The power of Google’s Android ADK on display: two-ton labyrinth [video]

By on May 11, 2011 at 2:30 AM.

The power of Google’s Android ADK on display: two-ton labyrinth [video]

During the company’s I/O keynote today, Google announced a new and powerful accessory design kit (ADK) that aims to merge the physical and digital worlds. Using the ADK and a hardware interface, developers can allow digital devices to manipulate physical objects. To illustrate this point, Google constructed a two-ton labyrinth right on the show floor. Using the gyroscope on a Motorola XOOM tablet, conference goers were able to try their hand at manipulating a bowling ball through the over-sized maze. Other potential uses for the technology ranges from turning lights and appliances on and off to providing physical alerts for digital events — why have your phone make an audible alert when it could move or manipulate a physical object in your home or office? The possibilities are endless, but this giant board was just too cool to not share. Hit the jump to watch a video of the big boy in action. More →

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Google I/O 2011 keynote press briefing highlights

By on May 10, 2011 at 11:50 PM.

Google I/O 2011 keynote press briefing highlights

Google’s top-brass got up on stage following this morning’s keynote for a quick Q&A session that we definitely had to check out. Want to know what Andy Rubin and company had to say about today’s announcements? Hit the jump to read find out! More →

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Google announces Android @ Home

By on May 10, 2011 at 9:46 PM.

Google announces Android @ Home

Google announced on Tuesday a new feature of the Android operating system called Android @ Home. The framework and associated functions transform an Android device into a home automation controller that connects and directs all of the devices and appliances in the user’s home. Android @ Home framework can be used to control gaming consoles,More →
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Google announces Android Open Accessory

By on May 10, 2011 at 9:39 PM.

Google announces Android Open Accessory

Google just announced Android Open Accessory, which will allow developers to create accessories that take advantage of software installed on Android devices. Google will offer hardware and software support for the open accessory design kit (ADK) there’s no approval process or fees. In one demo, a Google employee showed off a device with a USBMore →
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Google unveils Music Beta by Google

By on May 10, 2011 at 9:25 PM.

Google unveils Music Beta by Google

We can’t say it comes as much of a surprise, but Google has just taken the wraps off of a service many of us have been waiting for years to see… or should we say, hear. Google’s freshly unveiled Music Beta service will give users a cloud-based solution for storing and streaming their digital musicMore →
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Google intros Google Movies for Android smartphones and tablets

By on May 10, 2011 at 9:23 PM.

Google intros Google Movies for Android smartphones and tablets

Google just took the wraps off of its new movie rental service for Android devices. Movies rentals will start at $1.99 and users can download their favorite films directly from Android Market. There’s a 30-day rental period and you’ll have 24 hours to complete watching your movie once you’ve started playing it. Google will releaseMore →
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Android Ice Cream Sandwich launching in Q4

By on May 10, 2011 at 9:17 PM.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich launching in Q4

Google is on stage and just announced that the next major Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, will launch in Q4 of this year. It will combine the tablet and smartphone operating systems into one joint OS that will support all devices. Google bills it as “One OS everywhere, state of the art UI, advanced appMore →
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Android Honeycomb 3.1 unveiled

By on May 10, 2011 at 9:13 PM.

Android Honeycomb 3.1 unveiled

Google on Tuesday announced its first major update to the Honeycomb OS. Key feature additions in Honeycomb 3.1 include resizable home screen widgets, added support for new input devices like enhanced keyboards, mice, trackpads and even dedicated gaming controllers. Another key addition is enhanced multitasking support for more fluid transitions and reduced crashes. In addition, Honeycomb willMore →
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Google: 100 million Android devices activated worldwide

By on May 10, 2011 at 9:07 PM.

Google: 100 million Android devices activated worldwide

During Google’s I/O conference in San Francisco today, Google confirmed that it has activated more than 100 million Android devices worldwide across 36 OEM’s and 215 carriers. There are now more than 310 Android devices in 112 countries and Google activates 400,00 Android devices each day. Similarly, there are 450,000 Android developers and more thanMore →
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