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NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 powered the Android TV and Auto demos yesterday

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Since yesterday Android runs on just about anything – TVs, cars and new 64-bit enabled devices. NVIDIA provided the power for yesterday’s demos, the company revealed that both the Android TV devkit and the Android Auto demo were powered by a Tegra K1 chipset. The Project Tango tablet devkit (which was on the showroom floor) also uses K1 for its advanced computer vision.

Android L has full support for 64-bit processors like the ones inside the Tegra K1. Read more »

Google Search app updated to support ‘Ok Google’ hotword from any screen

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Google has released an update for the Search app on Android (v3.5.14), which brings with it a very useful addition.

Earlier, you had to be in the Google Search app to be able to use the “Ok Google” hotword to invoke voice search. With the latest update, you can now use it on any screen on the phone as long as the screen is on. It also works from the lockscreen even if you have a password set on the device. And if you have the device connected to a charger, the screen doesn’t even have to be on to use voice search. Read more »

Pinterest is now available on Android wear

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Are you an avid pinterester and own a piece of Android wear?

Then you’ll be happy to find that Android wearables will support pinterest, and the app now sports a cool new feature. Read more »

Samsung’s app store is now called Galaxy Apps

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Samsung will change the name of its App Store to Galaxy Apps.

As more and more consumers become familiar with the Galaxy line of phones, Samsung probably thought it was a better way to differentiate its services from other mobile app stores. Read more »

Galaxy Tab S to hit the UK on July 4th

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It might be an American holiday, but on July 4th, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S will hit the UK.

We’ve got a rundown of the Galaxy Tab S’ specs, and it looks like the Korean tech giant is gunning hard to take on the iPad. Read more »

Android Auto launches for select vehicles later in 2014

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Android Auto made its debut at Google I/O and is Google’s attempt to make the car’s infotainment systems suck less.

Android Auto puts a large focus on navigation, audio and messaging, while Google Now takes a center stage into the Auto user experience. The user interface looks the part, too, with large interface elements that are easily glance-able. Read more »

Chromecast to get screen mirroring, other new features

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The upcoming Android TV seemed to threaten the very existence of Chromecast, but Google seems rather attached to it as it announced cool new features for its highly popular HDMI stick. The most important new feature is screen mirroring, which lets you display any app on your phone or tablet on your Chromecast-enabled TV (is this the end of Miracast?).

Chromecast is also easier to set up for casting from your friends’ devices – they no longer need to be connected to your Wi-Fi network. Read more »

Android apps will soon run on Chromebooks, notifications will be shared too

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Google introduced Android on just about any platform you can think of so naturally the company is bringing Android to Chrome OS and the Chromebooks. It’s just the early days, but Android apps will run on Chromebooks with minimal changes from the app developers.

Integration with your phone goes beyond just running apps too, similar to the new Mac OS X Yosemite you’ll receive call and message notifications on your Chromebook. Read more »

LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 smartwatches water resistance confirmed, release dates specified

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The Google I/O keynote is going at full swing and we’ve got new announcements coming in every minute. The company confirmed that the first two watches that were announced alongside the Android Wear debut in March, the Motorola Moto 360 and the LG G Watch, will be water resistant.

The water resistance is certainly very important for a smartwatch and these are some great news to everyone who wanted to give Android Wear wearables a try. Read more »

Samsung Gear Live is the company’s Android Wear smartwatch

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Just as expected, Samsung is the third company to join the Android Wear fun, announcing its Gear Live smartwatch. The watch is water resistant and will be available for purchase later today from the Google Play Store.

The Gear Live looks a lot like the Gear 2. While virtually no specifications were provided, it seems that the Gear Live will carry the same 1.63″ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. Read more »

Android L’s Material design promo video arrives

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The latest Android version, only known as the L release for now, brings a wealth of cool new features, but Google is particularly proud of the UI enhancements it offers. The company calls the new look Material design and believes it’s cooler and more fluid than anything it has ever produced before.

We even got a short video, highlighting the new design that you can check out here. Read more »

LG video details the G3 camera’s features

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LG’s official YouTube account decided to upload a video that’s all about the G3‘s camera – its main features and the most important things that differentiate it from its competitors in this area.

As you’d expect, the stars of the video are Touch & Shoot, the easy to use camera settings, the Laser Autofocus, OIS+, the Dual Flash, Magic Focus, and enhanced support for shooting selfies. Read more »

Samsung expected to debut Android Wear-powered Gear Live smartwatch at Google I/O

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Google I/O continues to draw near, and the leaks keep coming. The latest involves not just Motorola or LG announcing a smartwatch at the event, but Samsung as well.

Like the Moto 360 and LG G Watch, the alleged upcoming Samsung Gear Live is expected to run on Google’s Android Wear platform. Read more »

LG G Watch listed at $255, goes on sale July 7

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One of the main focuses on this year’s Google I/O is going to be Android Wear and products such as the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 will take center stage. LG’s first Android Wear smartwatch has popped up today in a retail listing, which suggests a price tag of $255.

The price isn’t yet confirmed and there’s every possibility we could see the G Watch retail on the Google Play Store, too. In terms of availability, we should expect the watch to go on sale on July 7. Read more »

Panasonic unveils a couple of extremely rugged 5-inch tablets

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A 5-inch tablet might seem rather odd in this day and age, but Panasonic has just announced two of them. One runs Android, the other is powered by Windows 8.1 Embedded Handheld, and they’re both extremely expensive.

On the other hand, they’re also both incredibly rugged, being able to withstand drops onto concrete from up to ten feet. In fact, they go beyond even the military standard MIL-STD-810G in terms of how resistant they are to the elements or accidents. Read more »