Google I/O Ticket Application Window Opens February 22 at 10AM PST

In past years, whenever Google opened up registration for Google I/O, swarms of people would blitzkrieg the website, typically leading it to crash. Thankfully, for the past couple years, Google implemented a lottery system — not a first-come, first-served basis. While I’m not huge on my chances of winning a lottery, it’s still better than what Google had before.

Needless to say, Google has made available the time at which the application window will open: Wednesday, February 22 at 10AM PST. (more…)

#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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