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Google reiterates its Chromebook business, is doing extremely well

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 5:55 pm

Google I/O 2014 - You may not own a Chromebook personally, but Google is doing big things with its notebook platform. Google has 15 devices available in 28 countries right now, with many more planned for the future.

 

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Google has said that ten of the top ten highest-rated laptops on Amazon right now are Chromebooks, an impressive statistic. When it comes to education, Google has seen a huge 600% growth in K-12 schools across the United States.

Android will soon let you mirror your smartphone to your TV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 5:51 pm

Google I/O 2014 - There's an update coming out later in the year, which will allow you to use your Chromecast to blast your screen on your smartphone, to your TV.

 

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You can mirror anything on the TV, including the camera app if that's what you wish. LG, HTC and Samsung will be supporting it, with a slew of smartphones to work with this technology, and many more to come.

Android TV will be on 2015 HD and 4K smart TVs from Sony, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 5:40 pm

Google I/O 2014 - Google just announced the impressive looking Android TV at Google I/O, but one of the bigger announcements that didn't seem to get much attention was who Google were working with.

 

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Google will have Android TV powering the entire 2015 lineup of HD and UHD smart TV ranges from Sony, Sharp, TP Vision and Philips. Sony is a big partner here, and seems to be center stage for the Android TV platform. I'm excited to see what Sony can pull off with Android TV with its future HD and UHD sets.

 

Razer and ASUS will also be making Android TV-powered streaming boxes, which is another interesting thing to see.

Google finally unveils Android TV, with a very slick interface

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 5:32 pm

Google I/O 2014 - Something that has been rumored for quite a while now, has just been confirmed at Google I/O: Android TV. Android TV will support inputs from HDMI, receivers, and more, and will have an application available for your phone.

 

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The home screen will overlay over the top of whatever is playing, be it a TV show or movie. Google seems to have absolutely nailed the user interface, with something that is simple, yet slick. It's not all about movies and TV though, as there will be apps and games, too. You can speak into your smartphone searching for stuff, with the responses turning up on Android TV - a nice touch.

 

An Android Wear-powered smartwatch can even control Android TV, something I'm sure you didn't expect, but will welcome. Games on Android TV are also something that can work incredibly well, with gamepads being supported (which ones, we don't know yet).

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Google announces Android Auto, features Google Now-like homescreen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 5:23 pm

Google I/O 2014 - Google has just announced what we've all been waiting for, Android Auto. Android Auto has seen Google "redesign the Android platform for automotive". Android Auto does pretty much everything, with navigation, communication and music being "front and center".

 

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Android Auto is "contextually aware" and is of course, voice-enabled. An Android-powered smartphone can "cast" up onto the Android Auto screen, and is also compatible with steering wheel buttons, dials, and more. Android Auto features five tabs, from left-to-right we have: navigation, phone, Home, Music and an as-yet unidentified tab.

 

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Google orders a pizza on the Android Wear-powered Moto 360 smartwatch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 5:16 pm

Google I/O 2014 - There's a meme here, surely? I don't always order pizza, but when I do, it's from my smartwatch. Well, Google did just that at Google I/O when it showed off the Moto 360 smartwatch.

 

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The Moto 360 smartwatch is powered by Google's upcoming Android Wear OS, which has some nifty tricks up its sleeve. Whenever you update an application on your smartphone, the smartwatch will update the counterpart app on your smartphone. But ordering a pizza from what your watch? Now that is something I've never seen before.

 

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The Moto 360 will be available for sale later in the summer, but Google also took the time at the event to announce that LG's G Watch will be available to order later today from the Play Store.

Lenovo files for patent on Google Glass competitor

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 5:03 pm

Google Glass isn't exactly widespread in adoption just yet, mostly due to the high price of the wearable device. That doesn't mean that other electronics firms aren't looking to challenge Google in that market. Lenovo has filed a patent app for a Glass competitor called Electronic Device and Sound Capturing Method.

 

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Art with the patent makes it clear that Lenovo is looking at a wearable device looking very much like Glass, even if the name of the patent doesn't hint at a wearable device. Lenovo's patent shows an audio and video recorder and VOD displays.

 

The patent also lists bone conduction microphones in the earpieces and wireless communications. Descriptions in the patent app call the product out as a recording device, which is apparently a way for Lenovo to try to avoid suits from Google. There is no indication of if this product will come to market.

The next version of Android will be capable of remote wiping

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 4:59 pm

Google I/O 2014 - Google's upcoming L series of Android will feature a "factory reset protection" feature, which will allow users to remotely wipe their device in the event that it is stolen.

 

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Not only that, but the upcoming release of Android will also feature Malware Protection, and Security Patches through Play Services. The more and more time that goes past with Android, the more it becomes a much stronger OS. We will have more details on the L release of Android hopefully very soon.

Google announces Project Volta, will improve battery life for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 4:55 pm

Google I/O 2014 - Something that plagues virtually every smartphone and tablet user is battery life, right? Well, at Google I/O, Google teased something called Project Volta, with the aim of improving battery life on every subsystem of Android.

 

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Not only that, but the L release of Android will also have improved battery life, so we should see quite the injection of battery life with an L-powered Android device, with Project Volta running behind the scenes.

Google announces the Android One initiative for the developing market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 25, 2014 4:51 pm

Google I/O 2014 - The developing markets are going to be massive over the coming years, with Google announcing at Google I/O that it is going to be pushing into the developing markets with a new initiative dubbed "Android One".

 

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Android One is a set of hardware reference platforms for OEMs that will have "high-quality, low-cost" smartphones being pushed out to developing markets. These devices will come in multiple flavors, with stock Android - but Google Play OEMs and carriers can play around with this, adding their own apps.

 

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One example of an Android One-powered smartphone is the dual-SIM smartphone from Micromax in India. This smartphone will feature a 4.5-inch screen, FM radio and a price of under $200. Google's goal with Android One is providing "at scale, high-quality, affordable smartphones" for "the next billion" smartphone owners.

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