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Is it time for smartwatches yet? And are smartwatches something that the mass-market will be interested in? This is a question that Pebble, Sony, Motorola and others are trying to answer. So far, the Pebble smartwatch has got a lot of attention, being the biggest project on Kickstarter ever. The figures speak for themselves – $10 million raised within a month (way beyond the initial $100,000 target) and 85,000 pre-orders. The difference between Pebble and Sony’s Smartwatch is Sony is trying to cram the full Android experience into a 1.5-inch screen. But you can’t really enjoy playing Angry Birds on such a…

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Day 1 of Google I/O featured all the “cool” announcements, with the introduction of Android 4.1 Jellybean, the Google Nexus 7 tablet, and the Nexus Q. The long keynote ended with a live demo of Google Glasses, which included skydivers jumping of a blimp. So, how do you top that? By showing a behind-the-scenes look at how the live demo of “Project Glass” was put together. That’s how the keynote address of Day 2 ended, but not before a slew of announcements and information was discussed. This time, the keynote was focused more on the software side of things, which included…

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Today, the Google Glass team announced on Google Plus (where else?) a new way for us to get insight into Sergey Brin’s pet futuristic project, which many of those who experienced it firsthand call the future. No, the new Glass Sessions project doesn’t involve skydiving, rappelling or other form of extreme sports, at least for now. It’s just a way to show how the Glass “helps you share your life as you’re living it; from life’s big moments to everyday experiences”. Today’s episode is much more tranquil than Sergey’s surprise moment at Google I/O 2012, and it features June, an…

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The keynote address on Day 2 of Google I/O was another interesting, information-filled presentation, ending with a behind-the-scenes look at the Project Glass demo from Day 1. During the keynote, Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Chrome and Apps, announced that Gmail currently has around 425 million users. Gmail, Google’s cloud-based email client, was first launched back in 2004 and we’ve seen Google applications grow and expand further, to include the most-recently launched Google Drive. As explained by Sundar, “hundreds of millions of people have gone Google.” He goes on to add that, apart from individuals, there is also an…

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Lost your invitation to Google I/O conference? Fret not fellow Android enthusiasts, because you can now watch video of the conference’s first day keynote online right from your parents’ basement. The first day of the conference, of course, was when all the cool announcements were made.  One by one, Google executives did their thing to enthrall the 6,000 something audience. And we dare say they did an excellent job at keeping the event exciting throughout. Here are some highlights of what happened on day 1 (not necessarily in the right order): Android 4.1 Jelly Bean revealed Google Now is a…

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The new Google Nexus 7 tablet, running the freshly-announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, will be, without doubt, one of the highlights of this summer in the technology world. The 7-inch device costs just $199 in its basic configuration and proves that great technology does not have to cost you an arm and a leg. With the Nexus 7, Google makes a stand against both the iPad, the still undisputed champion of the tablet market, and the Amazon Kindle Fire, the cheap 7-inch device running a forked version of Android that many analysts consider the primary threat to Google’s blossoming Android…

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The Android Platform Developer’s Kit (PDK) is the hardware equivalent of an SDK for manufacturers. Usually SDK’s are released months ahead of the product launch because the company wants 3rd party developers to make as many apps as possible for their OS or product, that should be available in the day of the launch or soon after that, depending on how complex their apps are. In a similar way the PDK is supposed to help manufacturers make devices for the latest version of Android before that version of Android actually launches. This means that, theoretically, manufacturers should be able to…