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Google's Tango Visual Positioning Service is like an indoor GPS

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Google's Daydream VR platform got a lot of love on the Google I/O stage, but the company has some intriguing plans for augmented reality (AR) as well.

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1 week ago

Google Daydream does not work on the Galaxy S8 yet, but SOON!

One way or another, Daydream will work on the Galaxy S8.

Update 5/17/17: Google has announced Daydream support for the Galaxy S8 will be available via update this summer!

If you try to install Google Daydream on the Galaxy S8, a phone that exceeds the requirements for Google's VR platform in every conceivable way, you'll be met with an error message stating a compatible version is missing and will not be able to install Daydream. Just like we were, when trying this out during the event in NYC.

The bad news — a compatible version of Google Daydream doesn't exist for the Galaxy S8.

The good news — that isn't going to be true forever, but you're going to need to wait a bit.

Read more at VR Heads!

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1 week ago

Google Play Protect uses machine learning to detect and remove harmful apps

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Google Play Protect will use machine learning to scan for malicious apps.

A big theme at this year's Google I/O has been machine learning. Furthermore, we know that keeping our phones secure is more important than ever. Google uses its powerful machine learning tools within the Google Play Store to scan and verify the apps installed on your phone. If a malicious app is detected, the service will remove it before it causes harm. These services were already in placc, but will soon be more visible for users.

As explained by Stephanie Cuthbertson, Director, Product Management, Android, Google is launching Google Play Protect, a new suite of services that will help secure all your Android devices with Play Store access. Google will continue to use machine learning to scan all installed apps connected to your Google account, searching for harmful apps and remove them from your device if detected.

You will be able to see these service at work on your phone by navigating to the "My apps & games" section of the Google Play Store. This will making security more visible and accessible for all users and will be coming to all Google Play devices.

Google Play Protect is mostly a rebadged version of features that were already there, going back to Verify Apps, supported back to 4.2 — but this new feature will make the process much more visible to users.

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1 week ago

Google working with Qualcomm, HTC, and Lenovo on standalone Daydream VR headsets

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Google's Daydream VR platform is breaking free from its phone-based confines with the standalone headsets, Google has revealed.

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1 week ago

Google is taking another stab at the budget segment with Android Go

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Android Go will power entry-level devices in emerging markets.

Google hasn't fared well with its attempt to revolutionize the entry-level segment in emerging markets with Android One, and now the company is taking a different approach. At I/O 2017, Google has launched Android Go, a lightweight version of the OS that's optimized for low-cost devices.

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1 week ago

How to use Samsung Health to train for a 5k or 10k run

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Go from couch to 5k with the help of Samsung Health.

Samsung Health is all about helping you to build better habits, and become a healthier version of yourself. While there are plenty of folks out there who are already in decent shape, and just need some help to keep up those good habits, that certainly isn't the case for everyone.

That doesn't mean there is no hope though, and if you're considering taking up running you can use this app to take you from couch potato to a 10k runner in a matter of weeks. We have the details for you here!

Train for a 5k run with Samsung Health

Inside of the Manage Items panel, you'll notice all sorts of activities that Samsung Health can help you track and work with. There is one section in particular that may have piqued your interest though, Programs. Samsung Health offers four programs to help you prepare for both a 5k, and a 10k run, even if you currently spend most of your time curled up on the couch.

They have a program for those brand new to distance running, as well as for those who have done it before and want to make sure they're ready for the next big challenge. When you tap on a program, you'll then be able to see an overview of exactly what you are jumping into.

During the first week of workouts for Couch to 5K, you won't even be running.

This includes the number of weeks, the total number of workouts, when the program will begin and end, and even which days of the week are set to be your workout days. If you tap view workout schedule at the bottom right of your phone screen, you can even look at what you'll be doing on each day that you workout.

This makes it a breeze to ease into getting more active. For those checking out the Couch to 5K program, you'll see that during your first week of workouts you won't even be running. Instead you are getting your body used to being more active by walking briskly for about a mile.

Trying to jump into running a mile or more thrre times a week is just a bad idea.

These baby steps are handy because jumping right into trying to run a mile or more three times a week is just a bad idea. Running a 5K or a 10K is more about stamina, than it is about speed, and stamina takes time to build it. It isn't going to happen overnight, but at the same time you'll start to build muscle faster than you think.

Once you have added a program to Samsung Health, it will pop up at the top of the Samsung Health home screen, above your goals. This means it's the absolute first thing that you will see when you open the app, helping to ensure that you don't conveniently forget about which days you are supposed to be running.

