Recently, select users of the Google Opinion Rewards app were sent a very interesting questionnaire. The first question asked whether or not they had a “monthly movie pass” from Google. No, there is not a video streaming service from Google that exists today or has even been announced.
Android TV now has more than 600 apps available, and Google has updated the Play Store for the service, making app discovery better than ever before.
As Google continues to deal with the European Commission over a variety of claims that the company has become too large and is creating an anticompetitive environment, a new complaint has been lodged by Disconnect Inc., developers of an ad-blocking and privacy app. The crux of the complaint is Google’s decision to ban the Disconnect Mobile app from the Google Play Store. Disconnect is demanding their app be included in the Play Store along with unspecified damages. Read more
Google appears to have decided to reward consumers who chose to jump in on Project Fi and purchased a Nexus 6 from the company in the process. Some new reports from users receiving their new smartphones from Google indicate the company is including a case, a pair of earbuds with a splitter, and a 6,000 mAh external battery. Read more
Google has announced, starting on June 27, that it will be getting rid of its SMS notifications for the company’s Calendar services.
Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) is known today for the Project Ara modular phone among many other endeavors — but today the division isn’t making news for a particular product update, but because of staff changes.
Google unveiled major changes to its privacy and security management tools today. Users can now take an active approach to managing the data Google holds on them, in one centralized hub.
Earlier today one of the most watched live streams from Google I/O 2015 was for the session on Google’s ATAP unit. Looking forward to some of the cutting edge technology Google is working on, anticipation was high for an appearance by Project Ara, Google’s modular smartphone. Google did not entirely disappoint as late in the session Google engineer Rafa Camargo brought out the device for a brief demonstration. Read more
Alongside Project Jacquard, Google introduced Project Soli which is focused around sensors that use radio waves to track your hand movements and gestures, which then relay signals into something that can be used by another piece of technology.
We have a hands on video for you demonstrating how one of Project Soli’s sensors will register your movements and turn them into data that another object can use. Unfortunately, the demo didn’t have an actual usable object to play with, but it does give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what’s going on. There are several monitors set up, all of which react differently and show different data based on how your hand is moving. Read more
Interested in seeing Google’s ambitious Project Jacquard in action? Fortunately, Google had a small demonstration set up at I/O to show off a very simple way that smart clothing can be used, and we’ve got a hands on video for you.
The video demonstrates how simple it is to tap a patch of clothing to play and pause your music, and how the swiping gestures will allow you to skip through songs and adjust the volume on a connected smartphone. Google of course uses a Nexus 6 to show off everything in action, but it works extremely well. Read more