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.
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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

Google employee encourages Android Wear app developers to reach out for support

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Louis Gray, head of Google Developers Live, has made a post on his Google+ page directed toward developers of Android Wear.

Here’s what he had to say:

Developers, have you created an app you would like to get in the hands of the first wave of Android Wear users? If you have, we’d like to see what you’ve built.

Early participants can gain direct design and product feedback from our team, and possibly, higher visibility from exposure at I/O, our collections and in the Google Play store. Send us an email with a link to your APK and, optionally, open source code to wear-apps@android.com.


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Motorola adds super-cheap Moto E to Bootloader Unlock program

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Motorola’s Moto E is not only extremely affordable but it’s also buttery smooth — and now, we can add an unlocked bootloader to the long list of pros for this device.

Because it’s so cheap, developers are grabbing up the phone in droves. And good news for them, Motorola today added the device (all US, Canada, Europe and Latin American variants) to its Bootloader Unlock program.

This means that we can expect to see several different ROMs and root-access applications for the phone, including CM11 and Paranoid Android.

Via: Phandroid
Source: Motorola

Quest Visual, creators of Word Lens, acquired by Google to improve Translate product

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Quest Visual, the makers of Word Lens, an application which uses your device’s camera to translate words on signs/books/manuals (pretty much whatever) into English, or even other languages, has been acquired by Google.

We can only imagine that Google hopes to make use of the patents and technology that Quest Visual has in order to improve their Google Translate product and perhaps even implement some of this technology into other Google apps as well.

Hit the break below to see the app in use.


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‘MapMyFitness’ updated with new UI, expanded features

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The ‘MapMyFitness’ app in Google Play was updated to version 3.0 just a few days ago, and boy does it look great.

Not only was there a complete UI overhaul, but several functions have been expanded as well.

There’s a new workout recording experience, a slide-out menu (which we’ve all begun to get very familiar with), new friending/social capabilities, new mobile graphs for post-workout use, and new MVP features including mobile coaching, custom spits, heart rate graphs, leaderboard filtering and live tracking.

The app is free, but the MVP advanced features will come at a price.  MVP pricing costs $29.99 annually or $5.99 monthly. All users will be able to take advantage of a free two week trial for the MVP features, and Galaxy S5 owners will get 6 months free.

Hit the break for a link to the app in the Play Store.


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Xiaomi announces new Android smart TV with 4K display

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Xiaomi has officially announced a new television, the MI TV 2,  after releasing its first smart TV last fall. This one proves to be a bit bigger (49 inches), and a really nice new feature — a 4K display — for only CN¥3,999  (equivalent to $640).

Android is built into the TV (MIUI TV skin) and side loading for other TV apps is simple. The 4K panel has 3D capabilities with a 6.2mm aluminum bezel. The processor is a quad-core MediaTek MStar 6A918 chip (clocked at 1.45 GHz), 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and a microSD slot that can support up to 64GB. 


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Google Maps receives update in UK, now offers data on all trains, buses, trams and ferries

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Public transportation in the UK just got a whole lot easier thanks to Google Maps’ latest update.

In an impressive move, the app now can access all times and routes for every train, bus, tram and ferry in the region — almost 17,000 different routes.

Google Maps’ project manager, David Tattersall, said, “You’ll now know when the next trip is departing, how many stops and how far your walk is between each station. You can also pick your preferred method of travel and whether you’d rather walk less or make fewer transfers, so you can compare and choose the best option for you.”

Source: Pocket Link

Possible Nexus tablet from Google spotted online

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Although it appears Google has shutdown access to a Chromium issue tracker report that should not have been publicly available, they did not get to it before a screen shot was grabbed. The information that was discovered seems to indicate Google is getting closer to releasing a new Nexus tablet and it may come with a new version of the Android operating system, possibly Android 4.5.

The issue tracker entry shows a device codenamed “Flounder” which is consistent with previous Nexus family devices that were named after fish for internal purposes. Previous reports suggest Google may be working with HTC on an 8- or 9-inch tablet to succeed last year’s Nexus 7. The entry also shows the device running a development build of the Android operating system that was made on May 6, 2014. A version of the operating system that was built so recently could just indicate Google is working on another update to the 4.4 line.

source: Google
via: BGR