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Google Play Services 9.0 includes new video recording API and more

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Google Play Services 9.0 has just been released for Android app developers. It includes a new API that allows app makers to add video recording and more.

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9 most important things from the Google I/O keynote

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A sunny amphitheater, some happy developers, and a whole lot of Google.

Google's annual developer conference is never short on amazing things to look at but not touch until later, and this year is no different. Sundar Pichai led an energetic two-hour presentation filled with all of the big things happening right now at Google. We got some Android, some machine learning, and a couple of shiny new things that are not going to be available to the public until later this year.

Here's a breakdown of the nine big things Google brought to I/O 2016.

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1 week ago

Android apps on Google Play coming to Chrome OS, I/O listing confirms

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Although it wasn't announced at the Google I/O keynote this morning, it looks like the Google Play Store is headed to Chromebooks.

Just as the I/O 2016 keynote wrapped up without any mention of Google Play on Chromebooks — widely rumored in the run up to the developer festival — a new I/O session description suggests it is indeed on the way.

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Google will make discovering beta apps easier with Google Play Early Access

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Open beta programs for apps on Google Play have been around for a while now, but Google is now taking steps to make finding and participating in those programs even easier.

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New Play Console app gives Android developers instant access to the data they need

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Google has released the new Play Console app in the Google Play Store, giving Android app developers a new way to instantly access the app critical app data on the go.

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1 week ago

You can grab six microUSB cables of various lengths for just $7 at Amazon with coupon code

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Right now you can pick up six Tronsmart microUSB cables for just $7 at Amazon with coupon code 6USBCORD, a savings of $4. The set comes with various cable lengths, including (1) one-foot cable, (2) three-foot cables and (3) six-foot cables. If you are the one who never seems to be able to find a cable when you are in need of one, you'll want to grab this collection.

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1 week ago

Qualcomm is working with Google to help power future Android Auto platforms

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Qualcomm has announced it is working with Google to help develop and power future Android Auto in-car solutions with its Snapdragon 820A and Snapdragon 602A processors.

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Google details its efforts in machine learning for robotics, medicine and more

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During today's Google I/O 2016 keynote, the company focuses on its efforts in machine learning and AI, to help improve efforts in robotics, medicine and more

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1 week ago

Android Instant Apps will soon let you run apps quickly without installing first

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In an effort to help people start using apps faster, Google has introduced Android Instant Apps. These apps startup instantly, without the need to actually install themselves onto your device, instead running from the cloud, just like tapping a link to load a webpage.

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Google's revamped Firebase will offer better tools for mobile developers

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During today's Google I/O 2016 keynote, the company offered details on the new version of Firebase, which will offer better tools for mobile developers.

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1 week ago

Android Studio 2.2 to feature test recording, new layout designer and more

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Google has detailed some of the changes coming to Android Studio with its 2.2 release. Android Studio, which is used in the creation of 92% of the top 125 Android apps, will be faster at building apps, and will give developers new tools to make going from an idea to a working app easier.

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1 week ago

First beta-quality Android N release is now available

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Update: The first beta update appears to be rolling out right now. Be sure to enroll your device at the link below, and check for the update.

Google has announced that it will be releasing the first beta-quality Android N release later today. This release is supposed to be good enough to install on the phone and tablet that you use daily. This is a huge step, as the previous releases were called Developer Previews, and had various issues that may have prevented you from using it daily.

You can enroll your device at Android.com/beta if you want to be ready for when it releases. Will you be enrolling your Nexus for the program, or will you be sticking to an official release for now? Sound off in the comments and let us know which side you are on.

More: Google I/O 2016 coverage

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1 week ago

HTC 10, One A9 and One M9 will all get Android N updates

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HTC has confirmed that three of its smartphones, the HTC 10, HTC One A9 and the HTC One M9, will all get the Android N update sometime after the OS launches later this fall.

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1 week ago

Handwriting, smart replies, and standalone apps coming to Android Wear 2.0

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Google has announced Android Wear 2.0, the biggest update to the platform yet. The update will evolve the platform even further, allowing any watch face to show information from any app that you wish. This means that you can take a watch face that you enjoy and customize it with your Todoist tasks, Google Fit data and more if you wish.

Google is evolving the platform to help build better experiences, with watch faces, messaging and fitness being the focus. The update will enable a handwriting keyboard input for replying to messages from your wrist. Apps will now be able to send data between themselves using the Google Fit Data API, and they will be able to automatically start tracking workouts when you start moving.

Apps are now able to be standalone on the watch, so you don't need to bring your phone with you anymore. You'll also be able to stream music to headphones from your watch directly, further freeing you up from your phone..

Developers can download a preview today, and the full release is due to arrive this fall. For much more on Android Wear 2.0 for developers, including details on the new Complications API and more, be sure to check out Google's full blog post on the forthcoming update.

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1 week ago

With Daydream, Google hopes to up the ante for VR on phones

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Google took some time to talk about virtual reality at Google I/O 2016. The company announced Daydream, its program for building great experience for mobile VR across phones and headsets. While Daydream will include a reference design for a headset and controller, there will be Daydream-ready phones coming from companies like Samsung, HTC, and Xiaomi.

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