I/O 2012

Google I/O 2012 Android Sessions video playlist open for all

Google I/O 2012 Android Sessions video playlist open for all

If you missed any or all of the sessions from behind the scenes at Google I/O 2012, you're in luck, because Google has set up a YouTube playlist for you collecting each and every one of them. The video embed you'll see in the post below is created by Android Developer Relations Tech Lead Reto Meier and makes up the Google I/O 2012 "The Android Sessions" for all to see. The conference "Google I/O", for those of you that do not know, is made specifically for software developers to converge and learn from Google (as well as Google-affiliated partners and more) about what they do with software and how developers can act and interact.

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Google Earth 3D hands-on at Google I/O

Google Earth 3D hands-on at Google I/O

This week Google has released the first public build of Google Earth's 3D flyover features, and at the Google I/O 2012 developer event, we got the chance to take a peek at a relatively massive set of four HDTV units combined to bring on one giant vision of the future. This 3D mapping feature is currently out for Google Earth on Android and will be coming soon to iOS as well, as our Google hosts note in the video below.

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Google Now hands-on

Google Now hands-on

This week Google has introduced a new component to their search and location-aware ecosystem in the mobile realm called Google Now. This system sits at the heart of Android, with your ability to access it sitting right in your lock screen. Google Now is effectively an add-on to the Google Search experience, adding a selection of "cards" that show you where you are, how you'll be getting to the next place you're going, and where you might very well want to go.

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Chromebooks hit retail via Best Buy

Chromebooks hit retail via Best Buy

The Google Chromebook experience has been boosted this week to physical retail stores all across the United States with Best Buy and in the UK as well. This is the next generation of Chromebooks because before now it was essentially only online that you'd be able to purchase such a notebook. This news comes amid Chrome OS updates that would in the very near future bring on more speed, smoother action, and much more cloud workability with Google Drive.

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Google Drive hits the iPad and iPhone

Google Drive hits the iPad and iPhone

It was once again time to speak about the cloud this week at Google I/O 2012, with Google Drive being revealed as being able to be connected to both iOS and Chrome OS. This update has the software connections for both the iPad and the iPhone and comes with a OCR search and lots of lovely image and text recognition built-in. You're able to search through your photos and find the ones you want based on the content in the images - search for pyramids and you'll get your images with pyramids in them.

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Chrome hits the iPhone and iPad

Chrome hits the iPhone and iPad

This week the Google Chrome browser has been introduced for the iPhone. The Chrome browser started up Google I/O's 2012 keynote on the second day of the event, with Chrome as a browser connecting with Chrome as a browser as an operating system being shown to connect across any number of devices. Of course we'd seen much of this in the past as Google Chrome has been connected in this Google accounts way for several months. This browser is able to rather able, as its been demonstrated today, to work from a laptop to a Chromebook to a smartphone to a Nexus 7 tablet and back.

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Google Nexus 7 Review

Google Nexus 7 Review

This week the folks at Google have revealed a device manufactured by ASUS and made for the media-consuming public: the Nexus 7. This tablet is the first of its kind in several ways. First in its value proposition: an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor inside a tablet with a price that up until now has been reserved only for devices with much, much less to offer. Second, the Nexus 7 represents Google's first attempt at a tablet for their Nexus series. Third, it's the first tablet to be working with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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Google Nexus 7 vs the iPad

Google Nexus 7 vs the iPad

It's time for the inevitable comparison between the newest tablet on the market, the Google Nexus 7, and the dominant device in this category: the iPad. While the comparison might seem like the obvious thing to do, it's much more sensible to compare to the Amazon Kindle Fire - and before we get too deep into the specifications on either end, you need to know: Google is in a much better position right this second than Amazon. While the Kindle Fire has been a relatively giant force on the market over this past holiday season, it's had nothing on the iPad's market share in the entire time it's been on the market. As for the Nexus 7, you've got a beast that's ready and willing to be a competitor for both tablets.

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Google Nexus Q hands-on

Google Nexus Q hands-on

This week we've gotten our first look at the Nexus Q, a device that's made to be Google's "first social streaming media player." This device has been revealed in its final form at Google I/O 2012 where attendees will all be given the device for free in their very own Developer Pack. This device is made to be a hub, running Android, for all of your Android devices to connect to and push media galore to your home audio system and/or HDTV.

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Google Nexus 7 hands-on

Google Nexus 7 hands-on

This week at Google I/0 2012 we've gotten the opportunity to take a bit of time to get some hands-on time with the brand new ASUS Nexus 7 tablet by Google. This device has been given out as a part of the free Developer Pack delivered to all attendees at the I/O 2012 conference, and it's quite the powerhouse. This device is made to be handheld, has a soft back so you've got fully comfortable experience, and the whole shebang is made to show off not only the newest bits of Google Play, but Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as well.

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