In the past, major versions of Android have come in the fall rather than at other times of the year. Even at Google I/O, the company only introduces much smaller updates compared to the fall. Tomorrow, that changes. Sundar Pichai, Android and Chrome’s leading man, tells Businessweek that he wants “the world to understand what we are doing sooner.” Google is going to show what is has in store with Android ‘L’ tomorrow and launch in later this year. Along with this, Android Wear and presumably Android TV are on the table for showtime tomorrow.
This follows Apple’s pattern of introducing an update months prior to its release. Android and iOS will receive updates and fight for supremacy with consumers this fall with a slew of new features and user interface changes.
In less than twenty-four hours, we will be introduced to the next version of Android. It is now completely safe to assume that it will be Android ‘L’ thanks to the screenshot above that appeared on the Chromium Issues Tracker.
In the status bar, you see an ‘L’ representing the version of Android. Also, the time typically reflects the version of Android being run. And here we have the time as 5:28, meaning that Android 5.0+ will be given to Android ‘L’.
Nest has announced a new stage in the development of their home automation platform, a new Nest API that can be used by third-party developers to connect not only apps with Nest hardware and products, but other hardware as well. As an example, Nest indicates LIFX bulbs can be connected to Nest Protect so that they will turn red when smoke or CO is detected. This gives users an additional visual cue to potential problems. The new Nest API is being rolled out as part of a “Works with Nest” certification for partner companies to help develop the ecosystem and in the words of Nest, “anticipate people’s needs and make their lives easier.”
Nothing quite like a broken promise. When the Chromebook Pixel with LTE launched, with a mighty $1450 price tag, buyers were given two years data at 100MB per month with Verizon for free. If more data was needed, the buyer could just buy more. But just one year later, Verizon has pulled the plug on this free data. The only option left is to pay for any and all data used.
Is there an industry Google will not get involved with? Say hello to Google Domains. This one makes sense, though, considering Google is a internet and search powerhouse. Right now Google Domains is in invite-only beta; however, you can request an invitation very quickly. As to what nets you an invite, we are not quite sure just yet. The invitation request is a short form that asks for your email and if you have ever purchased a domain.
Google’s gaming service, Google Play Games, is going to be getting a few improvements in the near future that should help developers bake more functionality in their games. Currently, the Play Games service manages things like achievements and leaderboards, but Google is working on more improvements to the system.
Android Silver is purportedly launching in February 2015. So Google has to have something of its own before then, right? Maybe. Despite previous claims that the Nexus 6 does not exist and LG saying it has no plans for such, the device may possibly arrive to officially put an end to the Nexus program (at least for phones).
People around the world are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Google Glass in their respective countries. While the United States has been the go-to for a bit of time, Google has finally opened the Glass Explorer program to another nation. Starting today, people in the United Kingdom can join the Glass Explorer program for £1,000. Just as with the United States wearers, people in the United Kingdom can choose between five colors and get to tailor their experience if they need prescription lenses.
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Need a new tablet at a great price? The Nexus 7 still holds the title as one of the best overall tablets, even when not considering price. But now through September 30, purchasing the Nexus 7 through Google Play will include 3 months of All Access for free. After that, you must cancel your subscription or pony up the $9.99 per month price.
Not too bad, Google. Are you interested in purchasing the Nexus 7? Or are you waiting for something else? Let us know in the comments.
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Waiting for the Nexus 8? So are we. But the next tablet from Google could actually be called the Nexus 9. The alleged device has leaked, a tablet with an 8.9-inch display that has a 2048×1440 resolution. The aspect ratio for such would be 4:3. It is believed to be manufactured by HTC and therefore an aluminum zero-gap construction would be obvious. The leak does claim that stereo front-facing speakers will be present, but the device in the image does not appear to have them. This could merely be a placeholder image.
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