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Google I/O: Project Vault puts computer into microSD card

05/29, 4:52pm

Embedded computer adds extra security to memory cards

Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP) has come up with a way to protect a user's data more securely with hardware that works with existing smartphones and tablets. Project Vault takes the form of a microSD card, and though any device will be able to recognize it as a standard memory card, it will in fact hold a computer dedicated to protecting any data stored within it from any potential users of the device who aren't the owner of the card.

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Google I/O Briefly: Chromecast updates, HBO Now, offline app modes

05/28, 9:05pm

Chromecast APIs aim to improve second-screen gaming

Google is giving developers even more ways to create content that works with Google Cast and the Chromecast streaming dongle. A new set of Remote Display APIs released in beta for Android and iOS will allow for developers to set up a better second screen experience than currently available, such as displaying the controls and some important information for a game on a smartphone or tablet while the main game is displayed on a connected television.

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Google I/O: Google Cardboard upgraded, brought to iOS

05/28, 6:47pm

Google VR efforts include multi-camera rig, Jump Assembler, YouTube hosting

Google spent some time during its Google I/O keynote talking about its virtual reality efforts. Google Cardboard has received an update, with the budget VR headset now able to work with iOS devices, while its other video-related efforts involve a new design of camera system that has the support of camera producer GoPro, and the incoming addition of true stereoscopic VR video to YouTube.

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Google I/O: Google Photos available now on Android, iOS [u]

05/28, 1:57pm

Offering spun off from Google +; brings auto-tagging, computer vision

[Updated with iOS version availability] At today's Google I/O keynote, the search giant unveiled Google Photos. The new service by the company allows web-based users, as well as Android and iOS device owners, a file repository and discovery utility for unlimited photos up to 16MP, and 1080p videos, for free. Included in the service is automatic video tagging, advanced search, privacy measures for shared pictures, and album creation.

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Google I/O: Android M previewed with Android Pay, other improvements

05/28, 1:16pm

Android Pay, fingerprint recognition support arriving in Android M

Google has introduced a number of changes it is introducing to the next version of Android at Google I/O today. The developer preview of Android M this time is said to be focused on "improving the core user experience," taking some of the functions introduced by device manufacturers into their smartphones and incorporating them into the stock operating system, as well as making other usability changes.

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Android M could be revealed with fingerprint reader API next week

05/22, 12:36pm

Expected Android unveiling at Google developer conference may include biometric security API

The next version of Android could ship with native fingerprint authentication, bringing it in line with iOS devices, according to reports. Android M, the next version of Android expected to be announced at next week's Google I/O developer conference, could include an API that allows developers access to the functionality from within their apps, potentially making it easier for device producers to add a fingerprint reader to their devices using a common interface.

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Briefly: Google I/O lottery begins, Chromecast controlled by TV

03/18, 10:25am

Google accepts registrations for developer conference lottery draw

Google has started to accept registrations for its Google I/O developer conference, set to take place on May 28 and 29 in San Francisco. Until 5pm PT tomorrow (8pm ET), potential Google I/O attendees can sign up on the website and placed into a lottery. Applicants selected at random will then be asked to pay $900 or $300 for a general or academic ticket.

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Eyes-on: Google Cardboard virtual reality experience

07/13, 5:18am

Google Cardboard offers an incredibly good VR experience

One of the highlights of the Google I/O developer event for 2014 was the debut of the experimental Google Cardboard project. With the dawn of mass market virtual reality finally upon us thanks to the arrival of the Oculus Rift (at least in early beta hardware form), Google Cardboard seems decidedly low-tech by comparison. Seemingly a little odd at first, the Cardboard premise is a simple one: bring a virtual reality experience to an even wide audience, on the cheap, to anyone who owns a relatively recent Android smartphone. Made from its namesake cardboard, could it possibly be any good?

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Google makes developer preview of Android L available to download

06/26, 4:15pm

Android L developer system images installable on Nexus 5, Nexus 7

Google has released the preview version of Android L to developers. Following its formal unveiling at Google I/O yesterday, the company has made an early version of the mobile operating system available to download, with developers able to install the next iteration of Android onto just two devices: the Nexus 5, and the Wi-Fi version of the Nexus 7 2013.

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Google reveals changes to Google Docs, Google Drive

06/26, 7:19am

Google Drive for Work subscription, Google Docs mobile app changes detailed

Google announced a number of changes to Google Drive and Google Docs as part of its Google I/O keynote yesterday. As part of a more serious effort to take on Microsoft in enterprise, Google has launched a subscription to Google Drive for Work, providing unlimited online storage to business customers for $10 per month per user, among other extra new features.

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Next major Android version will be previewed at Google I/O

06/24, 3:05pm

New Android version to go on display at event says Sundar Pichai in interview

Google Senior Vice President of Android Sunday Pichai said that the next major version of the Android operating system is going to be previewed during Google I/O. In an interview with BusinessWeek, Pichai let the news out as the company is looking to add more transparency to what the team is doing. The preview comes ahead of the fall schedule that Android versions are usually released under.

