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Bradley Horowitz – Google+ isn’t going anywhere, will double down on communities aspect
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Bradley Horowitz – Google+ isn’t going anywhere, will double down on communities aspect

At a briefing at Google I/O, VP, Photos and Streams at Google, Bradley Horowitz has spoken about the future of Google+, in light of the announcement of the standalone Photos app. Bradley has acknowledged the great work that the Photos team has done, but has guaranteed that Google+ isn’t going anywhere. But the future of Google+ will change, with a[Read More…]

in Google Services, News by at 8:20 am on May 29, 2015
The biggest news items from Google’s I/O keynote presentation
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The biggest news items from Google’s I/O keynote presentation

Google’s I/O keynote presentation is over. Here’s what you need to know. Android M We’re only just getting Lollipop on handsets, but Google’s ready to bring M to the masses. With a focus on improving the quality of the core Android experience, the yet-to-be-officially-named “M” release might not have the overall sexiness factor going in its favour, but it’ll bring[Read More…]

Updated: Web live too – New Google Photos app for Android and iOS goes live –
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Updated: Web live too – New Google Photos app for Android and iOS goes live –

Google’s brand new Photos app has just launched in Google Play. The app is linked from the photos.google.com site which isn’t live as yet, with users advised to check out the iOS and Android apps and ‘check again soon’. The app offers the cool new UI, with all the new features announced this morning. If you’ve just installed the Android[Read More…]

in Apps, News by at 6:40 am on May 29, 2015
Android M Preview – Build MPZ44Q – Quick look
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Android M Preview – Build MPZ44Q – Quick look

Google has uploaded the Android M preview images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player to their developer site, so you can download them and have a look. We’ve installed the preview on the Nexus 6 and taken some screenshots for you to check out. The actual image installed is quite unstable if you don’t do[Read More…]

in News, OS Updates by at 6:21 am on May 29, 2015
Google wants to make you Jump! Jump! with new VR video creation tools

Google wants to make you Jump! Jump! with new VR video creation tools

After bringing us a new Cardboard viewer at I/O, Google’s Clay Bavor announced Jump, the company’s attempt to bring VR content creation tools to everyone. Jump is a combination of three components – a custom-designed camera rig that holds sixteen(!) cameras, assembly software that can stitch all the images together with stunning results, and the advanced player to allow us[Read More…]

in Cardboard, News by at 5:29 am on May 29, 2015
Google announces Expeditions  – a new way for teachers and students to use Cardboard

Google announces Expeditions – a new way for teachers and students to use Cardboard

As part of their Google Cardboard 2.0 announcement, Google has also announced a new initiative aimed at schools – Expeditions. Expeditions is a way to use Cardboard in a group format, allowing teachers to take students on a virtual field trip. Teachers control the virtual experience from a tablet, with students viewing the end results on their Cardboard headsets. So[Read More…]

in Cardboard, News by at 5:19 am on May 29, 2015
Google posts Android M preview images for Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player
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Google posts Android M preview images for Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player

For those of you who really can’t live anywhere else but at the bleeding edge of all things rational and sane, Google has now posted the first preview images for Android M on the Google Developers website. Initially available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player, the images weigh in at just under the 1GB mark[Read More…]

in News, OS Updates by at 5:19 am on May 29, 2015
Play Store Gains Better Parental Control

Play Store Gains Better Parental Control

A big criticism I have had of the Play Store has been their lack of decent parental control over the content visible to kids. I had a mini-rant about it on last week’s podcast. It seems someone at Google was thinking the same thing, with Google announcing some welcome changes to the Play Store. There is a new category in[Read More…]

in Google Play, News by at 5:11 am on May 29, 2015
Google Announces Cardboard 2.0

Google Announces Cardboard 2.0

Google’s Clay Bauer just announced Cardboard 2.0 at Google IO 2015. This release is simpler to assemble (3 folds instead of 12) and now supports larger form factors, up to 6 inches. Google’s Cardboard 2.0 goal was to “Make VR available to everyone” and they have made this a lot more accessible than any other virtual reality device on the[Read More…]

in Accessories, Cardboard, News by at 5:03 am on May 29, 2015
Google announces the Android Nanodegree, a six-month course in Android development for everyone

Google announces the Android Nanodegree, a six-month course in Android development for everyone

As part of its push to help bring on board the next tranche of would-be Android developers, Google has partnered with Udacity to announce an Android learning course that will teach students the basics of developing for the platform in just six months. Called the Android Nanodegree, the program will cost just $200 a month (a bargain compared to a[Read More…]

in Google Services, News by at 4:56 am on May 29, 2015