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2 years ago

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean coming mid-July

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You want it, now we know when, and how we can get it. Just announced at Google I/O, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be arriving in mid-July. 

First to get it -- not all that surprisingly -- will be the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Nexus S and the Motorola Xoom. The open-source code for Jelly Bean will also drop at the same time. Thats next month folks! 

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2 years ago

Google brings increased functionality to voice search with Jelly Bean

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Google is showing us a demo of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and one of the many improvements includes much improved voice search features. We all know how Apple has been promoting Siri to no end and this looks like a serious competitor.

The improved voice search includes functionality from their knowledge graph. For example, the presenter asked who the Prime Minister of Japan was, the phone brought up Wikipedia and read who the Prime Minister is. He asked for pictures of marmosets and it brought up pictures of the funny looking creature. Impressive stuff and we'll look to have a demo of it for you when we can.

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2 years ago

Notifications get a makeover in Jelly Bean

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Notifications are just one of the areas of the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean UI that are getting a makeover. Buttons for callback are included now within the notification drawer when a missed call shows up. Pretty neat. 

That's only the beginning though. Notifications are now expandable. Essentially, it's like putting widgets into the notification bar. They auto expand and collapse, and there is a lot of emphasis on functionality outside of the related applications. Google+ notifications can show up the pictures within the notification tray itself, for example. 

Another example showed up the Pulse news app notifications. Currently we just get a boring old message telling us there are new stories. In Jelly Bean, it's pretty much as though the application itself is sat in the notification bar. Slick. Notifications just got a whole lot more interesting. 

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2 years ago

Jelly Bean brings offline voice typing

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Google is in the middle of announcing Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) at Google I/O. One of the cool features of Jelly Bean is offline voice typing, which will be very welcomed. Up until now, you've had to have access to the Internet to perform voice dictation, but Google has fixed that. It's initially releasing with U.S. English, but other languages to follow.

If you're interested in the keynote, follow our live blog!

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2 years ago

The Nexus 7 is real, see it now!

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We won't talk. You can watch the video below in peace. 

Here are some of the specs. 

  • 7-inch 1280 x 800 display
  • Quad-processor
  • Tegra 3 12-core GPU
  • 8 GB and 16 GB models
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 1.2 MP front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, gyroscope
  • 9 hours video playback
  • 300 hours standby
  • 340 g
  • Chrome as standard browser
  • $199, shipping mid-July to US, Canada, Australia and UK, preorders available today
  • Includes $25 credit in Google Play store, lots of preloaded goodies

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2 years ago

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean officially announced

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OK, so we've seen the statue. We've seen the rumors. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has been officially announced at Google I/O in San Francisco. Hugo Barra is on stage as we speak taking us through it, so stick around, there's a lot more to come on this one. 

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2 years ago

Google drops unlocked Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ price to $349

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If for whatever reason you still don't own a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google has just now made it even harder to refuse. As we know it, Google is back to selling phones in the Google Play Store and they come unlocked with no contract. Previously Google had priced the device at $399 but with Google I/O having now kicked off they've gone ahead and dropped that to an even lower $350. you'll need to be in the U.S. to order one but that's one heck of a deal for the first device to get the freshly announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Buy Now: Google Play Store; via: Verge

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2 years ago

400 million Android devices activated, daily activations reach 1 million

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Literally moments into the Google I/O Day 1 keynote, a huge milestone for the Android platform has been announced. In total, 400 million Android devices have been activated, an astonishing 300 million in the last year alone. Wow. 

Daily activations have also reached a huge milestone. We're now upto that magic mark -- 1 million Android devices are activated everyday. Impressive no? 

The keynote continues, so stick with us, there's a lot more to come. 

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2 years ago

Google I/O 2012 Day 1 Keynote Liveblog!

Here we go, ladies and gentlemen! We're up and ready and raring to go at Moscone West in San Francisco. We've got the Google I/O Day 1 keynote address coming your way, after the break. 

This one's going to be a little different, though. Unlike a lot of keynotes, Google's streaming this one live, and you can watch it with us after the break. (Might even be able to see the back of our heads.) That also means we don't have to set our keyboards on fire trying to type every little word, which is nice. That also means we'll have more time free to let you know what's really going on, behind the scenes and between the lines.

So break on through to the other side, and let's kick off this crazy ride. The keynote begins June 27 at the following times:

  • 9:30 a.m. Pacific time
  • 12:30 p.m. Eastern time
  • 5:30 p.m. in London
  • And all points east and east.

Got it? Good. Let's go!

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2 years ago

Google looks to make streaming media easier with the Nexus Q

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A video has crept up on Google's googlenexus YouTube channel that introduces a brand new device, the Nexus Q. It aims to help you stream content throughout your home. In the video, they show social music streaming where multiple people adjust the queue of songs and video streaming as well. Check it out for yourself in the video above. It's very likely that we'll hear Google officially introduce it during their upcoming keynote at Google I/O.

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