Google continues to make their YouTube service more valuable to film-makers and casual users, including the launch of the new Fan Funding feature, which allows the video’s host to set up a virtual tip jar which fans can contribute to using their Google Wallet. The service, which has so far launched in the USA, Japan, Australia and Mexico, can be used directly from the video’s page or from the Android app. Obviously YouTube gets a cut of the donations, which in the US equates to 5% of the total donation plus a flat 21 cents.
In a new interview with CNET, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android Wear David Singleton and the Vice President of Engineering for Android Hiroshi Lockheimer talked about the future of the Android Wear platform and where they see it going in the near future. According to Singleton, “one of the things we’re going to be able to do is add the ability for these devices to start working with some of the other devices you might wear on your body” as part of several updates expected to be pushed out. The two engineers think the update cycle for Android Wear will be quite fast, reminiscent of the earlier years of Android on smartphones.
Back in December, Google showcased several apps that really stuck to Android’s design guidelines and had great interfaces. Today they’ve updated the Play Store with the best designed summer apps as a follow-up to the winter selection, and this time they’re bragging about apps that are already using the Material Design guidelines.
Android L isn’t out yet, but Google is already recommending that developers take advantage of the newer design elements to create some consistency across Android apps. Many of the apps listed, including Yahoo News, Lumosity, and Duolingo, jumped at the chance to update their apps to stay in line with Google’s design standards, and that’s paying off for them.
The launch of Android One is looming. On September 15, Google could finally be launching its approach to bring low-cost devices to emerging markets. Invites for an event being held in India have been sent out and it is expected that Android One is launched on the aforementioned date. This lines up perfectly with a previous report that Android One’s launch was coming at some point in September.
At the end of August, we found out that Google and would be taking its next Nexus tablet very seriously by offering a variety of accessories upon launch. The image above is a render of the tablet’s keyboard folio. The initial pairing process for the keyboard with the tablet will be done through a built-in near field communication (NFC) chip. From there, a Bluetooth 4.0 connection will takeover. The keyboard itself will not directly connect to the tablet. Instead, HTC is giving it a 450mAh battery with the charging port being on the hinge of the case. A small indicator life will display the status of the keyboard.
Amazon already unveiled their future drone-based delivery system a few months ago, but you didn’t think Google didn’t have something similar planned did you? It’s seems to be the perfect application for Google X Labs, and it is.
They just unveiled “Project Wing” which is exactly that. Apparently they have already conducted 30 test flights in mid August as part of the first phase. The video below shows successful deliveries to farmers in Australia.
Google has announced plans to add a new Campus in Seoul for entrepreneurs to learn, connect, and build companies to change the world. At the new campus, entrepreneurs gain access to mentorship and training from the local startup community, other entrepreneurs, and Google teams. Google is opening new programs in its Seoul campus: Campus for Moms, CampusEDU, and Office Hours are a few. On top of all of this, Entrepreneurs will have access to exchange programs to other Campus locations.
It just might be the last year of the Nexus, and if it is, it could go out with a bang. We already know about the Nexus X, but is it going to be a 5.2-inch model or a 5.9-inch model?
It’s expected that the Nexus X will in fact be 5.9-inches, but we also know that Motorola is testing two Moto S devices, a 5.2-incher and a 5.9-incher. It’s unclear whether Motorola will release both devices, but a source close to the supply chain is saying that Google is readying the unused device. So If Motorola releases the 5.9-inch version under the Moto S name, Google would then take the 5.2-incher and make it a second Nexus device.
Until now users of the Windows version of Google Chrome have had to perform registry hacks or other convoluted methods to get the popular browser to support their high resolution displays. A bizarre oversight seeing as its been two years since they brought support to Apple’s high-dpi Retina displays. Thankfully Google have released version 37 of Chrome for Windows bringing support for high-dpi displays, and official (and stable) 64-bit support. If that wasn’t enough they also included support for Microsoft’s DirectWrite technology which smooths out fonts and should make the overall browsing experience less taxing on the eyes.
Screenshots of the upcoming Nexus 9 has leaked online revealing that it is going to be pretty darn powerful. According to one of the screenshots, it will back a 64-bit Tegra K1. This could very well be the first tablet to sport the SoC. The Shield Tablet features the Tegra K1, but it’s only the 32-bit version.
NVIDIA unveiled the 64-bit version a couple of weeks ago. This chip sports the same 192-core Keplar architecture-based GPU in the 32-bit version, but it’s paired with NVIDIA’s own 64-bit, dual core “Project Denver” CPU. It also supports up to 8 GB of RAM.