Google Announces Big Project Ara Update, Consumer Phone Coming Next Year

Today during the ATAP session at Google I/O (EDIT: WATCH IT HERE!), Google provided an update on Project Ara, the modular phone concept from Google that we were starting to think might have been shelved. During the short session, Google showed off the latest prototypes, told us when to expect developer and consumer units, and maybe more importantly, showed hot swapping of modules in real-time, one of which was controlled by voice.

The full ATAP session is worth watching, once Google posts it, but for now, let’s talk about the Ara news, because it’s big.  (more…)

Chromebooks Just Killed the Tablet

If you are at all considering an Android tablet purchase at the moment, feel free to stop. I say that because in a couple of weeks, Android apps and the Google Play store will arrive on select Chromebooks. By the end of the year, those same apps will arrive on dozens and dozens of additional Chromebooks at varying prices and in a variety of forms, some of which can emulate a tablet experience. This major move of Android apps onto Chromebooks from Google has all but eliminated the need for Android tablets to even exist.

Let me explain.  (more…)

Winners of the First Google Play Awards Include Robinhood, Houzz, Alphabear

During an evening presentation at Google I/O last night, Google announced winners for their first ever Google Play Awards. After announcing a handful of apps for a handful of categories (like “Best use of Material Design” and “Best game”) a few weeks back, we now know who reigns supreme in the eyes of Google’s “panel of experts on the Google Play team.”  (more…)

Google Confirms That It is Making a VR Headset for Daydream

This morning, during the “VR at Google” session here at Google I/O, Google’s VP of virtual reality, Clay Bavor, confirmed that the company is making its own VR headset. He didn’t provide specifics (like name or release date), only that they are indeed working on a product that is outside of the reference design they built for other manufacturers to use.  (more…)

Poll: Biggest News so Far Out of Google I/O 2016?

Google I/O 2016 is far from over and we have much more to cover, but after the blockbuster keynote from yesterday wrapped and we took the rest of the day to digest all that was announced, we want to know what impressed you the most.

Were you blown away by Google Home or Assistant? Does Daydream live up to all of your VR dreams? Are you ready to adopt Allo as your next messaging client and ditch Hangouts? Maybe you just care about the stable-enough Android N Developer Preview 3 that was released? Something else stuck out, perhaps?

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Android Auto at I/O: Coming Soon to Your Phone, Plus Waze, Hotwording, and a Concept

Google didn’t mention much about Android Auto yesterday during either the keynote or through their barrage of blog posts once that wrapped, but they are sharing big changes with media and in the I/O Sandbox. The changes include a phone mode that allows you to use your phone as your Android Auto unit, incoming Waze support, and a really cool concept that is Google’s vision for a full-blown in-car infotainment suite.  (more…)