Daydream is Google’s Virtual Reality Platform for Android Devices

Previously expected to be called Android VR, Google announced Daydream at Google I/O this morning, its virtual reality platform for Android devices. To clarify, Google already had a feature inside of the Android OS called Daydream; It was basically a screen saver that was displayed when devices would sit idle. Now, the Daydream name represents Google’s stronger commitment into VR for mobile devices.

Daydream has a few branches that you will hear more about over the next few months. For Android smartphones, specifically ones running Android N, a VR Mode has been built into the OS. This mode optimizes the device’s performance, since VR can be quite the processing hog. (more…)

Download: 4 New Wallpapers From Android N Preview 3

Want more goodies that we found inside the Android N Developer Preview 3? How about four new wallpapers? Yes, I know you want them because Google’s wallpapers are almost always pretty great.

The four included are the classic aerial shots of coasts and various water bodies. I’ve included previews of each below, but you’ll want to download the .zip file that includes the full resolution papers (2880×2560).

Enjoy!  (more…)

Download: Google Keyboard 5.1 Arrives in Android N DP3 With Themes!

Buried inside the the new Android N Developer Preview 3 is the new Google Keyboard 5.1, a slight bump in version number from the recent v5.0 that rolled out a few weeks back. We weren’t exactly expecting a bunch of new features this soon after the big 5.0 push, but one in particular should bring customizers some joy – themes and custom keyboards!  (more…)

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…)

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…)