Google I/O officially kicking off tomorrow, Google released a few surprises a bit early this evening. A brand new Google Play Store has just started rolling out that brings a few much needed changes to the latest redesign, as well as tons of other features in the Google Play Services framework. Read on for the full details and download links.
Google I/O 2013 time, and we'll be sharing all the details and announcements all week long. Today is technically day 0, and Google will be taking the stage tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM PDT for their first and only keynote this year. This is where we'll be learning all the news and putting rumors to rest. In the meantime check out our on-site preview, through Glass.
Verizon HTC One seems to have been a fairly popular topic over the recent weeks. Verizon hasn't offered any announcement and HTC Director of PR Tom Harlin recently said the Droid DNA would continue to serve as the "HTC hero smartphone at Verizon." Putting that aside, Verizon Wireless has recently announced a special offer on the Droid DNA and it has once again brought back chatter about the HTC One.
announced the v3.0 release of the Google Play services back in late-February. At that time there was talk of v3.0 adding the ability to sign in to apps using your Google+ account. That feature was set to compete with Facebook Connect, which is another service that allows the user to login without having to create an entirely new account for each service they use.
Google Glass. While something along those lines may eventually arrive for use in a wide variety of places, it looks like we are getting our first look at a Glass app using facial recognition. This app is called MedRef for Glass and as implied by the name -- this one is aimed at the medical profession.
Pinterest Android app has recently been updated. This update has added a few new features and also upped the version number to 1.5. The new features include push notifications, mentions, search and the ability to send a pin to someone. While these additions all seem like they will be welcomed, lets first begin with the notifications.
Rovio Entertainment has announced their latest venture today, Rovio Stars, which is a mobile game publishing initiative. Basically, this is Rovio shifting from simply offering their own games to putting themselves in a position to push games from others. The name, Rovio Stars seems to be a play on what they intend to do -- publish and in turn highlight games from other developers that they believe have potential.
BlackBerry announced the upcoming support for BBM on Android earlier this morning, however it looks like that was not the only Android related news coming out of BlackBerry Live. The other news was for the release of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 v10.1, which includes support for BlackBerry devices as well as Android and iOS devices. In simpler terms, this means the IT department will be able to manage and lockdown Android handsets under a bring your own device program.
BlackBerry device. Moving forward though, that support will be expanding to include other platforms. We have heard plenty of rumors suggesting that BBM was coming to Android in the past, however as of today we have the official confirmation coming by way of BlackBerry. In fact, it was said that BBM will be coming to Android sometime this summer.