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Android starts to Tango as iPhone potential wanes

Android starts to Tango as iPhone potential wanes

While Apple's next iPhone seems to show little potential for great change, Google announces Android software integration with one of their most forward-thinking projects ever: Tango. Apple has built a massive consumer following with the idea that their iPhone is reliable, secure, and ubiquitous - unavoidably present in the public eye. Google, on the other hand, creates the software that manufacturers of all sorts then use to create their own, unique smartphones. This week, Google announced that they'd be adding Tango software to the next version of Android. This could change the public's expectations for a great smartphone entirely.

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See Google’s Soli make Apple Watch look like a relic

See Google’s Soli make Apple Watch look like a relic

Google has re-introduced us to Project Soli, a gesture-recognition tech that's now small enough to fit in a smartwatch. What's that got to do with Apple Watch, you might be wondering? The gestures they've demonstrated today include a call-back to what we mentioned back in May of 2015: that the Apple Watch Digital Crown would be out-done by Google's Project Soli for smartwatches when the time came. That time is now.

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Project Ara dev kits arrive in Q4, consumer edition to launch next year

Project Ara dev kits arrive in Q4, consumer edition to launch next year

A new Project Ara developer phone will be available the end of this year, the company announced at Google I/O today, followed by a consumer model later on in 2017. This consumer version will be “thin, light and beautiful,” says the project’s creative head Blaise Bertrand. Google teased the kind of things owners will be able to do with an Ara phone, showing off different modules in everyday situations.

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Google’s new ATAP movie moves when you move in a virtual vehicle

Google’s new ATAP movie moves when you move in a virtual vehicle

Just the latest in a series of "360 Google Spotlight Stories" is a vision called Pearl, released to YouTube in its entirety this morning. This video comes from Oscar award-winning director Patrick Osborne, known for his work on movies like Wreck It Ralph, Big Hero 6, Tangled, and Bolt. This video is by far the most complicated 360 video released by the group - but not the most jarring. This video can be viewed in full interactive 360 on Android or iOS.

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Google Jacquard Levi’s jacket will make fabric “smart.”

Google Jacquard Levi’s jacket will make fabric “smart.”

This week the folks at Google's Advanced Technology and Project group (aka ATAP) have announced their first Project Jacquard release. This is touch-sensitive material - textiles that can sense when your skin comes in contact with it. The first product that'll be released by Levi's with this technology inside is a Commuter Jacket for bicycle riders - and it'll be released in the Spring of 2017.

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Everything you need to know from Google IO 2016

Everything you need to know from Google IO 2016

This morning we've collected every bit of news from Google I/O 2016, sorting it all out into easily digestible bits. Each of the news items you'll find in our list below has a link (or more than one link) to a more in-depth related story. You can get the basics here, or drop in on whichever subjects you like to keep your mind reeling. Learn a little or learn a lot - whatever you want!

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Gung-ho on Project Tango, Google bakes it into Android N

Gung-ho on Project Tango, Google bakes it into Android N

Google's Project Tango isn't just a big focus as the skunkworks team aims to map the world, it's a full-fledged component of Android N. The company isn't spilling the beans on Lenovo's upcoming Tango smartphone - details on that will have to wait until Lenovo's own event on June 9 - but it is talking about how it has paved the way for a whole range of Tango-capable devices in future.

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Google Daydream Dev Kit first-impressions: Nexus Smooth

Google Daydream Dev Kit first-impressions: Nexus Smooth

Google offers developers their first hands-on opportunity with their newest VR setup, the Daydream Dev Kit. The fact that I'm able to get a Google Daydream "Dev Kit" by doing some simple tweaks to hardware I've already got on-hand today is a real testament to the versatility - and future versatility - this platform is all about. While later this year Google and 3rd-party manufacturers will create consumer-ready Daydream VR kits, today we can make our own. All we need is a Nexus 6P, another Android smartphone, and a desktop or laptop computer - plus some patience.

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This is Xiaomi’s Mi Box, the new Android TV superstar

This is Xiaomi’s Mi Box, the new Android TV superstar

Android TV hasn't quite managed to clamber aboard the hype-train yet, but if any company can light a fanboy fire for the set-top box platform, it's Xiaomi. The Chinese firm - and outspoken VP Hugo Barra - brought the Xiaomi Mi Box along to Google I/O this week for its first public outing, complete with 4K Ultra HD resolution and a pair of very different controllers.

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Google IO’s most pointless surprise is also its best

Google IO’s most pointless surprise is also its best

This year's Google IO developers conference had both a brand new mostly-outdoor venue and a rather brightly-colored surprise. This surprise was a robot arm - one that was able to paint a cube in front of our very eyes. What's awesome about this robot arm - beyond the fact that it's a robot with a paint brush - is that it's not entirely pre-programmed. Paint colors and actions are selected by users like yourself with a smartphone app dedicated to said actions.

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Expect Play-focused Chromebooks when Android app support arrives

Expect Play-focused Chromebooks when Android app support arrives

Android apps on Chromebooks will arrive with brand new hardware and the possibility of much more expensive software, Google has said. The news today that Google is bringing Android app support to Chromebook also brings the promise of new Chromebook devices; while there's no specific news to share at I/O 2016, the company said, when Android apps arrive later in the year it'll be accompanied by "new hardware built with the Play store in mind," Kan Liu, director of product management for Chrome OS, said.

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Android apps on Chrome OS how-to and release schedule revealed

Android apps on Chrome OS how-to and release schedule revealed

This morning at Google I/O 2016 the company showed Chrome OS's newest ability - running Android apps via Google Play. In this, Google expands the reach of Android apps to a whole new cross-section of laptop users and Chrome OS-lovers, making way for new Android apps for personal, work, and/or educational use. Google has outlined the ways and means for developers to start testing apps now. You'll need one of several types of Chromebooks to make this work - at first.

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