This is The Google Assistant, a naming of the body of voice-activated smart systems Google has been building and releasing over the past several years.This is the Allo app and it'll be arriving on your phone soon.Narshmallow.Of course it was.Android on ChromeToday it was confirmed that Android apps will indeed be able to be loaded on Chrome OS devices through Google Play for Chrome.Android AutoAndroid Auto was revealed to be getting an update with the ever-so-useful Waze for contextual directions.
You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks.And developers might be able to take advantage of the Play Store s significantly more mature deployment features, including A/B testing, staged app rollouts, developer replies, and others.Last month, eagle-eyed Reddit user TheWiseYoda spied a setting in an early release of Chrome OS — version 51 in the Developer Channel — that referenced a way to enable Android Apps on Chromebook devices.The groundwork for the migration has long been laid.Later that year, Google began letting publishers seed Android apps to seed users, but in a limited fashion — installs were restricted to the Chrome Web Store.Last year, the Wall Street Journal reported that Google had been working for two years to merge Chrome OS and Android, and that it planned to launch the result — a new, unified operating system that runs on PCs — in 2017.
If you ve got a good idea, then submit it to android.com/n, or send it out on social media using the hashtag NameAndroidN.Daydream will provide a very Samsung Gear VR-like home screen for Google s new VR mode, which will give access to a suite of new VR-focused apps including Google Play, and YouTube.Launcher, multi-tasking, and multi-window supportAndroid N now has launcher shortcuts — which means you can set specific shortcuts 3 to 5 within any app that implements them to quickly perform actions.Other changesOf course, apart from adding new features, the Developer Preview 2 also adds some changes to existing APIs in Android N — such as how developers can now specify a separate minimum height and minimum width for multi-window support.Other stellar Android Marshmallow features include improved apps permissions — which give you greater control over what information you share with companies – and Android Pay, which is the newfangled mobile payments app Google made to compete with Apple Pay and revitalize Google Wallet.The 6P easily manages a full and busy workday, but it can t last through two of them.
This announcement came from Google's Google I/O website this afternoon after the main keynote was completed - appearing, as it were, to show how Google mentioned such an update in said keynote.This information comes from a session description as posted on the official developer conference Google I/O 2016 webpage.There the data suggests that this session will not only show developers how to bring their apps to Chrome - it'll give them a Chromebook to do it on.Google's description of the session continues, "Come to this session and test your Android apps for Chrome OS.You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks.It's suggested that this event, which starts at 4PM local time at Google I/O on Stage 5, that Chavez will bring expertise on this subject from his many years as a developer - having developed App Runtime for Chrome not too long ago.
T-Mobile on Tuesday added more than a dozen new services to its Binge On program as the disruptive wireless provider continues to wage war on the competition and the industry as a whole.Partners joining Binge On, in no particular order, include Google Play Music, NBC, Spotify, Tidal, Great Big Story, Kisew, Ligonier Ministries, Noggin, Qello Concerts, Radio Disney, Univision, Univision Noticias and Toon Goggles.Obviously, some of the new partners will have a greater impact than others.Binge On is a controversial program in which data streamed over your cellular connection from participating partners isn t counted against your monthly data allotment.You may have noticed that Google Play Music, Radio Disney, Spotify and Tidal already take part in T-Mobile s Music Freedom program.In announcing the expansion, T-Mobile revealed that its customers have now streamed more than 377 million hours of video via Binge On and are watching up to twice as much content from participating providers.
After a seven month wait Google has now brought Android Pay to the UK, meaning you can finally use your Android phone to pay for your coffee in the morning.You'll need to be with a participating bank though, with options limited to Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society for now.NatWest and Santander have confirmed to techradar support will come at a later date, while those with Barclays can use the bank's own contactless payment app instead.Earlier this year Google launched a public trial - in Silicon Valley, of course - for a system called Hands Free, which will allow you to make payments by just saying "pay with Google".In the meantime, get yourself set up on Android Pay by download the app from the Google Play Store.Just remember you will be using real life money before you get carried away with swiping on every reader in sight.
View photosMoreXiaomi-mi-boxChinese tech juggernaut Xiaomi may be best known for making high-quality smartphones like the new Mi 5 and selling them at low prices, but the company has made it very clear it wants to become a household electronics giant that can rumble with the likes of Samsung and Apple on a global scale.The Mi Box runs Android TV 6.0 and and is positioned to compete directly with the Apple TV, Fire TV and other set-top boxes.Xiaomi's streaming box supports 4K playback, like the Fire TV, but it does it one better with HDR High Dynamic Range for picture quality with more colors, higher brightness and increased contrast.The set-top box has access to a full range of apps available in the Google Play store including YouTube, Netflix, Vudu and more."This is a significant milestone for Xiaomi and I am really excited to be working closely with Google to bring such a great product to our fans in the US.I believe US consumers will truly enjoy the Android TV experience on Mi Box, which brings stunning 4K HDR video and a wide variety of content to your living room," Xiaomi vice president of international Hugo Barra said in a press release.
