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6 days ago

Android Wear 2.0 wants to launch apps for you automatically

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No need to launch the app to start your workout. Google's got your back.

Saying that plenty of people use their smartwatches to help them with their fitness goals is a no-brainer. Between running trackers, food trackers, and Google Fit, there are plenty of ways to use Android Wear to stay in shape. It's something Google has been aware of for a while now, and at their big Android Wear session at Google I/O they revealed a fitness feature they're hoping developers jump at immediately.

Google doesn't just want you to have access to a bunch of fitness apps, it wants your watch to be able to launch those apps when it seems like you need it.

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6 days ago

Motorola's June 9 event teaser takes us back to the Razr flip phone days

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Motorola has posted a teaser video for a big announcement on June 9, and it takes us back to the days where its Razr flip phone was all the rage.

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6 days ago

What happens when Instant Apps and Chrome OS inevitably collide?

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Clash of Clans

At Google I/O 2016, we've seen the two parts that could come together to revolutionize Google on the desktop.

So it's official — Android apps on the Google Play Store are coming to Chromebooks. As expected, Google will open the floodgates and bring native Android app support to Chrome OS, complete with its own app market, later this year. That's a big deal in its own right, for a range of reasons we've already explored.

But looking further ahead, another new feature announced at Google I/O might well extend the potential of Android apps on Chrome into the stratosphere.

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6 days ago

These are the Chromebooks that can run Android apps from Google Play

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Google has published a list of Chromebooks that will be able to run Android apps when the feature arrives later this year in Chrome OS. Included are well-known Chromebooks like the Acer Chromebook 14, Google's Chromebook Pixel, and some lesser known models, like PCMerge's Chromebook PCM-116E and more. Chromeboxes and Chromebases are also included in the list, even though they don't offer touch screens or trackpads.

The first Chromebooks that will support the feature in June are the Acer Chromebook R11 C738T, ASUS Chromebook Flip and Google's Chromebook Pixel (2015). The full list of Chromebooks, Chromeboxes and Chromebases that will be able to run Android apps when the feature becomes available later this year includes:

Acer

  • Chromebook 11 C740
  • Chromebase 24
  • Chromebook 11 CB3-111 / C730 / CB3-131
  • Chromebook 15 CB5-571 / C910
  • Chromebook 15 CB3-531
  • Chromebox CXI2
  • Chromebook R11 C738T
  • Chromebook 14 CB3-431
  • Chromebook 14 for Work

Asus

  • Chromebook C200
  • Chromebook C201
  • Chromebook C202SA
  • Chromebook C300SA
  • Chromebook C300
  • Chromebox CN62
  • Chromebit CS10

AOpen

  • Chromebox Commercial
  • Chromebase Commercial 22"

Bobicus

  • Chromebook 11

CDI

  • eduGear Chromebook M Series
  • eduGear Chromebook K Series

CTL

  • Chromebook J2 / J4
  • N6 Education Chromebook
  • J5 Convertible Chromebook

Dell

  • Chromebook 11 3120
  • Chromebook 13 7310

Edxis

  • Chromebook
  • Education Chromebook

Google

  • Chromebook Pixel (2015)

Haier

  • Chromebook 11
  • Chromebook 11e
  • Chromebook 11 G2

Hexa

  • Chromebook Pi

HiSense

  • Chromebook 11

Lava

  • Xolo Chromebook

HP

  • Chromebook 11 G3 / G4 / G4 EE
  • Chromebook 14 G4
  • Chromebook 13

Lenovo

  • 100S Chromebook
  • N20 / N20P Chromebook
  • N21 Chromebook -ThinkCentre Chromebox
  • ThinkPad 11e Chromebook
  • N22 Chromebook
  • Thinkpad 13 Chromebook
  • Thinkpad 11e Chromebook Gen 2

Medion

  • Akoya S2013
  • Chromebook S2015

M&A

  • Chromebook

NComputing

  • Chromebook CX100

Nexian

  • Chromebook 11.6"

PCMerge

  • Chromebook PCM-116E

Poin2

  • Chromebook 11

Samsung

  • Chromebook 2 11" - XE500C12
  • Chromebook 3

Sector 5

  • E1 Rugged Chromebook

Senkatel

  • C1101 Chromebook

Toshiba

  • Chromebook 2
  • Chromebook 2 (2015)

True IDC

  • Chromebook 11

Viglen

  • Viglen Chromebook 11

We will continue to monitor the list and add any new Chromebooks that Google notes will support the feature.

