I remember hearing Eric Schmidt many years ago, about how the future will reveal a phone that will become your perfect assistant. A phone that would take in information from around you, would be based on your behavior and habits, and will give you the information you need to know before you even have to ask for it. Well, Google Now seems like the realization of that dream, or at least a strong step in that direction, and it will be available on Android 4.1 and later devices.
Before you start worrying about privacy and stuff, you should know that the service is completely opt-in. If you have no use for an AI that gives you contextual information about [...]
With all the major hardware and software announcements made by Google yesterday at the I/O Conference keynote, one could see that the entire Android/Google ecosystem is evolving towards a smoother cross-platform experience.
Some of the best (subjectively, of course) software exponents of this principle let you continue reading your ebook on the Nexus 7 tablet from exactly the point you left off on a browser, or continue watching a movie (TV shows are now also available from Google Play) from the frame where you left it off on your notebook. But it turns out that Google now also allows you to uninstall or update your apps directly from the Google Play website, accessible on [...]
Ever since the launch of Google’s “social layer”, Google+, the guys in Mountain View have been trying to focus on fewer products, instead of the scatter-shot approach on products they had before. But while they have streamlined many of their products and services in the past months, there’s one area where things have gotten worse since the launch of Google+, and that’s Google’s own messenger clients.
There is Google Talk (with video), then there is Hangouts, and then we have the Google+ Messenger, originally launched as Google Huddle. You might even count the SMS app on Android as a different product – Apple actually unified [...]
Today Google announced the availability of yhr Google Plus for Android tablets app, something that many Plus users have long requested. Asides from the obvious modifications to the interface, Google has added some cool new features, that should make using Google’s blossoming social network a joy.
According to a post on the Google Official Blog, the changes include:A beautiful stream that styles content based on popularity, type and orientation A “lean back” Hangouts experience that’s great for the couch or common room Crisper text, fuller photos and easily-tappable actions like +1 and comment
One of the best uses for the new Google Plus app for tablets will [...]
Google revealed today during the first day Google I/O keynote an intriguing device, that caught the entire blogosphere by surprise – the Nexus Q.
The Google Nexus Q is not a smartphone or a tablet, but rather a home media player shaped like an orb, and set to cost $299. The device, currently available in the US, will act as a liaison between your Android device and the consumer electronics in your house. You’ll be able to connect the Q to your TV or stereo, and play music or a movie straight from the device, while your smartphone will act as a remote control.
Underneath that alien exterior, the Nexus Q is actually a small Android computer, powered by Android 4.0 [...]
As expected, Google just announced its first tablet carrying its own branding, the Nexus 7.
Built in collaboration with ASUS, and presumably based on Nvidia’s Kai platform, the Nexus 7 is a 7-inch device powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz. The device sports an IPS LCD display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, 1GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, and a front facing 1.2MP camera.
The Nexus 7 will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Nexus 7 tablet will cost $199 for the 8GB version and $249 for the 16GB version. It will be initially available from the Play Store in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia.
Here’s the Nexus 7 [...]
Anxious to see the Nexus 7 tablet and the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean? Of course you are! We are too, and we plan to report on all the juicy stuff when the Google I/O day one keynote begins, in less than an hour. You can watch the live stream right here. Meanwhile, tell us what you expect to see at Google I/O this year? Sound off your comments!
While Google’s Nexus 7 tablet is no big secret by now, Bloomberg and Reuters are independently confirming that the tablet is indeed made by Google in cooperation with Asus, it will cost $199, and it will be unveiled at Google I/O (most likely today at the main event).
The news outlets can’t confirm the specs too, because the tablet plans are secret, but from what we’ve heard so far, the $199 version will have a Tegra 3 quad core chip, 1280×800 HD display with a pretty high 216 PPI, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of storage, while there may be another version going for $250 that will have 16 GB of storage.
The tablet will of course run Android 4.1 [...]
Last fall, when Amazon launched the Kindle Fire, they probably had to take a little loss, as the components alone cost about $190 out of the $199 retail price they were selling it for. Add to that the costs of marketing, distribution, and so on.
It seems that the Nexus 7, Google’s and Asus’ endeavor, may be a little more profitable, as the materials are estimated to cost between $130 and $210 for the two versions ($199 and $249), according to a preliminary estimate by IHS iSuppli.
At the request of ComputerWorld, IHS iSuppli analyzed two tablets that are already on the market, the Galaxy Tab 7.7, which costs $499 (with materials costing almost $300) [...]
Although EA pulled their games from the Google+ game store for lack of user interest (I don’t think Google+ users like playing Flash games that much, and they don’t like getting spammed like in Facebook, either), it seems that the video games giant will still partner with Google to release a sophisticated 3D multiplayer game for Chrome and ICS devices, that surprisingly is not made in Native Client, but in HTML5.
I say that’s surprising because, so far, I’ve only seen good looking 3D games for browsers that were done in Native Client (written in C++), like Bastion or AirMech. I haven’t seen anything similar that was done in HTML5 until [...]