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.
Back 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 is very keen on showing off just how versatile Android Pay is, so they’ve released a new video demonstrating just a handful of things you can use to pay for with your phone. Everything from tuxedos to sodas out of a vending machine to general items at a convenience store are covered, and while we’re still going to have to wait to see retailers bake in support for Android Pay, the video makes it look pretty awesome. Read more
Today at Google I/O 2015, Google announced Android M, bringing with it two new exciting features, USB Type-C and Doze mode, which will help with battery life efficiency.
Google today at I/O 2015 unveiled the next version of its development environment, Android Studio. At the same time, the company announced Poylmer 1.0, which is a web app toolkit designed to help developers bring apps and the web closer together.
NVIDIA announced a SHIELD console recently which was based on Google’s Android TV platform. This console can now be purchased from NVIDIA’s official site, with a new 500GB Pro version also included in the list. This will set you back by $299.99, while the standard 16GB model costs $199.99. Read more
Runtastic has just launched a new Leg Workout Trainer app on the Play Store, ensuring that you have dedicated leg sessions during your standard workout. The app will guide you through all the essential leg related workouts, making sure that your legs are in shape along with the entirety of your body. Read more
The Shazam application is getting a new update which will allow you to discover new items by taking pictures of them. As illustrated on the company’s official blog post, this works with any items that you might find in stores like toys, games and other goods that can be discovered. Read more
If you have kids, you are always wondering exactly whether they are accessing age-appropriate apps from the Play Store, and it looks like Google has heard your requests for a family-friendly experience. During today’s keynote speech at Google I/O 2015, it was announced that a Family button is being introduced to Movies & TV, Games, and Apps sections. Read more
If you thought Google Now as already impressive, it’s getting even better. Today during the keynote at Google I/O 2015, the company unveiled a powerful new feature for Google Now, which will let the digital assistant see what is happening on your screen and take automatic actions based on that information.