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Hands-on with Google’s VR headset Cardboard for iPhone

Hands-on with Google’s VR headset Cardboard for iPhone

Google gives away their second virtual reality headset Cardboard at Google I/O 2015, the first to officially support Apple's iPhone. What you're going to see here is a simple piece of equipment, one made of cardboard (literally), glass, and a bit of conductive foam. No more magnets. Still velcro, but a little bit different use of metal than before. This allows not just Android devices to work, but any smartphone. Even devices that aren't necessarily running iOS, if you want to be especially explorative with it.

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Google I/O 2015 round-up: the main keynote

Google I/O 2015 round-up: the main keynote

Google focuses on Android, development of Internet of Things, Photos, and virtual reality at this year's Google I/O developer conference. The conference began with a brief introduction to Android M, Google's next software for mobile devices. From there, they went on to celebrate their first billion user products and the release of Android Pay. Needless to say, this wasn't a super Chrome-focused sort of day. This was a day of mobile engagement from the start of this first keynote to the end. All about movement and tiny device software.

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Google Cardboard 2 is made for iPhone, and everyone

Google Cardboard 2 is made for iPhone, and everyone

Google reveals their second virtual reality headset for phones, a larger Google Cardboard. Clay Bavor of Google Cardboard spoke up today at Google I/O about the starting run of the company's virtual reality efforts. The second Google Cardboard unit will have a button instead of a magnetic washer mechanism, and it'll be large enough to support 6-inch display-toting smartphones. This release will include a Cardboard SDK - developer kit for creative types to get ready for the oncoming wave of Virtual Reality apps.

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Android M’s best feature is a real snoozer

Android M’s best feature is a real snoozer

Google's next version of Android is revealed to have a "Dozing" feature which puts your phone sleep, effectively. What Google will do with Android M is to bring a Doze mode that sees when your phone has not been in use for an extended period of time. When you've accidentally left it on the counter over a long weekend away, for example. When your Android device senses this happening, it powers down all non-necessary functions. This could potentially extend battery life by 2x or more on your device.

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Google Photos includes free unlimited storage

Google Photos includes free unlimited storage

With the introduction of Google's newest iteration of their app "Photos" comes the promise of Unlimited Photo and Video storage. This system is what Google calls "a home for all your photos and video, [helping] you organize and bring moments to life [and making] it easy to share and save what matters." This simple system will build on Google's already in-place Photos app on Android devices across the board. Storage will be incorporated with Google+, but will not require it.

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Google Now On Tap works with all Android apps

Google Now On Tap works with all Android apps

Aparna Chennapragada speaks on how Google Now will be given a giant feature update in coming weeks. Speaking at Google's developer conference Google I/O 2015, Chennapragada let it be known that Google Now would continue to focus on Context, Answers, and Actions. Google Now will be given new abilities in the immediate future like "Gas Stations Near You" or the location of your choice. But it won't all be done inside Google Now - "In a mobile world you get things done with apps."

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Android Pay to battle Apple Pay worldwide

Android Pay to battle Apple Pay worldwide

Today at Google I/O 2015 the company revealed Android Pay, a replacement for their already in-place Google Wallet system. This payment method will work with Android devices and "is an open platform" according to Google. You'll be able to activate this system with your bank's information or Google's, and you'll see this system pre-installed on devices coming in the United States from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile USA. This system will effectively replace the payment system Android devices have been shipping with for years - Google Wallet.

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Android M release today, public in Q3 2015

Android M release today, public in Q3 2015

This week the folks at Google have let slip that their next version of Android will be coming in the third quarter of the year. They'll be releasing the basic version of Android M Developer Preview, as it's called, as early as today. Developers will have access to Android M through the standard Android portal, while the average user will have to wait until July to get their hands on Android M, or whatever it'll be called when the time rolls around.

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Android M revealed at Google I/O 2015

Android M revealed at Google I/O 2015

This morning Android M was introduced by Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2015. There it was revealed that this software would be brought in the form of an Android M Developer Preview first, then released to the public. This is much in the same way that Android L, eventually Lollipop, was introduced to the world. This version of Android - M - will have Google going "back to the basics." That means functionality and "improving the core experience." This version of M will be released within weeks for developers - if not sooner.

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Watch the Google I/O 2015 live stream here today

Watch the Google I/O 2015 live stream here today

Starting at 9:30 AM Pacific Time Google begins their first big keynote of their developer sessions for Google I/O 2015. This event will be streamed live here - check below for the full stream all day long. This will be the first in a collection of talks given by Google and Google associates over the next couple of days. While all talks will be developer-focused, there's always some interesting information to be had by consumers as well. New phone software, new virtual reality bits and pieces, and new Chrome updates are likely to pop up throughout this morning and the rest of the next couple of days.

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