Google’s ambitious modular smartphone, Project Ara, is recruiting senior executives with expertise in bringing handsets to market.
Chromecast users are streaming more media than they did six months ago, says Google, contradicting an earlier market research study.
The Google I/O conference featured everything from two new smartwatches to Android car software to the unexpected Cardboard virtual reality headset.
Bad news for bats, good news for Chromecast fans: Google is using ultrasonic sounds to pair its streaming stick with nearby devices.
Android TV promises more consistent design and and more advanced technology than Google TV. Is that enough to win over consumers?
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.
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.
Google’s latest attempt at finding its way into your living is here, and it’s focused around search and Android devices.
Google has announced Android One, a program to seed reference designs to help hardware makers create high-quality low-end phones running stock Android.
Google is going to launch its new TV platform Android TV at Google I/O in June. Here’s all you need to know about the politics, strategy and technology behind it.
The battle of Android flagships is on as both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 are here. We look at each briefly to help you decide between them. Google I/O is coming but before then I plan to install Android on my Chromebook.
YouTube’s new channel design will roll out to everyone in early June, and the site’s designers are already busy working on big things to come.
Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O has been center stage in technology world for past few days. The news coming out of the event can be overwhelming. Here are a handful of articles that I find worth of your time and attention.
In response to a question at a Google I/O talk on Thursday, luminaries from Google Research took a stab at predicting life 10 years from now. Here’s what they had to say.
With a team of reporters, GigaOM was all over Google I/O. Now that the news has settled, listen in on this week’s podcast to hear what it all means for the future of Google, Chrome, Android and you.
To make sure the response time for their increasingly interactive sites stays low, Chrome developers might want to look at ways to make use of the graphic processors embedded in consumer devices.
How do you deliver a new mobile operating system version without actually making it available for download? Give developers the tools to add new features through APIs and services: No muss, no fuss, and no additional device fragmentation.
Even as Google makes moves to compel developers to try out the Google Cloud Platform, developers see Amazon Web Services as the clear cloud to beat, at least for now.
Those (like me) expecting hardware at Google I/O were disappointed. But in hindsight, Google’s “merger” of Chrome and Android through services and APIs may be more important for the company’s future. Hardware can always follow.
Google is expanding its cloud platform with a “NoSQL-like” database called Cloud Datastore. It’s a fully managed database that’s replicated across data centers and built to scale.
Google TV will finally be upgraded from Android 3.2 aka Honeycomb when it receives the next major system update later this year. The new version will be based on Android 4.2.2.
New notification features for Google Now and richer voice recognition in searches on mobile devices and desktops keeps Google the search to beat.
Google said it will introduce location-oriented APIs so Android developers can build richer applications that make the most of the sensors on Android devices.
Google is set to launch a music subscription service at its Google I/O developer conference Wednesday, according to multiple reports. The service will compete with Spotify and similar services.
Google’s annual I/O developer event will be heavy on Chrome and light on Android based on the event schedule. While Google execs suggest that this year I/O is less about devices, that could be a smokescreen for what’s to come.
Android @Home has been missing in action ever since it was announced in 2011. There’s a good chance that this will change at next week’s Google I/O conference.
Google is holdings its annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco, where announcements are being made on Android, Google Chrome, Google APIs,…
Despite the “Google+ is a ghost town” mantra, a number of high-profile people are active users. They also yelp when they’re unhappy and when Google+ Events went live, flooding feeds, that’s what some of them did — drawing attention to a launch for all the wrong reasons.
Google’s Chrome browser is coming to iOS devices: The browser will be available both for iPhone and iPad via iTunes later today. This brings cross-device Chrome synching to iOS – and for Google represents a significant step towards capturing the mobile browser market.
Google is expected to focus much more on the Web during the second day of its Google I/O show, with news expected about a new cloud service that you first heard from GigaOM. Just like yesterday, we’ll be providing live coverage of the event here.
Google shared some factoids about the Google App Engine PaaS at Google I/O this week. Most interesting to me is that the company now claims 250,000 active GAE users. That’s up from the 150,000 active users it claimed to date.
Google I/O got off to an eventful start thanks to keynote delays, pre-release of news on Google’s websites before it was announced on stage and an epic skydiving stunt. Here is a quick run-down of day one by the numbers:
As Android improves, so too does YouTube. Google updated its video application for devices running Android 4.0 or better by focusing on subscriptions and channels in the mobile interface. And you can now pre-load certain videos to help reduce the amount of buffering while mobile.
Google doesn’t mess around: The company demoed its Project Glass hardware with a live skydiving demo at Google I/O Wednesday. It also announced that developers are going to be able to pre-order Glass for $1500 – but said little about what Glass will actually offer.
At its I/O conference Google unveiled the next update to Android, version 4.1, aka Jelly Bean. The update, which will first become available as an over-the-air download next month, brings a lot of nice improvements and some cool enhancements to search, notifications and navigation.
Google just unveiled a completely new mobile search experience called Google Now at Google I/O. The new search modus makes extensive use of push and is a key part of Android 4.1 – but really, it has Project Glass written all over it.
Most of the noise coming out of Google I/O this week will be around the company’s infrastructure as a service plan. But developers who have banked on the Google App Engine platform as a service have some very specific requests of Google.
Google TV is going to play a bigger role at this year’s Google I/O developer conference, will is happening this week in San Francisco. There is going to be a bunch of new devices, possibly additional partners, but no major overhaul of the core platform.
