Posts tagged with: Google I/O
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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we uncover the GS4 Active leaked photographs. Then we talk about AT&T and their new commitment to remove restrictions for video chats over cellular data, but you know there's always a catch. Then we talk about smaller versions of Windows 8 tablets as the Acer Iconia W3 leaks a product that's ready for the market. Later we go through Google I/O's teasers on Key Lime Pie all through the presentations. We end today's show talking about the first Jolla smartphone running their Sailfish OS and what this means to the smartphone industry. All this and more ...

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    Last we checked, there are 52 weeks in a year - but you wouldn't know it, given the announcement schedule of some major players in the tech space. Companies vying for the attention of fickle consumers often stack their events one right after the other in a strategic attempt to undermine competitors, sometimes hosting major announcements just days -or even hours- apart. Sometimes, it's all a tech podcast team can do to keep up. Such a thing happened this week, with Nokia preempting Google's annual I/O developer conference with an announcement of its own: the Lumia 925, a mid-cycle Windows ...

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    It's not common to see Larry Page on stage for a Google event, regardless of how big it is. Usually Eric Schmidt or Sergey Brin have been the ones that have shined the most for their showmanship, and as I watched the Google I/O keynote yesterday, Larry changed that, and he said something that really struck a nerve - "We should be doing what nobody else is doing". He also said things like "We should work on getting technology out of the way", and other phrases we've heard in the past, but by the late CEO of another company I don't even need to mention. It's no state secret that Larry Page ...

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    The keynote of Google I/O 2013 has come and gone. This would have been the time when Google announced a new version of Android. Instead they went into great detail about new features that are coming to Google Play Services. To bring everyone up to speed, Google Play Services are a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) -- hooks that developers use to make apps do awesome things. While some may argue that APIs alone don't do much to help end users like you and I, others would say they provide a foundation upon which developers can write new applications and extend current apps ...

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    Today was the day we looked to Google to blow our minds, to sweep us off our feet with some new, revolutionary product. The Google I/O 2013 keynote kicked-off at 12:00 PM local time, and stretched on for a tiresome three and a half hours. Between 12:00 and 1:15 PM, we were watching intently – even through the bits aimed at developers that flew over our collective head – for something truly new. We were waiting, wishing, hoping for a new device: a refreshed Nexus 4, a successor to the Nexus 7 or maybe even the rumored Motorola XFON. But as the keynote progressed, with new features and ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about HP's new SlateBook X2 and what this means to their efforts to bring Android into their ecosystem. We later talk about Google I/O starting with the new APIs, Services and Google Play Games, and then include things like Google+, Search enhancements, maps, etc. We then go through Google Music All Access and cover some of the included features. We end today's show talking about what Google I/O didn't release, mixed with the fact that a Galaxy S 4 running stock Android is awesome. All this and more after the break. Stories: - HP SlateBook X2 ...

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    For a Google I/O with not much to offer in the way of big Android announcements, there sure were a lot of smaller improvements Google had to share. After telling us about new Android APIs and the AOSP Galaxy S 4, the I/O keynote switched gears to Chrome and some other Google services. A lot of changes were revealed, so let's hit on some of the more notable ones. Some of the most impressive news was about the Google search experience. Voice-based search sees a number of improvements enhancing its ability to parse common language queries, letting you have a bit of a conversation with Google; ...

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    Google already sells music through Google Play, and lets users upload their own collections to its cloud locker system, but it's still been facing stiff competition from the likes of Pandora or Spotify, for users who don't necessarily want to build up a big personal library of music, and just ant to be able to listen to whatever they like, whenever the mood strikes them. We had heard rumors that the company was preparing to announce a new streaming service of its own, and it did just that at Google I/O today, unveiling Google Play Music All Access. All Access augments your previous music ...

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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