One of the projects Google has been working on long term is Project Tango, a technology designed to replicate the way we sense the three dimensional world on a computer device. Google has been using a tablet to pack in sensors and cameras that feed the Project Tango software. The end result is an ability to create a digital map of the world on three dimensions. Read more
There are still downfalls when it comes to using your phone for navigation. The world is not blanketed with one giant internet connection. Some parts of the world have no access to an internet connection whatsoever. Also, navigating with a phone is heavy on data and battery life. At Google I/O 2015, an update to Maps debuted that combats those downfalls.
The digital storefront that Google uses to sell applications, games, television shows, movies, and music from is showing no signs of slowing down. Today, at the company’s I/O 2015 keynote, it seemed like Google wanted to focus on statistics. Chromecast reached 17 million units sold and Android Wear hit 4,000 apps. For Google Play, the milestone is 1 billion active users. Within the last twelve months, users of the Play Store have performed around 50 billion installations.
There are a lot of people installing a lot of content from Google Play.
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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
Since launching last year, Android Wear has really evolved. There are now options when it comes to picking an Android Wear device and the Play Store is full of apps and watch faces to choose from. Google, like they did with Chromecast, used I/O 2015 to announce the growth of its wearable platform.
There are only a small number of Android Wear devices available, seven of them to be exact, but Google and developers have the software to make the experience unique. The Play Store houses more than 4,000 applications and the number of watch faces exceeds 1,500. Like other form factors that Google is involved in, Android Wear is all about choice.
Hit the break to see what’s going with Android Wear.
Google is announcing many new things at I/O 2015 such as Android Pay, HBO NOW‘s imminent arrival on Android and Chromecast and statistics such as how many Chromecast customers it has. But, if you are the owner of a Nexus 5/6/9 or Nexus Player device, there’s probably only thing you are truly interested in hearing – whether there will be a developer preview build available for Android M.
One of the big things we’ve expected to hear about at Google I/O 2015 has been Android Pay, Google’s replacement for Google Wallet, that will provide a more robust competitor to Apple Pay. As you would hope, Android Pay will enable you to pay for goods and services in shops with your Android smartphone.
This afternoon at the I/O 2015 keynote, Google’s Sundar Pichai gave an update on Chromecast and its performance since launching two years ago.
The Google I/O 2015 keynote event may have just begun, but here we have one of the first announcements, thanks to the Google Developers Twitter account.
Remember Spotlight Stories – a series of video stories that we first saw on the Moto X? Now, it is coming to Android devices with a new short film by Fast and Furious director Justin Lin. Read more