Google engineers lay out ambitious future for Android Wear

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In a new interview with CNET, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android Wear David Singleton and the Vice President of Engineering for Android Hiroshi Lockheimer talked about the future of the Android Wear platform and where they see it going in the near future. According to Singleton, “one of the things we’re going to be able to do is add the ability for these devices to start working with some of the other devices you might wear on your body” as part of several updates expected to be pushed out. The two engineers think the update cycle for Android Wear will be quite fast, reminiscent of the earlier years of Android on smartphones.
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Google Play shows off best designed apps that use Material Design elements

 

 

google play beautiful design 2014Back in December, Google showcased several apps that really stuck to Android’s design guidelines and had great interfaces. Today they’ve updated the Play Store with the best designed summer apps as a follow-up to the winter selection, and this time they’re bragging about apps that are already using the Material Design guidelines.

Android L isn’t out yet, but Google is already recommending that developers take advantage of the newer design elements to create some consistency across Android apps. Many of the apps listed, including Yahoo News, Lumosity, and Duolingo, jumped at the chance to update their apps to stay in line with Google’s design standards, and that’s paying off for them. 
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Google hosting event on September 15, probably to launch Android One

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The launch of Android One is looming. On September 15, Google could finally be launching its approach to bring low-cost devices to emerging markets. Invites for an event being held in India have been sent out and it is expected that Android One is launched on the aforementioned date. This lines up perfectly with a previous report that Android One’s launch was coming at some point in September.

Source: NDTV

HTC Nexus tablet’s keyboard folio details emerge

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At the end of August, we found out that Google and would be taking its next Nexus tablet very seriously by offering a variety of accessories upon launch. The image above is a render of the tablet’s keyboard folio. The initial pairing process for the keyboard with the tablet will be done through a built-in near field communication (NFC) chip. From there, a Bluetooth 4.0 connection will takeover. The keyboard itself will not directly connect to the tablet. Instead, HTC is giving it a 450mAh battery with the charging port being on the hinge of the case. A small indicator life will display the status of the keyboard.


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HTC T1 tablet will have a slew of accessories upon being available, LTE variant on the way as well

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It is only a matter of time before HTC announces its upcoming T1 tablet that will have beastly specifications. Being that all signs point the T1 as the Nexus 8, an October launch seems likely as Android L is expected to arrive then. From Google itself, accessories for Nexus devices have remained scarce. With this tablet, however, Google and HTC are making sure they offer plenty of accessories. Leaked information reveals that a Magic Cover will be available in either leather or thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The leather material will come in Natural or Black choices. The TPU Magic Cover will be offered in Coral Amethyst, Mint Indigo, Lime Stone, Indigo Black. In addition to this, a folio keyboard will be made specifically for the tablet.


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Google unveils ‘Project Wing’, a drone-based delivery system

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Amazon already unveiled their future drone-based delivery system a few months ago, but you didn’t think Google didn’t have something similar planned did you? It’s seems to be the perfect application for Google X Labs, and it is.

They just unveiled “Project Wing” which is exactly that. Apparently they have already conducted 30 test flights in mid August as part of the first phase. The video below shows successful deliveries to farmers in Australia.


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Google Glass gets access to Pandora

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Google Glass owners now have access to Pandora Internet Radio via their wearable device. Users get access to their existing stations or they can create a new station using voice commands. However, several other controls still require the use of the touchpad, including play/pause controls, favoriting tracks and dismissing tracks.
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Google could launch two Nexus smartphones this year

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It just might be the last year of the Nexus, and if it is, it could go out with a bang. We already know about the Nexus X, but is it going to be a 5.2-inch model or a 5.9-inch model?

It’s expected that the Nexus X will in fact be 5.9-inches, but we also know that Motorola is testing two Moto S devices, a 5.2-incher and a 5.9-incher. It’s unclear whether Motorola will release both devices, but a source close to the supply chain is saying that Google is readying the unused device. So If Motorola releases the 5.9-inch version under the Moto S name, Google would then take the 5.2-incher and make it a second Nexus device.


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Nexus 9 confirmed to sport a 64-bit Tegra K1

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Screenshots of the upcoming Nexus 9 has leaked online revealing that it is going to be pretty darn powerful. According to one of the screenshots, it will back a 64-bit Tegra K1. This could very well be the first tablet to sport the SoC. The Shield Tablet features the Tegra K1, but it’s only the 32-bit version.

NVIDIA unveiled the 64-bit version a couple of weeks ago. This chip sports the same 192-core Keplar architecture-based GPU in the 32-bit version, but it’s paired with NVIDIA’s own 64-bit, dual core “Project Denver” CPU. It also supports up to 8 GB of RAM.


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Cyanogen and Nextbit cooking up something ‘groundbreaking’

cyanogenmod-figureAnyone up for a riddle? What do you get when you combine Nextbit, a new company founded by two former Google execs and other tech industry rockstars, and Cyanogen, the creators of arguably one of the most well-loved custom ROMs available today? It’s a trick question, because as of right now, nobody knows. Nextbit is making itself out to be the creator of, “…groundbreaking technology that will take [mobile] to the next level,” and if their team serves as any indicator of the kinds of ideas running the company, it may just be right. Tom Moss and Mike Chan are the heads of the young start-up; they are former members of the original Android team at Google, and they have been earnestly assembling a team of engineers and designers from Google, Amazon, Apple, Dropbox, and most recently HTC.  HTC’s Former senior VP of Design Scott Croyle has recently joined the Nextbit team at the same position.


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