Google IO 2015 Coverage

Nest thermostat will be the central point for Google’s Internet of Things

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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.

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Check out the Android Choir from Google I/O

Android_Chorus_Google_Japan_01Back 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 show’s off Android Pay in new Pay Your Way video

Android Pay Your WayGoogle 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

Google’s Family Star filter will make it easier to find kid-friendly content

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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