Android Pay can be used at any wireless payment point so if it supports your contactless card or Apple Pay then you re good to go with Android Pay.Google s new contactless payment service joins an increasing number of apps and services including Samsung Pay and PayPal which are trying to encourage people to move away from using their conventional bank cards as a means of paying.Recently released Android smartphones should come with Android Pay pre-installed but if you think you re missing out you can always head over to the Google Play Store and download the app separately from there.While many of the big players are in there it s hard not to notice the glaring omission that is Barclays.If you have multiple Google Accounts in Android Pay: At the top left of the app, touch your name, then choose the account you want to add a card to.While both are equally secure not all Android phones have this hardware advantage that Apple s products do so Google had to find an alternative solution.
At its I/O 2016 developer conference, Google today launched Android Studio 2.2 preview, the latest version of its integrated development environment IDE .You can download the new version for Windows, Mac, and Linux now directly from the Canary page.If you are already using Android Studio, you can check for Canary updates in the navigation menu Help Check for Update on Windows/Linux and Android Studio Check for Updates on OS X .Google released Android Studio 2.1 just three weeks ago, so this preview is coming very soon out of the pipe.And yet Stephanie Cuthbertson, Google product manager for Android, showed a long list of features that 2.2 brings to the table:On stage, Cuthbertson also shared that 94 percent of the top 125 apps and games in Google Play now use Android Studio.Not bad for an IDE that only launched back in December 2014.
Google today unveiled Android Instant Apps, a new project the company is experimenting with that offers users a subset of an existing app.That s a big frustration for developers who have invested significant amounts of time building beautiful and powerful apps.Android Instant Apps are designed for developers who have already built an existing Android app, not those looking to build one from scratch.It s the same Android APIs, the same source code, the same project, Android Instant Apps product management director Michael Siliski told VentureBeat.But the biggest restriction is that each module cannot exceed 4MB.The goal is to have Instant Apps launch in a timeframe that is comparable to a mobile webpage, Siliski said.That means existing links can be used to launch Instant Apps — Google Play Services does all the work behind the scenes.That means this is very much a Google Play affair.Google wants to progress very gradually with Android Instant Apps, as this is a big change for both developers and users.Right now, about a half dozen partners are trying Instant Apps: Buzzfeed, B Photo Video, Medium, Hotel Tonight, Zumper and Disney.
At its I/O 2016 developer conference today, Google rolled out new Google Play store features for developers.Ellie Powers, Google Play s lead product manager, showed off improvements to how beta programs work, benchmarks, a new pre-launch report, and a slew of minor improvements.Google Play has over 1 billion monthly active users, which the company argues makes it the world s largest app distribution platform.But Google also shared a new number today: Last year, Google Play users installed apps 65 billion times.That number is up from 50 billion in 2014, or a 30 percent increase.Google wants to keep that figure rising, so it implemented the following list of features to help developers grow their apps and games:Speaking of apps, Google Play has gained two of its own.The Play Console app lets you access your app s data on the go including installs, uninstalls, crashes, ratings, and reviews , receive push notifications for important news, and reply to reviews.The Playbook app lets you set your objectives and provides a tailored list of the latest articles and videos from Google experts and across the Web.
Users have downloaded more than 50 million Google Cardboard-enabled apps since the debut of the humble virtual reality headset developers found under their chairs at I/O two years ago, Clay Bavor, VP of virtual reality at Google, announced as he showed off Google s latest VR efforts on Wednesday at this year s I/O developer conference.Google unveiled Daydream, the new platform for virtual reality that s built on top of Android N, to take VR more mainstream.Google has been working with partners including Alcate, Asus, Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei and ZTE to develop Daydream-ready Android N phones, with the first phones slated for release this fall.Google has also released reference designs for a VR headset and controller.Bavor also noted that YouTube has been built from the ground up for virtual reality to easily watch standard and VR videos.Google Photos, Play Movies and Street View will also get the Daydream treatment.
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It lives as part of the upcoming Android N update, and will use powerful smartphones slotted into third-party-manufactured headsets to show you all types of content.Google envisions Daydream as a one-stop shop for all your VR needs.Gaming is another big area of focus, with Ubisoft, EA and the makers of EVE: Online all signed up as partners.Right now, Daydream is just a series of specs on paper.But Samsung, HTC, Huawei, LG, ZTE and Asus have all committed to building Daydream-compatible handsets in the near future.Thanks to the sharing economy, living in five different cities in five years has never been more doable.
