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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Earlier today we learned about some of the many changes Google's making to the Android Market, giving you more ways than ever to find new apps you in which you might be interested. At the time, we touched on an improvement that was more tuned towards Android developers, letting them create apps that are up to 4GB in size, but it turns out there are even more tweaks coming, giving devs more control over which Android devices will run their apps. Multiple APK will let developers specify what version of an app get downloaded to which Android smartphones. There can be one general-purpose ...

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    Google's got some ambitious hardware plans in its future, revealing both the Android Open Accessory standard and the Android @ Home networking framework at Google I/O yesterday. Those avenues represent some very different directions from the software side of Android that Google's been largely keeping itself to; who does Google think is up to the task? We usually don't concern ourselves too much when it comes to internal employee placement decisions, but this time there's reason to take notice. Google has revealed that it's bringing the old Danger team back together, reuniting with Andy ...

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    Google I/O 2011 is kicking off today, and there's bound to plenty of Android-related news to keep us busy. We're looking to hear about Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as what plans are in place to launch a Google Music service. Rumors about the latter have been prevalent this morning, claiming Google was rethinking its relationship with the labels and considering going the Amazon cloud-storage route. Now it seems all but a certainty that a Google Music announcement is imminent, as the service's website has finally gone live, giving us our first opportunity to request an invitation to the beta. ...

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    Google's plans for selling music may have fallen through in favor of the cloud-based system Google Music is becoming, but that's only one branch of the media tree. Where negotiations with music labels haven't led anywhere, the company's apparently been much more successful in its dealings with movie studios, securing the rights to start offering movie rental through the Android Market, with prices in the $2 - $4 range. The rental service is launching with thousands of titles available, including many new releases. The terms are similar to those we've seen with other online movie rental ...

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    Google I/O this year is all about connectivity; Android devices are getting a new standard for interacting with accessories, and it turns out Google has its sights on home automation, announcing project Tungsten and the Android @ Home framework. Android @ Home will let you remotely control connected devices around your house, including appliances, entertainment systems, lights, climate systems - the whole shebang. Any company is free to start building its hardware to communicate via Android @ Home, with Google releasing the specs to anyone who's interested with no licensing fees to worry ...

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    You may have seen some of our other coverage of Google's I/O 2011 event which kicked off today at the Moscone center in San Francisco, CA, bringing us many exciting announcements. In the latest, we have Google partnering with all major US carriers, vodafone, and several major OEMs to bring a guarantee to provide "timely" updates to the latest version of Android for an 18-month period after release, providing an answer to the problem of fragmentation. Google's announcement remains somewhat vague however, with no clear definition of the word "timely" which could be interpreted quite a number ...

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    Android is a great operating system for smartphones, tablets, and even TVs, but it doesn't have a lot of hooks to allow stuff beyond what's built into the device to talk to it. With an announcement at Google IO, that's about to change. The new Android Open Accessory standard (and accompanying software development kit) will allow external USB hardware (and eventually Bluetooth hardware as well) to "interact with an Android-powered device in a special 'accessory' mode". Think of the functionality of the proprietary car and desktop docks for the Google Nexus One made available for any ...

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    Sometimes a smartphone is just too bulky. You might not want to pull a 4-inch phone out of your pocket just to check the time, the weather, or even to see if you have any missed calls. For those a watch might be a better tool. A watch is strapped to your wrist so it can provide basic information at a glance. However, on its own a watch can't do much more than keep track of the date and time. To provide any other kind of information it needs a way to receive data. A few years back Microsoft attempted to provide more data to watches with a technology they called SPOT. SPOT used an FM radio ...

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    One of the fun parts of this job is speculating about what the future might hold. As with any predictions into the future, the following may not ever come to pass. I'm not under any non-disclosure agreements with Google, and I don't have any insider information from them either. That having been said, I decided string together a few rumors, events, and announcements, then make some fairly radical extrapolations. Rumors are beginning to circulate that the next version of Android, codenamed "Honeycomb", will be released sometime around March 2011. We have also been led to believe that one of ...

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