You had to attend both days of *Google* I/O to get the full effect: having been present for just one of the two visions of mobile computing…
They’re nearly six months late, but the first systems running Chrome OS, which will henceforth be known as Chromebooks, were showcased Wedne…
Chromebooks, according to Rajen Sheth, are like a house that remodels itself. With automatically updating software and web-based applications, the Chromebook helps reduce the need for hands-on IT departments — and reduce costs.
Google wants to persuade end users, corporations and school that Chromebooks represent a new and better way of computing. But what about netbooks, Android devices and strapped school budgets? Chrome VP Sundar Pichai answers the question on everyone’s minds: Why should we buy a Chromebook?
The Chromebook emphasis on user experience reflects a bit of a departure for Google, which has faced criticism in the past for focusing more on algorithms and engineering than on the people using their products.
So far, at Google I/O we learned that “Android is Everywhere.” Google is coming to your home. And now Chrome wants to run your notebook.It all begs the question– is there anywhere Google wont go?
Google rolled out two new updates to its Chrome Web Store to allow application developers to reach more people — and make more money. Developers can enable simple in-app payments with one line of code, with Google taking only a 5-percent share of the revenue.
While not always recognized for their fuzzy personalities and breezy conversational skills, most programmers do want to work well alongside other human beings. Why else did so many spend a precious hour of Google I/O time at “Social Skills for Geeks?”
Thought Android was just about phones and tablets? Think again: Google’s new ADK framework makes it possible to build all kinds of hardware extensions for Android devices. Check out our photo gallery for a first look at Android-powered gardening, exercising and robotics showcased at Google I/O.
Google debuted its highly anticipated cloud-based music player, “Music beta by Google.” The launch during the opening keynote at the Google I/O Developer conference in San Francisco included an obvious wink to its competition with Apple’s iTunes music player.
Google launched a movie rental store for Android devices today, making thousands of movies available for streaming and download. The store is already available on the web, and a dedicated Android app for handsets will be available within a few weeks.
The Google I/O live video stream will be accessible to hearing-impaired viewers and search engine crawlers alike, thanks to a new live captions feature unveiled by YouTube today. The feature combines manual transcription with automatic translation and will be available to any YouTube Live partner.
Add another item to the list of things to expect at Google (NSDQ: GOOG) I/O this week: much talk of (NFC) near-field communications technolo…
Between now and May 11th, visitors to ShortForm’s Google I/O Sandbox Video Contest can check out videos of exhibitors demonstrating new apps from across multiple Google app platforms. They’ll also be able to vote for their favorites, with a winner announced May 12th.
The claws were out at Google I/O today, where Google VP engineering Vic Gundotra gave his best Steve Jobs impression — by which I mean, an on-stage presentation of new launches that featured ample use of passive-aggressive jabs, delivered to a rapt and supportive audience.
Google used the NBA, Sesame Street and House to show off capabilities of its new Google TV platform, emphasizing how well upcoming devices will work with existing broadcast programming. Dan Gillmor however believes that Google TV will also be a big boost for niche microchannels.
Logitech’s CEO Jerry Quindlen doesn’t think that consumers are sick of buying new boxes for the living room. In fact, he believes that the Google TV-powered set-top box his company is introducing this fall will lead to consumers buying even more hardware.
With the introduction of Google TV, the search giant could majorly disrupt the online video industry by merging it with existing broadcast TV services. By doing so, Google might render obsolete standalone set-top boxes and DVRs that pipe online video content to the TV.
Google and its partners Sony, Logitech and Intel plan to launch first Google TV devices this fall, but it’s still unclear how much of the web users will actually be able to access with it, and what kind of ads they’re going to see in the future.
Google TV officially introduced its Google TV platform at its i/O developers conference today, showcasing a customized version of Android that will offer full web access through an search bar and an integrated Chrome web browser.
Asking potential customers to buy a mobile app instead of a free one is a huge mistake, said investors on a panel at Google I/O about the freemium business model, where companies give their product away for free and charge for premium features and services.
Microsoft said it would support Google’s newly released, open source VP8 video codec in the next version of its web browser, Internet Explorer 9, contradicting some earlier statements that claimed it would only allow HTML5 video playback via H.264.
Theora’s Monty Montgomery is excited about Google’s announcement to open source VP8 with its WebM Project, but doesn’t believe it will kill Theora in the near future. Other open source and open video advocates are stoked as well, but some caution about possible patent lawsuits.
Google roll out of its open source WebM Project will offer a high-quality video codec to compete with industry incumbent H.264, but it will be relying on a long list of software, hardware and encoding partners including Adobe and ARM to help push the format forward.
Google’s developer conference today in San Francisco is offering a range of announcement across the company’s products. Here’s your quick guide to the news, which we’ll be updating Wednesday and Thursday. The freshest news is at the top.
Google announced today that it’s open sourcing it’s VP8 video codec as part of a new project called WebM. The move is supported by Mozilla, Opera and Chrome, as well as Adobe and virtually all leading encoding and video platform vendors.
Clicker has taken its online video search and discovery tools one step further, with a new web site that leverages HTML5 to provide a 10-foot, interactive viewing experience to the TV, all without the need to install a new application.
Google (s GOOG) is going to give developers a first glimpse of its Google TV platform next month at its I/O developers…
The first day of Google I/O seemed like a coming out party for Google App Engine, the company’s competitive threat to Amazon…