Chasing the next billion with Sundar Pichai

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If you use any Google product, chances are Google’s SVP Sundar Pichai has had some say in how it was created. Pichai joined Google in 2004, and over the course of just a few years, Pichai has extended his domain beyond Chrome to encompass Google Drive, Maps, apps, Chrome OS, Android, Search, Ads, ATAP, and more. Pichai’s expansive role was formalized back in October of 2014, when CEO Larry Page handed him the day-to-day responsibilities of running the tech giant.

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Android M: small refinements with a huge impact

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Last year, Google introduced an elegant, sophisticated operating system with an all-new design that was compatible with everything from phones to watches to cars to TVs. This year, with Android M, it’s refining it.

The year-over-year cycle of innovation followed by refinement isn’t new to anyone familiar with tech, but increasingly it’s tough to say just what Google’s next refinements ought to be. There’s the usual checkboxes: improve battery life, clean up some settings, buff out the rough spots. After that, you expect a headline, a brand new service or feature — like, say, an improved mobile payment system. Small or large, we’ve come to expect these annual upgrades.

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How Google solved our photo backup nightmare

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A year ago, when Vic Gundotra left Google, the social network he was building there was thrown into uncertainty. Reports trickling out of the company suggested Gundotra ‘s Google+ was slowly being dismantled. The most intriguing news concerned its photos team, which had relocated to a different building and begun work on a new project related to photos. Google had built a powerful tool for storing and organizing pictures, but had buried it inside a neglected social network. Reports suggested that now, the product would stand on its own.

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Android Pay will allow you to shop at stores without ever pulling out your phone

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Google debuted Android Pay during yesterday’s opening keynote at its I/O developer conference. But the most interesting news came at a late afternoon session, where executives from Google’s commerce division showed off a prototype of a hands-free feature that will soon be beta testing in San Francisco. Customers can walk into a store, say, “I would like to pay with Google” and walk out without having touched their wallet or phone.

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Urban Transportation Will Go All-Electric Sooner Than You Think

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electricbus Think of the vehicle that will change urban transportation. If the image in your mind is not an electric bus, you’re thinking of the wrong vehicle. The electrification of the passenger vehicle has made headlines for good reason. Vehicles like the Tesla Model S and BMW i8 are beautiful and fast, and cars like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf offer compelling value to commuters. But… Read More

ATAP’s ‘Soli’ Radar-Based Gesture Control Could Be The Perfect Wearable Interface

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google-io-2015-atap0025 Google’s ATAP Project Soli is an attempt to harness the power of the hand and finger manipulation to make it easier to interact with ever-smaller devices and screens. It posits that instead of using tools, we should use our “hand motion vocabulary” to control devices, even when the devices aren’t present. What it does is let you control devices using natural hand… Read More

Levi’s Is The First Official Partner For Google ATAP’s Jacquard Connected Fabric

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google-io-2015-atap0064 Google was showing off its Project Jacquard at I/O 2015, a connected fabric tech that lets you build connected surfaces right into your clothes, in a way that makes it easy to connect to devices and power, while letting clothes makers make stuff that actually looks good. It seems promising, especially because they’ve already signed on Levi’s as a first partner.
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Google Debuts App Invites, A More Personalized System For Inviting Friends To Try Apps

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appinvites2 Google has debuted a new product called “App Invites” aimed at helping mobile app developers grow their application’s user base. Now in beta for both iOS and Android, App Invites includes a set of standardized tools for sending out app invites over SMS and email, highlighting recommended contacts, creating personalized onboarding experiences for new users, and measuring… Read More

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