Report: Google to Introduce New “Internet of Things” Software at I/O to Take Over Your Home

Next week, Google will debut a new software at next week’s Google I/O that the search giant hopes will eventually take over your home, according to a report out of The Information. The Internet of Things (IoT), as we call it, is a smart world around us where everything is connected, from appliances to sprinklers to security systems to your bed. Developing a platform for developers to easily get into IoT is Google’s next big move.  (more…)

Giveaway: Win a Ticket to Automatic’s Google I/O Party!

Automatic, a company that wants you to become one with your car through an adapter and smartphone app, is hosting a party at next week’s Google I/O and they asked if we could help spread the word by handing out tickets (10 of them!) to our readers, tickets that will also land you their car adapters. Awesome, right? Company doing innovative things with cars and phones wants you to party with them for free in San Francisco and receive free goods – how can you beat that?

The party is sort of like a pre-party for Google I/O in that it goes down the night before Google takes the stage. So on May 27, you can have a little fun before all of the serious stuff takes place and you need to think about code and animations and cloud thingies and compatibility and fragmentation (hah!). There will be “unlimited” drinks (read: open bar), entertainment (like Mario Kart battles), and a bunch of giveaways. Oh, we’ll be there too! (more…)

Official Google I/O App Updated for This Year’s Event on Google Play

The official Google I/O app received an update today to get it ready for the 2015 event. As you all know, I/O takes place on May 28 and 29 in San Francisco and the app is one of the best ways for attendees and non-attendees to keep up with the action. This app also always serves as a vehicle for Google to show off the latest in Android app design, which still happens to be Material Design(more…)

Google to Introduce “Voice Access” at I/O, Giving Users Hands-Free Control of Apps

The more we look at the Google I/O schedule that was posted today, the more information we discover about upcoming features and products. After learning that the ATAP team is going to give us new wearables and that Android M will be around in some capacity, we found another feature called “Voice Access” that might help you control apps in new ways, namely, your voice. (more…)

Question of the Day: What Will Android M be Called?

With Google all but confirming the announcement of Android M at Google I/O later this month, it’s time to decide what we think Google will call it when it goes stable. The “M,” assuming Google sticks with the long-standing Android naming scheme, should stand for some sort of sweet treat. It could end up being a big branded piece of candy (KitKat) or a more general term for a category of sweets (Ice Cream Sandwich). Google typically attempts to surprise or trick us by keeping the name guarded up until the last minute, so guessing is always fun.

Assuming the mention of “Android M” wasn’t just a typo – and we don’t believe that it was – we may not know the official name until some time later this year. Our guess is that Google will announce Android M in the form of a preview at I/O, then try and release a stable version, along with the name, at some point in the fall, like they did with Lollipop.

Now is the time to place your bets on a sweet name. (Please be Mike and Ike!)

Google’s ATAP is Introducing New Wearables That Will “Blow Your Socks Off” at Google I/O

Google posted the I/O 2015 schedule this morning (more on that in a bit) with a session hosted by the ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) team that has already caught our attention. The session is titled “Badass and beautiful. Tech and human. Love and work. ATAP.” which doesn’t tell us much, other than they have some wild, spiritual, and emotional thoughts on technology. But should you cruise into the description of the session, past the Fast and Furious reference, we find out that the ATAP team has new wearables to show off.  (more…)

Google May Let App Developers A/B Test Play Listings in Near Future

According to a report out of The Information, Google will soon give developers more power over the listings for their apps on Google Play in the form of A/B testing. Currently, neither Google nor Apple allow A/B testing of app pages, so this would be a first and something that could help developers fine-tune their listings to help increase install rates and revenue.  (more…)

Check Your Inboxes, Google I/O Ticket Invites are Going Out!

Did you register for a chance to purchase a ticket to this year’s Google I/O? If so, be sure to check your inbox (and spam folder), as Google has started sending out invitations to purchase tickets. The invites also appear to be time sensitive, with some redeem codes expiring as early as this Thursday.

As a reminder, general admission tickets are $900 and academic tickets $300, so have your credit cards ready.

Anyone get an invite?