android L, giving devices the ability to accept live video input - this allows Android TV hardware to superimpose its UI over a stream from an external source, like a cable box. The interface is designed to minimize complexity, allowing control with as little as a simple directional ...

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    One of Google's most successful devices from last year was quite surprising -- the Chromecast. The little inexpensive streaming stick is now learning new tricks at Google I/O. It will now work without it being on the same network as the device you're using to Cast, mirror your Android screen to the big screen, and more. The first new Google Cast feature is quite self explanatory. Even if the device you want to Cast from is not on the same WiFi network as a friend's Chromecast, you need not nag said friend for their WiFi password (which they may have forgotten due to length). Even on a ...

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    Google I/O is unsurprisingly bringing us a lot of news about how Android Wear devices will operate, what kind of software they'll run, and how they'll interact with our phones. But as fundamentally important as that whole software side is to the Wear experience, we know that many of you are even more excited to learn about Wear hardware. The first two devices, the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 were confirmed earlier this year, and today Google adds some long-awaited details when it comes to availability. The LG G Watch goes up for sale today, coming to the Play Store (just as that ...

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