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Android TV: Google aims for living room (again)

Android TV: Google aims for living room (again)

Google is rebooting its ambitions in the living room, launching Android TV. "In some ways, the TV space is not much different to the mobile space in 2006," Google pointed out, with smart TVs all having different interfaces, different sets of apps, and no cohesive ways for developers to create one app for all platforms. Android TV aims to change all that.

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Google joins mass of automakers with Android Auto

Google joins mass of automakers with Android Auto

Before the end of the year, Google will be launching their Android Auto program with a massive cross-section of automotive manufacturers. They’ve made clear that the release of Android Auto is part of their Open Automotive Alliance membership, rolling with the likes of FIAT, KIA, Huyndai, Jeep, Bentley, Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, and a whole lot more. This alliance also taps developers at Google I/O 2014 with the first Google Auto SDK, ready for release "soon."

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Samsung Gear Live joins Android Wear crew, available today

Samsung Gear Live joins Android Wear crew, available today

Ordering of the just-announced Samsung Gear Live has been made clear today at Google I/O 2014 right alongside the LG G Watch. Google is making a serious push of Android Wear today with a full demonstration of the system, following up with hardware ready to roll imminently. The Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch are coming to pre-orders today, while the Motorola Moto 360 will be made available later this year.

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Android Wear detailed: “Okay Google”, App integration, more

Android Wear detailed: “Okay Google”, App integration, more

Google is making its play for wearables, detailing Android Wear during I/O as the best way to integrate the phone in your pocket and glanceable information on the wrist. Building around Google Now for voice control, Android Wear's UI shows the most contextually relevant information on-screen by default, such as an upcoming flight or appointment, or album art for a currently playing track, along with the time.

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Android security ramps up with L

Android security ramps up with L

At Google I/O 2014, Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai went right up front with Android Security upgrades. Google’s next step in Android security in Android L is to push security patches through Google Play instead of Android updates - making the whole process more secure and reliable.

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Google responds to Apple’s Android snark: You’re playing catch-up

Google responds to Apple’s Android snark: You’re playing catch-up

Apple's WWDC 2014 contained more than a few shots at Android earlier this month, but Google isn't going to let it go past without a reply. Google's Sundar Pichai took to the I/O 2014 stage to call out Apple's new iOS 8, pointing out that Android had things like widgets and user-customizable keyboards - both highlight features of the new iPhone and iPad platform - many versions ago.

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