Android M Feature: Notification Shade on Tablets Moves to Wherever You Swipe From

If you have used a tablet running stock Lollipop, then you probably know that the notification shade situation isn’t exactly ideal. Before Lollipop, Google was using two separate pulldowns for the notification shade on tablets, one that would show notifications and another that gave you access to quick toggles. Since those were combined into a multi-layered single notification shade in Android 5.0+, they decided to center it on tablets, no matter where you swiped from.   (more…)

Google is Launching “Hands Free” Payment Service This Year

Watch the video above and try to tell me that all of those frustrating experiences that often are a part of the payment process in a store haven’t happened to you numerous times. From finicky card readers and pens that can’t write to broken touch screens and de-magnetized credit card strips, the payment process is actual quite painful. Google is going to try and fix that soon by allowing you pay without using your hands.  (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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Android M Developer Preview Tour!

We have now been running the Android M developer preview on a Nexus 6 and Nexus 5 for the better part of the last couple of hours and are now ready to share some of our findings. While there aren’t a lot of big, forward-facing UI changes, there are all sorts of little tweaks everywhere, some that we like, others that we may need to sleep on before we make any bold claims about.  (more…)