Google holding internet scavenger hunt for a chance to attend I/O in June

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An internet scavenger hunt is right up Google’s alley. And that is what the company is doing to give people a chance to attend Google I/O in June. The company has deployed links through its developer site and finding one will either reward you with a spot in the Google I/O lottery or a pleasant rejection message. The spot in the Google I/O lottery will provide an opportunity at purchasing a $900 ticket for Google’s showcase.

For an example, click here to see a link that is taken.

Source: Android Police

Location suggestions and autocomplete now a thing in latest Google Calendar update

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Google_CalendarGoogle released an update for its Calendar app in the Play Store yesterday. It’s not the visual overhaul that was leaked last week, but it does add a pretty nifty little feature when creating an event. Like the web version of the app, the Android version of the app will now suggest locations when creating events. Extrapolated from your location — thanks to Google Maps — Google Calendar will now suggest and autocomplete locations based on businesses and locations near you.

This new feature does ask for an extra permission (coarse location) when you go to install the update. It appears to be rolling out in waves as I have yet to receive a notice for the update in the Play Store. If you can’t wait for the update to hit your phone I expect that there will be an APK somewhere out there in the Interweb sometime soon. Otherwise hit the break for your download link and QR code.

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Google talks design in “Google Design Minutes” video series

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google-logo-640-80Google is certainly on a visual kick as of late. As we’ve seen with the leak involving new icons for Android, with Google Calendar, and with every other Google app that’s been updated recently, Google is working hard at making its products as visually appealing as they are functional. According to Google however, design isn’t just a once time thing but rather an ongoing process that’s learned over time. That’s why search giant took to its developer blog to announce that at Google I/O this year it will be hosting sessions and workshops that focus on design.

On top of that, starting today Google is launching a series of YouTube videos that discuss visual aspects of key services and products. We have the first three videos for you after the break. They focus on Search, Maps, and Glass. The series will continue over the coming months. Google’s even set up a moderator page so that people can ask visually related questions. If you have about 10 minutes to spare then hit the break and get started on the first part in the series. Enjoy!

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Images of rumored redesigned Google+ app leak

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We’ve heard rumors of an interface redesign for many of Google’s core apps, including Gmail and the calendar app, so it makes sense that a redesign would follow to the Google+ app. Some leaked screenshots from Yoel Kaseb on G+ show the app in action, and although he said the app is pretty unstable as is, I doubt Google would go through that much effort to redesign something unless they were serious about moving forward with it. » Read the rest

Google’s new Camera app introduces Lens Blur via software optimization

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When Google released their Camera app on Google Play earlier today for users who have Android 4.4, one of the new features noted was something called Lens Blur. This is a new mode Google has introduced that enables a software based shallow depth of field. One of the main uses of a shallow depth of field is to create a bokeh effect where the primary subject of a photo is in focus while the background is blurred. HTC recently enabled this in their new HTC One (M8) through hardware consisting of a dual camera system. Google’s new Camera app achieves this entirely with software. » Read the rest

Google’s Project Ara phones will be available to purchase in January 2015

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If you’re waiting to get your hands on a Project Ara device, you’ll only have to wait until January of next year. Google has announced that the customizable devices will be available to purchase in January 2015 through a configuration tool similar to Moto Maker for the Moto X. Project Ara plans to go beyond the simple color tweaking that you could get through Moto Maker, though, and it will allow you to change the components and design of the phone, in addition to different colors and materials. » Read the rest

Google releases stock Camera app in the Play Store

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Google has released more than a few stock Android apps into the Play Store, but the Camera app wasn’t one of them. Good news folks!! They just released today. It’s essentially the same Camera app found on Nexus devices, so that means you can get the stock Android camera experience with any device. Plus, you get Photo Sphere too. With this release, they did add one update, which is a lens blur effect.

Unfortunately this app is only for those running Android 4.4 KitKat or higher. We’re not sure if it will open up to users Jelly Bean and below, but we certainly hope so.

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Google Glass target of DeGeneres bit on sale day

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Google decided to try a new tactic with their Explorer program for Google Glass by opening up sales of the device to anyone in the U.S. on April 15th. According to the Google Glass team, they succeeded in filling all spots in their Explorer program, although it is not clear whether that means they sold out of all stock of the current version. In creating this event, Google also opened themselves up to a bit of mockery, especially amongst TV show hosts like Conan O’Brien and Ellen DeGeneres.

On her show yesterday, Ellen took the opportunity to show off a pair of Google glasses she says she bought off of Craigslist for $1,495. The results were… interesting. Hit the break to check out the video, which starts around 54 seconds in, from yesterday’s show. » Read the rest

Major smartphone OEMs and wireless carriers agree to support anti-theft measures

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Like with any other valuable object, smartphones are often the target of thieves. Many lawmakers and even carriers and device manufacturers have questioned how to implement features on devices that would cut down on theft, but until now there hasn’t been much of a united stance in making that happen. » Read the rest