Google is Letting You Help Name Android N

What’s Android N going to be called? You know the question has be burning through your brain since the first preview arrived a couple of months ago. Google has teased options. We have taken guesses. But we still don’t know, even after today’s I/O keynote.

Well, Google is going to let you do something about it. During today’s keynote, Google announced that they are letting the people help decide what Android N should be called because they are struggling (or just want to include you in the fun). Seriously, they even have a website already setup for you to start submitting options.  (more…)

Google Home is Official, Powered by Google Assistant, Available Later This Year

During the keynote of Google I/O this morning, Google Home was made official. Set to be a real competitor to the Amazon Echo, Google Home is powered by Google Assistant, the new AI-based software that helps users complete tasks.

Much like Echo, a user will speak to Google Home, which will get it to relay information from the web, playback music thanks to a built-in speaker, tracks your packages, make and change dining reservations, and even go over calendar events you have linked to your Google account. (more…)

Here’s What’s New in Android N as of Google I/O

Curious as to what’s all new in Android N as of today? As has been the case the past couple of years, Google tossed up a slide during the I/O keynote with new features in the shape of the newest version of Android to give us a good look.

Sure, a lot of this stuff we already knew about thanks to two developer previews before today’s release, but it’s still nice to see it all in one place.

See anything extra interesting?

 

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!