Google's announcement of the Daydream VR initiative being included in Android N is one of the big talking points at this year's Google I/O, and now we know that the Nexus 6P is the first phone to be used as a development target for creating Daydream-ready VR apps.
We already knew Google planned to share reference designs for headsets and controllers as part of its new Daydream VR project. Today we've got confirmation that the company will also build a Daydream headset and controller itself.
YouTube has unveiled the virtual reality version of its app for Google's Daydream VR platform. Announced during the Google I/O 2016 keynote earlier this week, the app provides a more immersive VR experience for YouTube, going beyond just supporting VR videos to offer a brand new interface for the entire app.
Google's Cardboard Field Trip Expeditions have taken more than one million students on over one million trips so far. This program is a great way to let students visit various parts of the world, without having to even leave their classroom. All they have to do is load up a location on a phone, put it in a Cardboard viewer, and experience the surroundings in a virtual world.
It appears as though Sprint is getting ready to once again kiss two-year contracts goodbye. A new document from the carrier reveals that on May 24 customers will no longer be able to upgrade using a two-year pricing. The carrier will be pushing its phone financing and leasing programs as its main offerings, and of course you can still pay full retail price for the phone.
Sprint had killed off contracts in the beginning of the year, only to bring them back for existing customers. New customers were unable to make use of them, and now Sprint is making it so that no one can.
Sprint, as part of its sponsorship of the 2016 Copa América Centenario soccer tournament, has announced that it will be providing free video access to all live matches to Sprint subscribers beginning June 3.
Day one of Google's annual developer conference has passed, and as promised there's a ton of video from all of the sessions to check out. Google is only livestreaming select sessions this year, but they will all be recorded and published on the Google Developers and Android Developers YouTube channels. We've taken the liberty of cherry picking some of the great sessions you might have missed yesterday, so you can catch up on all of the great things happening in Mountain View right now.
Coming up this morning at Google I/O 2016 — we're going to get an update on what's new in Chrome OS. Google surprised everyone by talking surprisingly little about Chrome OS during the keynote yesterday, but that doesn't mean there aren't some fantastic developments on the way. This is one of the more anticipated sessions of the week, and it looks like it could set up one hell of a doozy for later in the day. (Android apps on Chrome OS, anyone?)
Unlike they keynote presentation yesterday, this session is going to be recorded by Google but it is not going to be livestreamed. So join us back here at 11 a.m. PT (that's 2 p.m. on the East Coast) as we get this thing done!
Will Google Home (and Assistant) be more than just a thing you talk at?
We're in the very early stages of Google Assistant and Google Home. Just hours, really, after they both were announced at the annual Google I/O developer conference, held this week at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, next door to Google's campus.
Assistant is the next major iteration of Google's search platform, going beyond just returning results, going to the next level above contextual computing (which itself was a tentpole of a previous I/O). Home is the appliance on which Google will further integrate itself into — well, into your home. It's a very Google-looking product. You can see similarities in the industrial design that you also see in Google's cute little self-driving cars, believe it or not. It's a speaker and a wireless connected hub thing, but certainly a non-threatening one. (It's also surprisingly small.)
Will military-grade protection really keep your phone safe?
The Galaxy S7 edge deserves a case that does not detract from its sleek design. You want a case that protects your device from everyday wear and those dreaded corner drops. Does this case meet these requirements?
Let's break things down in terms of style, features, and design to determine if this is the case for you.
The Rugged Armor case is a one-piece sleeve made of TPU that slides easily over your phone. It has two carbon-fiber texture pockets on the back that do not seem to serve any functional purpose. They do, however, give a bit of variation to the otherwise flat case.
Black is your only option for color, so if you bought your phone as a fashion statement you might want to pick a case available in more colors.
Because the sides of the case are fairly smooth (other than the buttons), it tends to slip from the hand quite easily. Moisture conditions might change this, but testing with dry hands and dry case saw the phone on the ground.
If you've ever watched your cat knock things off a shelf, you understand the pain of leaving your phone uncased while it wirelessly charges. Worry not — Rugged Armor is compatible with your wireless charger. Unfortunately the simplicity of this case does not allow for a built-in kickstand. The case is, however, flat on the back and can accept Spigen's Style Ring (sold separately).
The beautiful S7 screen does not fare well when dropped on its corner while not in a case. Rugged Armor has certified military-grade protection featuring air cushions on the corners for extra protection against dreaded corner drops. The entire case acts as a shock absorber to protect your phone's innards against everyday damage while it rides around in your pocket.
The case has a raised bezel along the top and bottom to protect the screen when it's laid flat. Because of the S7 edge's screen design there is no raised bezel on the sides. Dropping your phone on its side or on the edge of the screen could result in damage.
Although this case is form fitted for the S7 edge, it seemed to be a bit loose — perhaps due to the lack of outer shell or perhaps just a faulty model. Either way, keep this in mind when purchasing and remember there might be some extra stretching as the case ages.
The buttons on the side of the phone are covered without impairing functionality. The bottom ports and speaker are uncovered, as is the entirety of the phone's face. Nice if you're fighting against creating a bulky everyday carry.
The Bottom Line
This case lives up to the claim of being slim, however it does seem less rugged than other cases featuring an outer shell.
NVIDIA's Shield 16GB Android TV bundle with a controller and remote is just £149.99. Usually, one has to pay extra for the remote that can bump the price up a further £40. If you've been holding out on investing in an Android TV box, now may be the ideal opportunity with this substantial saving on the full NVIDIA bundle.
The end-to-end encryption that will be found in Google's upcoming messaging app Allo will be powered by Open Whisper Systems Signal Protocol. Conversations that are held in Incognito mode will be fully encrypted, and disappear once you exit Incognito.
Very little was said during the original announcement about how the end-to-end encryption would work, or who Google partnered with to provide the security. From Open Whisper Systems announcement:
We're excited to partner with Google on the private communication features of their new smart messaging app, Allo. We've been collaborating together on the integration of Signal Protocol into Allo, which will bring all of Signal Protocol's strong encryption properties to Allo's incognito mode.
Open Whisper Systems said it will provide further details on the integration once the app is officially available from Google later this summer.