While many of us are still waiting to get Android 5.0 Lollipop update on our devices, Google seems to be set to announce its latest operating system, Android M during I/O 2015.
In an interview with Fast Company, a Google software engineer confidently claimed that the search engine giant will announce the successor to Android 5.0 Lollipop later this year.
Without mentioning specific dates, Hiroshi Lockheimer also divulged that Google has adopted a yearly cadence of big releases. “For instance, one year we release J, the next year we release K, and then the year after that L, and then this year we’ll launch M, and so you can predict what will happen next year,” he said.
Going by that pattern, next year we will see Android N. If you think that yearly updates will become a routine and mar innovation, Lockheimer begs to differ.
“The trick is not to think about them in isolation… It’s really about thinking about these different screens, if you will, holistically. How do they work with each other? A watch, and a phone, and a TV, and a car, and a tablet, how can they coordinate, and how can they actually enrich our lives, and make things that were harder before more useful?,” he said.
Via: Tech Radar
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With the Google I/O all set to kick off later this week, a few pointers about the company’s plans have leaked out. The company is seemingly holding a myriad of VR related events during the course of the 2-day event.
A new revelation suggests that Google could be pushing the virtual reality envelope further this year with Google VR expected to be shown off. This plan was in motion since last year’s I/O event where the company gave away attendees something known as Google Cardboard, which was a simple VR headset that anybody could make at home.
But things could be different this year with the company looking to take the platform further. This is not to say that Google will actually show off hardware this week, but merely that they could encourage OEMs to come forward and leverage Google’s VR platform.
We’ll know more about Google VR and its plans for the future over the course of the week.
Via: Slash Gear
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Released in October of 2014, and Google I/O 2015 happening later this week, Google has cut the price of the first Android TV box, the Nexus Player, from $99 to $79. We aren’t entirely sure whether this is just a coincidence or if this is a sign of things to come later this week. As with everything surrounding the weeks leading up and following Google I/O, it will be fun to watch.
You can grab the Nexus Player for $79 with free shipping today. So take advantage of this deal because there’s no telling when it will end, plus everything is good with free shipping. With the reduced pricing, are you planning to pull the trigger on the Nexus Player? Let us know in the comments below.
As Google I/O draws near, just two days away now, the rumor and expectation mills are churning at full force. The latest expectation is that Google will bring two new Nexus phones to market this year, but no new tablet is on the immediate horizon.
These rumors sound fairly plausible, we have already heard that Huawei is building a Nexus phone, a 5.7-inch monster with code name Bullhead. I’ll leave you with the previous coverage for more details, but we expect to see the device later in the fall with the Snapdragon 810 SoC and a nice big 3,500mAh battery.
The new phone rumor is for another LG built Nexus device. Clocking in with a 5.2-inch display, the LG Angler looks like it may be fairly similar to the LG G4 with the Snapdragon 808 SoC. Speculation is early on this one though, specs are bound to change, and many components have not been chosen yet. With the general idea being that this LG phone is the proper successor to the Nexus 5, we do not expect top rung specs, just an overall solid experience.
Finally, do you like your Nexus 7 or Nexus 9? I hope so, since you may be stuck with it for another year before another Nexus tablet is introduced. We can always hope for a surprise, but at this point, there are no Nexus tablets in the rumor mill. Although the Nexus 7 has been removed from the Google Store, the Nexus 9 is still up for sale, offering you a solid Android tablet experience and the latest version of the Android OS (finally.)
I think I’ve mentioned this, these are purely rumor at this stage. We can’t help but send you over to Android Police where this new rumor of an LG Nexus phone comes from.
Stay tuned for more to come, we will be on the ground at Google I/O 2015, May 28-29, that’s Thursday and Friday in San Francisco. We hope you are as excited as we are to see the next chapters in the history of Nexus.
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What do you think about a new smaller form factor Nexus phone? Is a 5.2-inch display the right size for you?
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The Motorola Moto 360 is one of the most successful smartwatches to date, which is no small feat considering the fledgling nature of the smartwatch market. A lot of its success has been attributed to its striking looks, but whatever its winning qualities are, we’re excited to see what Motorola has up its sleeves for the Moto 360 successor. Today, it’s been suggested that such a successor has just appeared on the Bluetooth SIG website and that the same thing happened just days before Motorola announced the original Moto 360. Hype train engaged.
The device on the listing is named BTMW03 and is only referred to as a “Motorola Android Device”. So how are we sure that it’s the next Moto 360? Last year’s device was called BTMW01 in Bluetooth SIG’s database, and we can’t imagine that the model numbers could be this similar and not be similar. With Google I/O just around the corner as well, it’s high time we saw some action from Motorola, who’s Moto 360 was the star of the show at 2014’s event.
