The more we look at the Google I/O schedule that was posted today, the more information we discover about upcoming features and products. After learning that the ATAP team is going to give us new wearables and that Android M will be around in some capacity, we found another feature called “Voice Access” that might help you control apps in new ways, namely, your voice. (more…)
With Google all but confirming the announcement of Android M at Google I/O later this month, it’s time to decide what we think Google will call it when it goes stable. The “M,” assuming Google sticks with the long-standing Android naming scheme, should stand for some sort of sweet treat. It could end up being a big branded piece of candy (KitKat) or a more general term for a category of sweets (Ice Cream Sandwich). Google typically attempts to surprise or trick us by keeping the name guarded up until the last minute, so guessing is always fun.
Assuming the mention of “Android M” wasn’t just a typo – and we don’t believe that it was – we may not know the official name until some time later this year. Our guess is that Google will announce Android M in the form of a preview at I/O, then try and release a stable version, along with the name, at some point in the fall, like they did with Lollipop.
Now is the time to place your bets on a sweet name. (Please be Mike and Ike!)
Google posted the I/O 2015 schedule this morning (more on that in a bit) with a session hosted by the ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) team that has already caught our attention. The session is titled “Badass and beautiful. Tech and human. Love and work. ATAP.” which doesn’t tell us much, other than they have some wild, spiritual, and emotional thoughts on technology. But should you cruise into the description of the session, past the Fast and Furious reference, we find out that the ATAP team has new wearables to show off. (more…)
According to a report out of The Information, Google will soon give developers more power over the listings for their apps on Google Play in the form of A/B testing. Currently, neither Google nor Apple allow A/B testing of app pages, so this would be a first and something that could help developers fine-tune their listings to help increase install rates and revenue. (more…)
Did you register for a chance to purchase a ticket to this year’s Google I/O? If so, be sure to check your inbox (and spam folder), as Google has started sending out invitations to purchase tickets. The invites also appear to be time sensitive, with some redeem codes expiring as early as this Thursday.
As a reminder, general admission tickets are $900 and academic tickets $300, so have your credit cards ready.
Anyone get an invite?
UPDATE: GOOGLE I/O REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. REGISTER HERE.
If you had plans on attending this year’s Google I/O, getting registered is easily the hardest part of the process. In previous years, you would have to be quick on the draw, hoping to snag one of the tickets before they sold out. However, Google took a different route last year, and it seems to have worked very well. Now, anyone can register during a predetermined amount of time, but a lottery is held to see who will actually attend. It may sound different, but it helps the overall fairness of the limited space situation. (more…)
Google I/O attendees, according to an email we just received from the I/O team, your Moto 360 has officially shipped. In the email, you should also have a tracking number to keep up with its status as it makes its way to your doorstep.
The email does not say which color attendees will receive.
I did track mine, though, and FedEx is telling me to expect it by this Wednesday, September 10.
Check those inboxes! (more…)