Greg Hartrell with the Google Play Games team is inviting Android game developers to a special Google Developer Day as part of the larger conference. The Developer Day will be held on March 18th when teams from Google will be on hand to “share their insights on the best ways to build games, grow audiences, engage players and make money.” Hartrell highlights some of the sessions to be held, including: » Read the rest
Sundar Pichai addressed a few journalists at MWC, and had some things to say about the relationship with Google and Samsung as well as future devices.
Sundar said that Google and Samsung’s relations are actually quite boring as compared to how the press makes it out to be. They continue to collaborate on various projects and there is no tension whatsoever. He went on to say that the Galaxy S 6 would sport Android so there is nothing to worry about. However, he did say that he wished the Gear 2 ran Android instead of Tizen.
Modular smartphones could be the next big thing in mobile thanks to Google’s Project Ara. What seemed like just a concept a few months ago, appears to be closer to reality now that Google has scheduled its first Project Ara Developer Conference. The big question is how much will it cost?
According to Google’s Paul Eremenko, the goal is $50. However, don’t get too excited just yet. As you know, Project Ara, is a modular smartphone, which means you will buy a bunch of parts to customize it the way you want. At $50, that would probably only include the actual frame of the phone, a screen, and a Wi-Fi radio. This would be called the “grayphone.” Then it will be up to you to buy other components such as the display, the CPU, the camera module, and so on.
We knew it was only a matter to time until the Google Now Launcher (aka Google Experience Launcher) landed in the Play Store, and that time is now. However there is one caveat: It’s only for Nexus and Google Play Edition devices running KitKat. If you think about it, that is really not that limited since the launcher does require KitKat and there really isn’t that many devices with KitKat other than the Moto X, Moto G, and a few Samsung devices. I would expect it to be expanded to more devices in the near future.
There are some really cool things about the Google Now Launcher that I like such as that Google Now is all the way to the left most home screen, it’s easier to install widgets, add an unlimited amount of home screens, and the always listening “Okay Google” command. However, I am not a fan of the default home screen being all the way to the left (just right of the Google Now page). I do know that a lot of you do like it, so if you have one of the compatible devices, give it a try.
If you want to see more of how the launcher works, check out our guide here. Hit the break for screenshots and download links.
We’ve known Google has been working on a smartwatch for a while now, but we haven’t gotten a clear look at anything they’ve been planning. Now, thanks to Android Police, we’re getting a pretty decent glance at what Motorola was developing for Google prior to the Lenovo sale.
The images show a prototype smartwatch with Motorola branding on the front face of the device, as well as a volume rocker on the top of the screen and a back button below the screen. It had a rubberized wristband that also looked to be detachable. » Read the rest
Google announced Project Tango last week leaving us salivating for a closer look. Today is your lucky day because The Verge was able to get their hands on one of the devices along with an interview with Remi El-Ouazzane, CEO of Movidius, which is the company that developed the technology for Tango. Although Google said they have been working on Project Tango for the past year, Movidius has been working on this technology for the past seven years.
The Project Tango smartphone features cameras and sensors that are able to map your surroundings in 3D. In fact, El-Ouazzane says that the technology is very similar to NASA’a Exploration Rover when it mapped the surface of Mars. Now they are able to drop the 400 pound vehicle and put it in our hands.
Expect the battle for smartwatch supremacy to really get interesting in just a few months. It is being reported that Google will be unveil its smartwatch plans next month, with an actual announcement coming in June at Google I/O. And like they do with their Nexus, Google will not be manufacturing the hardware. Instead, LG will step up to the plate. Google is very happy with the job LG has done with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 that tasking them with a smartwatch was an easy choice. The software for the smartwatch is believed to be based on Google Now, much like Google Glass.
In the middle of the night, @evleaks than tweeted a statement aligning itself with the previously stated announcement date. He said “Apparently Google’s smartwatch is being made by LG, and will launch at I/O.” Does he know something we don’t? Probably. But we’ll just have to keep waiting until more information trickles out until next month when Google is said to give a preview of the smartwatch. » Read the rest
According to a new report by CNET, Google is set to move the Google barge docked at Treasure Island’s Pier One within a month. The barge is a floating showroom made out of shipping containers which would feature new technologies. The California state agency said Google was informed to either file a construction permit or move its construction project to another location.
It seems Google refused to file a permit and instead, chose to move its project to a different location. The barge project has been put on hold for quite some time now due to issues raised by several government groups. When the project is completed, the barge will serve as a showroom while the top deck will serve as a “party” area.
YouTube announced that they are in the process of rolling out some changes to their video network’s interface that will help users navigate the site more easily. The layout is center aligned, the header is sticky, and the guide sidebar is now a “hamburger”-Android-style menu that includes your playlists, subscriptions and more.
Playlists also take more of a presence in the new layout, with your guide now featuring all of the playlists that you have created, as well as playlists from other channels you have liked.
Source: Google System Blog
Google has unveiled Project Tango, a 3D sensing smartphone, which can make computer vision and perceptual computing solutions like software that maps and creates 3D reconstructions of indoor spaces.
Matterport, the company behind Project Tango’s software (and now working with Google), will be present at Mobile World Congress next week, so we’ll be hearing a lot from them in the next few days.
The software is brilliant, and as you’ll see in the video, pretty accurate as well as it maps an actual room using a Project Tango prototype. There is certainly some room (no pun intended) to grow for this project, but it’s an enormous start. The possibilities are nearly limitless for this type of software, so it’ll be exciting to see how Google and Matterport move ahead here.
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