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Xiaomi Mi Box with Android TV, 4K and HDR will launch in US

Xiaomi Mi Box with Android TV, 4K and HDR will launch in US

Xiaomi is working with Google to launch its Mi Box in the United States, the company has announced, and it’ll be powered by Android TV when it does. The Mi Box is a 4K set-top box that that’ll give cord-cutters and others alike another option to easily stream content on their television. As well, Google made it known at its keynote today that Xiaomi will be one of the first Android partners it works with to make Daydream-ready (VR) devices.

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Android apps on Chrome release starts today

Android apps on Chrome release starts today

Today is the day for Chrome OS users - Android apps will be coming to the platform via Google Play imminently. This announcement came from Google's Google I/O website this afternoon after the main keynote was completed - appearing, as it were, to show how Google mentioned such an update in said keynote. They didn't, but it's likely they were meant to - either way, the result is the same. Google Play on Chrome OS, enabling hordes of Android apps to approach the desktop machines on the go.

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Waze for Android Auto is coming plus “Ok Google” triggers

Waze for Android Auto is coming plus “Ok Google” triggers

Android Auto is about to get a whole lot more useful, with wireless connectivity, "Ok Google" hot-word triggering, and Waze integration all set to be added. Google's attempt to colonize the dashboard through plugging in Android phones is set to receive a number of convenience features in the coming months, including the ability to hook up your smartphone via WiFi rather than plugging in a USB cable.

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Watch Android Instant Apps run on KitKat

Watch Android Instant Apps run on KitKat

This afternoon Google introduced Android Instant Apps, a system with which Android apps will be able to open as quick as a web link. With this system, developers will be able to present just tiny pieces of the apps they've already made. Users will be able to see just one part of an app without having to download the whole thing. Easy and smooth - and backwards compatible. This system will be released into the wild as soon as Google's done working on it - which doesn't appear to be all that long from now.

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Android Studio 2.2 preview brings Firebase plugin, new Layout Editor and more

Android Studio 2.2 preview brings Firebase plugin, new Layout Editor and more

Android Studio 2.2 has been unveiled, and it brings with it numerous changes, with Google saying the new version focuses on "speed, smarts, and Android platform support." All sorts of speed boosts are found, including emulators that are three times faster than previously, with Google teasing that developers have access to emulators that are faster than the physical devices. That's just a sliver what of what all 2.2 offers, though.

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Google Daydream detailed as Android VR platform, replacing Cardboard

Google Daydream detailed as Android VR platform, replacing Cardboard

This week Google Daydream has been introduced as the new name for Google's platform for Android VR. Software and hardware, that is. This program includes VR optimizations for smartphones, plans for headsets and controllers, and pathways for VR apps for Android - and Daydream. This system includes VR Mode for Android N - that's the next version of Android for all smartphones and tablets - so this is going to be a fully-integrated big deal for the next generation of smart devices.

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Android Wear 2.0 adds a tiny on-screen keyboard, bizarrely

Android Wear 2.0 adds a tiny on-screen keyboard, bizarrely

Does your smartwatch need a keyboard? That's what Google thinks is the next stage for wrist computing, previewing Android Wear 2.0 at Google I/O 2016 today. The next generation of Google's wearable platform follows Apple's watchOS in some respects, with new support for native apps for instance, while in other ways Google's idea of interaction is very different.

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Android N will auto-update to fight fragmentation

Android N will auto-update to fight fragmentation

Android N, the version of Android for which Google is actively seeking a name, will receive auto-updates in a bid to deal with fragmentation issues. With Android N, the system update will automatically download newly available system images in the background, eliminating the annoying “Android is updating” window — instead, the next time you start your phone, the new version will be in place and ready to use.

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Android N’s multi-window takes on iPad Pro for laptop-ditchers

Android N’s multi-window takes on iPad Pro for laptop-ditchers

Android N won't just be faster and more secure, but offer serious productivity improvements to multitasking and a new multi-window system. Closing the gap between what Apple's iPad offers for content-creators looking to replace their laptop with a tablet, Android N's ability to show two apps on-screen simultaneously will bring a new degree of usability for hybrids like Google's own Pixel C. Meanwhile, there'll be changes to how notifications are managed in Android N too.

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Android N naming begins

Android N naming begins

Today Google's next version of Android, Android N, has had its naming process begin. Imagine that - Google doesn't know what to call its next version of Android. Previous versions have been desserts. One year Google even collaborated with a real candy maker to make KitKat. Now they're having a bit of trouble - or so they suggest. As such, they've asked users of all sorts to submit suggestions.

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Duo is Google’s FaceTime: see it in action here

Duo is Google’s FaceTime: see it in action here

This week the folks at Google have launched a true competitor to Apple's FaceTime and iMessage for iPhone. They've shown off the app called Allo - that's for chat, a straight-up battle-ready app to take on iMessage - it'll be on Android and iOS, as well. Then there's Duo, a video chat app that'll battle FaceTime. That'll be released on Android and iOS as well, too. It's made by the people who developed WebRTC and is built with QUIC.

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The Google Assistant is the natural language AI sci-fi promised us

The Google Assistant is the natural language AI sci-fi promised us

"We think of [The Google Assistant] as an ambient experience," said Google CEO Sundar Pichai. This is the link that makes Google's smart search brain attach to all of your devices, making your Google experience connected. The Google Assistant is not an app, it's an idea - it's a concept. It's what ties Google's smart experience together, on all devices. This is the brand that's attached to the experience that's basically already in place on the devices you've got in your pocket today.

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