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2 years ago

Pinterest for Android - First look

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Pinterest for Android is real. It exists. We've seen it. Here it is. Only, it's not quite ready for public consumption, and so this is all you get to see. But we can tell you all about what we've seen, and it's pretty much what you'd expect from a Pinterest app on Android. The pic above hosts the board, and from there you tap into the individual pins. Scrolling on the Nexus 7 with Jelly Bean was impressive to say the least. The big differentiator over the iOS version of Pinterest, of course, is sharing. You'll be able to share pins in the same way that you can share anything else on Android, and that's a powerful feature. And of course it'll sync up with your current Pinterest account.

Here's the rub, though. The Pinterest app is still very much in development, and not even the lead dev, with whom we spoke here at Google I/O, is sure exactly what it's going to look like when it's released later this year. So it's coming, it's just that nobody's sure what, exactly, it'll look like.

So stay tuned, and keep pinning.

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2 years ago

Google Play web updated, now allows for updating and uninstalling of apps

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In addition to all the other goodies Google rolled out thus far at Google IO 2012 they updated the online version of the Google Play Store with some pretty awesome features. So awesome in fact, that I'm rather perplexed as to why it was never mentioned. As you can see in the screenshot, you can uninstall and even update apps all from the site itself. Plus, any devices associated to your account will now also show an image representing that phone, tablet or Google TV. Sadly, you still can't get rid of apps you no longer use from the listing but we're getting to that point with the latest additions.

Thanks, waltesefalcon!

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2 years ago

If you're at Google I/O, be on the look out for Lloyd!

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Today is the last day of the Take Lloyd on an adventure and win 1 of 4 Samsung Galaxy S IIIs Contest. If you're in attendance at Google I/O, we're going to make it super easy for you to get a photo of you and Lloyd so you can submit it for your chance to win.

A few members of the Mobile Nations crew will be walking around the main floor of Moscone today (just look for them in the shirts above) and they're loaded up with sweet free Lloyd gear they're giving away. They have Lloyd pins, stickers and even some t-shirts. Don't be shy. If you see a person walking around with Lloyd on a t-shirt, just stop him and say hi. We'll hook you up.  

And while the contest to win 1 of 4 Galaxy S IIIs ends today, we've got a lot of Lloyd gear with us, so you'll be able to find us tomorrow too (before the keynote, look for us in front of the Cafe doors near the I/O Gear booth). That's it. Lloyd ​FTW!

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2 years ago

Google updates Nexus site with Nexus 7 and Nexus Q info

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Google has just unveiled the Nexus 7 Tablet along with the Nexus Q streaming media player and already they've started promoting the devices to the max. The Nexus site that has been in place since the Nexus One was announced, has now been updated with a full gallery, specs and features listing for both of the devices. I got my preorder in for the Nexus 7, do you?

Source: Google

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2 years ago

Google announces new Google+ app for tablets

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Google announced moments ago that they will finally be releasing a tablet-optimized version of its social network, Google+. For a long time, we've either had to use the browser or a phone app, which hasn't been the greatest experience. They announced a new app with a tablet-optimized UI. It looks pretty gorgeous and the Hangouts feature in particular has us excited.

It will be available for Android tablets as well as iPads and Google also announced that the phone app will be getting an update today to incorporate lots of these new features. Please find links to the Google+ app in the Google Play Store after the break.

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2 years ago

Google gets in your living room with the Nexus Q

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It's your cloud, in your living room, from Google. We've been hearing about a Google branded home entertainment product for a while now, an today on stage Google showed us the future -- the Nexus Q. Imagine a sexy black sphere, controlled via NFC from your Android phone or tablet, that sends out audio and video from the cloud to your existing television and stereo equipment. Since it's not streaming from your phone, that means your friends can get in on the fun and stream his or her cloud through the Nexus Q. It really is the first social streaming media device.

The hackable Nexus Q (it has the same SoC as the Galaxy Nexus and USB in/out) will be available for $299 from Google Play, starting in the US. Pre-orders stars today and the units ship in July. Check out the video after the break!

Don't miss any of our Google I/O coverage!

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2 years ago

Google Nexus 7 available for preorder now for $199, shipping mid-July

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Google announced a freakin' sweet 7-inch tablet appropriately called the Nexus 7 at I/O today, and no doubt many of you are itching to get your hands on one. You'll be happy to hear that it's available for preorder starting today, and will be shipping mid-July to the U.S., Canada, UK, and Australia. The pricetag is a low, low $199. Here's a quick run-down 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

Want to get in on the action? Order here! So, who's excited? I'm excited. 

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2 years ago

Update for Google Play Movies app includes new UI and TV shows

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Google has been busy showing us what's new in the world of Android at Google I/O. These include big updates to the Google Play Store. A main complaint I've had for a while is that I can only rent movies through the store. Well, they fixed that today by adding the option to rent or buy as well as add TV shows. It's a welcomed update that is now available for the Google Play Movies app. It appears as though TV shows aren't quite available for purchase or rent yet, but I'm sure that will change very soon. To get the latest update in the Google Play Store, please follow the links after the break.

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2 years ago

Nexus 7 will be the first Android device to ship with Chrome as the standard browser

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We've been expecting Chrome to somehow work its way into the Android build as standard, and today during the Google I/O keynote, we found out just how that's going to begin. 

The newly announced Nexus 7 tablet will be the first Android device to ship to market, that will be carrying Google Chrome as the standard browser. This is pretty significant, and it looks as though that beta period is about to come to an end. Chrome is a seriously impressive browser that just cries out for tablet use. Maybe this is the start of a beautiful new relationship? 

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2 years ago

Google Play Store gets movie purchases, TV shows and magazines

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Google just dropped the news that the Google Play Store is about to start offering up a whole lot more content. First up are movie purchases. Until now, movies have only been available to rent and watch once. Now, you'll be able to purchase movies right within the Play Store, and watch them again, and again, and again. 

Next up, TV Shows. Google has announced a host of partners to bring your favorite TV show content to the Play Store. Magazines are also along for the ride as well. These are due to start from today, and Google's content provision service just got so much better. Perfect for tablets...

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