New tools for game developers also announced by Google
Google Play Games got some attention at the recent Google I/O developer conference and today we're seeing some new some goodies begin to roll out. Google Play Games version 2.0 is beginning to roll out through the Google Play Store bringing with it an updated appearance, an all new game profile and more besides. If that wasn't enough,...
We've all been there, missing calls, texts, emails while our smartphone is in our pockets because we didn't feel the vibrate go off. Or perhaps you're tired of it shaking your desk to pieces every time it goes off. Fortunately, if you're the proud owner of a new LG G3, there's something you can do about it pretty easily.
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We all love a good contest, right? Sure we do and the fine folks at RadioShack have a killer midweek giveaway to win one of five brand shiny new LG G3s on either Verizon, Sprint or AT&T – sorry folks, no T-Mobile. Sounds good, right? Entering to win is really easy so listen up for the full details.
The LG G3 has its own do not disturb feature, here's what you need to know
Android L might be bringing – finally – a fully fledged do not disturb mode baked in to the operating system, but with the LG G3 you're already getting something along those lines with quiet mode. Activated either manually or at set times of the day, quiet mode has various configurable features to help give you the best...
LG makes it easier to use certain parts of the G3 with just one hand
Despite doing an incredible job once again packing a large display into a form factor that wouldn't usually befit it, the LG G3 is a large phone. 5.5-inches isn't small no matter how large your hands are and to help make one-handed use a little easier LG has included a set of options for using the phone in this way. It isn't...
Missing Google I/O doesn't mean you miss out on all the fun
One of the developer gifts handed out at Google I/O was – initially, at least – a perplexing piece of cardboard. What it actually turned out to be was a do-it-yourself virtual reality (VR) headset that could be used to interact with an Android smartphone. The good news for everyone who didn't go to I/O is that you, too, can join in...
Health and fitness apps are a great fit for Android Wear smartwatches and two of the first out in the wild are the popular running apps from Runtastic and Runkeeper. Runtastic – in free and Pro versions – is available this very second in the Google Play Store with Android Wear support while Runkeeper seems to be in a more staggered rollout.
Popular language learning app, Duolingo, has pushed out an update to its Android app that introduces support for Android Wear. It isn't alone right now – several popular apps are pushing similar updates – but it's exciting stuff nevertheless.
Apps with support for Android Wear are going to start coming thick and fast but one of the first out of the gate is project managing tool, Trello. As announced on their blog, the latest update to the Trello Android app sees a full experience slimmed down for the smartwatch.
Wandering the halls of the Moscone Center in San Francisco last week for Google I/O were many folks from many different countries all around the world, including press from all corners of the globe, too. Two continents met in those halls when our very own Editor-in-Chief, Mr Phil Nickinson, bumped into the folks from BBC Television. You know, the British guys. And so, Phil ended up making a...
Classic Monty Python sketch, The Ministry of Silly Walks, is now a brand new game for your Android phones and tablets. Available now from the Google Play Store, Ministry of Silly Walks is basically an endless runner styled in the unique fashion of Monty Python. If you're a fan of the show, you're going to love it.
Bluetooth headphones aren't for everyone. There are some of us out there – myself included – that prefer the reliability and quality that comes from using a cable. That goes for broadband too – Ethernet is generally better than WiFi. But that doesn't mean there isn't a decent selection of good quality Bluetooth headphones out there, like these buds we've picked up from Motorola.
A continuing point of discussion, rumor, idle speculation, is the future of the Nexus device program. Android Silver is potentially on the horizon but according to Dave Burke, head of Android engineering and the Nexus program at Google, who was speaking to ReadWrite, that doesn't mean that Nexus devices will be killed off.
Google I/O brings together all the best – and craziest – that Google has to offer, including this year an interesting session from the ATAP team. They would be the "pirates" messing around with the awesome looking stuff like Project Ara and Project Tango and in their session at I/O they had some interesting news for anyone wondering when they'll get some Tango in consumer products. 2015.
What we know so far about Android in your car
Following up on the announcement of the Open Automotive Alliance in January, Google took the stage at I/O 2014 to introduce just how it's going to be getting inside your car. Android Auto is its name and bringing Android apps and services to your car is its game.
It'll be a little while before we're behind the wheel of a new car with Android...
Volvo is one of the new members of the expanded Open Automotive Alliance and as such has announced its own plans for Android Auto. The first new Volvo to get the new system will be the next XC90 which will be given its grand public unveil at the Paris Motor Show in October.
Hot on the heels of the Android Auto announcement at Google I/O, Audi has already committed itself to the system in future vehicles. The German auto maker has issued a press release detailing that the first Android Auto enabled Audis will be available in early 2015.
The pick of the announcements from the first day at Google I/O
The Google I/O 2014 keynote was a firehose of information, but in the best way possible. In almost three hours of stage time we saw so many incredible new things that it's difficult to know where to begin digesting it all. Android L, Android One, Android Auto, Android Wear...you get the idea.
We've rounded up what we think are...
Less formal, all Android
The keynote may be over, but the Google I/O 2014 fun and games doesn't stop as it's now time for the Android Fireside Chat. It's a little less formal, a little more Q&A and there's a first rate panel on hand including Matias Duarte, Dianne Hackborn, Dave Burke and more.
So grab a hot beverage, curl up on the rug and join us as we fire up the old liveblog machine...
Google Play Games got its moment in the spotlight in the Google I/O keynote today, where Google's Ellie Powers rolled through some new features for the gamers among us that should add a nice little boost to the experience.