Chromebooks to include new security unlock features, new Google Now cards, and run Android apps

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Sundar Pichai took the stage again at Google I/O to let us know what Google has up its sleeves for Chromebooks and Chrome OS.

Today, Google has 8 OEMs making 15 different Chromebook devices (with more coming), available in 28 different countries.

Pichai even noted that all 10 of the top 10 rated laptops on Amazon are all Chromebooks. Not too shabby. There’s even been a 6x growth of use of Chromebooks in K-12 schools in the past year.

Google will be adding more to Chromebooks and the Chrome OS in order to make sure these trends continue.

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LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live available today via Play Store, Moto 360 waiting in wings for summer launch

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Now that the full features of Android Wear have been officially unveiled at Google I/O 2014, Google thought it was time to let us know when some of the first Android Wear devices will be available to the public.

And you won’t have to wait — at all.

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‘Gear Live’ expected to be Samsung’s Android Wear device, information on device leaks

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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.)

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Galaxy Note 4 slated for September 25 launch, announcement coming at IFA 2014

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We’ve got rumors from South Korea this morning — it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is currently in mass production and will continue through July, to prepare for a September 25 global launch.

An official announcement is expected at IFA 2014 consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. The rumors, at least this time, can be taken with a bit more than just a grain of salt, as multiple shareholders seem to be the leakers this time.

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New study names Samsung the leader in smartphone patents


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Samsung, with a vast portfolio of smartphone devices and more seeming to hit the market on a weekly basis, is also the leader in patents related to smartphones. According to a new study by Thomson Reuters, Samsung applied for 2,179 patents related to smartphones, more than three times the number applied for by their biggest rival, Apple, which had 647 patents.

According to the report, LG came in second with 1,678 patents as it works on moving up to the number three position in the smartphone market. Other companies with significant numbers of patents related to smartphones included Qualcomm with 1,383, Sony  with 1,071, Panasonic with 976, and Sharp with 963.

source: The Korea Economic Daily
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Google issues Android 4.4.3 update for Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE

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While many Nexus devices are already receiving Android 4.4.4, Google is making sure one of its tablets don’t fall too far behind. The Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE is receiving Android 4.4.3. Google has posted the factory images and binaries, ready for your consumption. We do not know how far behind Android 4.4.4 is for this tablet, but we would have to assume it will not be to long. Just hit the links below to grab everything as the over-the-air (OTA) update has yet to go live.

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HTC speculates what Android ‘L’ will be called

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Lady Fingers? Or Lollipop? Maybe Lava Cake? What about Licorice? Perhaps Lemonade? Alright, Lemon Meringue? No, we’re not offering you snacks. We’re telling you the names that HTC is thinking Google will name its next version of Android. These six names are what HTC came up with. We have less than twenty-four hours to go, so the wait is not much longer for Google I/O.

What do you think the next version of Android will be called? Don’t forget, it has to start with the letter ‘L’. Let us know in the comments.

Source: @HTCUSA

 

NVIDIA Shield 2 could be globally released on July 22

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Recently, an FCC filing hinted at NVIDIA releasing a Shield 2. What else would NVIDIA be doing with an FCC filing that resembles a handheld gaming console? Now reports out of France claim that NVIDIA’s Shield 2 would be globally released next month on July 22. Similarly, the original Shield was released at the end of July 2013.

The Shield 2 is expected to feature NVIDIA’s new Tegra K1 processor.

Source: MiniMachines.net
Via: G 4 Games