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6 days ago

Chrome OS announcements at Google I/O: Everything we know

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Google I/O podium

Google is dropping some big Chrome OS news on us at Day 2 of Google I/O, and in order to wrap our heads around all of the news we're putting together a running list of everything Google has to announce.

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6 days ago

CCP's upcoming VR space shooter sequel 'Gunjack Next' will be Daydream-exclusive

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CCP Games has announced plans to release "Gunjack Next", the codename for the sequel to their VR space shooter Gunjack. It will be released as an exclusive to Google's Daydream VR platform later this fall.

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6 days ago

Daydream VR explained: new hardware, new rules, same democratization

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Google's next step into VR takes what they already have and elegantly extends it.

There's been a lot of talk about what Google's next step in VR was going to be. It was suggested "Android VR" was going to be some kind of standalone, Hololens-esque headset, or something you plugged your phone into to power with its own display. It turns out what Google actually had planned is a lot more in line with what the company already stressed was so important about VR — that it be something everyone can enjoy. The announcement of Daydream as the next step for VR at Google surprised a lot of folks, but after a more detailed explanation from the VR session at Google I/O, it's clear Google's plans are much larger than what might seem like a mere upgrade to Cardboard.

Here's what we know so far.

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6 days ago

Save $20 on the Wi-Fi-enabled WeMo Switch at Amazon

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Right now you can save $20 on the WeMo Switch at Amazon, dropping the price to just $29. For those not familiar with this switch, it is a Wi-Fi enabled outlet that lets you turn it on and off remotely. Want to turn your curling iron on before you even get out of bed? No problem. Want to turn on a nightlight for the little ones without walking upstairs? It's simple.

The WeMo Switch works with any smartphone or tablet running Android 4.1 or iOS 8 and above. If you've been waiting to make your house a bit smarter, this may be the deal that pushes you to take the first steps.

See at Amazon

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6 days ago

Google Play Store will be making its way to a Chromebook near you

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Google has also announced that in addition to Android app support on Chromebooks, the company will also be bringing the Google Play Store over as well. The Play Store will begin rolling out in the developer channel for the ASUS Chromebook Flip, the Acer Chromebook R 11 and the Chromebook Pixel (2015) with M53. Over time, Google will add support for other models as well.

From Google's official announcement:

So, we're bringing Google Play (the most popular app store in the world) to Chromebooks. This means you'll be able to download and use Android apps, so you can make a Skype call, work with Office files and be productive offline -- or take a break with games like Minecraft, Hearthstone or Clash of Clans. The same apps that run on phones and tablets can now run on Chromebooks without compromising their speed, simplicity or security. This is good for users and great for developers - in addition to phones and tablets, they will be able to easily bring their apps to laptops. And all this is built on top of Chrome OS, so users will continue to have everything they love in their Chromebooks.

A list of supported Chromebooks can be found here, and Google will continue to share additional details about this over the course of the next few months.

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6 days ago

Google officially announces Android app support on Chromebooks

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Google has officially announced support for Android apps on Chromebooks. Developers will be able to begin optimizing their apps for Chromebooks now, with the feature becoming officially available later in 2016. Apps will be able to run in three different window sizes to offer the best experience possible, and you'll be able to use the keyboard, mouse and touch input all within the same apps.

From the announcement post:

Today we announced that we're adding Android apps to Chromebooks, which means users will be able to install the apps they know and love. Later this year you can expand your app's reach to a new hardware platform and wider audience while maximizing the Google Play ecosystem. With expanded app availability, new use cases and improved workflows can be achieved for all Chromebook users, whether for personal use, for work or for education.

Google will also be bringing Google Play over to Chromebooks. These new features will be available on a wide variety of Chromebooks, as well as Chromeboxes and Chromebases. A full list of supported Chromebooks can be found here.

If you are a developer, you can get started with this process now ahead of the official release of it later this year. Are you excited to see Android apps arrive on Chromebooks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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6 days ago

Unreal and Unity game engines to support Google's Daydream VR platform

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During a session at the Google I/O 2016 developer conference, it was revealed that both the Unreal and Unity game engines will support the newly announced Daydream VR platform for Android.

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1 week ago

The Nexus 6P running Android N Dev Preview is the first Daydream VR development target

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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.

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1 week ago

Google working on an IMAX version of its 360-degree Jump camera rig

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In a Google I/O session covering its newly revealed VR platform, Daydream, Google announced that it is working on an IMAX version of its 360-degree Jump camera array.

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1 week ago

Confirmed: Google is building its own VR headset and controller

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Daydream headset

Google paves the way for a "Nexus VR" experience.

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.

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1 week ago

YouTube offers a sneak peek at its immersive virtual reality app

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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.

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