June has already been an exciting month for tech so far with the unveiling of iOS 8 and the launch of Amazon’s first smartphone. And now it’s Google’s turn to make big waves in the tech world with its big Google I/O conference that’s set to start on Wednesday. This year’s I/O promises to be exceptionally busy, as Google’s world-conquering ambitions are going to extend from your smartphone and tablet into your clothes and your home. Below we’ve listed the three things we’re most looking forward to seeing at Google’s huge annual conference this week. More →
It looks as though Google (GOOG) is almost ready to start taking registration applications for its 2013 Google I/O conference. The company’s official I/O website on Friday posted a notice that registration for this year’s I/O will start March 13th and 10:00 a.m. EST, or just over two months before the conference is slated to kick off in San Francisco on May 15th. The announcement also urges prospective attendees to set up both Google+ and Google Wallet accounts, although it’s not clear if signing up for both of these services is a requirement for attending.
Google (GOOG) on Tuesday announced a save-the-date for its annual I/O developers conference in San Francisco. At last year’s event, the Internet giant announced the Nexus 7 tablet, Nexus Q media-streaming device and the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Google co-founder Sergey Brin also demonstrated the company’s Project Glass augmented reality head-mounted display unit with an entertaining skydiving stunt. It is speculated that at this year’s event Google could announce the Key Lime Pie software version of Android and other goodies. Google I/O 2013 is scheduled to take place from May 15th to May 17th in San Francisco. Registration is set to open sometime early next year.
Just one day after releasing the final version of Google Chrome for Android, Google announced that it is releasing Google Chrome for iOS on Thursday during the second day of Google I/O. The new version of Chrome will work on both the iPhone and the iPad and will be able to sync bookmarks, open pages and passwords across all iOS devices that have Chrome installed. The browser is designed to work on versions of iOS 4.3 and higher. Google says that the iOS version of Chrome will be rolling out sometime on Thursday on the App Store.
Google Glass, Google’s tantalizing glasses headset that projects images and data directly onto users’ eyes, got its own segment at Google I/O Wednesday even though the product is nowhere near being released for public consumption yet. The Glass headset includes a camera that captures pictures, has a processor and memory to store data, a microphone to send and receive voice messages and multiple radios for mobile data communication. Google said today that Glass’s display is actually positioned just above a user’s eye so that it doesn’t cause a distraction. Google didn’t show off many of the high-end features that it teased in its initial video of the device but instead showed how the device could be used to transmit simple first-person videos across Google+. The company is offering Glass “Explorer Edition” for pre-order at $1,500 for Google I/O developers only, as the product is not yet ready for mass consumption and is still “rough around the edges” in Google’s words.
Google today announced a tablet-specific version of its Google+ social network. Among other things the new tablet applications will feature Hangouts that automatically switch cameras based on which person in the Hangout is talking. The new app will be available on both the Apple iPad and Android-based tablets. Google+ also now features an Events feature that integrates with Google Calendar and acts as the social networking site’s version of Evite that lets users set up and invite people to parties and other events. Google+ Events also features a “party mode” that automatically adds all photos taken to the party by any Google+ users who have “party mode” flipped on. “Party mode” also makes a live photo slideshow of pictures taken at the party as they’re taken. More →
During its annual I/O Developer Conference on Wednesday, Google announced the Nexus Q. The device is labeled as a “social streaming media player” that can stream entertainment from Google Play and YouTube to different speakers and television sets. The Nexus Q can be controlled by an Android smartphone or tablet running Android 2.3 Gingerbread or higher and will be available for $299.99 in the next 2 to 3 weeks. A video of the Nexus Q follows below. More →
Google on Wednesday unveiled the Nexus 7 tablet during its keynote presentation at the annual Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, California. The company’s first own-brand tablet is intended to help Android take a bigger bite out of the consumer tablet market Apple’s iPad revived in 2010, but it may also end up pushing some of Google’s Android partners out of the picture by undercutting them. More →
During the company’s Google I/O developer conference on Wednesday, Google announced updates to Android search that brings Siri-like functionality to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-powered smartphones. Users with phones running Jelly Bean will be able to speak questions rather than just search terms and Android will return answers to those questions. The new functionality presents users with spoken information just as Apple’s Siri solution does, removing the need to spend time looking through Web search results and clicking through websites. More →
Google showed off some killer new features for its Android operating system at Google I/O on Wednesday with its rollout of Android 4.1 (“Jellybean”). The first feature is “Project Butter,” a project aimed at improving Android’s overall performance. Among other things, the project improves the system frame rate to make it consistent at 60 frames per second and includes a power-saving measure that dials back a device’s CPU to a lower frequency and then ramps up when a user touches the screen.
Google during its annual I/O Developer Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday unveiled that 400 million Android devices have now been activated and a total of one million new Android devices are activated each day. The number represents a rate of 12 new devices being activated every second of every day. The Mountain View-based company announced that its Play Store has expanded and will not allow users to purchase TV shows and various magazines. The Internet giant also revealed that Android users have installed 20 billion apps through the Play Store, and that more than 50% of app revenue now comes from in-app purchases.
Right on schedule, Samsung’s TouchWiz update began rolling out to Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners on Friday. The update provides a number of visual enhancements to the user interface including a live panel view, a new mini mode tray for quick access to open applications, a clipboard, an indicator quick panel and a photo editor. Samsung also added Amazon Music Player, Words with Friends, Samsung Media Hub, Social Hub, the Swype keyboard and Kindle software. To update simply go to Settings > About Tablet > Update. Unfortunately, it looks like Samsung hasn’t pushed the patch out to its Limited Edition Google I/O Galaxy Tab 10.1 or to Verizon’s 4G LTE version just yet, but we’re hoping it does soon.
During the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco today, Google discussed the future of its “Chrome OS” platform, as well as some future products that will soon hit the market. Google has improved the performance of Adobe Flash playback within the browser, and the OS will now recognize I/O devices — such as cameras — when they’re plugged into the computer. Other new features include Google Music integration, a new photo manager that allows you to send directly to Picasa, and an option to upload files directly to Box.net. Google’s bread and butter, Gmail, Calendar, and Docs are all now accessible while offline. Hackers will also appreciate a new built-in jailbreaking feature. Samsung and Acer will both introduce “Chromebooks” on June 15th for $429 and $399, respectively. Samsung will also sell a 3G version of its Chromebook for $499. Those prices sound a bit high to us considering that you can get a full-fledged Windows 7 netbook for that price, but we’ll see if the market agrees.