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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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Pokemon Go VR with Google Cardboard confirmed

Pokemon Go VR with Google Cardboard confirmed

This morning we've received further confirmation that the AR game Pokemon GO will work with Google's VR headsets. At first, this will mean that smartphone users who have a Google Cardboard headset will be able to place the headset on and see Pokemon in their real-world environment in an Augmented Reality setting. We'd been told by sources close to the project (who wished to remain anonymous) that the game was being tested by Google/The Pokemon Company with virtual reality/augmented reality abilities. Now we've seen the code.

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Google hosts Android competition for trips to I/O

Google hosts Android competition for trips to I/O

This week the folks at Google have sent out an invite to Android developers, asking them to contribute to their Android Experiments gallery. They're calling it a competition, suggesting that the best of the best will not only have their creations shown off at Google I/O 2016, they'll be invited to the event themselves to present what they've made. Developers will begin to be able to submit Android Experiments to the official gallery starting today.

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Google Health may join (or battle) Apple’s HealthKit after all

Google Health may join (or battle) Apple’s HealthKit after all

A pair of trademarked healthcare-related images have appeared in the USPTO registered by Google this week. Both of these images suggest that the long-abandoned Google Health may make a resurgence, coming back now thanks (at least in part) due to Apple's efforts with HealthKit and CareKit. Now that Apple has all but convinced the tech-savvy of the positivity of monitoring their own health with their mobile devices, Google can join in (or return to, rather), this smarter, healthier future.

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Google I/O 2016 registrations start March 8

Google I/O 2016 registrations start March 8

Android and Google fans, get your keyboards ready. It's that time of year again when lovers of all things digital and tech scramble to fill up forms in the hopes of making it to the two-day window and being kissed by Miss Bona Fortuna. Yep. Google I/O registrations will open in less than a week from now, heralding the countdown to Google's main and biggest developer conference of the year. And while I/O this year will be located at a different venue, the mechanics of getting in fortunately aren't changing.

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Google’s great democratization of Virtual Reality

Google’s great democratization of Virtual Reality

Google is primed to further expand their delivery system for virtual reality content (VR) this year as cardboard is called just "the first step" by the CEO of Alphabet. As we mentioned earlier this morning with the following article, Google's about to make another sweeping gesture: Google Android VR tipped to take on Oculus, Samsung Gear VR. They're going to do it. They're going to come in and give VR to everyone like Oprah giving her audience a bunch of bees. It's going to be amazing.

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Google I/O conferences gets dates and a new location for 2016

Google I/O conferences gets dates and a new location for 2016

Google I/O is one of the best tech conferences of the year. If you're a developer, then this is your chance to get up-close and personal with some of the best and brightest minds in tech. This year the conference is moving away from San Francisco for the first time in its history.

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Google built this EPIC camera for Fast & Furious 6’s director

Google built this EPIC camera for Fast & Furious 6’s director

When Fast and Furious series director Justin Lin comes calling, wanting to film for your 360-degree revolution in movies, you build him a kick-ass camera. That is, assuming you're the Google ATAP team, flush with the success of the first few Google Spotlight Stories released, and keen to give the platform its debut live-action outing. Problem is, the practicalities of capturing all-around video with real actors are very different from the animations that Spotlight Stories has dealt with so far; that, ATAP lead Regina Dugan explained at I/O this week, meant some impressive new hardware.

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Google I/O 2015 Wrap-Up: Bangs and Whimpers

Google I/O 2015 Wrap-Up: Bangs and Whimpers

It's tough to stand out when you're still in the shadow of a skydiving co-founder, and Google I/O 2015 ended with many still holding their breath for the big bang. Even with Android M on the agenda, what we got instead was a more rounded view of how Google sees computing evolving, not only in near-saturated markets like the US and Europe, but for the "next billion" whose first taste of the internet will most likely come through an affordable smartphone. It was a lot to fit into even an extended keynote, at times feeling like Google was rushing to name-check projects without giving them the context they perhaps needed. In fact, most of the really cool stuff didn't even get a spot on the big stage.

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Google wants to make your life the password

Google wants to make your life the password

Our digital lives are punctuated by an increasing number of PINs, fingerprint scans, and other security hurdles, but an Android project could end all that. The Google ATAP team has been working on a new authentication system, publicly revealed at I/O 2015 this week for the first time, which bypasses explicit codes and biometrics, and instead uses ongoing user-recognition to figure out who you are simply by how you use your phone.

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Google announces Ubiquitous Computing Summit

Google announces Ubiquitous Computing Summit

Google will hold a dedicated ubiquitous computing event this year, encouraging developers to make software that runs across phones, tablets, smart homes, and wearables. The Google Ubiquitous Computing Summit will take place this fall in San Francisco, the search company announced today at its annual developer event, and focus on blurring the boundaries between form-factors and locations, making better use of the context the user is in, and - perhaps most appealing to coders - reducing the amount of duplication across platforms.

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Project Ara makes history in brief I/O appearance

Project Ara makes history in brief I/O appearance

Project Ara may not have had the staring role at I/O today, but that didn't stop Google's modular phone from making history in its scant moments on-stage. The Google ATAP session was dominated by Projects Soli and Jacquard, but Ara made a one-final-thing appearance at the very end to show off its now-functional hot-swappable modules and even demonstrate its camera skills.

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