Google Announces Android M Developer Preview, Here is a List of Changes

Google just announced the Android M Developer Preview and thanks to this image that was put up at the I/O keynote, we can see almost all of the new features included.

Things like better text selection, custom Chrome tabs, USB Type-C support for phones, crazy improved power management, fingerprint support, Android Pay, revamped volume controls, and direct sharing with contacts are all now included.

The M preview will be available on the Nexus 5, 6, 9, and Player.

Take a look at the image above and let us know what sounds amazing to you!  (more…)

A Quick Google I/O 2015 Preview

Google I/O is tomorrow. Oh, you forgot? Well, good fellow, you should probably call in sick tomorrow, because it’s going to be filled with awesomeness, once again. I know that as I/O approaches each year, many find themselves saying, “Oh, Google doesn’t have much on the horizon this year, so I/O might be a bore.” That, would be a terrible mindset almost any day when referring to Google, but that would be even terrible-er(?) this year. This may very well be one of the most jam-packed Google I/O events in years, if any of the reports, leaks, and whispers out of Google are any indicator.

I’m not typically into big, bold predictions, but there are some items in particular that I can’t wait (and hope) to see Google talk about. Let’s run through them in a quick preview to prepare for tomorrow!  (more…)

Hiroshi Lockheimer Confirms Android M is Coming This Year, Yearly Big Releases Going Forward

Thanks to a Google I/O session that has since been removed from the conference schedule, we are pretty sure that Google plans to announce Android M as the next release of Android for 2015 later this week. But since that session has been removed along with any reference to “Android M,” we haven’t been able to say that this bit of news is “confirmed.” As of this morning, we can now make it official – Android M is coming this year.  (more…)

Report: Google to Introduce New “Internet of Things” Software at I/O to Take Over Your Home

Next week, Google will debut a new software at next week’s Google I/O that the search giant hopes will eventually take over your home, according to a report out of The Information. The Internet of Things (IoT), as we call it, is a smart world around us where everything is connected, from appliances to sprinklers to security systems to your bed. Developing a platform for developers to easily get into IoT is Google’s next big move.  (more…)

Giveaway: Win a Ticket to Automatic’s Google I/O Party!

Automatic, a company that wants you to become one with your car through an adapter and smartphone app, is hosting a party at next week’s Google I/O and they asked if we could help spread the word by handing out tickets (10 of them!) to our readers, tickets that will also land you their car adapters. Awesome, right? Company doing innovative things with cars and phones wants you to party with them for free in San Francisco and receive free goods – how can you beat that?

The party is sort of like a pre-party for Google I/O in that it goes down the night before Google takes the stage. So on May 27, you can have a little fun before all of the serious stuff takes place and you need to think about code and animations and cloud thingies and compatibility and fragmentation (hah!). There will be “unlimited” drinks (read: open bar), entertainment (like Mario Kart battles), and a bunch of giveaways. Oh, we’ll be there too! (more…)

Official Google I/O App Updated for This Year’s Event on Google Play

The official Google I/O app received an update today to get it ready for the 2015 event. As you all know, I/O takes place on May 28 and 29 in San Francisco and the app is one of the best ways for attendees and non-attendees to keep up with the action. This app also always serves as a vehicle for Google to show off the latest in Android app design, which still happens to be Material Design(more…)