Do you think the listing at Bluetooth SIG has anything to do with the Moto 360 successor? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Google on Wednesday released the preliminary schedule for its annual Google I/O conference. Head to the website today and you’ll find a wide range of sessions to choose from. Touching on just about every fact of Google, the calendar is full of Android, Chrome, wearables, Project Tango, and much more.
It’s worth noting that the schedule is subject to change and that Google has not revealed everything. They do, of course, have to keep a few things secret until after the keynote address on day one.
Not attending the developer conference in person? Not to worry, there’s plenty of livestreamed stuff to watch from the comfy confines of your home or office.
The full schedule for Google I/O 2015, which will take place on May 28th and 29th, is now available online for your viewing pleasure. Google has been very good about keeping its announcements quite this year, which is why the full schedule can help us prepare for what’s to come at the annual developer conference.
The main keynote, which will take place on the 28th, is scheduled to last from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, followed by Code labs, Sessions & Sandbox events from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The next day, Code labs, Sessions & Sandbox events will take place from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. While that doesn’t sound all too revealing, looking over the list of breakout sessions reveals a little more information.
A few notable sessions include “What’s new in Android”, which takes place at 1:00 PM on the 28th, “Smarter and personalized device authentication with Smart Lock” at 2:00 PM and “What’s next with Project Tango” at 2:30 PM. Then on the 29th from 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM, Google’s ATAP team is set to unveil some type of mystery wearable that will supposedly “blow our socks off”. Here’s what the description reads:
And wearables that we hope will blow your socks off. (We mean this more literally than you might think…) Our goal: break the tension between the ever-shrinking screen sizes necessary to make electronics wearable and our ability to have rich interactions with them. Why can’t you have both? We like to build new things. Sometimes seemingly impossible things. We can build them faster together.
We’re not quite sure what any of this means, so unfortunately we’ll have to wait for I/O to roll around. We do know that Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) team is known for housing crazy ventures like Project Ara, the company’s modular smartphone, and Project Tango, an Android-powered device that can map its movement through space using 3D technology. Whatever will be announced at the conference is beyond us, but it’s bound to be interesting, to say the least.
Aside from the keynote, what session are you most excited to see?
Just a few minutes ago, Google posted the official schedule for Google I/O 2015, which will take place this month on the 28th and 29th. Among other interesting teasers we gathered from the schedule, one stands far above the rest. According to the Android for Work event, which is scheduled to take place on the 28th at 2:30 PM, Android M will be unveiled at Google I/O this year. Take a look at the screenshot of the session below:
Google has removed the session from the Google I/O schedule and has yet to replace it with a new description.
Usually, Google’s “What’s new in Android” sessions explain what new features and enhancements have been added to the OS, so this is another indicator that we could see a new version of Android at the conference. At Google I/O 2014, Google released the Android L preview, which grew into what we now call Android 5.0 Lollipop. Since the release of Android L was only a year ago (and Lollipop is only running on 10% of Android devices), we’ll likely only get a preview of the new version, if anything.
What do you think Android M will be named?
A new report this morning indicates that Google plans to announce A/B testing within the Google Play Store for app developers. The announcement is scheduled to take place at the Google I/O conference at the end of the month. The idea is that developers could use the Play Store to do some market testing in an effort to increase the revenue generated by their apps.
With A/B testing, developers will be able to setup two different entries in the Play Store for their apps, an “A” and a “B” version. The app pages will be the same except for one item that developers could change. It could be something as simple as the icon used for the app or it could be something like two different prices being shown. Developers could then assess how the two versions perform to see whether a change they may be exploring will yield better results.
Come comment on this article: A/B testing may be on its way to the Google Play Store
Here’s a quick reminder to let you all know that registration has opened for Google I/O 2015. Beginning today (12PM EST) and running through 5PM (PDT) on March 19, you can sign up for a chance to attend the annual developer’s conference.
As was the case last year, this is a no-hassle, no-hurry way to get yourself signed up for the lottery. Tickets are $900 for the two day event; students can register for $300.
Should you not make the cut to attend in person, Google does a wonderful job of broadcasting the keynote and showcasing sessions over the few days. It’s not the same as being there in person, rubbing elbows and all, but it still allows for excellent know-how and insight into the future of Google endeavors.
Google has not yet outlined the schedule of events for the conference however we’re expecting plenty of coverage on Android, Android Wear, Android TV, Android Pay, Chrome OS, and a little bit of everything else. We’re also anxious to see whether Google is ready to pull the trigger on its “Project NOVA” MVNO plans.
If you’re ready to sign up for a chance to attend Google I/O 2015, head to the website between now and March 19 5:00PM PDT.
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