#TBT: Unboxing Our First Google I/O Gift, the Galaxy Tab Running Honeycomb

We are here at Google I/O 2016 in Mountain View, reminiscing about the fun times we have had celebrating all that is Android. We were thinking hard, remembering all of the goodies Google has given out over the years to attendees, only because it seems Google has no gifts to share with folks this year. There has been phones, tablets, Nexus Q door stops, and plenty of smartwatches. One Google I/O gift stands alone, though, and that’s the first gift we received for attending Google I/O in 2011. That is the limited edition Samsung Galaxy Tab, running Android 3.0.1 Honeycomb.  (more…)

Google I/O 2016 is This Week! What Should We Expect?

Assuming you are any sort of Android or Google nerd, you know that Google I/O starts later this week – Wednesday, to be exact. At Google I/O, which is Google’s yearly developer conference, we get to find out just what Google has been working on and what their plans are for the near and distant future. They almost always show off the newest version of Android (even if it is only in preview form), share refreshed design guidelines, and talk about their different product focuses (from Auto to Chrome and Chromebooks, to Google Photos, Play, and even pet projects, like the crazy stuff from Google’s ATAP team).

We typically go into I/O thinking we have a good vision for what Google will talk about, but then they almost always toss in some surprises even if they do layout a preview of sorts through each year’s schedule that hits the I/O website well ahead of the conference…err “festival.” This year, though, Google is changing locations and taking the show closer to home, so the whole thing is very much up in the air. Sure, we know VR will be a big part of it, as will Android Pay, and Android N, but what else?

Let’s talk about it and make some dumb predictions. (more…)

Google I/O App Updated for 2016, Start Planning Your Sessions

The official Google I/O application has been updated for the 2016 conference, allowing all attendees to begin planning their sessions while mobile. The Google I/O 2016 schedule has been available for a couple of weeks now, but with the app receiving the update, it’s a sign we are inching even closer to seeing what Google has been cooking down in Mountain View. (more…)

Google Photos: Privacy Nightmare or Memory Bliss? [Opinion]

Google announced a lot of neat things at Google I/O last week, but the most news worthy item, in my opinion, has by far been Google Photos. The app/service is stunning for its ability to not only store all of your photos and videos for free, but also for creating animated GIFs, highlight videos, collages, and most importantly, letting you search through your images based on the content. It’s an insanely great product, but all of those features have been decried by some of the media over privacy concerns. Sure, Google lets you search through all of your photos based on the location, people in them, objects in them, etc., but that just means Google will be selling advertisements based on your photos, right?

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Reminder: Google I/O 2015 Registration Opens Tomorrow at 9am PDT (Updated)

UPDATE:  GOOGLE I/O REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. REGISTER HERE.


If you had plans on attending this year’s Google I/O, getting registered is easily the hardest part of the process. In previous years, you would have to be quick on the draw, hoping to snag one of the tickets before they sold out. However, Google took a different route last year, and it seems to have worked very well. Now, anyone can register during a predetermined amount of time, but a lottery is held to see who will actually attend. It may sound different, but it helps the overall fairness of the limited space situation.  (more…)

Google I/O Registration Open Today Through Friday (Updated)

Today is the big day for Android  and Google enthusiasts alike – Google I/O registration opens! I/O is Google’s annual developers conference, where the world gets a peak at what Google has planned for its services over the next year. These services include all of our favorites, such as Android, Chrome, Glass, Drive, and much more.

This year, unlike years’ past, Google is holding a lottery for I/O tickets. In the past, users would rush to the I/O website hoping to snag a pair (with most people leaving frustrated), but this year is much different. The I/O registration window will be open today (April 15) to Friday (April 18). This gives people three days to sign up, which means no rushing and hopefully no site crashes.  (more…)

Rumor: Google Planning to Acquire WhatsApp for Upwards of $1 Billion

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The worst kept secret leading up to this year’s Google I/O event has been the influx of information hinting at Google planning a new unified messaging service named “Babel.” While Google is no stranger to messaging and chat services, it looks like they might be seeking some help with the new app down the road. New rumors place Google in negotiations with the popular messaging app WhatsApp and it sounds like Google might pay a good amount.  (more…)