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Google’s Sundar Pichai talks Android-Chrome merge and I/O focus

Google’s Sundar Pichai talks Android-Chrome merge and I/O focus

Google's big Android shakeup, replacing OS founder Andy Rubin with Sundar Pichai back in March and thus bringing Android and Chrome under the same umbrella, won't lead to a merge in the short-term, but developers can expect big software - though perhaps not hardware - news at Google I/O this week, the new chief says. The big developer event this week will focus predominantly on getting the most out of Chrome and Android, not launching new hardware or combining them, Pichai told Wired, though the freshly-empowered exec also took the time to discuss Google's broader attitudes to mobility and personal devices. Perhaps most controversially, Pichai isn't convinced that people-centric Android modifications, like Facebook Home, quite deliver what they should. "I think life is multifaceted" he argues, "people are a huge part of it, but not the center and be-all of everything."

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Google X Phone leaks converge: is Nexus done for?

Google X Phone leaks converge: is Nexus done for?

Here in the weekend days before Google I/O 2013, the company's big developer conference for the year, two new clues leading to a new era in Motorola-made Android smartphones have been added to story called X Phone. The device in question has appeared as an AT&T-supported smartphone in the FCC this weekend as well as in benchmark test results on a publicly viewable archive. This device will likely appear as a developer give-away at the Google convention on Wednesday.

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Google Play Games revealed: Android gaming gets serious

Google Play Games revealed: Android gaming gets serious

Details of Google Play Games, the Android alternative to Apple's Game Center, have leaked, with suggestions that the cloud-syncing, leaderboard-scoring, and multiplayer-matchmaking system will debut officially at Google I/O this coming week. Evidence of the refreshed gaming component was unearthed from a prerelease version (v3.1.36) of the Google Play Services APK, with Android Police sifting through the shared files to discover a new "Play Games" feature intended for managing gaming on the Android platform.

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NVIDIA Project SHIELD behind-the-scenes suggests release is near

NVIDIA Project SHIELD behind-the-scenes suggests release is near

The mobile gaming device known as Project SHIELD is nearly ready to be launched to the public in its final form, NVIDIA making it clear today that they're far beyond the point of no return. The company that brings the mobile world its Tegra processors for Android devices and high-powered desktop computers their GeForce GTX processors for superior gaming have shared a miniature behind-the-scenes look at the device that will tie the two worlds together, showing how close this device is to the real world here in the spring of 2013.

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Nexus 7 refresh tipped for summer; how it differs from the original

Nexus 7 refresh tipped for summer; how it differs from the original

The original Google Nexus 7 tablet (as manufactured by ASUS) has been tipped to be getting a refresh with new hardware and a launch time around June or July. This updated piece of equipment would, if this set of predictions turns true, have the tablet ready to be re-introduced at Google I/O 2013, the company's developer conference. This conference begins next week, starting on Wednesday the 15th of May, ending Friday.

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Google Wallet physical card plans reportedly axed last-minute by CEO Page

Google Wallet physical card plans reportedly axed last-minute by CEO Page

Google has scrapped plans to launch a physical Google Wallet credit card at Google IO next week, it's reported, focusing instead on the digital wallet and NFC functionality baked into Android smartphones. The company had intended to reveal the credit card - which was to be black with a rainbow "W", so AllThingsD reports - at its annual developer event, but wonky run-throughs and concerns from management that the scheme was insufficiently futuristic saw it knocked from the schedule.

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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean upgrade hits the web in secret [UPDATE]

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean upgrade hits the web in secret [UPDATE]

Though you're not going to be able to work with it yourself until later this month (at the earliest), the next big upgrade to Google's mobile operating system is out there in the wild right this minute. As Google I/O 2013 approaches, so too have suggestions that Google will reveal a collection of feature upgrades for their most basic mobile operating system software. At the moment the signs of life for Android 4.3 are small, but they're there - having appeared for the first time here on SlashGear earlier this week!

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Google Now hits iOS as Android assistant exclusivity ends

Google Now hits iOS as Android assistant exclusivity ends

Today it's been announced by Google that their premiere Android-only system* has begun its trip to iOS: Google Now for iPad and iPhone. This system will bring on a combination of Google Search and personalized everyday "cards" showing what a user - you, if you're using Google Now - wants to know about every day elements like weather, sports, and calendar items.

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