Android updates. We all love them, but hate waiting for them.
Android Wear users didn’t have to wait long for their first update though, as Google is pushing it out now.
In order to succeed on the mainstream market, Google Glass will certainly have to seem “cool” enough for consumers to wear around as an everyday accessory.
To do this, Google has enlisted many different sunglasses manufacturers to design lenses, frames and more for Google Glass.
The newest designer is Rochester Optical (although not partnered with Google), which just announced new fashion sunglasses for the platform, which will be available internationally.
Have you ever sat back while using your Chromecast, only to find out that the feature you’d like to have on the device doesn’t exist?
Have you ever wanted to tell Google about it?
Well now you can.
If you were at Google I/O and got your hands on an Android Wear device already (Gear Live, G Watch, or perhaps even a Moto 360 if you’re lucky), you may have noticed that navigation commands to Android Wear devices didn’t work.
Google was clearly aware of this, and just updated Google Maps to version 8.1.1, bringing support for Android Wear.
If you don’t yet see the update on Google Play, just be patient as it may be rolling out to devices in waves. Once updated, you can search for a location, start navigating, view directions and more, all from your smart watch. Hit the break for the Play Store download link and QR code.
Google TV wasn’t as great as we all expected when it debuted a few years ago, but Google is back with another television platform.
Officially announced at the Google I/O 2014 keynote today, Android TV will bring an entirely new home entertainment experience to your living room. The service will launch in the fall, but for now, check out our information on the platform here.
And be sure to check out the rest of our Google I/O 2014 coverage as well. Hit the break for our hands-on video with Android TV at Google I/O.
Is today the day that we finally see Samsung’s first Android Wear device? It’s expected that the beans will be spilled (officially) at Google I/O today, possibly at or right after the keynote.
In just a few hours, we might know the full details on the device, including specs and release date… Or maybe we’ll know right now.
If the waiting game isn’t your thing, here’s what we know about the device. (Rumors only, of course.)
Nest has announced a new stage in the development of their home automation platform, a new Nest API that can be used by third-party developers to connect not only apps with Nest hardware and products, but other hardware as well. As an example, Nest indicates LIFX bulbs can be connected to Nest Protect so that they will turn red when smoke or CO is detected. This gives users an additional visual cue to potential problems. The new Nest API is being rolled out as part of a “Works with Nest” certification for partner companies to help develop the ecosystem and in the words of Nest, “anticipate people’s needs and make their lives easier.” Read more
You can certainly expect Android Wear to be seen everywhere at Google I/O next week in San Francisco— we’ll be there, naturally, and up-to-the-minute coverage can be found right on TalkAndroid.
To prepare for the event, Google has released a video on YouTube previewing the features of Android Wear, and provides a general idea how it all “works.”
In the video, you’ll hear about how Android Wear seeks to minimize the time/effort it takes to interact with mobile applications on your smartwatch, as well as the ease developers will have while creating apps for the new platform. We’ll get a good look at the first Android Wear device, the LG G Watch, next week as well. Hit the break for the video.
Samsung was reported to be working on a new virtual reality headset with the help of Oculus VR and while we know they want to get the device to market as quickly as possibly, there has been no information about a possible timeframe. A new application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office suggests Samsung is moving quickly as they have filed for trademark protection on the term “SAMSUNG GEAR VR”. Considered in light of their Gear 2 and Gear Fit devices, it seems Samsung is ready to slap the “Gear” moniker on any wearable device they produce.
Some sources have speculated Samsung may have the device ready to launch in conjunction with the Galaxy Note 4 later this year. Thanks to the partnership between Samsung and Oculus VR, with Samsung handling hardware while Oculus VR takes care of the software, such a timeline may be feasible.
If you’re planning on plunking down a few hundred on either the newly announced Tab S 8.4 or Tab S 10.5 then you may want to consider looking for some accessories for the new tablets. Samsung has you covered too. Simply named Bluetooth Keyboard, Book Cover and Simple Cover you know exactly what you’ll be getting. Availability and pricing are unknown though.