Google IO 2016 Coverage

Wield a LightSaber as you battle StormTroopers in Google’s Chrome Experiment celebrating May the 4th and Star Wars

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Today is May the 4th, and you know what that means. Yup, a whole load of Star Wars themed promotions from companies trying to sell you stuff that has nothing to do with the franchise. If you have a couple of minutes spare, though, Google has a great interactive offering that allows you to wield a LightSaber as you battle your way through a bunch of stormtroopers. Join us after the break to find out how. Read more

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is coming to you on April 1


Star Wars: The Force Awakens went up for pre-order on Google Play without a specific release late last year almost at the same time the film started showing in theaters. Although a release date wasn’t provided, we knew the latest Star Wars installment would arrive in a digital format and on Blu-ray/DVD within the first few months of 2016. Films usually see home releases within four months of their original premieres.

Today, The Walt Disney Company’s Bob Iger announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available on personal media platforms next month.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ up for pre-order on Google Play


Millions of people worldwide are flooding movie theaters this weekend to see the latest installment of Star Wars. The newest film, The Force Awakens, returns the franchise to the big screen for the first time in ten years. If you don’t plan on seeing the film during its theatrical release or just want to secure your digital copy next year, Google Play is already accepting pre-orders.

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Google launches Lightsaber Escape, an browser game that turns your phone into a lightsaber

lightsaber escapeGoogle’s latest Chrome experiment involves your computer, your smartphone, and a lightsaber, and it’s as cool as it sounds.

The browser-based game links your desktop (or laptop) with your smartphone, and allows you to play the game by using your phone as the hilt of a lightsaber. It’s an extremely unique way to play a game, especially one that’s based in a web browser. Read more

Special Star Wars themed DROID Turbo 2 options revealed by Verizon


Yesterday word surfaced that Verizon and Motorola were working on some special versions of the DROID Turbo 2 that would be part of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens marketing train that it seems everyone is hopping on board. The original indications were that this might mean special wallpapers for the devices, which it turns out is part of the deal, but other options were unclear. Verizon has now revealed that starting today, users can customize their DROID Turbo 2 devices through Moto Maker to not only get the wallpapers, but they will have a selection of special colors and backing materials to choose from. Read more