As promised during the Google I/O keynote, the first two devices running Android Wear have gone on sale in the United States. If you head on over to Google Play’s devices section, you can choose between a LG G Watch for $229, or a Samsung Gear Live for $199. Both devices will ship in early July.
Last year Google was showing developers how to make Chrome apps run on Android. This year, it’s the other way around: Android apps will run on Chrome. But it will take a little porting effort and that means it will take some time. Read more »
The smart home could get a compelling new DIY product that converts your existing landline-dependent alarm system into something more modern and open thanks to Scout. Read more »
The big Google I/O 2014 keynote is over and we’re dedicating this week’s podcast to all of the news we heard from Sundar Pichai and company. If you were expecting a lot of Chrome news, you didn’t quite get it. Read more »
At I/O, Google gave a developer’s tour of Android Wear, its smartwatch platform. It won’t replace your smartphone, but it is Google Now for the wrist, with a heavy emphasis on controlling an Android devices and serving convenient notifications. Read more »
Android Auto will be a framework on top of automakers’ infotainment platforms that emulates the Android interface and apps on your phone on the car’s dashboard. Read more »
Google announced the latest version of Android at I/O. The developer preview tips a new colorful design approach to the operating system, as well as several handy new features. Read more »
Type an SMS message in English and receive a text back with its Spanish or Chinese translation. Muuzii came out of AT&T’s developer program, but it plans to expand to more countries and carriers this year. Read more »
Google has announced Android One, a program to seed reference designs to help hardware makers create high-quality low-end phones running stock Android. Read more »
On July 1st, you might notice some changes on your Samsung Galaxy device. The Korean company is renaming its app store from the — somewhat unoriginal – Samsung Apps name it currently uses to Samsung Galaxy Apps. It’s a minor change, but another sign that Samsung’s simplifying its branding, and using Galaxy as its term for its Android hardware and software. The move gives Samsung a way to distinguish between the app store it hopes springs up for its homegrown Tizen operating system and the app store it installs on Android devices. Samsung has already removed the Galaxy moniker from its Tizen-based smartwatch, the Gear 2.
Photo community EyeEm has released a major update to its Android experience, which could work well with the company’s eventual plan to let users sell photos. Read more »
Barnes & Noble plans to spin off its beleaguered Nook division as a separate public company by the beginning of 2015, the company said in its earnings Wednesday. Read more »
Kleiner Perkins has led a $37 million series C round in a five-year old chip firm called mCube that aims to change the economics of motion sensing. Read more »
Education-focused children’s mobile app network Fingerprint has raised more than $20 million in funding to date. Read more »
Join us at 9am PT for the two hour keynote at Google I/O in San Francisco. Google will certainly show off Android Wear smartwatches but what else does it have in store for Android and Chrome? We’ll tell you as it happens! Read more »
People who bought the more expensive LTE version of the Chromebook Pixel were promised at least two free years of 4G data. Now Verizon is canning that program a year early and Google is offering refunds. Read more »
The day before Google’s annual developer conference, Google Glass is getting a lot of improvements. First, although Glass receives subtle hardware tweaks from time to time, its Google Plus page has announced a bump to 2GB of RAM and a slightly bigger battery, among “several [other] hardware updates.” Second, there are 12 new Glassware apps available for download, including Shazam, Duolingo, and other big names. A complete list is here. There’s also a general software update that brings a viewfinder to the device’s camera function. Google’s I/O conference may be the largest collection of Glass Explorers ever assembled, but we’re not expecting a ton of Glass announcements. However, there are three Glass-centered sessions scheduled for Thursday.
Twilio and Google hope that their portable call centers will provide an alternative to the traditional call center. The fully loaded Chromebooks come with a headset and 7,500 Twilio minutes per month. Read more »
Minuum is developing a keyboard for the round-faced Moto 360, which is expected to be one of three Android Wear devices announced later this week at Google I/O. Read more »
Google’s Chromecast streaming stick just got a bunch of new apps: Digital music service Deezer gave its paying subscribers access to casting through its mobile apps. Video workout service Dailyburn added Chromecast support to its website, iOS and Android apps, and PBS Kids added Chromecast support to its mobile apps as well. Earlier on Tuesday, video discovery app Stevie announced its own Chromecast integration.
