Android M Feature: Be Gone Terrible Lollipop Volume Controls!

You know how the volume/do-not-disturb combination of things in Lollipop drove almost all of you nuts? Google heard you loud and clear and have attempted to fix the volume situation with Android M. We now have simplified volume controls that actually make sense and work like they used to.

As you will see in the video below, you can once again press the volume down button on your phone to take you all the way to vibrate, but another tap then jumps into silent mode, which really is now Do Not Disturb mode (again). That mode makes everything quiet, outside of alarms, which is exactly how it should be and should have been.  (more…)

Google Play Services 7.5 is Packed Full of Goodies

Not only did we get Android M (our tour!) yesterday, but Google also introduced Google Play Services 7.5, which includes all sorts of new goodness like “Smart Lock for Passwords, Instance ID, new APIs for Google Cloud Messaging and Google Cast, as well as access to the Google Maps API on Android Wear devices.” See, this is a big time update. Let’s talk about some of it.  (more…)

A Photo Tour of Google I/O 2015

Yesterday, you all sat through Google’s 2.5 hour long keynote to get Google I/O 2015 started. If you aren’t attending in person, though, that may be all you were able to see from Google’s yearly developer conference. Well, unless you tune into a live-streamed session here or there. To hopefully give you a little bit of a glimpse into the whole experience outside of the keynote and a session, we walked the floor and snapped a bunch of pictures of all the creative things floating about.  (more…)

Thursday Poll: What Was Today’s Biggest Announcement at Google I/O?

A lot took place today, and now that the day is somewhat wrapping up, we want to know what you thought was the biggest announcement from the Google I/O keynote.

Google took the stage early this morning, then proceeded to announce a ton of new things – the Android M developer preview (available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player), updated Google Cardboard headset that fits larger phones, Android Pay, Project Brillo to manage the Internet of Things, a family-friendly version of Google Play for the kiddies, an all-new Google Photos app, plus a ton more.

Share your thoughts below on what you think the biggest announcement from Google I/O is so far.

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Google Now on Tap Brings Smart Multi-Tasking to Android M

Part of Android M is a major enhancement to Google Now, Google’s smart-as-hell automated assistant service, called Now on Tap. With Google Now on Tap, the new piece to the Now puzzle, you can get Google Now help from almost anywhere with a simple long press of your phone’s home button, allowing you to multi-task from any screen without having to leave what you are currently doing.  (more…)

Google Announces Android M Developer Preview, Here is a List of Changes

Google just announced the Android M Developer Preview and thanks to this image that was put up at the I/O keynote, we can see almost all of the new features included.

Things like better text selection, custom Chrome tabs, USB Type-C support for phones, crazy improved power management, fingerprint support, Android Pay, revamped volume controls, and direct sharing with contacts are all now included.

The M preview will be available on the Nexus 5, 6, 9, and Player.

Take a look at the image above and let us know what sounds amazing to you!  (more…)