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Next-gen Android will see personal/corporate smartphones mix together

Google I/O 2014 - The L release of Android is getting a good tease at Google I/O, with the next iteration of Google's mobile OS fusing together the world of personal and corporate smartphones - seeing the same applications installed on both.

 

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Within the OS, there is still data separation, so your personal data doesn't mix with the important work data. This will pave the way for the bulk deployment of apps too, which will make the lives of IT support staff that much easier. Samsung has worked closely with Google on this, with Google thanking Samsung for its contribution on their work on Knox.

Android will soon let you mirror your smartphone to your TV

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

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

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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The next version of Android will be capable of remote wiping

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

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.

Android software buttons receive a simple, but effective facelift

Google I/O 2014 - This is pretty much just a tease for now, until we get some more information on the L release of Android - which should be Android 5.0, but take a look at the new software buttons.

 

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The new buttons use a triangle as back, circle as home, and square for multi-tasking. I'm personally digging the new simplistic design, something that should roll into the new version of Android when it hits, which should be the new 'L' release of Android. The L release of Android should arrive as Android 5.0, something we should hopefully hear more about this week during Google I/O.

Google announces it has 62% of the global tablet market share

Google I/O 2014 - During the Google I/O conference that is currently on, Google announced it has a massive 62% of the global tablet market share.

 

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If we look back over the last couple of years, this number has grown considerably - last year, Google had just 46% of the global tablet market share. In 2012, it was just 29%. So we can see that Google is doing some truly big business in tablets. The company has also said that it sees 42% of all YouTube usage coming from its mobile OS, Android, and that app installs are up 236% year-over-year.

Google has over 1 billion monthly active users on Android

Google I/O 2014 - Google has kicked off its Google I/O conference, with the company announcing that it has over 1 billion monthly active users on Android, a staggering number.

 

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This time last year, that number was 538 million, so that is quite the explosion of users onto Google's mobile OS. The company had some fun numbers to share, where it sees 93 million selfies taken by Android users daily, 20 billion text messages per day, and people check their phones over 100 billion times a day. Shocking when it gets laid out in front of you like that, isn't it?

Windows 8.1 Update 2 to arrive soon, could be a huge 3GB download

The second update to Windows 8.1 is expected to roll out in the coming months, with Windows 8.1 Update 2 set to roll out to users across the world in August-September, but there's news now on just how big this download will be.

 

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A Microsoft representative has reportedly taken to the EightForums, stating that the company is currently training its support employees for Windows 8.1 Update 2. This rep confirmed the August-September timeframe for its release, which will be released into the Windows Store. Something that should surprise most is that Windows 8.1 Update 2 will be a huge 3GB in size.

 

Considering Update 1 was 'just' 700MB, 3GB is a huge contrast in sizes. This person could just be talking nonsense, but we could also expect Windows 8.1 Update 2 to be 3GB, and if it does, what do you think about that?

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