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We’re at Google I/O 2015: here’s every wild expectation

We’re at Google I/O 2015: here’s every wild expectation

Developers and press arrive at Google I/O 2015, the company's development-aimed yearly conference. This year the folks at Google will be live-streaming events like their first and only keynote and a number of universally important developer talks. This year's conference is rumored to contain everything from Google VR to "Smart Socks", with predictions of a new Moto 360, Android M Developer Preview, and Chromecast 2 circling the water cooler. Is this the Google I/O where Google finally skips the product announcements and keeps it tuned to developers, like the conference was meant to? Or will this be another wild ride down speculation lane?

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Chevrolet fits 14 cars with Android Auto and CarPlay

Chevrolet fits 14 cars with Android Auto and CarPlay

Chevrolet has announced the most ambitious Android Auto and Apple CarPlay roll-out so far, with a full fourteen of the GM brand’s 2016 line-up supporting the infotainment systems. “There are a lot of smartphones out there today,” Dan Kinney, director of user experience at Chevrolet pointed out, “and not all of them are being used responsibly.” Unlike rival manufacturers, Chevy will be making the advanced smartphone connectivity a standard-fit item, not charging more for it.

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Google indexes Apple’s apps

Google indexes Apple’s apps

Google Search adds indexing of iOS apps for users on both Android and devices like iPhone and iPad. Developers will begin to be able to assure themselves a spot in the indexing limelight sooner than later as Google's search app brings ease in search to the masses. This search indexing will work for not only iOS and Android Google search apps, but Chrome as well. The rolling out of this search results action will take place over the next several weeks.

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Google, Yahoo said to also be interested in buying Flipboard

Google, Yahoo said to also be interested in buying Flipboard

Barely a day after the news broke that Twitter was considering an acquisition of Flipboard, the mobile newsreader app, news has surfaced that both Google and Yahoo are also interested, and have even had talks with Flipboard already. The negotiations between Twitter and Flipboard were described as having hit a roadblock in April, though the purchasing price was said to be as much as $1 billion. Sources told the Wall Street Journal that internet giants Google and Yahoo have met with Flipboard in just the last few weeks, but no prices were revealed.

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Here’s the “Nexus” Google’s handing out at I/O 2015

Here’s the “Nexus” Google’s handing out at I/O 2015

Google puts their Nexus Player nearer its end-of-life with a change in presentation just days before Google I/O. This isn't a coincidence. The Nexus Player is about $20 cheaper than it debuted at, now coming in at $79 through the Google Store. This and the oncoming rush of Android TV sets like NVIDIA SHIELD and Razer Forge TV may have Google pushing a second generation device just in time for Google I/O 2015. As the operating system gains speed, Google may just put the 2nd generation unit in developers hands this week.

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2015 rumored to see two Nexus phones, but no tablet

2015 rumored to see two Nexus phones, but no tablet

With Google's I/O developers conference only two days away, Android enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting news and details on the next version of the operating system, codenamed Android M. But while the event may primarily focus on software development, it can also be a starting point for speculation about what hardware will be released under Google's Nexus brand later in the year. One of the latest rumors building up is that there will be two Nexus smartphones to see release in 2015, however there may not be a Nexus tablet.

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Android Auto hits Hyundai first as 2015 Sonata update

Android Auto hits Hyundai first as 2015 Sonata update

Google's Android Auto push to take over the dashboard has begun in earnest, with Hyundai the first car company to offer the smartphone-tethered system on a production car. As of today, Hyundai's 2015 Sonata with Navigation will come with Android Auto support off the forecourt, and the car maker is offering upgrades for existing owners. Once installed, hooking up an Android phone via USB and Bluetooth pipes things like Google Maps, messaging, and Google Now through to the Sonata's in-dash display.

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Google research reveals security questions’s vulnerability to attack

Google research reveals security questions’s vulnerability to attack

Google has just published research which puts the nail in the coffin of security question-based password protection. We like to think that security questions are reliable because the answers are easy to remember, but research shows this isn't the case. Not only are the answers to security questions often forgotten, but they are susceptible to attacks by simply guessing answers. These reasons contribute to the evolution of two-step authentication and SMS-based verification codes for quicker, more reliable password retrieval and authentication.

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Android M details the end of Nexus device support

Android M details the end of Nexus device support

Google's next version of Android is tipped to bring about hard end-dates for updates to Nexus devices. This means the Nexus 4 smartphone, Nexus 7 tablet, and everything in-between - all will have Google setting up hard end-dates for updates. As they always should have done. Remember back when we spoke about how Google should never have promised Android updates? The time has come for harsh realities to be spoken of plainly. This should very well be the end of (official) Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 (2012) Android OS update support, but it may not be the end of security support for the lot.

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First images of Android M’s new photos app surface

First images of Android M’s new photos app surface

There have been rumblings for some time now of Google spinning off the photos features of Google+ into a separate app, and now, with the company's I/O 2015 event only days away, some of the first images of the Android version have been leaked. The timing can't be a coincidence. Google is expected to announce Android M, the code name for the latest version of the mobile OS, and a new photos app could play a big part in the new software offerings.

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