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Google’s Project Tango is shifting away from ATAP to a new home in the company

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Some of the most technologically advanced and futuristic projects that have come from Google usually get their start with the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team. Google ATAP is known for housing 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. Earlier today, Google ATAP announced that Project Tango will be moving to a new home within the company.

The ATAP team explains:

So, after two fast-paced years in ATAP, and many technical successes, the Tango team is transitioning from ATAP to a new home within Google.  We’re excited about the continued commitment to developing the technology for our users  — we wish our fellow pirates fair winds and following seas.

The announcement was quite short, and there is currently no information telling us where exactly Tango is headed. However, we do know that Tango will be staying within the company, and that Google is still actively working on the project. This follows on the heels of the recent announcement that Google Glass has graduated from Google X, and is now under supervision of Nest’s Tony Fadell.

If you’re looking for more information on ATAP and Project Tango, head here to watch ATAP’s keynote at Google I/O 2014.


Nest is losing its tech VP and the CEO of Dropcam

Google’s plan for a connected home including Nest and Dropcam lost a few family members today. Nest’s Vice President of Technology Yoky Matsuoka and Dropcam cofounder Greg Duffy have left for other ventures, according to The Verge‘s sources. Matsuoka’s joining Twitter while Duffy’s next move isn’t known at this point. Nest and Twitter, for their part, offered us an official “no comment” when we asked for confirmation of the departures. Matsuoka’s Twitter profile looks relatively new, with her sole two follows being Alex Roettler and Dock Costolo — Twitter’s VP of engineering and its CEO, respectively.

These departures will likely affect Mountain View’s long-in-development household automation platform Android @ Home as well, but how isn’t exactly clear just yet. From the looks of it, this adds to the story of a reorganization within that area — like Nest cofounder Tony Faddel recently moving to lead the Google Glass team, for instance. The seemingly disparate services will likely continue to come together, just without Dropcam’s leader.

Filed under: Household, Google


Source: The Verge


Google releases Project Tango from ATAP


Google recently moved their Google Glass project from the Google[x] lab to a new home with the Nest team. Now they are graduating another project from its development home. Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, or ATAP, has announced that they are “transitioning” Project Tango out of their group, although it is unclear where Project Tango is going to end up within the Google organization.

Project Tango launched a couple years and ATAP indicated that was long enough for a project to exist within ATAP. Project Tango is an attempt to bring technology that can build a virtual 3D map based on sensors detecting a device’s position in space. As an example, the team used their technology to build some self-propelled SPHERES for NASA to use in space.

Google indicates they are “committed to moving the technology forward” but no other details were available about how that is going to pan out.

source: +Google ATAP

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Google makes Earth Pro available to virtual travelers for free

While we’re sure Google Earth works just fine for your daily virtual ’round-the-world travels, the Pro version comes with some really useful features — even better, it’s now completely free. Google Earth Pro, which used to cost an eye-watering $399 per year, gives you the tools to measure 3D buildings and other locations, print high-resolution screenshots, view demographic and traffic layers, and even record your virtual trips. To use it for free, you’ll first need to sign up for a license and make sure your PC or Mac meets the minimum system requirements needed to run the program.

Windows computers should be running XP or higher, and have at least 500MB of free storage and 512MB of RAM. Macs, on the other hand, have to run OS 10.6 or higher, along with the same storage and memory requirements. After that, you can download Google Earth Pro to plan for that hike you’ve always wanted to do or, you know, to take your armchair adventures to the next level — we ain’t judging.

Filed under: Misc, Google


Source: Google Maps Blog


Google Earth Pro features are now free for everyone


The annual subscription fee of $399 for Google Earth Pro is gone. This morning, Google announced the the subscription to access Google Earth Pro features would be folded and activated for all users. The uses for Google Earth Pro vary from planning an office building to taking a trip into the mountains. So, yes, Google Earth Pro is pretty capable. It can also record high definition video around the globe and take precise radius and area measurements.

The following must be done to use Google Earth Pro for free:

  1. Complete this form.
  2. Wait for Google to email the free license key to you.
  3. Download Google Earth Pro.
  4. Enter the license key.

