Google IO

Google to launch Brillo, another Android OS for the Internet of Things

Nothing is certain until the search giant makes an official announcement but Google is believed to be launching a new operating system under the Android brand. This new OS will be for the Internet of Things, a network of "things" embedded with software, electronics, sensors, and connectivity that allow data exchange with another connected device, operator, or the manufacturer with the aim of a greater value and service. It's a term that refers to anything that uses exchange of data to accomplish something with the use of existing technologies.

Google thinking about better privacy for Android

With growing pressure from Apple and their iOS devices, Google wants to make sure that Android device users will not ditch the platform because of security and privacy issues. Android recently simplified the way users are informed about what an app accesses. Not surprisingly, Google is thinking about going back to a more detailed way of presenting what user data is accessed.

What to expect at the Google I/O 2015 Conference

It's that time of the year when developers are busy preparing for the Google I/O conference. Google especially is working harder year after year to deliver the best sessions. It's one tech event that reporters, bloggers, and fans around the world look forward to because it is when the latest Android platform is revealed. This year, we have the Android M to be excited about and we're expecting the guessing game for what the letter "M" could be--Muffin? Milkshake? Macaron? Meringue? Your guess is as good as mine.

Ready, Set, Google! I/O registration opens 17 March

This is your friendly Android Community public service announcement. If you're in any way interested in attending Google I/O in person, better get your fingers ready, both for typing and for crossing them. Google has updated its I/O 2015 page to include details of the registration process. Those who want to be physically present can try their luck and fill in the registration form within the period starting March 17 at 9:00 AM PDT all the way up to March 19 at 5:00 PM PDT.

Android Pay tipped for Google I/O unveiling

Sources have again surfaced, and they bring with them whispers of an upcoming "Android Pay" announcement at Google's I/O conference early this summer. Android Pay, should it come to fruition, will work exactly as you'd expect: it'll be used to accept payments in apps, and to pay for items in stores with a tap-to-pay arrangement and support for Android Pay. According to sources, Android Pay will likewise be built from the ground-up for Android devs, and will be, by the looks of things, a direct competitor to Apple Pay.

Mark your calendars: Google I/O set for May 28-29

We aren't even at MWC 2015 yet, but Google already wants us to look forward to its annual big event, and for good reason. The tech giant has just revealed the dates for Google I/O 2015 and it will take place on 28th and 29th May. It will still be in Moscone Center West, San Francisco but, like last year, getting into the event will partly be a game of chance, so Google is giving a very early heads up to those looking forward to being there in person.

Android L 64-bit emulator finally out, only for Intel x86

From Google I/O 2014, we were treated to a preview of Android next OS releases, now known popularly as Android L. Android head honcho Sundar Pichai also made it clear that Android 5.0 (or is it Android Lollipop?) will be optimized for 64-bit apps, but as launch date nears (we hope) – there have been few updates regarding Android L 64-bit capability. Thankfully, we have one right now – as Android Dev has announced the availability of an Android L 64-bit emulator for Intel x86 architecture.

Enable ‘Guest Mode’ on your Chromecast, needs rooted device

As far back as Google I/O 2014, the mothership was already talking about enabling “Guest Mode” on Chromecast devices – that is, enabling users on other WiFi networks to stream media to Google’s casting dongle-slash-device. Well, four months hence and a number of updates have come and gone for the Chromecast companion app and we still haven’t seen this mode enabled.

Google shows possible 3rd party app UI for Android Auto

Along with hyping the newfangled Android L operating system, the mothership had made noises during Google I/O that it was expanding Android OS to other platforms that could be improved by connectivity – such as home appliances and cars. For the latter, Google has now put out a developer document for Android Auto (as in “automobile”) that shows how 3rd party apps would look like in the OS.
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