Getting More Women Into Tech Is Going To Be Awkward

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awkward Big tech companies are pushing hard to get the word out about their efforts to be more inclusive for women, people of color, and other minority groups. We recently covered Google’s latest efforts to get women involved in tech, including sending “at least one person each” to upcoming tech conferences via a new scholarship program and committing $50 million over three years to… Read More

Google Play For Education Goes Beyond Tablets, Now Available For Chromebooks, Too

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Education - Android Apps on Google Play Last November, Google launched Google Play for Education, a portal for teachers and schools to more easily buy Android apps, books and educational YouTube video, and distribute them to their students. At the time, the program was solely focused on tablets, but starting today, the team also launched support for Chromebooks. With the revamped Google Play for Education, teachers can now give… Read More

Google I/O Attendees Gifted Brand-New “Android Wear” Smartwatches

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IMG_0273 Get ready to be jealous, Google fans. Google I/O attendees will walk away from this week’s annual developer conference with some brand-new Android Wear-powered smartwatches. This year, I/O attendees will be able to choose from one of the new Android Wear watches introduced earlier today, including the Samsung Gear Live or LG G3 Android Wear. In addition, they’ll also… Read More

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

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