The NVIDIA SHIELD keeps on getting better with each and every update. At Google I/O 2016, new additions were introduced to the platform, and the SHIELD will be one of the first to adopt these new additions.
Qualcomm has announced that they’ll be partnering up with Google to embed Android directly into cars, specifically using automative-specific versions of some of their flagship processors. The goal is to create a platform for vehicle apps and services, which seems to be a step forward from Android Auto. Read more
Google introduced a new level of search at the Google I/O 2016 keynote today. Noting that a combination of technologies including better voice recognition, natural language processing, translation, and machine learning have advanced the state of search far beyond the blue links produced by Google when they first launched, Google is calling the new capabilities the Google Assistant. A hallmark of the new Google Assistant is the conversational nature that makes it seem more like a two-way dialogue that is occurring between users and their computer devices. Read more
We have talked pretty extensively on the Talk Android Podcast about how Android TV looked like it was dying. We hadn’t seen a new device anytime recently, and it just seemed like, with the recent expansion of Google Cast capable TV’s, casting was the true future/focus of Google in the TV market. Well Google took a decent portion of its keynote today to assure us that Android TV is far from dead, and in fact will soon be better than ever.
During the Google I/O 2016 keynote address today, Google revealed a major update for the Android Wear platform taking it up to version 2.0. The operating system for smartwatches gets some updates to the user interface, new input methods to join voice commands, and maybe most importantly, enhances and continues moves to free Android Wear devices from reliance on a connection to a smartphone. Read more
In Mountain View at Google I/O 2016, Google announced a new virtual reality platform for mobile devices. Daydream is the entire package of hardware from partners and software integrated into Android N, meaning the mobile operating system now has its own virtual reality platform to compete with Samsung and Oculus’ Gear VR before any additional rivals appear.
Let’s dive into Google’s Daydream.