Android Auto at I/O: Coming Soon to Your Phone, Plus Waze, Hotwording, and a Concept

Google didn’t mention much about Android Auto yesterday during either the keynote or through their barrage of blog posts once that wrapped, but they are sharing big changes with media and in the I/O Sandbox. The changes include a phone mode that allows you to use your phone as your Android Auto unit, incoming Waze support, and a really cool concept that is Google’s vision for a full-blown in-car infotainment suite.  (more…)

Google Lists More Places to Find Android TV, Changes for Android N

Google did not spend too much time detailing changes for the Android TV platform during its opening I/O keynote yesterday, but following the event, plenty of information was posted to the company’s official blog. Not only did Google explain where potential Android TV users could find the platform in new 2016 TV and set-top hardware from various companies, but also explained a few changes we will see once Android N hits the platform.  (more…)

More 4K Content, HDR Gaming Coming to NVIDIA SHIELD

To go along with all of the excitement out of Mountain View at Google I/O, NVIDIA is getting in on the action, announcing a gang of new content for the NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV set-top box. Set to be included in Upgrade 3.2, available in the near future for all owners, new content is coming to SHIELD, including 4K streaming at 60fps from YouTube, HDR video from Netflix, HDR GameStream, and a ton of new application support for Android TV.

Listed as “new” for Android TV, there will be apps for the Disney Channel, Spotify, WatchESPN, Watch ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, and Deezer. Vudu with 4K video is also launching and will be a SHIELD exclusive.  (more…)

Download: Google Keyboard 5.1 Arrives in Android N DP3 With Themes!

Buried inside the the new Android N Developer Preview 3 is the new Google Keyboard 5.1, a slight bump in version number from the recent v5.0 that rolled out a few weeks back. We weren’t exactly expecting a bunch of new features this soon after the big 5.0 push, but one in particular should bring customizers some joy – themes and custom keyboards!  (more…)

Google Introduces Messaging App Allo, New Video Chat App Duo

In an announcement no one saw coming today at Google I/O, Google went ahead and unveiled two new apps, one for messaging and another for video chatting. The apps are called Allo and Duo, respectively.

Unfortunately, Google was just previewing the apps today and hasn’t made them available, but they did talk plenty about them. This is what you need to know.  (more…)