Nexus Player passes through FCC, may go on sale again soon

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On Friday, Google pulled the ability order the new Android TV device, the Nexus Player, as fast as it was put up. While some assumed that Google had a limited stock and quickly went through it, Google shed some light showing that it was something else. A message later in the day popped up on the Nexus Player order page saying, “This device has not been approved by the Federal Communications Commission. It is not for sale until approval of the FCC has been obtained.” Well it looks like FCC approval has been obtained.


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Android TV Developer Kit able to sideload Android 5.0 Lollipop

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There are not many out there, but the ADT-1 does exist. It was the Android TV device given to select Google I/O attendees in June. Today, owners of the set-top box can sideload the latest version of Android. It is Android 5.0, version LPX13D. It is rolling out as an over-the-air software update, but the sideload option is for the impatient people.

We should tell you that the update does bring the overall temperature of the ADT-1 down. The device does not run at scalding hot levels anymore. On the software side, the home screen, Play Store, Movies, Play Games, and settings have been altered. Basically, these areas have been given some more details or visual fixes. The entire user interface is now closer to what you would see on another Android device.


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India gets the HTC One (M8 Eye), Desire Eye, RE Camera, and a few more devices

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The latest round of devices from HTC have all made their way to a new region. The One (M8) Eye, Desire Eye, and RE Camera are all available in India. The price for the One (M8) Eye and RE Camera converts to about $634 and $162, respectively. Pricing for the Desire Eye has yet to be announced.

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Google updates Material Design guidelines with new resources

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With the Android 5.0 SDK being available, Google had to put finishing touches on its design. The Material Design guidelines have been updated with new resources. This what what helps developers ensure their applications follow what Google expects Android to look like today. The most notable inclusion for this update is the sticker sheet. They are available in a few formats so more developers can get a hold of and apply them with ease.

Here is everything included in the update to the Material Design guidelines:

  • Updated sticker sheets in PSD, AI and Sketch formats
  • A new icon library ZIP download
  • Updated color swatch downloads
  • Updated whiteframe downloads, including better baseline grid text alignment and other miscellaneous fixes

Source: Google Developers Blog

Google releases video covering speech recognition and how we communicate with technology

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Google has been a huge advocate of using speech to communicate with technology. The “Ok Google” command can be found across many platforms with a wealth of information ready to be found. For the technology to be of any use, though, it must understand the user. Google has released a video titled Behind the Mic: The Science of Talking with Computers. It runs for Google describes it as “a short film about speech recognition, language understanding, neural nets, and using our voices to communicate with the technology around us.” A few Google employees provide insights throughout the video.
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Nexus Player pre-order facility withdrawn from the Play Store

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Earlier today, Google published a pre-order page for its new Nexus Player on the Play Store to invite eager Android enthusiasts to reserve themselves a set-top box prior to its official release. Unfortunately, though, within a couple of hours of going live, an “out of inventory” message appeared on the website.

This brief note left many of us confused. The most popular hypothesis put forward was that Google had run out of $20 Play Store Gift Cards to award to each customer who pre-ordered the unit in the United States and Canada as promised by the search engine giant. But, as it turns out, that wasn’t the case.


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Shuffle in positions may signal more Android/Chrome consolidation

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Sources within Google indicate some top level executives have shifted around and the changes may be another sign that the company is moving closer to a merger of its two operating systems. Hiroshi Lockheimer, who is the vp of engineering for the Android operating system, has had the engineering team assigned to the Chrome operating system placed under him. Linus Upson was the top engineer for Chrome and it is unclear what he will be doing moving forward.
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