Watch the Google I/O 2016 keynote right here!

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Today, Google I/O 2016 kicks off with a keynote where all areas of the company will be showcased. We’ll see Android, Project Tango, home automation, and other areas get attention during the lengthy presentation. The livestream is up and ready to go, and you can choose to watch the keynote with us in a standard format or in a 360-degree experience if you have a virtual reality headset capable of running YouTube.

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Android Pay has officially launched in the UK

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Google I/O 2016 is kicking off later today, but Android fans in the UK have a different reason to be excited, the launch of Android Pay. There was a somewhat premature launch yesterday, but the service is definitely live today, with the Android Pay app ready and available to be downloaded from the Play Store in the UK. Join us after the break for details on how to set up Android Pay, as well as which banks support it and where you can use the mobile payments system. Read more

‘Pokémon GO’ beta testers needed in the U.S.

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At Google I/O 2016 this week we expect to hear a lot about virtual reality and how Google plans to continue their move into the space. One of the unique aspects that Google has been trying to highlight is a combination of virtual reality with augmented reality. So it is appropriate that the Pokémon GO development team announced this week that they seek beta testers in the U.S. to test a gaming title that will be heavy on the augmented reality portion of the spectrum. Read more

Spaces is yet another messaging platform from Google

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Google just can’t figure out exactly which way it wants people to communicate. When Android launched, Google Talk silently existed alongside a generic messaging app for SMS and MMS. Hangouts took over in May 2013; however, that didn’t turn out to be the Apple iMessage competitor everyone was waiting for. So people have been waiting years to get their hands on an all-in-one messaging platform from Google. It just doesn’t seem like consolidation is happening anytime soon.

Because you can never have to many messaging platforms on your mobile devices, Google is launching Spaces. At least this one has a focus, though, even if it could’ve been folded into one of the company’s other offerings. Spaces, according to Google, is mean to be for “small group sharing” with the company’s services built right into it.

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Google driving another nail in the Flash coffin

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Google’s development team behind the Chrome browser has released information indicating plans to change how the browser will handle sites that include Adobe Flash content. The update, expected to rollout during the fourth quarter of this year, will move the browser one step closer to ending support for Flash. Although Adobe’s Flash platform has been key to delivering rich media via the web, it is riddled with security issues and according to Google, has been surpassed performance-wise by HTML5. Read more

Addition of pressure sensitive touch to Android to be delayed

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When Google released developer previews for the Android N update to their operating system, one of the items spotted in there was apparent support for pressure-sensitive touch. This would be similar to what Apple implemented with 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. With only days left before Google I/O 2016 and the expected official announcement of Android N, sources indicate Google has pulled this pressure-sensitive capability from the release. Read more