Runtastic will integrate with Android Wear, Google Glass, and Google Fit


Runtastic has officially announced that they’ll be fully supporting all of Google’s upcoming wearable tech, including Android Wear, Google Glass, and the upcoming Google Fit service. Since the wearable market focuses very heavily on fitness tracking, it’s good to see one of the top fitness tracking services commit to the platform so early.

For Android Wear, you’ll be able to download Runtastic apps to do the traditional step counting, heart rate monitoring, etc. There will also be full integration of Android Wear’s voice features. On the backend of things, Runtastic will be one of the first developers to use Google Fit’s APIs to store user data.

Gameloft announces 9 titles have been optimized specifically for Android TV


Android TV was one of the bigger announcements at I/O this year, especially if you’re into Android gaming. Not long after the keynote, Gameloft has announced that they have 9 of their best titles optimized specifically for Android TV.

These titles will see enhanced graphics for larger screens, adjusted gameplay controls that will likely work well with gamepads, and some extra features that will take advantage of Android TV’s capabilities.

Audi announces intention to deploy Android Auto


Earlier today Google took the wraps off their new Android Auto platform to bring Android to the automobile. They indicated they expect the new system to be available in autos on the market before the end of the year. While they have not committed to getting something out to consumers quite that fast, Audi has issued a press release indicating that starting in 2015 “all-new” models that are equipped with Audi’s MMI system will be Android Auto ready.

Razer will launch a “micro-console” this fall powered by Android TV


When Android TV was announced, Google made it very clear that the platform would be very good for gaming. So how can Google possibly prove it with hardware? Enter Razer. The company is going to launch a “micro-console” this fall that is powered by Android TV. It will still doing everything else an Android TV device can do, but Razer is likely going to make sure the internals prove to be remarkable compared to the competition. Right now, though, we do not have any specs to tell. A statement from the company’s CEO, Min-Liang Tan, says their micro-console will be “a console of the future.”

Hit the break for Razer’s full press release.

Google releases new Gmail API


In response to developers looking for better ways to access Gmail from within their apps, Google announced a new Gmail API intended to serve as a replacement for the IMAP protocol. According to Google, while IMAP is great for standard email clients wanting to connect to an email server, the function is was designed for, it is no longer adequate for new features Gmail makes available or the way services have evolved.

Google releases Android TV Remote Control, Google Cast Receiver apps already


You cannot even get your hands on an Android TV device until this fall, but you can download the Android TV Remote Control app. It is completely useless for now considering absolutely no one can take advantage of it. It features a simplistic design and color scheme. We know that much. Google also released the Google Cast Receiver app into the Play Store today. This turns an Android TV device into a Chromecast-like device by allowing users to Cast content.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links for both the Android TV Remote Control and Google Cast Receiver.

New video shows how Google plans to bring Android to every screen in your life

Android material design

Today at Google I/O, one of the major takeaways from the event was that Google wants to bring Android to every screen you own. Android is already prominent on smartphones and tablets, but there’s plenty of room to grow. Google announced Android TV for your television, Android wear for your wrist, and Android Auto for your car.

To show all of this in action, Google has released a short clip demonstrating Android on every major screen you see during the day. It’s only about 2 minutes long and really is a great way to see Google’s vision for Android in the near future. You can check it out after the break, and view the rest of our I/O 2014 coverage here.

Google Play Services 5.0 includes Android Wear support, new Play Games features, and more


To actually allow your device to work with a good portion of today’s announcements, an update to Google Play Services is required. This is what runs quietly in the background, ensuring your Android can be updated as quickly as possible. For many users, they may never notice Google Play Services. We do and probably you too. The main additions include Android Wear support, Play Games services, and updates on the back-end to Google Cast, Drive, and Wallet. The 5.0 update will rollout to everyone over the course of the next few days.

The announcement of Android L this afternoon opened some eyes as it is quite an ambitious update to the Android operating system. The obvious focus is Material Design and its aim to provide layers of information that are always active. Another key part are the enhancement of notifications. They have more substance when placed on the lockscreen and now they a floating window will appear inside applications to quickly display a notification. Project Volta, with Battery Historian inside, allows users to understand how the phone’s battery is operating with a visualization of everything going on behind the scenes. There is more, but you can check out the L Developer Preview when it goes live tomorrow.

Click here for our Google I/O coverage.¬†And hit the break for the highlights of Google Play Services 5.0 as well as Google’s outline of the Android L¬†Developer Preview.

Google Search gets system-wide hotword detection and audio history in latest update


Google talked a lot about using Google Now in different products at their keynote earlier today, but they didn’t mention the newest update to Google Search that’s rolling out on Android devices. The latest update ramps up the capabilities of the “OK Google” hotword detection by setting it up to work anywhere on your phone instead of just on the home screen or in the search app. Now you’ll be able to tell Google to do anything from your text messages app, Angry Birds, or anywhere else on your device. There were some rumors that this would be coming to Search earlier this year, and it’s finally been implemented.

Google talks developer tools during keynote session


During Google’s keynote session that got Google I/O 2014 off to a roaring start, the attention grabbing news for many people was the preview of the L Developer Edition or the release of new wearable devices or maybe even the announcement of Android Auto. For developers though, some key bits of information came later during the session when Google introduced some new tools that would help those developers generate a positive revenue stream. Speaking of that, Google indicated developers have been paid over $5 Billion since last year’s Google I/O, which was 2.5 times the amount from the prior year.

Watch Google’s I/O 2014 keynote right here


Google had a lot to talk about during their 2 hour I/O event today, including the next mobile version of Android, updates to Chromecast and the future of Google TV, and Android Auto and Android Wear. There was a ton of great information, but you might not have had time to watch all of it. Fortunately, Google has uploaded their entire keynote onto YouTube so you can watch it whenever you have enough time to sit through everything.

Hit the break below for the full video, and be sure to keep up with the rest of our Google I/O coverage.

Hands on with the Moto 360 at Google I/O 2014


We are definitely excited for the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live, but there is no question that everyone is eagerly waiting for the Moto 360. While the first two watches are available now, the Moto 360 won’t be available till later in the Summer. You could sense the disappointment in the crowd during the Google I/O keynote when that was announced.

Since the Moto 360 is almost ready for consumers, there are a few floating around here at Google I/O. They won’t divulge anything regarding the specs, but you get a chance to see how Android Wear works on the circular watch face. It definitely looks like a big watch, but it’s doable. This version is black, which seems to indicate there will be two versions of the watch, black and silver. Hit the break for the video.

Google launches Google Slides in the Play Store


Shortly after Google announced some major improvements to separate Google Drive applications for Android, it launched Google Slides to the Play Store.

The app has all the functionality you’d expect, including the creation and real-time collaboration of presentations, browser/device syncing, sharing capabilities, the ability to open, edit and save PowerPoint files, work offline, add and rearrange slides, automatic saving, and the ability to present straight from your device.

Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store as well as a gallery of screen shots.

VIDEO: First look at Android Auto (Android in the car) at Google I/O 2014

android auto

Android for your car has been a long-rumored concept, and now it’s finally here in all its glory at Google I/O.

Dubbed Android Auto, it isn’t a fully embedded OS for your car, but a connection between your car’s interface and your device. Each system is personalized just for you, because all you have to do is plug in and go. For more information about the platform, click here.

Be sure to check out the rest of our Google I/O 2014 coverage as well.