Google IO 2016 Coverage

Samsung Tizen SDK now available for all, more apps incoming

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The Tizen Software Developer Kit (SDK) is now available for developers to get their hands on. This allows developers to design applications specifically for the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo.

In addition to making the Tizen SDK available, Samsung provided a list of apps currently available. They include: Atooma, Banjo, Dacadoo, EasilyDo, Feedly, Focus Trainer, Glympse, iHeartRadio, iwunta (Cloudwear), Life360, Runtastic, Sleep Genius, Spritz, Strava, Vivino, CNN, Conde Nast, eBay, Expedia, Flick Dat, MapMyFitness (Under Armour), MyMusicCloud, and News Republic (Mobiles Republic).

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New Swiftkey Beta includes Evernote and Google+ personalization

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Swiftkey has issued a new beta update, and it’s including a few new personalization features as well as typical bug fixes and optimizations.

Swiftkey has always been able to learn predictions and typing patterns from some social media sites and your personal texts and emails, but the keyboard will now be able to check your Google+ posts and Evernote notes and archives in order to create better predictions based on how you type. It’s not a new feature, but it’s a nice refinement of one of Swiftkey’s best features.

On top of the new personalization options, there are also tweaks and optimizations for the emoji system implemented in the last beta update. If you’re using the current beta, hit the link below to download the new version before your old version expires on the 20th.

source: Swiftkey

LG’s awkward slap-bracelet stylus leaks

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My little sister used to have tons of little slap bracelets around the house which she used on her hair to create different hairstyles. It seems as though LG thought that the same technology could be used to create a convenient way to make sure you never lose your stylus. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s pretty awkward and even bizarre.

I prefer the sleekness of a stylus that can be inserted into the top of a device, but hey, maybe they’re on to something.

We’re not sure whether this is something LG intends to really sell on the market or just give out as “party favors” at trade shows, but we’ll know soon enough. Hit the break for another photo.

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Samsung’s Activity Tracker (formerly known as S Band) gets introduced in Germany with a modest price

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The Activity Tracker, which was previously known as the S Band, has been officially introduced in Germany. The Activity Tracker was fully exposed just last week and now Samsung has finally decided to reveal the wearable. In Germany, it is priced at €79.90. That translates to roughly $105 in the United States. If priced in the U.S. like that, it would be a serious competitor to Nike’s FuelBand, Jawbone’s UP, and the entire Fitbit portfolio. The one setback is that Samsung generally limits compatibility to their own devices, although that may eventually change. Read more

Samsung to announce “high-class device” tomorrow, likely just some fancy colors

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Samsung will be announcing a high-class device tomorrow, according to their @SamsungRu Twitter account. The tweet features the image above and a caption that previews a high-class device, something Samsung has never explored.

If you are confused, you are certainly not alone. The image does include a few different colors above the announcement date; therefore, I believe that this is just going to be a device meant for the crowd that like their ‘bling’ very personal. Is it going to be a metal Galaxy S 5? That seems like a stretch considering the attached image.

What do you think this high-class device will entail?

Source: @SamsungRu
Via: Phone Arena

Motorola announces the Moto 360, an Android Wear smartwatch coming this summer

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Motorola has announced the Moto 360, a smartwatch that runs Google’s new Android Wear platform. In its introductory video, Motorola calls the Moto 360 “a truly modern timepiece.” The Moto 360 features a premium build centered around a circular watch face. Like all other Android Wear smartwatches, Google Now is the focus and can be activated by saying “OK Google.” Once activated, the features are just like the ones found on a smartphone or tablet. Sports scores, transportation times, reminders, and even sending a text message can be handled through the device.

The Moto 360, according to Motorola, will be available this Summer in a variety of designs. You can sign up for alerts from Motorola here. Motorola is also holding a Google Hangout tomorrow at 2pm EST, March 19, with the Moto 360’s lead designer, Jim Wicks.

Hit the break for a trailer explaining the Moto 360’s design. Read more

Google may be partnering with LG for the LG G Watch

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Google has announced a new platform for wearable devices called Android Wear and already word is out that LG may be working on a Google device using this new platform. Early indications are that the device is being called the G Watch and besides the Android Wear platform, Google Now will be featured on the device as well as the ability to initiate voice commands using “OK Google” similar to Google Glass devices or the Motorola Moto X. If accurate, this would be the fourth device produced by the duo of LG and Google, joining two Nexus smartphones and a Google Play Edition tablet. Read more

Google officially enters the wearables game with Android Wear, smartwatches coming later this year

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It has finally happened. Google has officially announced Android Wear, a version of Android designed specifically for wearable devices. In an official blog post, Google explains that Android Wear will focus on getting key information to users at the right time, displaying health and fitness information, and providing an extra display to use throughout the day. As you can see in the image above, Android Wear (for smartwatches) is designed to closely resemble Google Now and, basically, it functions the exact same way. In fact, voice searches are still done through the “OK Google” activation.

Who is making Android Wear devices? Here is what Google had to say about that:

“We’re also already working with several consumer electronics manufacturers, including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring you watches powered by Android Wear later this year.”

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Google could be preparing to kill off Google Voice, merge into Hangouts

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It has been a slow haul for Google, but rumors suggest they are getting close to finally merging all of their communication apps into a single platform. Over the past couple years Google merged their Messenger platform into Hangouts and then added support for SMS text messaging, killing off the Messaging app in the process. The final piece is Google’s Voice and sources believe the company is close to merging that into Hangouts. Read more