Posts tagged with: Google I/O
  • by | May 15, 2013 3:10 PM

    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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  • by | May 15, 2013 1:14 PM

    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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  • by | May 15, 2013 12:51 PM

    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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  • by | May 15, 2013 11:59 AM

    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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  • by | May 15, 2013 9:33 AM

    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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  • by | March 28, 2013 6:24 AM

    It’s the time of year when we all start thinking about Bunnies, and Baskets and Jelly Beans – well, at least in my household it is. That’s right it’s Easter week, and that has me thinking about all sorts of goodies. Goodies like Jelly Beans and…Key Lime Pie??? Of course, ‘Jelly Bean’ has a different meaning to technology geeks like us. Jelly Bean is the current iteration of the Android operating system so many of us know and love. It’s also far and away the best iteration of Android to grace a phone or tablet ever. It’s also getting on close to a year old which ...

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  • by | March 26, 2013 1:08 PM

    When Google unveiled the Nexus 7 by ASUS at its I/O developers conference last year, no one was too surprised. Some reports form CES 2012 had hit the press months before, alleging ASUS and Google execs had a meeting at the Consumer Electronics Show and decided to take the Memo 370T, slightly revise it and rebrand it under the Nexus moniker. Months passed after CES and little else was said of the matter, that is, until I/O was just around the corner. Word picked up, and just weeks later, Google announced the Nexus 7 on stage in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. At the time, ...

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  • by | March 25, 2013 7:12 PM

    Google I/O 2013 is only a month or so away, so let's jump right into our guesses and hopes for what we'll see at Google's biggest conference of the year. For those who may not know, Google I/O isn't all about Android -- Google covers a wide variety of technology and services, and tries to cover a lot of everything at the conference. This year we expect to hear more about Google+, Chrome, HTML5 improvements, APIs, Google TV, home automation, and yes, Android will be in there somewhere. Google Now At last year's Google I/O we saw Google's answer to Siri: Google Now. Since then we've seen a ...

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  • by | December 4, 2012 3:33 PM

    It's not even winter yet, and warm spring weather is even farther away, but Google's already getting its calendar squared-up for May. Registration details won't be available until sometime in February, but consider this an early save-the-date: Google will be running its annual Google I/O developer's event from May 15-17 at San Francisco's Moscone Center West. May has actually been the preferred month for Google I/O in years past, but for 2012 Google ended up shifting things to late June, instead. That also marked the move from a two-day to a three-day event, a trend that seems to be ...

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  • by | June 28, 2012 4:28 PM

    Watch this week's Android Revolution as we go through all the hot stuff that's happening at Google I/O. We begin by talking about Google's first tablet, the Nexus 7 and how it impacts other competing tablets in the market. We later talk about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and why it matters. We then cover all the details of Google's enhanced Voice Search and a new service called Google Now that plans to make Siri look like last-years technology. Then we talk about the dramatic price drop that Google just made to the Galaxy Nexus, now costing just $350 off-contract. We go through Google's new and ...

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  • by | June 27, 2012 4:02 PM

    Google's annual I/O developer event kicked off today, at which it made some announcements that came as little surprise to anyone. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the Nexus 7 tablet each took their bows before the assembled crowd, alongside the product of the long-whispered-about Tungsten project, the little bowling ball of an Android A/V system called the Nexus Q. This piece is about the tablet, but ... can I be honest? I find the software improvements and new features in Jelly Bean and the bold hardware of the Nexus Q to be much more interesting than anything that came out of the Nexus 7 ...

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  • by | June 27, 2012 1:27 PM

    As Google I/O moves forward, Android 4.1 Jellybean owns the spotlight, and there are a ton of great features being demoed as I type. One of the features that wowed us the most is their new Google Voice Search. It not only responds to your voice commands, but the voice and user interface is far more natural than what we've seen on S Voice or even Siri. During the demo, the service was very accurate, and did a great job in handling variable dictation as the person running the demo was throwing questions at it. Sadly, it only received a couple of minutes of spotlight, so there's still more to ...

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  • by | June 27, 2012 1:17 PM

    At this year's Google I/O conference we were shown what promises to address one of the biggest complaints of Android users: lag. Google's Project Butter addresses speed to make the user experience "buttery smooth" in three distinct areas. Project Butter applies to the entire OS, not just the launcher, so this smoothness should be immediately available in every app running on Jelly Bean. Vsync Vsync improves graphical performance and increases the frame rate to 60fps! To ensure a consistent frame rate across the entire experience, Android 4.1 extends vsync timing across all drawing and ...

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  • by | August 18, 2011 9:32 AM

    Now that Android Ice Cream Sandwich is official, when are we going to get the new smartphone that launches it? After Froyo first landed on the Nexus One, and the Nexus S arrived with Gingerbread, won't we need a new Google phone to serve as the template all other Ice Cream Sandwich devices look to for inspiration, running clean Android with no extra UI enhancements? Well, Google isn't ready to announce the Nexus 3 quite yet, not confirm that it would be an ICS launch phone, but the company is thinking long and hard about it, with Andy Rubin commenting at Google I/O that "Google is ...

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  • by | May 20, 2011 3:26 PM

    When speaking about our current smartphones we take for granted the number of tasks that are automated for us. After I register my usernames and passwords and configure my Wi-Fi keys, my Android-powered phone is pretty much on autopilot. It tells me when I have new emails and texts. It tells me when someone is trying to call or chat with me. It knows where I am. It knows how fast I'm going. It knows when it's light and when it's not. It knows when I need to wake up (and is smart enough not to wake me up at the same time on the weekends). There's a lot that my Android knows and automates ...

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