Android N Preview 3 Gets Semi-Stable “Beta” Release, Available Now

The massive Google I/O 2016 keynote just wrapped and that means it’s time to start talking about what’s new. Since you are all obsessed with new versions of Android, we thought we should first start with the fact that Android N Developer Preview 3 is now available. Google is also saying that this version should be stable enough for you to use on a daily device. And Android Pay works! That’s huge news!  (more…)

Google Releases Google Play Developer Console App to Help With App Management

Google I/O hasn’t started yet, but you can bet that Google will talk about the release of a new app designed specifically for developers with apps on Google Play. It’s the Google Play Developer Console app! Yep, no more logging into the developer console via the web and attempting to manage your apps. With this app, you can do quite a bit of management of your apps from within an app. How fun.  (more…)

Google I/O 2016 Keynote Live Chat!

We are back at Google I/O once again, this time to cover the 2016 “developer festival” that Google is putting on in their own backyard at the Shoreline Amphitheater. This isn’t the typical I/O setup, so don’t expect this to be in any way like previous years – it should be much bigger, much louder, and potentially have more news than ever.

To kick things off, we have today’s opening keynote which starts promptly at 10AM Pacific (1PM Eastern). This is a 2-hour keynote that should feature everything from Android N updates to VR, Project Tango, and Chrome OS.

We will be on the grounds after that wraps with proper event coverage. But for now, you’ll find an embed of the keynote in both regular form and 360-form, should you want to dive into this whole deal virtually.

Join us soon!  (more…)

Hugo Barra Teases Xiaomi Mi Android TV Reveal for Google I/O?

Hugo Barra, former master presenter of Android at Google who now overseas the fun happening with Xiaomi, teased a couple of interesting bits of Google I/O related material this week, prompting those of us in this tech sphere to wonder if Xiaomi has co-developed a product with Google to be announced tomorrow. You can see the tweets below that prompted the speculation, both of which appear to show something gaming and TV focused.  (more…)

Question of the Day: What are You Hoping to See at Google I/O Tomorrow?

So, umm, Google I/O starts tomorrow. You didn’t forget did you? If so, be sure to read our quick preview, as it dives into the latest rumors and also includes predictions on what we may or may not see.

Since we are on the eve of the magic that is I/O, we thought we would give you one last chance to weigh in with thoughts everything before it becomes official. Let’s talk about what we want to see the most, which sessions have grabbed our attention, and how awesome Matias’ outfit is going to look on stage at an amphitheater.

Ready? Go!

Google I/O 2016 is This Week! What Should We Expect?

Assuming you are any sort of Android or Google nerd, you know that Google I/O starts later this week – Wednesday, to be exact. At Google I/O, which is Google’s yearly developer conference, we get to find out just what Google has been working on and what their plans are for the near and distant future. They almost always show off the newest version of Android (even if it is only in preview form), share refreshed design guidelines, and talk about their different product focuses (from Auto to Chrome and Chromebooks, to Google Photos, Play, and even pet projects, like the crazy stuff from Google’s ATAP team).

We typically go into I/O thinking we have a good vision for what Google will talk about, but then they almost always toss in some surprises even if they do layout a preview of sorts through each year’s schedule that hits the I/O website well ahead of the conference…err “festival.” This year, though, Google is changing locations and taking the show closer to home, so the whole thing is very much up in the air. Sure, we know VR will be a big part of it, as will Android Pay, and Android N, but what else?

Let’s talk about it and make some dumb predictions. (more…)

Report: Google’s Amazon Echo-Like Device is Codenamed Chirp, Possible Google I/O Tease to Take Place

Back in late March, a report surfaced that stated Google was working on an Amazon Echo-like device. Not many details were known at the time, but really, how much info does one need? The Amazon Echo is a pretty straightforward device. You speak to it, it listens. It can play music from Amazon Prime Music, can create shopping lists for you, and even works with Nest, if you own a smart thermostat. Now, picture all of that stuff, but built by Google for use with Google’s multitude of services.  (more…)

Android VR Headset Said to Launch at Google I/O, be “Better” Than Gear VR

With Google I/O quickly approaching, we’ve been wondering how Google planned to surprise us. With Android N already alive and in preview 2, it wasn’t going to be with that, though we may still get a preview 3 next week. With the current line-up of Nexus devices still fresh enough, we aren’t expecting to see 2016 models yet either. So what could the big reveal be, if there is one? According to Peter Rojas of Gizmodo, Engadget, and various other tech venture fame, citing multiple sources, it’ll be with Android VR(more…)