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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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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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Xiaomi Nexus coming to Google IO?

Xiaomi Nexus coming to Google IO?

This morning former Google head and current Global VP for Xiaomi, Hugo Barra, announced that these two companies would come together this week. He suggested that he was "beyond thrilled to share that Xiaomi will be part of Google I/O." Barra went on to show the picture you see later in this article (in gray and orange), along with a note "a sneak peek of what you'll see from Mi at #io16." A company like Xiaomi could potentially, and very realistically, be bringing just about anything - but they'll probably be bringing an Android TV box.

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iPhone gets YouTube VR with “Cardboard” update

iPhone gets YouTube VR with “Cardboard” update

Google has brought on virtual reality-like viewing to the YouTube for iOS app at last, weeks and months after adding such functionality to the Android version of the app. This functionality for the YouTube app for iPhone and iPad is very similar to that of the Android version, adding a "Cardboard" icon to the app's user interface when a video is 360-degree-enabled and the device that's playing it is turned to its side (landscape mode, that is). This move extends VR functionality to iOS just days before Google's big yearly developer conference.

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What I want most from Google IO 2016 is…

What I want most from Google IO 2016 is…

This morning we're running down our wants for Google's next developers conference, starting with what's already been asked for and ending with what we'd be surprised by. Two of the most discussed bits thus far that we've seen thanks to Reddit and The Verge are a real iMessage competitor and a new camera app. A decent camera app. One that's not just general for the masses. And what about an iMessage competitor? Don't we already have enough message apps?

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Android VR’s big I/O 2016 reveal confirmed by Google dev console

Android VR’s big I/O 2016 reveal confirmed by Google dev console

The signs that Google is ramping up to take Android into virtual reality just keep piling up, with an announcement of Android VR looking set for next week. The big news about the project was tipped earlier this month to be coming at Google I/O 2016, the company's annual developer event, following whispers that the company had been working on a platform that slotted in underneath high-end headsets like Oculus' Rift.

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What to expect at Google IO – Android VR headset, Nexus, Tango

What to expect at Google IO – Android VR headset, Nexus, Tango

Amongst other oddities at Google I/O 2016, it's time for a Google-made Android VR headset. Not just cardboard, but hardware, running Android. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality included. This week it's become apparent that more sources - in the software world - have been given a heads up on Google's VR plans for Google I/O 2016. That is, they've been given the go-ahead on getting excited for what may or may not be a thing Google will reveal at their yearly developer conference. So once again we're going to refer to the bits and pieces we've put together over the past few weeks - and months.

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Google I/O 2016 APK available this afternoon

Google I/O 2016 APK available this afternoon

Today Android developers and fans alike will be able to download and open the official Google I/O 2016 app. This app works for Android devices only - thus far - and will be available to your device - smartphones and tablet - immediately if not soon. Inside this app you'll find the ability to browse either as a person who is actually visiting the Mountain View event or as a person who'll be watching remotely. How handy!

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A new Nexus 7 Android tablet to beat your iPad

A new Nexus 7 Android tablet to beat your iPad

While the prospect of creating a piece of hardware that'd supplant the since-the-beginning biggest tablet ever iPad, Google's next device might be able to do the trick. Google is currently placing itself in a position in which it becomes more singular. The Google Play suite of apps has adopted a more visually standard look. Google's Play return program has become more active in the recent past. But what's that got to do with a tablet? Could Google finally be making a play for the space they've never dominated with a device that's just as powerful as the opposition? If the past couple generations of Nexus device are any indication, Google's in a prime position to finally make the real anti-iPad.

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