How to add a program to Samsung Health

  1. Open Samsung Health.
  2. Tap Manage Items.

  3. Tap the program you are interested in.
  4. Tap Add Program at the bottom of the screen.

How to set your workout days

  1. Open Samsung Health.
  2. Tap Manage Items.

  3. Tap the program you are interested in.
  4. Tap on the three days of the week you want to train on.

How to set a start date for your workout program

  1. Open Samsung Health.
  2. Tap Manage Items.
  3. Tap the program you are interested in.

  4. Tap on the date to the right of Start
  5. Tap to select the date you want to start your workout program.
  6. Tap select to set a date.

How to view your workout schedule

  1. Open Samsung Health.
  2. Tap your workout program.

  3. Tap the green running icon on a date.
  4. Tap View Details at the bottom right of the screen.

Have you used Samsung Health to start training?

Samsung Health provides you a dedicated workout schedule to get ready for running your first 5K. From slowly introducing you to longer and more intensive workouts, to being able to see exactly what you are getting into before you actually jump into getting ready. Have you been considering a 5K? Are you going to be using Samsung Health to train for a 5K? Be sure to let us know about it in the comments below.

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1 week ago

Daydream support headed to Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, and LG's next flagship phone

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It looks like Google's Daydream is headed to even more phones.

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1 week ago

Android O adds support for the Kotlin programming language

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There's certainly a lot to take in with Android O, but one of the bigger announcements for developers concerns the first new programming language added to Android.

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1 week ago

TensorFlow Lite will help apps stay small and fast in Android O

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On stage at Google I/O, Google revealed TensorFlow Lite, a special version of the open source TensorFlow software library that should help apps remain fast and small with machine learning.

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1 week ago

YouTube on TV is uber-popular, 360-degree video support coming soon

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The YouTube TV app is getting support for live 360-degree videos this summer!

YouTube is a big deal, but you already knew that. At Google I/O, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced Google's video services serves one billion unique viewers every month, and delivered over a billion hours of content every day in 2016. Those are mind-boggling numbers!

Furthermore, Wojcicki noted that while 60% of watch time occurs on mobile, the fastest growing screen is actually the TV, which saw over 90% growth in the past year.

This is partially due to the growing prevalence of Smart TVs. Sarah Ali, Head of Living Room Products for YouTube, gave an update on the YouTube app for TV, which is available on 500 million TVs, consoles, and smart TV devices. Coming soon, you will be able to watch 360° videos on YouTube on TV, with the ability to pan around the video using your TV remote.

Live 360-degree videos will be coming to the YouTube TV app, too, which should start rolling out over the summer — just in time to check out 360-degree concerts from summer festivals all from the comfort of your living room.

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1 week ago

YouTube's Super Chat API can trigger actions in the real world

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Speaking on stage at Google I/O 2017, YouTube Product Manager Barbara MacDonald took the wraps off of the company's latest plans for YouTube Live.

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1 week ago

Google Photos launches physical Google Photo Books

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Photo books can be a big pain to make.

You have to hunt through hundreds or thousands of photos in order to find the ones you want, have to judge which ones are really in focus and which ones are awkward, then you have to arrange them on the pages and come up with captions. Then you have to upload everything to a photo service, hope they don't get out of order, and pay and arm and a leg for them.

No more. Google Photos wants to make photo books as easy as the rest of their photo service with Google Photo Books.

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1 week ago

Google Home will show you answers on the screens where it makes most sense

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Google Home will be able to cast responses to relevant devices.

At I/O 2017, Google has introduced new capabilities to Google Home. Google is bringing a Visual Responses feature to Home that allows the speaker to cast responses to various devices. You'll soon be able to ask Home to send location details for an upcoming event to your phone, and the device will serve up the information on your phone.

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Google Photos is getting a major — and smart — photo sharing boost

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Google Photos is getting a massive boost with new features announced at Google I/O 2017.

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1 week ago

Watch out, Alexa: Hands-free calling is coming to Google Home!

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You'll be able to call any landline or mobile number — for free!

As expected, Google announced some great new features for Google Home during the Google I/O keynote. One of the coolest is hands-free calling, which will allows you to call any landline or mobile number in the U.S. or Canada, absolutely free.

This is a direct competitor to Amazon, who announced Alexa Calling for it's Amazon Echo devices last week. But while Alexa Calling only lets you call anyone with an Echo speaker or the Alexa app installed on their phone, Google Home calling will allow you to call any landline or mobile number — no additional set-up, apps or phone required. Advantage, Google!

With Google Home calling, you're able to link your number to Assistant or keep your number private. Google will also be able to recognize the voice of the caller to provide context — for example, if you share your Google Home with multiple people, it will recognize each individual voice, so when you ask it to "call Mom", it will call your mom and not your roommate's.

This feature will likely use the same API as Google Hangouts calling and will be rolling out to the U.S. first in the next few months.

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