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Google dropped a ton of knowledge on us today. Here are the highlights.
Google's annual developer event is now officially in full swing, and this year's keynote was full of things worth keeping an eye on. We've got a firm grasp on what the Fall is going to look like from Google, and now we know that developers have the tools necessary to bring their software long for the ride, no matter where they develop or who they develop for.
Lets take a quick look at the major takeaways from this event together.
The Google Design website has a new look today, and not surprising it uses much of the Material Design style found in Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Google first introduced the Material Design look for Android 5.0 Lollipop nearly a year ago for Google I/O 2014. Today, as part of its Google I/O 2015 conference events, the company launched a revamp of the Google Design website, which uses Material Design as its inspiration.
We know better than to assume anything is final in the Android M Developer Preview, but this new launcher is a spectacle that warrants a moment's consideration.
We're all still absorbing everything Google announced at I/O today, but it couldn't be more clear that the next version of Android is all about polishing the experience and making Google a part of every nook and cranny of the operating system. We've got a little bit of a wait for Android M to graduate to a full version of Android with its own hardware and everything, but the M Developer Preview images mean we can take a peek at the things Google is working on before that hardware launches.
Google Play Services 7.5 is now available for Android app developers, adding features such as Smart Lock for Passwords.
As part of the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco today, the company launched the SDK for Google Play Services 7.5. It includes new features that Android developers can use in their apps, including Smart Lock for Passwords, which should help with using passwords on multiple devices and platforms.
Google's 3D-scanning Project Tango developer tablet can be yours, without an invite, for the price of $512.
Google didn't even mention its long-in-development "Project Tango" efforts today during the Google I/O keynote. However, the company is now allowing anyone to purchase its development tablet for the 3D-sensing hardware from the Google Store without an invite for the first time.
Dashlane, a popular password manager, has announced support for Android M's new fingerprint security.
Right on time after the announcement of new security APIs in the latest version of Android, the password manager will be one of the first to integrate with the new security platform. Using both the "Fingerprint" and "Confirm credentials" APIs, you will be able to access the Dashlane app, as well as display secure information within other apps, with just your fingerprint.
The Android M Developer Preview has been announced, and now it's time to try it out on a device.
After a little wait while the download links populated, you can now get to the Google Developers site and download an Android M factory image to flash onto a Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and even a Nexus Player.
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