Google is bringing Android to the car with Android Auto

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Google is finally laying out its grand plans to bring Android, the world’s leading mobile operating system, to your car. It’s called Android Auto. Think of it as the software you’re already familiar with, but redesigned and reimagined for the car. Google says Android Auto is contextually aware, bringing you the information you want when you need it. And it’s been optimized for voice, which means you’ll never need to take your hands off the wheel to use it. Google said that was a priority in their approach to developing Android Auto, with Patrick Brady pointed to alarming accident statistics during his presentation at I/O. “There has to be a better way,” he said. Google’s car ambitions are rooted in Android L, the latest version of its…

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Google officially unveils Android TV

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With a success under its belt with the Chromecast, Google is officially renewing its assault on the living room with Android TV. Running atop Android L, Android TV will run on hardware a la Google TV and set-top boxes like Apple TV and Roku and consoles, but with an added focus on gaming.

Today’s announcement confirms details gleaned by The Verge this past April. Google TV, launched in 2010 with its apparent ambition to turn your television into a smartphone, is now firmly in the past. Android TV is Google’s rekindled vision for your home’s largest screen, and it’s considerably sleeker and more in line with the competition’s offerings. Entertainment is paramount this time around, as the software surfaces content from the Google Play…

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Woman interrupts Google keynote speech to protest housing evictions

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Google’s biggest event of the year, the I/O 2014 developers conference in San Francisco, was interrupted today by a stark reminder of the growing class divide in the city: a protester shouting about evictions allegedly caused by a Google employee. The protester, whose identity has yet to be confirmed, began shouting in the middle of Android engineering director Dave Burke’s talk at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. She held up a T-shirt that read “develop a conscience, stop Jack Halprin,” as seen in the photo above and below.

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Google announces Android TV hardware from Sony and Sharp at I/O

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We’ve had a good idea about what Google’s Android TV will look like since April, but the big question has what kind of devices it will ship on. Google already makes a video streaming stick in the form of the Chromecast, so how will it — and others — go with Android TV hardware? Google answered that question at its developer conference I/O today, with new hardware that will run the set top entertainment operating system.

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You can now mirror your Android phone to Chromecast

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Google is adding Android mirroring support to Chromecast. While Chromecast, as the name suggests, has been limited to Chrome tab streaming, that’s being extended to a number of Android handsets soon. HTC’s One M7 is supported, alongside LG’s G2 and G2 Pro, and Google’s Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 10 devices. On the Samsung side the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy S5 will all support Android screen mirroring to Chromecast. More devices will be supported soon, but the Moto X is one prominent device missing on the list for now.

Google’s $35 Chromecast streaming device is also getting an upgrade later this year to allow anyone to stream content to a connected TV. Chromecast currently supports casting from Android, iOS,…

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Android apps will eventually run on Chromebooks

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Google is working to bring Chrome OS and Android closer together, and that’ll eventually mean having Android apps running right on a Chromebook. “We’re in early days,” Sundary Pichai, Google’s Chrome and Android chief, said on stage today at Google’s I/O developer conference. Pichai didn’t say when the feature would arrive, but he demonstrated it already working using Android apps for Evernote, Flipboard, and Vine. The apps can appear in a tall, phone-sized window, or they can be expanded to run as they would on tablets.

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Google Shames Apple’s iOS For Adding What Android Did Years Ago

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Android_Innovation Apple’s Tim Cook insulted Google at WWDC earlier this month saying “Android dominates the market in malware”, and quoted an article calling the fragmented open operating system a “toxic hellstew of vulnerabilities.” Well Google punched back this morning at its I/O conference when Sundar Pichai put up a slide showing Android’s progess over the years,… Read More

Google Blurs The Line Between Web And Native Apps On Android

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IMG_0039 Today at Google I/O, Chrome Director of Product Management Avni Shah introduced the new version of Chrome coming in the next Android update dubbed Android L. As expected, we got a couple of feature updates. But it isn’t just a better version of Chrome. There is a clear and more profound message coming from Google — the company wants to blend native apps with web tabs. And the end… Read More

Google Announces Android Auto, Promises Enabled Cars By End Of 2014

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Screen Shot 2014-06-25 at 10.19.17 AM Today in its sprawling keynote at its I/O event, Google announced Android Auto. The version of Android will be “completely voice enabled” according to the company, and will help users navigate, communicate and listen to music in their cars. The system will be “contextually aware,” Google says, and will allow for hands-free access, an important feature of an experience… Read More

Google touts 1 billion active Android users per month

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At last year’s Google I/O the company revealed it had activated 900 million Android devices, and this year that number has hit the billion mark. Over a 30-day period, 1 billion people now actively use Android devices. Google’s Android and Chrome chief, Sundar Pichai, revealed the latest Android figures on stage at Google I/O in San Francisco today, including the fact that phones are checked 100 billion times each day.

The selfie phenomenon hasn’t escaped Android users either, with Pichai revealing that 93 million are taken each day with Android devices alongside the delivery of 20 billion text messages per day on Android. Pichai was also keen to highlight Google’s tablet efforts, claiming that Android tablets account for 62 percent of…

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Aereo Says That SCOTUS Ruling “Sends A Chilling Message To The Tech Industry”

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aereo-legal-shutterstock_140860981 Aereo has issued a formal response to the decision passed down today by the Supreme Court, ruling that Aereo is illegal because the service is considered a public performance under the Copyright Act. In the response, Aereo calls this decision a “massive setback for the American consumer.” Chet Kanojia, Aereo CEO, also cites Justice Scalia’s dissent in the statement,… Read More

Victorious Launches To Build Mobile Apps For YouTube Stars

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victorious A startup called Victorious is looking to build mobile apps for “digitally-born stars”, creating hubs that bring together a creator’s content from YouTube and social media sites. There are a couple of former YouTube executives involved in the company, including Chief Creative Officer Bing Chen (previously YouTube’s global head of creator development and management)… Read More

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