Google IO 2015 Coverage

Google publishes a list of the 18 best Material Design apps

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To celebrate its Material Design’s first birthday, the folks over at Google have compiled a list of eighteen of the best apps that take full advantage of the new design specification, including Evernote, Instacart, Tumblr and Weather Timeline.

Hit the break for the full list of apps showcased in the Best-In-Class Android Design section of the Play Store.

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Nest thermostat will be the central point for Google’s Internet of Things

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Google bought Nest in 2014 with the plan for big things. The Nest thermostat is one of the most powerful WiFi connected thermostats in the word, but programming the temperature in your home is only the tip of the iceberg.

Google started a program called “Works With Nest” last year that allows Nest to communicate with various other home automation devices. The goal is to make Nest a central part of the home automation system, but not the full controller. For example, if you have Philips Hues lights, there are various apps to control those lights on a regular basis. However, the Nest thermostat can kick things up a notch by adding additional controls since it knows when someone is in or out of the house. If Nest detects that you just arrived at home, it might turn on certain lights, or if you have left the house, it could turn off lights that you forget.

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Check out the Android Choir from Google I/O

Android_Chorus_Google_Japan_01Back in February, Google linked together 300 different smartphones and tablets to create an “Android Choir.” Each device had its own specific Androidify character singing a certain note, and when everything was played together it formed a song. It was a pretty cool display that really highlighted the variety of different hardware in Google’s mobile ecosystem. Read more

Google Maps getting offline search and navigation

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There are still downfalls when it comes to using your phone for navigation. The world is not blanketed with one giant internet connection. Some parts of the world have no access to an internet connection whatsoever. Also, navigating with a phone is heavy on data and battery life. At Google I/O 2015, an update to Maps debuted that combats those downfalls.

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Google Play is booming: 1 billion active users and counting

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The digital storefront that Google uses to sell applications, games, television shows, movies, and music from is showing no signs of slowing down. Today, at the company’s I/O 2015 keynote, it seemed like Google wanted to focus on statistics. Chromecast reached 17 million units sold and Android Wear hit 4,000 apps. For Google Play, the milestone is 1 billion active users. Within the last twelve months, users of the Play Store have performed around 50 billion installations.

There are a lot of people installing a lot of content from Google Play.

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[APK Download] – Inbox by Gmail gets a slew of features in newest update, now open to everyone

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It’s I/O keynote day today and Android enthusiasts see it as an Android Christmas in May. With good reason, too, as we have seen a number of updates for apps, new releases for apps like the Photos app, Android M, as well as a number of other things yet to be discovered. Given it’s I/O day, Inbox by Gmail is getting a number of updates that make the app even more useful.

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