Google Now Update

Google Now is about to get amazing with ‘Now on Tap’

By about 35 mins ago.

Google Now is about to get amazing with ‘Now on Tap’

Google a few moments ago introduced that amazing new changes are coming to Google Now with a new software feature Google is calling ‘Now on Tap’. ‘Now on Tap’ brings Google Now functionality to the next level by leveraging context awareness to bring you even more information super quickly.

As a quick example demonstrated by a Google engineer, imagine that you are listening to Skrillex on your device. With ‘Now on Tap’, you can simply ask the device “What’s his real name?” With Android M, your device will be able to understand the complete context of the situation. Specifically, Android will recognize that you are listening to a Skrillex song and will comprehend that the query is related to that. Consequently, asking “What’s his real name?” will yield Sonny John Moore as an answer.

As another example, if you happen to be returning a rental car, Google Now will understand the context and will alert you to nearby gas stations so that you can return it with a full tank.

Throughout the demonstration, Google engineers kept on stressing that the overarching goal of “Now on Tap” is to be more assistive to users by giving them information before they know they need it. In short, the software aims to provide users with quick answers to quick questions when and wherever they happen to be their phone.

In describing how ‘Now on Tap’ is designed to function, Google engineer Aparna Chennapragada explained that there are three things the software needs to do well in order to work as intended.

1) Understand your context

2) Bring you answers pro-actively

3) Help you take action

With that in mind, Sundar Pichai explained that Google has made tremendous strides in not only building up its natural language engine, but also its contextual engine. For instance, imagine you are at Disney World: Android M will not only know where you are in a geographical sense, it will be able to seamless provide you with information about when the park opens, when their busiest hours are, and which rides are the most popular.

The Computer Science involved in processing such information and spitting it back out to users so quickly is complex and is clearly something Google is proud of.

Developing…

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Google Inbox Invite

Google just released a huge update for the Inbox – and it’s now open to everyone

By about 53 mins ago.

Google just released a huge update for the Inbox – and it’s now open to everyone

Compared to Gmail, Google’s Inbox app is a complete reimagining of email. Sure, it borrows plenty of features from earlier services like Mailbox, but it brings new features to the table as well, and it wraps them in a gorgeous user interface similar to the UIs found in other Google apps.

Well, Google announced on Thursday that it’s releasing a big update for its new “email killer,” and it’s also tossing out the invite system and opening Inbox up to all users. More →

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Android Pay

Google announces Android Pay

By about 1 hour ago.

Google announces Android Pay

It’s that time of year, folks. Google I/O is upon us and the search giant, per usual, has a number of big announcements on hand. Just a few moments ago, Google announced a new payment platform dubbed Android Pay that will be coming to Android M.

As one would expect, Android Pay will seemingly operate much like Apple Pay, with fingerprint authentication as well if desired. As for how it works, it’s rather simple. Simply unlock any NFC enabled Android device and hold it in front of a NFC terminal. Notably, your actual credit card number will not be shared with any store.

Notably, Android Pay will reportedly work with devices running KitKat as well.

In keeping with Google’s bread and butter, Android Pay is slated to be an open platform, which is to say that users will be able to add and activate their credit card into Android Pay either via Google’s built-in method or via each individual bank’s own application.

What’s more, Android Pay will also allow app developers to integrate such payment functionality into their own apps. For instance, apps like Lyft will now include an Android Pay payment option that will save users from having to tediously enter in their credit card information.

At launch, Google boasts that Android Pay will work at over 700,000 stores, including Best Buy and McDonald’s. As expected, Android Pay will work with all of the major credit card companies; Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Developing…

For the latest breaking news from Google’s event, be sure to check out our event hub!

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Google I/O 2015 Live Stream

Google’s I/O 2015 keynote is about to begin – watch live streaming video right here

Google’s I/O 2015 keynote is about to begin – watch live streaming video right here

By about 2 hours ago.