However, the new Assistant is able to answer questions and have two-way conversations, as well as perform tasks like playing music, interact with smart home devices including Nest thermostats, and more.That means that it won t be limited to Google Play Music, but should also support other services, like Spotify.The speaker lets you customize the base with a variety of colors to match the home s style, and includes LED lights, speaker, and mic.What s unclear, however, is if consumers are uninterested in smart thermostats in general – perhaps perceiving them as more of a luxury device – or if they re hesitant to invite Google into their homes.While it has launched other consumer gadgets – the ill-fated Nexus Q media player, its Android TV platform which runs on OEM hardware, Google Cast previously Chromecast , the OnHub router, and so on – none have presented Google as a virtual assistant that can help you with various life tasks.Of course, both the OnHub router and now Google Home also both look a lot like Amazon s Echo speaker with their black, circular design and sleek looks.
Similarly the P9 has tools for delivering HDR images, night and timelapse photography, special light painting modes, and even direct access to the device's monochrome camera.I've quickly grown fond of the P9's monochrome photography tools, and its colour effects are ideal companions to Instagram's library of filters.Perhaps the most important of them is Microsoft's Office Lens, which lets me quickly take pictures of slides and whiteboards, and drop them into a OneNote notebook ready for annotation as part of my personal, searchable archive of meetings and conference sessions going back more than a decade.It's easy to find big name apps like Photoshop and Snapseed, but there's a long tail of applications that's hard to explore.Drilling into the app list lets you see reviews, but most of the time they're not particularly informative.Then there's the perennial issue of identifying the real reviews from real users, and trying to determine how their taste aligns with yours.
Chromebooks might be relatively low-powered devices, but the cheap laptops are dominating the entry-level part of the industry.However, there's one serious knock against them: a lack of major apps and games built for Chrome OS.You will get hands on help from our friendly engineers on how to optimize your Android app for Chromebooks."Last year, Google released the ARC Welder extension that allowed developers to run and test their apps in Chrome across platforms, but it only worked with a limited number of apps.However, last month, some users of the newest version of Chrome OS in the Developer Channel briefly saw the option to enable Android apps, and were greeted by a screen saying they'd have access to the Play Store as seen above .Google didn't exactly deny the report, saying it planned to "bring together the best of both operating systems" while reassuring users that Chrome OS wasn't disappearing.
Google has announced Daydream, a new VR hub built on Android N that will arrive this autumn.Similar to the home view you find inside of Oculus Rift, Daydream is an all-in-one experience that brings games, apps, movies and even the Google Play Store in its entirety into a VR headset.Though no finished headsets were shown off at Google IO 2016, some reference design sketches were shown off, in addition to a small, Wii-like controller that provides motion control.Several Daydream-ready devices will be launching this year from the likes of Samsung, HTC and other popular manufacturers.
Google gave an update on this today at its Google I/O Developer conference, when VP of Engineering Dave Burke announced 65 billion installs from Google Play over the past year.And I m just in constantly in awe of all the amazing apps and services that s fueling this, he said.For comparison s sake, Andreessen Horowitz partner and mobile analyst Benedict Evans said in June 2015 that Google Play app downloads had reached 50 billion over the past 12 months, compared to iOS s then 25 billion.And app analytics platform provider App Annie said that there were 111.2 billion total downloads in 2015 across iOS, Google Play and third-party Android stores.The company noted that over 600 Android smartphone models launched in the last year alone, Android Wear now had 12 partners making smartwatches, Android TV was now on millions of units, and there are over 100 car model and stereos running Android Auto.Last September, Google said there were 1.4 billion Android users worldwide, and IDC estimates that Google s Android operating system will close out the year with 82.6 percent market share.
With Instant Apps, clicking a link can give you an app-like experience even if you don't have the app installed already.MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Mobile websites are often more convenient than their desktop counterparts when you're on your phone, but they're also usually missing some important functionality that's available or just easier to find on the desktop.Apps can help solve the problem, but only if you have the foresight and/or bandwidth to install them when you need them.Developers can, however, can provide "call to action" links that encourage users to download and install apps that they find particularly useful.The effort required for developers to modularize their apps will vary, and there are some kinds of apps that won't work well with this model—games and anything that requires payment up-front, for example.B Photo Video, a prominent Manhattan electronics retailer, has worked with Google to demo Instant Apps, and it will be able to offer both Android Pay and fingerprint sign-in support whether users have actually downloaded their app or not.