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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean adds Offline Voice Typing

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean adds Offline Voice Typing

Google has added offline voice typing to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, making the voice dictation system work even when your phone lacks a data connection. The company's engineers had to shrink down the voice recognition engine significantly to make the system fit locally onto a phone, Google explained at IO today, meaning users will now no longer have to make sure they have a speedy data connection in order to take advantage of it.

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Google: 400m Android devices activated

Google: 400m Android devices activated

Ready for some crazy numbers straight out of Google I/O? Good, because they’re throwing them out thick and fast. Google has taken to the stage to announce that there have been a total of 400 million Android device activations across the world to date. That’s up from 100 million this time last year. In addition, one million Android devices are activated every day. That’s 12 devices every second.

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ASUS exec confirms imminent Google tablet

ASUS exec confirms imminent Google tablet

We’ve seen the rumors and leaks for months, but now an ASUS executive has all but confirmed that Google will be unveiling a 7-inch Nexus tablet later today. The exec, who wished to remain anonymous, spoke to Reuters regarding Google’s plans, saying the company wished to have its own affordable tablet in place to compete with others in the marketplace.

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Google I/O 2012 t-shirt code broken instantly

Google I/O 2012 t-shirt code broken instantly

The developer conference known as Google I/O that's going on this week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, is home to several traditions, one of which is now de-coding the official t-shirt given out to all attendees. As it turns out, this year's shirt is not only super-fashionable, it's also displaying a bit of actual coding language on the butt. This code runs a string of commands and rules that creates a fun little bit of digital excellence right inside the Google universe, and it's all so simple.

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Google I/O 2012: We’re here!

Google I/O 2012: We’re here!

It's time again for Google's own developer conference, and SlashGear is here to bring you the whole set of events as they happen. We'll be bringing you everything from Android to Chrome as an operating system to Chrome as a browser and back again, and right from the show floor as we do it. The big events begin tomorrow morning, bright and early, and they last all week long!

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I/O 2012 is Google TV’s last chance for a reboot

I/O 2012 is Google TV’s last chance for a reboot

Google I/O 2012 is almost upon us, and already Google TV is rallying for its second charge at the smart TV segment. Sony and Vizio have each revealed their Google TV set-top boxes, throwing hardware up for pre-order, and while Android tablets are expected to dominate the search giant's keynotes this week, there's likely to be at least a little time spared for the company's TV strategy. It's vital it does, too; sparse updates to the Apple TV in its third-generation has given Google a window in which to act, but it's an opportunity that's rapidly expiring.

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Android Jelly Bean statue appears at Googleplex [UPDATE]

Android Jelly Bean statue appears at Googleplex [UPDATE]

Less than 24 hours before the biggest Google developer event of the year, Google I/O 2012, over at the Googleplex the newest Android software version has been revealed: Jelly Bean. Just as suspected due to leaks, tips, and the fact that each of the treats thus far have been alphabetically inserted, Jelly Bean will come right after the update that's live now: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Now we've just got to figure out what version number this treat corresponds with, and of course what the actual software updates will be.

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Apple, Microsoft, now Google: I/O 2012 closes the mobility triptych

Apple, Microsoft, now Google: I/O 2012 closes the mobility triptych

First Apple, then Microsoft, and now it's Google's turn: three weeks of back-to-back mobile strategy with each of the big three companies laying out their stalls for smartphones and tablets. It's arguably never been such an interesting time in mobility, but nor has there ever been so much at stake. Ecosystems, openness and long-term support have all divided opinion, as we've seen what the devices of tomorrow (but not necessarily today) will be running, and while Google is coming last to the table it also has the opportunity to outshine everything its rivals have demonstrated. That's far from being a given, however.

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Google Nexus tablet specs and render leak

Google Nexus tablet specs and render leak

Rumors have indicated that Google is set to launch an affordable 7-inch tablet at Google I/O, and with the event just days away, some last minute leaks are starting to hit the internet. Gizmodo Australia has their hands on what’s believed to be an official render and spec sheet for Google’s Nexus tablet thanks to leaked training materials. Everything seems to line up with previous rumors, and the tablet is said to be running the next version of Android, Jelly Bean.

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