This fall, Google will offer two Nexus phones yet again; however, they’ll be produced by the same company in a surprising detour from the usual strategy in which different companies each make a single device for the line. Returning to the Nexus line for the first time since 2014 when the company developed Google’s Nexus 9 is expected to be HTC.
Sailfish (S1) and Marlin (M1) are going to end up being the spiritual successors to 2015’s Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P in that one will be on the lower half of the high-end segment while the other stands tall as the cutting edge option. Following last month’s leak of alleged Sailfish specifications, we’re getting an idea of what Marlin could be like.
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When Google revealed the name for the next version of its mobile operating system, there was still something we didn’t know about: the version number. The wait to find that out, though, didn’t last long. The video of the Nougat statue unveiling posted on YouTube tells us that the upcoming version of Android is officially Android 7.0 Nougat.
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It isn’t exactly breaking news, but something that many of us have wondered since Google I/O has been which dessert Android N would be named after. There aren’t too many options with the letter ‘N’ unless you get really convoluted, so Nutella was an option thrown around for a while, which made sense if you remembered Google’s partnership with Nestle for Android 4.4 KitKat. As it turns out, the N stands for Nougat. Read more
By now, most of us have probably used the OK Google command at least once, quite likely using it to find the answer to a question or perhaps for the route to a new destination through Google Maps. But that’s the mere surface of what you can do with the OK Google command, it’s capable of a lot more. A whole lot more, and you can learn how much more by joining us after the break to check out a really useful website that an enterprising young developer has created that holds more than 150 voice commands, with more than a thousand variations. Read more
Google has released two new videos showing off app experiments for Daydream VR, both of which show an easy way for developers to move and animate models in videos using virtual reality. The videos, Animator and Puppeteer, are really cool to watch, especially if you know how much work typically goes into animating and positioning models. Read more
Although much of the attention surrounding Google Cast seems to focus on hardware, like announcements of new TVs that natively support Google Cast, an important part of the platform’s ecosystem is the tools made available for developers. At Google I/O 2016, it was announced that a new set of tools was ready to launch for developers who wanted to implement Google Cast in their apps. Google made good on that with today’s release of the Google Cast SDK Version 3, which not only eases the job for developers, but also brings some new features as well. Read more
Google has been making huge inroads into the education sector in recent years. Those efforts will likely continue based on several expansions and new tools that Google announced today during the ISTE education technology conference. The tools will not only make learning a better experience for students, Google hopes their efforts will help teachers focus more on educating and less on wrestling with technology. Read more
Earlier today it was discovered that a group called OurMine, variously described as hackers or a security firm depending on your frame of reference, managed to hack into the Quora account for Google CEO Sundar Pichai. In addition to the Quora account, the group also managed to establish a connection to Pichai’s Twitter account, which they then used to publicize the success of their efforts. Read more
Although Google is often the subject of critics’ raised eyebrows regarding some of the decisions that they make, they frequently manage to strike a cord with the public with other efforts. A new education tool they are launching is likely to be one of those initiatives that garners praise for the company while also pushing forward an agenda of improving the world around them. Today Google announced a new collaboration with Paulo Blikstein of Stanford University and IDEO to launch Project Bloks, an open hardware platform to build a physical coding experience especially well-suited to teaching kids how to code. Read more
Software buttons are that thing that Google has been trying to make a thing but other manufacturers aren’t really interested in it being a thing. When they were originally introduced, Google wanted all OEMs to ditch hardware buttons for on-screen buttons, but few companies followed Google’s example. Read more