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Google shows of Project Jacquard at developer conference

We somehow knew what to expect at the I/O 2015 but Google still blew our minds with the Project Jacquard. The ATAP team showed off a new fabric technology that can track touch. The aim of the Project Jacquard is to produce a conductive fabric that can sense, control, and react to touch. Conductive threads are nothing new but Google plans to go further with the Project Jacquard by doing a more extensive research and development plus partnership with names that matter in the fashion industry.

Google supercharges your microSD with Project Vault

Another cool and interesting revelation out of Google I/O is Project Vault. Nobody gives much attention to microSD technology these days, and if ever it’s only when you announce something with bigger capacity, higher data transfer speeds and all that. But what if you turn your mircroSD into a micro-computer system with data security in mind? This is exactly what Google ATAP is cooking up for us.

Functioning Project Ara shown off at Google I/O 2015

The Project Ara is real. Before you think that the concept won't see the light of the day. Google finally showed off the modular phone at the Google I/O 2015 conference. The tech giant may have given focus on projects Soli and Jacquard but the appeareance of the before the show ended was memorable. It was good to see the Project Ara in the flesh, already functional and the swappable modules being demonstrated.

Chromecast to add queuing, autoplay, multi-screen options

While Google's Chromecast has turned our TVs and mobile devices into interlocking home entertainment systems, there are still some features that have been on a lot of users' wishlist. Well some of them may have just come true as Google announced at the I/O conference new features for the casting device that developers can integrate into their apps and products. Users of the Chromecast as well as the Nexus Player and NVIDIA Shield and those who love binge watching shows and playing multiplayer games will benefit from these new features.

Google announces Material Design Showcase and Awards at I/O 2015

It's almost a year now since Google first introduced their Material Design visual guidelines which they encouraged Android app developers to apply to their respective programs. At first it was just a hypothetical idea then it turned into a whole new ballgame for developers and for Google itself. Today at the I/O conference, they announced 18 great apps that showcased the best of their new visual ethos, and gave special awards to 6 of them, this year's equivalent of their Beautiful Design collection of the previous years.

Android Wear hits 4000 apps

Google has another reason to celebrate and gather all Android fans at the Google I/O 2015 conference. Why, there are now 4,000 Android Wear apps ready for download from the Google Play Store. This is good news for everyone who owns an Android Wear-powered smartwatch because it means there are more apps to use and there are more ways for customization even if it's only a small screen.

Android Pay hands-on: buying soda with a phone

Put your phone near a vending machine screen and out comes a can of Coke. If that sounds like a scene from a sci-fi show, then we can pretty much say that the future is here. That is exactly the image that Google wants to paint in our minds in demoing two use cases of its newly announced Android Pay mobile payment system. In one instance, we tried the feature earlier described, buying a soda can from an NFC-enabled vending machine. In another, we buy an Android, a collectible, from an Android, a phone, using Android Pay. Inception!

Inbox now available for everyone, with new features to boot

If you're one of those who were longing to get an Inbox invite so you could use the other Gmail app that people have been talking about, you don't need to wait anymore. Google has opened up the mobile email app to the public, and has even added the most requested features from those who were lucky enough to get the invite and have been using it since October. So now, you can use Inbox to make it easier to sort through and group together your Gmail, whether on mobile or on desktop.

Google Play Services 7.5 to optimize Android devices with new capabilities

Google has announced a lot of new things at the I/O 2015 Conference including Google Play Services 7.5. This one brings several optimizations and new features to Android devices, or those running at least Android 2.3. The new version includes new APIs for Google Cloud Messaging and Google Cast and the Google Maps API on Android Wear devices, Instance ID, and Smart Lock for Passwords among others.
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