Misfit is bringing an activity tracking app to the Pebble smartwatch, marking a partnership between two of the wearable accessory startups to watch. Misfit also announced it intends to license its sensor algorithms to third-party developers. Read more »
This year’s Google I/O developer event is about to take place. Surely we’ll see Android Wear watches debut but will there be any other hardware? It’s not likely; this year is more about software interface changes and shared experiences in Android and Chrome. Read more »
Withings’ new fitness tracker looks like a fancy wristwatch, but it’s packing Bluetooth, an accelerometer and integration with Withings Health Mate. Read more »
FireChat, an anonymous messaging app that functions without an internet connection, works on both Android and iOS but not between them. A new version of the app, however, breaks down that barrier. Read more »
Loop’s ChargeCase fits over an iPhone 5 or 5s but otherwise works exactly like it’s fob. You press a button and the case emits a magnetic field that emulates the data stripe on your credit card. Read more »
The Norwegian browser vendor now has pole position on the Linux-based handsets Microsoft is selling in emerging markets and beyond. Read more »
In the wake of Quirky spinning off Wink and Nest announcing its developer program, we talk to a 60-year-old company that’s working with both Nest and Apple’s HomeKit about how it chooses its partners. Read more »
Nest is opening up its API for developers at long last starting with integrations from Chamberlain, LIFX, Whirlpool and more. Check out its ideas and see where it needs to go. Read more »
Sprint’s Spark network in Chicago has sprouted a lot more antennas. Sprint is testing a new technology called 8T8R that promises to make Sprint’s network more resilient and create more capacity. Read more »
Player FM is the latest Android app that is adding in-app indexing, allowing Google to show app content within its search results. Read more »
Verizon promised 100 MB of free LTE service with the $1,449 Chromebook Pixel last year and now the deal is over as some are finding out the hard way. What was originally advertised as a two-year deal abruptly ends after just 12 months. Read more »
Stop feeling so guilty about piling on the gadgets. Technology gains are leading to more energy-efficient gadgets. Read more »
At an event in Chicago, Sprint announced the nationwide rollout of its HD voice network as well as new social networking and fitness apps centered around the Galaxy S5 Sport. Read more »
Amazon released a document outlining the way to develop apps to fit in with Amazon’s 3D design language, and it reveals the primary gestures used to control the Fire Phone. Read more »
At an event in Chicago on Monday, Sprint and Samsung announced a new high-end handset, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport. Unfortunately, this handset is basically identical to the standard Galaxy S5 with a 2.5GHz Qualcomm processor, 2GB of RAM and a 5.1-inch 1080p AMOLED display. Like the Galaxy S5 Active, it’s got a bit of rubber trim and physical buttons along the bottom. There’s no new fitness hardware, but there are a number of included fitness apps under a banner called Sprint Fit Live. Sprint Fit, which will be included on all Sprint Android phones later this year, includes a year-long subscription to Under Armour’s MapMyFitness app, a few workout-specific Spotify playlists, and a couple fitness wallpapers.
Following earlier news that Glass with Diane von Furstenberg frames is now available, Google announced that Google Glass is available outside of the U.S. for the first time. Glass fans in the U.K. can now purchase the wearable display online for a cost of 1,000 pounds (US $1,701.34). Google isn’t calling this a consumer launch, even though the offer is good for any U.K. resident over the age of 18. Instead, the company is expanding the beta and all buyers will be part of the Glass Explorer program to help provide feedback to Google.
Got Office? Microsoft just boosted your OneDrive cloud storage to a whopping terabyte of data. It’s a smart strategy to help keep Office more attractive than other online productivity suites that offer less free storage. At least, for now. Read more »
Quirky will launch Wink, its connected home brand, as a separate company. But the real test of Wink’s success in the market will depend on awesome software and a distribution channel that educates consumers. Read more »
Eden Rock’s self-optimizing network (SON) technology recognizes where the demand is highest and the coverage is most sketchy in the mobile network. It can then start growing and shrinking cells to fix those problems. Read more »
Announced last month, the new Diane von Furstenberg frames for Google Glass are now available. Google announced the news early on Monday morning through its Glass Explorer Google+ page. While you can purchase the frames and shades directly from Google, anyone can purchase Glass and the frames online at Net-A-Porter, with the bundle costing $1,800. That’s an expansion from the Google-only sales of the wearable computer. Will Google get many takers at this price? It’s not likely but at least those who do opt-in for Glass will look a bit more fashionable with the DVF frames.