Earlier today Google took the wraps off their new Android Auto platform to bring Android to the automobile. They indicated they expect the new system to be available in autos on the market before the end of the year. While they have not committed to getting something out to consumers quite that fast, Audi has issued a press release indicating that starting in 2015 “all-new” models that are equipped with Audi’s MMI system will be Android Auto ready. Read more
During Google’s keynote session that got Google I/O 2014 off to a roaring start, the attention grabbing news for many people was the preview of the L Developer Edition or the release of new wearable devices or maybe even the announcement of Android Auto. For developers though, some key bits of information came later during the session when Google introduced some new tools that would help those developers generate a positive revenue stream. Speaking of that, Google indicated developers have been paid over $5 Billion since last year’s Google I/O, which was 2.5 times the amount from the prior year. Read more
Project Tango has raised quite a few eyebrows since the rumors have started flowing just a few months ago.
It’s got a 7-inch display, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, WiFi, BTLE, and 4G LTE. Just like the Tango phone, the tablet will consist of cameras and sensors that give it the ability to map its surroundings.
Now it’s finally here, and we’ve got it all on tape for a first look video of the device. Hit the break for the video below.
Google shared new information and a demonstration of their new Android Auto framework intended to bring the power of Android to motor vehicles. Besides putting Android, and by extension Google services, in front of even more people, the new Android Auto initiative is part of an effort to improve safety by making it easier for users to access information and services without resorting to looking at their smartphones. Read more
The smartwatch concept is still finding its place in the world. With each new prototype or model released, unique features will be released to either improve upon or completely change what currently exists. These changes, of course, are for the better, and help answer questions surrounding an ever-evolving idea.
Many industry forecasters have said that Amazon has set itself up for failure with its new Fire Phone — the device doesn’t have the specs we’ve come to expect from extreme high-end devices, and some of the features, like the camera identification feature that links straight to the Amazon app, isn’t exactly new in terms of technology (Google Goggles) and seems a bit gimmicky. Not the mention the price is pretty steep (right up there with today’s flagships, the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8) and its AT&T exclusivity.
However, Amazon will be doing anything and everything it can to make sure the device doesn’t fail. Today, the company announced that it will be giving out up to $15,000 in Amazon Coins to developers if they update their apps to be optimized for the Fire Phone. Hit the break to see Amazon’s guidelines regarding what’s on the table here:
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.
According to sources, Google is planning to announce a new health data service at Google I/O to collect data from several sources using a set of open APIs. It is not clear whether Google will release this as a standalone app or whether it will become a part of the Android codebase. This new move by Google comes on the heels of Apple’s announcement of a new Healthkit framework to be released with iOS 8 and Samsung’s Sami platform, both of which perform similar functions. Read more
LG is being pretty open these days — the company has just announced the release of multiple SDKs for developers to use as they please.
The SDKs include the following:
Well, well, well, look what we have here…
Google posted an article titled “An Android Wear Development Story” on its Android developers blog. It has some interesting stuff, but the photo above of the Moto 360 prototype particularly stuck out.