Google’s keynote is over and we are left with a whole heap of newness to revel in. We have new features in Android N, Android VR/Daydream, Instant Apps, new messaging apps, Android Wear 2.0, boy oh boy! Good times are ahead folks. But as the announcements rolled out, I was left with a few nagging questions about some of what we saw.Why can’t you name your own damn product?
After months of speculation and thought. After website polls and scouring of recipe books from sea to shining sea, Google finally reveals…nothing…about what that darn “N” stands for. Instead, it’s [...]
“What if you could run any app with one tap?”
Just like on the web and just like with installed apps, you may soon be able to get into an Android app … without installing it! It’s what we saw with Android Instant Apps at Google I/O.
Android’s engineers are working on making sure that you can hit a URL and, if it can connect to an Android app, the Google Play Store can download only the code necessary to show off the content you need. Be it a videos module or a text article module, you can access that part of the app, just like as you would [...]
“VR should be mobile, should be approachable, should be for everyone.”
It’s why at Google I/O the company is improving upon everything it had in its earlier Cardboard solution. The Daydream experience on Android N to bring higher framerates, lower latency, better motion quality and processing.
Smartphones must have minimum specifications for Daydream. Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi and several other manufacturers already have Daydream-ready specs in current phones or in ones coming soon. Manufacturers working on headsets already have a more comfortable [...]
Well, we saw the christening of Android N and the feature set is being splayed out as this post is going up. One part of that set that’s made up the buzz of the OS version is the supposed multitasking features that will make it onto this version of the platform.
The multi-tasking button and interface now is limited to seven apps and also gets a “Clear All” button. Finally. You can also quick switch
From the outset, the biggest development we’ve been talking about for N is the Split Screen feature. Lo and behold, it’s here and brings the base [...]
Dave Burke, VP of engineering, took the Google I/O stage to talk about Android N. And its real name is up to you. Yep, still nothing here for us to see. But head on to the source link and submit your own name for Google to consider.
“No Namey McNameface,” Burke said.
We just thought you should know.
The platform’s still out for dev tinkering after the couple month’s it’s already been out in the open.
Eric Kay, Director of Engineering, announced a new messaging app called Allo. It focuses on letting you express yourself in a messaging situation while making it secure and smart with the Google Assistant.
You connect with your phone contacts and talk with your friends through texts, lots of custom-made stickers and a little something called “WhisperShout”. It’s a slider feature that can shrink or grow how your message will appear in the conversation — sorta like how you can hold the Like button to blow up a thumbs up in a Facebook Messenger [...]