Google won’t allow OEM skinning with Android Wear, Android TV, and Android Auto

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We all know that Android phones and tablets get skinned to death from various manufacturers, but is looks like that won’t be the case for Android Wear smartwatches, Android TV, and Android Auto. In a sense, these devices will be Google Play Edition devices, although they won’t be referred to as such. The best part of all this is that no matter which brand you pick up, it will behave exactly the same other than some very minor things.

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for June 23 – June 29, 2014

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To say this past week was epic would be an understatement. Google I/O was only two days, but it was jam packed with a ton of stuff. Google introduced the Android L Preview, Android Wear, Android Auto, and Android TV, and that was only the tip of the iceberg. We even got to see Project Ara and Project Tango in public for the first time. Oh yea, let’s not forget what a cardboard box can do. There were of course a lot of other things happening, including Microsoft’s first Android phone, the Nokia X2. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another great week in the world of Android.

Google I/O Coverage

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Google announces Android One project for low-cost smartphones

1 billion active users on Android, tablet presence impresses

Google Play Services holds important role in security for Android devices

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 27, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Android Wear

Google Maps updated to include Android Wear support

Apps

Google Maps updated to include Android Wear support

Deals

Amazon hosting two day promotion full of free apps

Google

Matias Duarte talks Material Design

Sundar Pichai talks Google’s platform expansion, open approach, and relationship with Samsung

Google forges partnership with MediaTek for Android One device development

Google+

Google+ Photos introduces new World Cup face paint after-effects

Hardware

Google forges partnership with MediaTek for Android One device development

Phones

Front of the Samsung Galaxy F in gold leaks

Smartwatches

Asus Android Wear device to be thinnest in the category

Updates

System dump brings Android L wallpapers and APKs to the masses, get the new material themed Google Keyboard as well

Android L Preview now has root

Wallpapers

System dump brings Android L wallpapers and APKs to the masses, get the new material themed Google Keyboard as well

Miscellaneous

Samsung announces trial program at select locations

Matias Duarte talks Material Design

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Google’s Vice President of Design Matias Duarte sat down with Gizmodo to discuss the thinking behind Material Design. Material Design is the theme that will debut in Android L and is available to be previewed as part of the Android Developer L Preview.

Material Design came out of the mindset that Google wanted to create something that would work for all screen sizes like smartwatches, cars, the TV, and even Chromebooks / laptops. So you can see, it isn’t just about Android phones and tablets anymore. Matias said, “We wanted it to be a design system that anybody can use to really express their brand and their identity and their needs and capabilities.”

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 26, 2014

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Android Auto

Volvo to introduce an Android Auto vehicle this October

Android Wear

Asus planning September launch for smartwatch offering

Here are the first third-party apps for Android Wear

Google makes it easy to check your phone for compatibility with Android Wear

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More from Google I/O 2014: Project Ara smartphone boots up and Storytelling gets introduced

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The Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group hosted a session earlier today at Google I/O, and it was entertaining to say the least. Project Ara wasn’t mentioned at all during the keynote, but Paul Eremenko, head of Project Ara, gave some updates and proceeded to power on one Ara phone. Following the Android logo, only part of the home screen clock was visible. However, it was enough to get the crowd giddy enough to applaud. So it obviously isn’t ready for prime time just yet, but the good news is that prototypes for developers will be ready in about two weeks. The developer version of Android with modularity support will become available in the fall.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 25, 2014

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Google I/O

Watch Google’s I/O 2014 keynote right here

Google announces Android One project for low-cost smartphones

1 billion active users on Android, tablet presence impresses

Google Play Services holds important role in security for Android devices

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Hands on with the Moto 360 at Google I/O 2014

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We are definitely excited for the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, but there is no question that everyone is eagerly waiting for the Moto 360. While the first two watches are available now, the Moto 360 won’t be available till later in the Summer. You could sense the disappointment in the crowd during the Google I/O keynote when that was announced.

Since the Moto 360 is almost ready for consumers, there are a few floating around here at Google I/O. They won’t divulge anything regarding the specs, but you get a chance to see how Android Wear works on the circular watch face. It definitely looks like a big watch, but it’s doable. This version is black, which seems to indicate there will be two versions of the watch, black and silver. Hit the break for the video.

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Watch the Google I/O 2014 Keynote live stream right here

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The Google I/O keynote is always epic, but this year is likely to be the biggest and the best. Why? Because Google has so many more products to discuss. It’s not just basic Android and Chrome discussions anymore folks. We’ve got Android Wear, Android TV, Android in the car, Google Fit, Project Ara, and who knows what else. You don’t want to miss this keynote, so we’ve made it available for you right here. Just hit the break for all the action. It all starts today at 12:00pm EST / 9:00am PST. Enjoy!!

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