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6 days ago

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

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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.

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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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6 days 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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6 days 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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6 days ago

Confirmed: Google is building its own VR headset and controller

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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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6 days 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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6 days ago

Google's Cardboard Field Trip Expeditions has taken students on 1 million trips

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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.

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1 week ago

Sprint will kill off two-year contracts for the second time on May 24

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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.

Thanks for the tip, anon!

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1 week ago

Sprint will let customers stream live Copa América Centenario matches at no extra charge

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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.

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1 week ago

Google I/O Day 1 video roundup — the stuff you need to see

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Catch up on what you might have missed.

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.

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