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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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No friends? Don’t worry, the Allo @google bot will love you

No friends? Don’t worry, the Allo @google bot will love you

If you've ever gone looking for a friend to chat to, but nobody's online, don't worry: Google has your back. In Allo, the company's new messaging app, there's not only a friends list made up of your human contacts, but "@google", the chatting embodiment of the Google Assistant.

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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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This is Google Home, the answer to Alexa

This is Google Home, the answer to Alexa

Google has taken the wraps off Google Home, its push to bring the Google Assistant into the heart of the family, and push back at Amazon's Alexa in the process. A compact, almost teardrop-shaped gadget, Google Home works as a WiFi speaker but also a way to navigate Google searches by voice, and more.

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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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Google Home, an Echo competitor, tipped to launch tomorrow

Google Home, an Echo competitor, tipped to launch tomorrow

Google will be unveiling its Amazon Echo competitor tomorrow, according to sources, and the device will be dubbed Google Home. As with Echo, Google Home will serve as a personal assistant, answering questions and performing tasks as commanded. Following the anticipated unveil, Google Home will be launching this upcoming autumn, the tipster says, price unknown.

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Google’s mobile image search will soon have shopping ads

Google’s mobile image search will soon have shopping ads

Google is going to add shopping advertisements to its image search, presenting related products to browsers and giving them a way to click-through and buy. The advertisements will show up for users on mobile, with Google saying that this year has seen 34-percent of online purchases happening through mobile devices. Likewise, the company says it has seen the number of mobile shopping searches on its own service jump 30-percent in the past year.

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Friendly Reminder, Gmail users: don’t fill up your Photos

Friendly Reminder, Gmail users: don’t fill up your Photos

Today I received a rather rude awakening - after years of abusing the space Google had given me for online storage, my ticket had come up. I'd been uploading files to places like Google Drive and Google Photos at full resolution, without a care in the world, doing so every day, automatically, without a care in the world! The mortality of this freedom became all too real to me today. Today, Google gave me a rather scary warning. If I didn't make some space, they'd stop my emails.

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U.S. military shows off giant ray gun for shooting down drones

U.S. military shows off giant ray gun for shooting down drones

The Dutch have anti-drone eagles, Tokyo police have drones with capture nets, the Marines have a laser on a Humvee and, now, the U.S. federal government has a gigantic anti-drone gun that shoots invisible waves of energy at uninvited drones. The DroneDefender ray-gun is made by Battelle, and it works by jamming the frequencies a drone uses, causing it to lose connection with its operator.

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