Source: Google Lat Long

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Google Now open to third parties

The time has come:  Google Now has been opened up to third party app developers.  Beginning today, January 30th, the Mountain View search giant will be allowing Google Now integration from 30+ companies.  If have any of these non-google apps installed on your device, you will start seeing cards based on your activity.  Google plans on delivering this experience to end users today with an update to the stock Google app.  Since the Mothership is prone to staged rollouts, look for an update to the Google app on your devices in the coming weeks.  In order to get all this to function correctly, new app permissions will need be accepted per app integrated with Google Now.

The most interesting part of this integration, it seems, is the prompt to spend money through Google now.  For example, companies like TripAdvisor can now alert you, via a Google Now card, if prices have dropped for searches you have made on their site.  EBay can now remind you if a product you have searched for in the past is now up for bid.  Google Now is no longer predictive search.  Google Now can also be used to predict commerce.  Like many of Google’s offerings, the main thing it costs their customer base is privacy.  This could be the barrier of entry for companies to begin integrating with Google Now.  What do you think?  Will you be allowing your third party apps to integrate with Google Now?

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Google Now to start showing updates and notifications from 40 apps


Google Now is quite limited as far as notifications are concerned. While it can manage sports scores, weather, stocks, flight timings etc, it had no third party app support. That changes today with Google officially bringing support for 40 new applications such as Pandora, Trip Advisor, Zillow, eBay, Shazam, Ford, Instacart, Airbnb and a whole lot more.

These apps will be supported with a new update to the Google app, which should be rolling out any minute now. Bear in mind that you will only be notified for apps that you choose, which will save you the trouble of clearing out unnecessary cards on Google Now.

It does take us a little by surprise that Google waited this long to introduce this feature, but it’s here nonetheless. You can find the complete list of apps now supported by Google Now in this page here.

Do you like the new changes made by Google? Make sure you let us know.

Source: Google Search

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40 third-party apps pick up Google Now cards support

Google Now and the associated cards that come along with it is one very handy little addition to the Android world. Google is now integrating more apps into the Google Now experience and will be delivering context aware cards from 40 various apps and services that might already be installed on your device. The list […]

The post 40 third-party apps pick up Google Now cards support appeared first on AndroidSPIN.


Google’s 3D-sensing Project Tango is no longer an experiment

Yet another project is graduating from experiment to proper part of Google. Only two weeks ago, Glass left the confines of the Skunk Works-like Google X and became its own division headed up by Nest co-founder Tony Fadell. Now Project Tango, the 3D-sensing and -mapping concept, is moving on from the ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) labs to become a part of the company proper. Unfortunately what that means for the technology or what products it might eventually end up in isn’t exactly clear. Will the next Nexus sport a depth-sensing IR camera? Maybe. Or perhaps they’ll be used to build more advanced home automation and home monitoring tools for Nest. All we do know is that Tango will live on, even if the name “Project Tango” eventually fades away.

Filed under: Cellphones, Cameras, Tablets, Google


Source: Google ATAP (Google+)


Google will accept Glassware despite Glass being paused


Two weeks ago, the Google Glass Explorer program was shuttered. The entire future of Google Glass was questioned and existing owners of the smart glasses expressed concern over software support. Fortunately, developers will still be able to submit Glassware to make available on MyGlass.

Here is the statement a Glass representative provided to 9to5Google:

For now, you can still build Glassware, submit it for review, and after a successful review, release it on MyGlass. It’s never a wasted effort to experiment and innovate with a new form factor. There’s so much to learn with a new paradigm for computing such as Glass and the best way to learn is to build something and test. That said, it’s too early to say exactly what the developer experience will be like for future versions of Glass. We’re still building platform components and polishing the overall user experience, and it’s safe to say you’ll need to make some changes.

Google clarified yesterday in its fourth quarter earnings report that the team working on Glass will be rethinking their strategy. Rather than dropping Glass altogether, Google is merely pausing the project in its current state and composing a new approach before moving forward.

Via: 9to5Google

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