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…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
As we head into the week which features the most anticipated Android and Google-related event of the year, new Android boss Sundar Pichai finally sat down for his first interview since taking over the reigns of our favorite mobile operating system. In a short Q&A with Wired, Pichai talks through Google’s relationship with Samsung, shares thoughts on Facebook Home, and even mentions Motorola’s status as one of their partners. But most importantly, he talked Android updates and Google I/O, which he claims will be different this year, because there may not be many products to announce. (more…)
Google has long been rumored to release an updated version of its popular Nexus 7 tablet at this year’s I/O, however, specific spec details for this re-hashed tablet have mostly been scarce. Last night, details may have emerged thanks to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to Kuo, the new Nexus 7 will indeed arrive at I/O next week along with a set of impressive specs, while retaining its ultra-affordable price tag. (more…)
Last night, the official Google I/O application was updated for the 2013 year. Inside, there are a ton of great new goodies, including the ability to scan attendees apps via NFC, a lockscreen widget (Android 4.2+), dedicated HDMI out for livestreaming the keynote, and a whole lot more. The app is extremely polished, as one would hope for I/O, so if you happen to be going to the conference next week or will be watching the festivities from home, check it out on Google Play. (more…)