Amazon dangles carrot worth $15,000 of Amazon Coins in front of developers to optimize apps for Fire Phone

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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:

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Google releases Android Wear introduction video on YouTube ahead of Google I/O conference

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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.

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Google to jump in fitness data pool

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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 the rest

Capsules.io integrates digital content directly into the physical world using GPS-based virtual containers

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We are all used to saving our digital content on our desktops, our phones, or even in the cloud, but wouldn’t it be cool to also drop content based on specific GPS locations? That is exactly what Capsules.io is. Created by the very well know Android developer, Wug Fresh, these capsules are virtual containers that can be “placed” anywhere you want and hold any type of files you wish. These include pictures, messages, videos, music, or even websites. You can even restrict access to certain people or make it password protected.

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Get a peek at possible Android for automobiles interface

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Earlier this year Google announced a partnership with several automakers to create the Open Automotive Alliance with the goal of bringing the Android platform to onboard computer systems in cars. Although there has not been much news on this effort the last few months, it is easy to see that several of Google’s initiatives could easily be ported over to an automobile interface. Sources with Android Police say they have seen some early work on “Android in the Car” and they have even recreated some of the functionality for demonstration purposes in a first peek at the new system. » Read the rest

Google’s Project Tango on its way to an upcoming tablet

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Google’s Project Tango has shown a lot of promise in its abilities to handle advanced vision capabilities , and it appears that Tango will be appearing on an upcoming tablet this year.

Google is planning to produce roughly 4,000 prototype Project Tango tablets to distribute to developers next month. The tablets will feature a 7-inch screen, two back cameras, infrared depth sensors and advanced software that can capture precise 3D images of objects.

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Google Now can now handle timer queries through device’s native timer apps

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Google Now was previously able to handle time queries, but all timers were run through the Google Now application, and not through your phone’s native timer application — until now.

With Google Now’s latest update, users can say “set a timer for [time]” and a card will appear letting users know that the timer is about to begin, and you will then be directed to your native timer app.

According to various users, this is currently working for a number of phones not running stock Android, including the HTC One M7 and M8, the Moto X and Moto G, the LG G2,  and most Galaxy devices.

Source: Reddit