Google IO

Big surprise: Android Pay coming your way

Google has formally announced something we already knew was coming anyway. Android Pay is real and is here. Google's latest attempt to cash in, no pun intended, on the mobile wallet trend tries to learn from the reasons that Google Wallet failed. Practically, this means that it has partnered with major payment networks, banks, carriers, and retailers even before it launched, ensuring that it will not only have an audience but also somewhere that audience can use it, whether it be an online purchase or a brick and mortar buy.

Google I/O 2015: The story so far

Google covered a lot of ground at its I/O 2015 keynote this morning, and Android stood at the forefront of its efforts. Android M was revealed, which first arrives as a Developer Preview and will later arrive for the public in the third quarter of this year. Google has high as ever hopes for its mobile platform, and as such revealed the anticipated Android Pay, its bid to compete with Apple Pay and other mobile payment systems. Read on for all the details!

Brillo takes Android deeper into your homes

Even before this announcement, it was no secret that Google wants to play a bigger role inside homes, and Nest just isn't enough, with only two products on its shelf. With Brillo and the Weave protocol, however, Google can considerably expand its influence to both existing and upcoming smart appliances. Leveraging the ubiquity of Android, Brillo promises to make things simpler for OEMs, app developers, and especially users in controlling and orchestrating all those disparate pieces that together make up the so-called Internet of Things.

Android M is here: app permissions, doze mode, USB-C

Google I/O 2015 has kicked off and, no surprise, Android is front and center. Also no surprise that Google has announced the existence of Android M just as it had announced Android L at the same event a year ago. And like its predecessor, the features of Android M will slowly be revealed over time while the latest version of Android treks its way to a Q3 2015 release. For now, Google has revealed some of M's key features, which, as expected, includes App Permissions.

Google might be giving away a new Nexus Player in I/O conference

With the 2015 I/O conference just a few days away, people are speculating what new device they will be handing over to developers so they can tinker and experiment with. Well, of course, it probably won't be an Android TV machine like the Razer Forge TV (unless..naaahh) but speculation is rife that it might be the second generation Nexus Player. The current one is almost nearing the end of its "shelf life" and so now is the right time for Google to introduce a newer, faster device.

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.
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