Google has kicked off a new contest that might help you win a free custom Live Case for your Nexus device, but only if you’re willing to write some reviews for places on Google Maps. If you’ve ever written up a review for somewhere you’ve been to on Maps you’ll know what Google wants, but we’ll go into that a bit for you. Read more
On thursday, a Huawei executive spoke about the possibility of a new Nexus smartphone coming later this year.
As reported before, Huawei has high hopes for the future. Their goal is to surpass the number of smartphone shipments from rival Apple, which would put the company in second for marketshare. Huawei also wants to eventually pass Samsung to become the largest smartphone dealer in the world.
The majority of us here at Talk Android believe that Android TV has seen its better days, and Google Cast will seemingly take over. Google doesn’t seem committed to Android TV like they were when the first introduced the platform. With that said, along with the recent removing of the Nexus Player from the Google Store, many of us thought the end for the Android TV platform was near. However, a new report caught us by surprise suggesting the release of a successor to the Nexus Player we all know.
Google has toyed with beta apps on the Play Store for a while, but now they’re finally getting in on the action themselves. Google Maps has been opened up for anyone to join the beta, which means you’ll get prerelease builds of the app that may or may not be 100% functional in exchange for helping Google squash bugs so the newer versions can go live for the rest of us. Read more
Google has announced some new software called AnyPixel.js that’s designed to make it easy for anyone to create a large, interactive display. kind of like a really cool, really big Lite Brite. The idea came after trying to figure out what to put in Google’s New York office where the company pieced together 6,000 light-up buttons with a web page controller. Read more
Not long ago, Google changed the voice tone of its Google Search assistant. At Google I/O, the tech giant announced ‘Google Assistant,’ which will soon answer one’s follow-up questions, be able to play mini games, and provide users with more accurate and detailed information. A new report from yesterday suggests Google Now will soon have ‘character,’ meaning it will have a personality and a background story.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai sat down with Walt Mossberg of The Verge on Wednesday morning at Recode‘s Code Conference. Topics covered in the half hour-long conversation were the future of the Nexus line, Google’s play with artificial intelligence, the launch of Google Home and its duel with Amazon, his hope that everyone (including Apple) could work on messaging together, Samsung being Android’s biggest partner, and a lot more.
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Although Google Chromecast devices are immensely helpful to content viewers who have existing hardware that need the support, Google is making the technology, Google Cast, that drives their dongles available outside of those devices. We are seeing more support for Google Cast built directly into televisions. Now Google is adding one of their own, in-house products, by making Google Cast available via their Fiber TV set top boxes. Read more
Google Home is one of the coolest gadgets to come out of Google I/O this year, but it might be a simpler piece of technology than we thought. Instead of running a full-blown Android installation, it’s actually based on Google’s wildly successful Chromecast. Read more