If you didn’t join the Android Beta program (which is rolling out now) and update your Pixel or Nexus device to Android O because you were waiting for the factory images of Preview 2 to arrive, that time has come. Google posted the images shortly after the Google I/O keynote wrapped.
This is technically Android O Developer Preview 2, but it’s also the first that’s a part of the Android Beta program. The build for this is listed as OPP2 and we have files for the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Nexus Player, and Pixel C. (more…)
Along with Google Home, Google Assistant will soon get some new features worth talking about. During the I/O keynote, Google introduced Google Lens to Assistant, as well as the option to type. They are also bringing Assistant to the iPhone.
With Google Lens, Google is essentially doing what Samsung tried to do with Bixby, except Google will probably get it right. Lens uses your phone’s camera and looks at images to help you get things done. So you could use Lens to help get you concert tickets just by pointing your camera at a concert billboard or find reviews about a book you are holding. It even works in Google Photos, should you forget about monuments or other locations and want Google Lens to help you remember them. (more…)
Via an update that will come this summer, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will soon support Google’s Daydream VR. (more…)
Google Home had a huge role at today’s Google I/O opening keynote. Not only did it star in its own segment, but Google announced numerous new features coming soon to the device. Features like hands-free calling, Bluetooth music streaming, visual notifications, and reminder and calendar management are all coming soon. (more…)
During the Google I/O keynote, Google announced it will soon offer a new Daydream experience – Daydream Standalone VR. With these upcoming headsets, the entire virtual reality experience will be handled via a headset, with no cables, phones, or PCs needed for an immersive experience. (more…)
During the Google I/O 2017 keynote, the Android team put up our favorite image of each I/O – the new Android features letter. We see these each year, where Google puts all of the major new OS features into the shape of whatever the new letter is for the new version of Android. This year, it’s an “O” obviously. (more…)
You know what’s cooler than a billion monthly active Android users? 2 billion monthly active Android users. That’s the number Google crossed, according to CEO Sundar Pichai.
During his opening at the Google I/O 2017 keynote, Pichai ran through all sorts of numbers, but this number stands out the most to us little Android bloggers. Like, 2 billion is ummm…a lot. Sure, a ton of those are lower-tier devices and others that are probably running Ice Cream Sandwich, but still. (more…)
For those interested in running the latest build of Android O from Google, the Android Beta Program has been fired up. (more…)