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Google adds extra cards to Google Now, voice search to Chrome

05/15, 3:11pm

Reminder cards, suggestions for media part of Google Now additions

Google Now, the predictive information service, has received a number of updates, in how it works and what it shows. The Google I/O attendees saw Google Now showing options for new cards, including ones for dedicated reminders, as well as activating voice recognition without pressing a button, and adding it to the Chrome browser.

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Google launches All Access streaming music service, goes live in US

05/15, 1:14pm

Paid-for service provides track recommendations, instant playlists

Google has announced its music service at its Google I/O developer conference. As leaked yesterday in a report, Google Play Music All Access is the search giant's take on Spotify and other similar music streaming services, with users able to stream from the large catalog of tracks already available to download from the Google Play Music store.

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Google shows new tools, APIs, gaming framework to Android developers

05/15, 12:51pm

Google Maps API, multiplayer tools, Google+ sign-on added to Android

Google has revealed some of the new tools available to developers on Android at its Google I/O event. A number of new APIs have been introduced, along with the rumored APIs for multiplayer gaming, and new tools for developers to create the apps themselves, including a new Android Studio tool, and help in the creation of international versions of apps.

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Live: Google I/O first-day keynote

05/15, 11:50am

Google kicks off developer conference

Google is set to kick off its I/O developer conference with an opening keynote. The company is widely expected to introduce a new Android build, potentially alongside new hardware. Check our live page beginning at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern, for updates from the event.

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Google updates Play app, briefly leaks sign-up page for new Maps

05/15, 7:22am

Google Maps preview page shows maps customized by searches

Google has updated its Google Play app store, just before the first day of the company's developer event, Google I/O. A new sign-up page for Google Maps also briefly appeared online before an expected reveal at the conference, which gave more information about the search giant's plans for its navigational product.

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Google Play Services component update reveals more gaming code

05/12, 4:00pm

Gaming framework for Android could appear at Google I/O

Google may be revealing an entire gaming framework to developers at Google I/O next week, based on newly-released data. The Google Play Services component for Android includes support for various game-related features in a new update, including synchronizing saved games and various multiplayer components seen in a previous leak.

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Google to reportedly unveil Babel at Google I/O, rebrands as Hangouts

05/11, 6:27pm

Unified messaging service could be formally revealed next week

Google will be unveiling its unified messaging system at Google I/O, according to a report. The name Babel will be retired in favor of Google Hangouts, the same name as its Google+ video-based chat-room system, as the search engine continues to try and encourage its users to use the Google-produced social network and surrounding ecosystem.

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Rumor: Motorola X phone benchmarked, Android 5.0 delays

04/25, 7:07am

Benchmark shows 'Google X' device running on Key Lime Pie

The Motorola X phone may have appeared in smartphone benchmarks, if a screenshot is confirmed as true. The image, showing the phone as running Android 5.0.1 comes at the same time as other rumors suggesting that the Key Lime Pie version of the mobile operating system may not make it in time for a reveal at Google I/O.

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Google shipping Glass Explorer Edition within month

04/11, 5:58am

First registrations to get Glass by Google developer event

Google will be shipping Glass to developers "within the next month," according to comments made during the Google Ventures Glass Collective event. The Explorer Edition of Glass, meant for programmers and costing $1,500 per device, could reach customers before the company's developer event, Google I/O, on May 15th.

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Google I/O event registrations sell out in 49 minutes

03/13, 11:04am

Developer event costs $900 per ticket, $300 for education

Google started accepting registrations for Google I/O 2013, and sold out 49 minutes later. Tickets for the developer event are usually in such demand, they sell out shortly after they go on sale, with registration last year lasting less than one hour before all places were booked. Prospective developers wishing to attend must pay $900, $300 for educational users, through Google Wallet and have their ticket tied to their Google+ account.

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Rumor: LG stops Nexus 4 production for Nexus successors

01/14, 5:55pm

LG said to prep new Nexus devices for MWC

The LG-produced Nexus 4 smartphone, which Google has had significant trouble keeping in stock, may be put on the back burner by the Korean manufacturer in favor of newer Nexus handsets set to debut soon. At CES last week, LG Electronics senior vice president James Fisher hinted that the Nexus 4 was just "the first of many" Nexus products the company was working on, with the implication being that LG could be rolling out a Nexus tablet or smartphone device in the near future. Observers believe that LG could launch its next Nexus device as soon as this year's Mobile World Congress, to be held in Barcelona in late February.

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Google I/O 2013 set for May 15-17

12/04, 2:44pm

Google to return to Moscone Center West for next I/O

Google has set a date for the next installment of its annual developer event, Google I/O. The search giant will be returning to Moscone Center West in San Francisco from May 15 through May 17 of next year. Registration details about the event will be announced in February.

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