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…)

Google I/O 2016 Schedule is Live, Time to Start Planning

The Google I/O 2016 schedule is now live on the I/O site, which means it’s time to see what Google has in store for this year’s developers conference. It also means that we get to see how this whole “developer festival” will be structured and the sessions located.

As a reminder, this year’s Google I/O is moving out of downtown San Francisco’s Moscone Center and down to Google’s home in Mountain View. The keynote and sessions will all take place at the Shoreline Amphitheater, an outdoor venue that is basically across the street from Google’s campus. Google is also expanding this year’s I/O to three days, something they haven’t done since 2013.  (more…)

Google I/O 2016 Registration is Now Open!

It’s time to put your name in the hat for Google I/O 2016! Registration is now open for all and will remain open until March 10 at 5PM Pacific.

As a reminder, I/O costs $900 for general attendees and $300 for academic tickets. The registration process is essentially a lottery, where you fill out a form to submit your chance for entry, then sit back and wait until March 10 when Google decides who gets to go.  (more…)

Google I/O 2016 Site Goes Live, Registration Lottery Begins March 8

Ready for Google I/O 2016 at its new location in Mountain View? Google has opened up the 2016 site with information about the festivities, including when you can register and how much it will cost you.

As far as registration goes, Google is once again doing a lottery of sorts. On March 8 at 9AM PST, they will open registration that closes on March 10 at 5PM PST. During that time, you’ll need to sign in with your Google account and complete a required registration application. In previous years, you needed a credit card to do so, but Google hasn’t mentioned that this time, as far as I can tell.  (more…)

Google I/O 2016 Dates Set – May 18-20 in Mountain View

Google I/O 2016 dates are now set. How does May 18-20 sound? I don’t know why I just asked that, because those are the actual dates and it doesn’t really matter what you think. Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent out a Tweet this morning confirming the date for your calendars, but also mentioned that they are taking the show to Mountain View and the Shoreline Amphitheatre.

“More details soon.”  (more…)

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…)