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Download Google’s strange DIY #cardboard experiment now

Download Google’s strange DIY #cardboard experiment now

One of the strangest hand-outs Google’s ever given to developers at Google I/O has been delivered today: a piece of cardboard. This cardboard folds out and works with a couple of lenses to deliver a sort of DIY-headset that sets your smartphone directly in front of your eyes. Even if you’re not amongst those lucky enough to get one of these oddities at Google I/O this week, you can make your own now.

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Nike+ Fuel opened to Google Fit

Nike+ Fuel opened to Google Fit

Nike has opened up its Fuel fitness metric to Google's new Google Fit platform, the search giant's take on Apple's HealthKit. The move, which follows Nike opening Nike+ to HealthKit as well as the sports company hedges its bets in the health wearable space, will allow Android users to integrate their Fuel scores into an overall fitness plan.

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Google Fit Platform preview: it’s time to get healthy

Google Fit Platform preview: it’s time to get healthy

This year’s Google I/O 2014 is bringing on the wearables with Android Wear - but more important than that for active lifestyle enthusiasts may be the software that’ll make their actions take hold in Android like never before. With Google Fit, developers will be able to work with an Android-based single location for a user’s fitness. You, the user, will have a central console for your health.

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HTC: Android L for One M8 & M7 within 90 days of final code

HTC: Android L for One M8 & M7 within 90 days of final code

HTC has already weighed in with a commitment to upgrade its smartphones to Android L, promising an update to the HTC One M8 and last year's One M7 within ninety days of Google handing over the final code. A clear reaction to previous issues HTC had with pushing out timely updates, the new commitment is still somewhat nebulous, since the phone manufacturer doesn't know when Google will actually give it the final Android L build.

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Here’s how you get Android TV

Here’s how you get Android TV

Google has dished up a new integrated smart TV system for your television set called Android TV - but you won’t necessarily be buying a separate piece of equipment to get it. Android TV will be brought to the market in a variety of ways - some in-set, some out. This system begins its roll-out with a number of 2015 television sets from Sharp, Sony, TP Vision, and Philips.

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Android TV games use controllers, mobile devices

Android TV games use controllers, mobile devices

Android TV was announced at Google I/O today, but it’s not what many were expecting. While there is a hardware need, we’re not getting proprietary hardware. Android TV will need to be baked right into the TV, much like we find with other living room OS experiences. How will games work, though? We’ll tell you.

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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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