During the Google I/O 2017 keynote, the Android team put up our favorite image of each I/O – the new Android features letter. We see these each year, where Google puts all of the major new OS features into the shape of whatever the new letter is for the new version of Android. This year, it’s an “O” obviously. (more…)
You know what’s cooler than a billion monthly active Android users? 2 billion monthly active Android users. That’s the number Google crossed, according to CEO Sundar Pichai.
During his opening at the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Pichai ran through all sorts of numbers, but this number stands out the most to us little Android bloggers. Like, 2 billion is ummm…a lot. Sure, a ton of those are lower-tier devices and others that are probably running Ice Cream Sandwich, but still. (more…)
Remember Android Device Manager, Google’s app for finding lost or stolen Android devices? It’s now called “Find My Device” and will change on your phone, thanks to an update that just rolled out.
The functionality of the app doesn’t appear to be changing much. It still locates your phones, can ask them to play a sound, and also remotely lock, erase, or show a message on them.
To get the newly named app, hit that link below. (more…)
Starting today, iRobot says that all of its connected Roomba robots are now compatible and controllable with Google Home and the Google Assistant. That interaction can happen on the Roomba 980, 960, 690, and soon-to-be-release 890. (more…)
Once again we are in town for this week’s Google I/O, which will kick off this morning with an opening keynote. The keynote is always the time for big announcements, even if many are focused on Google’s developing platforms or products that still have months of work ahead before you and I can buy or play with them.
For example, last year Google announced Allo and Duo, though neither showed up on the Play store for some time. We also got our first look at the Google Assistant, Google Home, and Daydream View. We could see similar announcements this year, so this is an event you won’t want to miss. (more…)
Google I/O 2017 kicks off today in Google’s backyard at the Shoreline Amphitheatre! Google has kept most of their plans under wraps, but it should be a big week for all things Google, even in the non-developer realm. Everything from Android to VR and Google Assistant to Android Auto will likely get touched on at some point and we are in town to bring it to you. (more…)
If you own an Amazon Alexa-equipped device, like an Echo, you know that the device is only reactive in that it doesn’t do much unless you ask it to. In the near future, that will change as Amazon looks to enable notifications for services that can alert you as new information arrives that you might find useful. (more…)