We’re moments away from the Google I/O 2015 keynote, where Google is expected to unveil the next generation of Android, discuss the future of Android Wear and possibly provide a few updates on the exciting modular phone known as Project Ara. Who knows what else Google might have in store for us today? Since this is the company’s biggest event of the year and it’s I/O keynotes have been known to run for several hours, you can be sure there will be plenty of surprises on stage at the Moscone Center today. More →

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Google I/O 2015 Liveblog Link

We’ll be live from the Google I/O keynote today at 12:30PM ET!

By about 4 hours ago.

We’ll be live from the Google I/O keynote today at 12:30PM ET!

In just a few short hours, Google will take the stage at the Moscone Center for its Google I/O 2015 keynote presentation. Although Google I/O is primarily for developers, there’s sure to be plenty of news relevant to end users as well, including the reveal of the highly anticipated Android M update. More →

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Android M Granular Permissions Controls

This will be the most important (and possibly most overlooked) new Android M feature

By about 6 hours ago.

This will be the most important (and possibly most overlooked) new Android M feature

The way Android handles your privacy isn’t perfect, and various studies have shown that apps can and will take advantage of the way you set up app permissions to mine personal data for commercial purposes. However, a new leak indicates that Android M will offer users better privacy by introducing new features that’ll give them granular app permission control. More →

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Google Search Instant Answers Questions

Brilliant new Google search feature answers your questions before you’re done typing them

By on May 27, 2015 at 5:50 PM.

Brilliant new Google search feature answers your questions before you’re done typing them

Google is rolling out an exciting new update to its searches that will answer your questions before you’re even done typing them. The answer will appear listed directly in the autocomplete dropdown options just like search suggestions do, The Next Web reports. That way, the user doesn’t actually need to finish the sentence, or even wait for regular search results to appear. More →

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iPhone Vs Android Advertising

Why the iPhone is more important to Google than Android

By on May 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

Why the iPhone is more important to Google than Android

Though Google these days has its hand in everything, from robotics to advanced AI, the company’s billions by and large continue to come exclusively from advertising. More to the point, 90% of the $66 billion Google generated in revenue in 2014 came directly from advertising-related ventures

Not surprisingly, an increasingly important part of Google’s advertising machine is mobile search. In 2014 alone, 18% of Google’s ad revenue, or about $11.8 billion, came from searches done on mobile devices.

More →

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Android M, N, Z Release Date

Forget Android M, I can tell you when Android Z will be released

By on May 27, 2015 at 9:49 AM.

Forget Android M, I can tell you when Android Z will be released

Forget for a second that Android M will be unveiled this week at Google I/O, which is a secret Google wasn’t able to really keep. There’s already better news for Android fans: In a recent interview, a Google executive confirmed that a major Android update will be released every year moving forward, so now I can tell you when Android Z will land on your phone. More →

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Comedy Central Free Shows

Download 12 episodes of Comedy Central shows for free on Google Play right now

By on May 26, 2015 at 6:15 PM.

Download 12 episodes of Comedy Central shows for free on Google Play right now

Every day, we try to bring you the best selection of free apps we can find on the App Store, but today we have the unique pleasure of being able to alert you to some free TV shows as well. For a limited time, Comedy Central is giving away an episode from 12 of its most popular shows as part of a huge sale on Google Play. More →

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2015 Nexus Release Date LG Huawei

Android fans’ delight: Report claims two new Nexus phones coming this year

By on May 26, 2015 at 12:28 PM.

Android fans’ delight: Report claims two new Nexus phones coming this year

Over the past month we’ve been hearing plenty of rumors that Google might release two different Nexus handsets in stores in 2015, and now a website with a solid track record on Android leaks has confirmed that two new Nexus devices are indeed coming this year. More →

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Android M Release Date Features

Android M: Release timing revealed, along with several key details

By on May 26, 2015 at 8:25 AM.

Android M: Release timing revealed, along with several key details

Google is about to unveil Android M, its next major Android update, but various reports have already provided details regarding what’s in store for Android fans. However, in addition to new features such as fingerprint recognition and a new photos app, Google also wants to improve Android’s performance with its M release, and it will accomplish its goal in a fashion similar to Apple’s plans with iOS 9.

Furthermore, a new report also shares details about potential release timing for the upcoming new version of Android. More →

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