Google Announces Samsung Galaxy S4 With “Nexus User Experience”

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Google, on stage during the I/O keynote, just announced that they will sell a Samsung Galaxy S4 directly through Google Play with an unlocked bootloader, stock Android experience, LTE support, connectivity on AT&T and T-Mobile, with a “Nexus experience,” and as a device that will receive updates promptly.

The device will launch June 26 on Google Play for $649.

If you wanted the Galaxy S4 as the clean phone you always envisioned, this is your chance to get it.  (more…)

Google Announces Google Play Game Services With Cloud Save, Achievements, and Leaderboards Across Platforms

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We’re at the Google I/O keynote and Google just announced their new Google Play game services which include cloud save, achievements, and leaderboards. They also announced that it will be cross platform, so that iOS users can take advantage. As if those new, awesome features weren’t enough, Google+ sign-in has been integrated into this service and once games are installed with this API you can invite friends from your circles on G+ and they will receive notifications to join directly into your game. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we learn more about this new awesome service.

If you are not there already, join us in our liveblog to watch the event!

Multiple App Updates Confirm Google Play Games and G+ Integration for Apps, Leaderboards, and Achievements

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Well, Google Play Games has been confirmed by a number of app updates before the Google I/O keynote has even started. As you can see in the changelog for the update to TripleTown (and Modern Combat 4 below), we’re getting “Google Play game services” that include leaderboards and achievements as long as you sign into the game with your Google+ account.  (more…)

Android 4.3 Confirmed Ahead of I/O Via Developer Site

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This morning, we are expecting a ton of things to be announced at Google’s annual developer’s conference, Google I/O. One of goodies we were hoping to see is of of course, a new version of Android. Search results through the official Android developer site show that Android 4.3 is very much real and that we could definitely be seeing it today.

No changelog or any features are listed, given that search results lead to a different landing. Android 4.3 is real.

Via: Android | The Verge 

Live: Google I/O 2013 Day 1 Keynote

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And we’re live from Google I/O 2013! Today’s 3-hour long keynote starts at 9AM Pacific (noon Eastern) and should feature more announcements involving Android and Chrome than you can possibly imagine. We’ve already seen the new Google Maps go live (briefly), so we know that’s coming. But after that, we could see a unified messaging service, Android 4.3, new gaming center, and more. It’s going to be a long keynote, but potentially the best one ever.

We have a liveblog and video embed below for your viewing pleasure. We’ll open the liveblog at 8AM Pacific, as we’ll be inside the Moscone Center, waiting in line, snapping pics and sharing the experience. Join us! (more…)

We’re at Google I/O 2013!

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Are you ready for it? It’s our favorite week of the year – yes, it’s time for Google I/O. This week, Google will take the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco and unveil all sorts of new projects. Some will be software-focused, others may include hardware, but no matter what, there will be plenty to talk about. If you are an Android fanatic or Google product lover, there is no better week than this.  (more…)

White Nexus 4 Makes a New Appearance, Doesn’t at All Mean It’s Coming at I/O

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The white Nexus 4 has returned! Thanks to a new set of photos of the device posted by a Google+ user this weekend, the tech media world now thinks we are guaranteed to see this variant at Google I/O next week…with LTE…and 32GB of storage. While that’s certainly a possibility, the guy that purchased this is not some Google insider nor does he appear to have any knowledge of this device actually having anything to do with I/O. No, he bought it from a local “buy and sell website” while trading in his black Nexus. That’s it. He didn’t sneak one out of a back-alley I/O truck session or have lunch in a dark room with Larry Page. He bought it locally.  (more…)