Google IO 2015 Coverage

Google updates the Chromecast to Play and Pause content via your TV Remote

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It’s great being able to stream the latest episode of House of Cards on your TV via your Chromecast isn’t it? Although it can be really frustrating having to grab your smartphone when you want to pause the program in a hurry, sometimes it’s just quicker pressing a physical button on the TV remote. Thankfully, Google has updated the Chromecast to allow you to pause and unpause videos with the infra-red remote that came with your TV. Read more

Google’s interactive cards head to YouTube videos

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Interactive cards are a recurring feature among various apps and services produced by Google. They offer more information at a glance than almost any other alternative. Google Now uses these cards to spread apart content and suggestions. Play Movies & TV displays them for a quick look at information regarding the film/show, actor, director, and other items. Since they are so useful, the interactive cards are being made available to content creators on YouTube.

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Google is working on an open API for Google Now that developers can bake in to their apps

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So, Google Now is a pretty handy app, isn’t it? With its ability to turn our search and location data into useful facts, bringing us the latest scores from our favourite sports teams (or not), reminding us of appointments and even showing us gas stations on the route you are driving, it’s getting more difficult to imagine life before Google Now. With that, we have news that Google Now is set to become even more useful thanks to the planned release of an open API that any app developer will be able to bake into their apps. More details after the break. Read more

“Add to home screen” banner will soon be coming to websites in Chrome for Android

google_chromeGoogle’s Chrome Android app currently has a feature that lets you create pseudo-app shortcuts to your favorite web sites right on your home screen, but it’s tucked away in the overflow menu of the app. While it’s a useful feature, it’s not used as often as it could be because of that. Google plans on fixing that by adding an “add to home screen” banner to websites in the near future, promoting the feature to users and potentially increasing traffic to those sites. Read more

DIY Chrome App Builder launches on the Chrome Web Store

chrome_browser_material_design_app_iconGoogle has launched a unique little tool on the Chrome Web Store that will allow you to quickly create apps for Chrome OS. That may sound a little simpler than it actually is, which is true; all the tool actually does is package up a web link into an easy set of files that can be uploaded as a Chrome app. You’ll still have to have some kind of web page or web app, and that takes more than a little know-how. Read more

Google’s Fiber TV service not exactly off to a good start

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Google launched the Fiber internet service in Kansas City, Kansas a couple of years ago. Google also launched an accompanying cable TV service along with broadband, giving users the option to ditch their cable provider and pick Google instead. A new report now claims that this service hasn’t exactly been off to a flying start with only 29,867 video subscriptions made so far. Read more

More details revealed about YouTube’s 360-degree video integration

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Back in January it was reported that YouTube is planning on supporting 360-degree videos, and now we have a little more info.

Users will be able to upload these special videos from compatible cameras, which include Bublcam, Giroptic’s 360cam, IC Real Tech’s Allie,Kodak’s SP360 and Ricoh’s Theta. You will be able to watch these 360-degree videos on the existing the YouTube app for Android while moving around the 360 view will be done by moving the phone or tablet. It’s also a lock that you will see this integrated with Google Cardboard and other VR headsets.

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