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Project Tango tablet hands-on: Transformers and sharks at I/O

Project Tango tablet hands-on: Transformers and sharks at I/O

It might not have the immediate impact of Android L or Android Wear, but Project Tango is certainly nearing graduation point with the news today that LG is working with Google to release a consumer device sometime next year. Explaining exactly why someone might want a 3D mapping phone or tablet isn't quite as straightforward as a smartwatch, though, and so Google has been pulling together partners to show off what Tango and the NVIDIA-powered developer tablet can do, including a more grown-up version of the "Cardboard" virtual reality headset that proved the surprise hit of I/O 2014.

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Here’s what Android L will look like

Here’s what Android L will look like

Google’s mobile operating system Android has been given an upgrade this week, moving from codeword "KitKat" to Android "L". Today we’re exploring what’s involved in Android L, showing especially what this new version of the software will look like to you, the end user. Android L is built with a new Google-made aesthetic called "Material", this replacing the "Holo" aesthetic present in the last several versions of the software.

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Android security ramps up with L

Android security ramps up with L

At Google I/O 2014, Android and Chrome boss Sundar Pichai went right up front with Android Security upgrades. Google’s next step in Android security in Android L is to push security patches through Google Play instead of Android updates - making the whole process more secure and reliable.

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Enhanced Notifications and hit lockscreen in Android with wearables integration

Enhanced Notifications and hit lockscreen in Android with wearables integration

The next release of Android will have an updated look at notifications for your smartphone and tablet. This notifications screen will be pushed all the way forward to your lock screen, and will work with a new system with new prioritization for each notification. One notification shown in this early presentation at Google I/O also suggested that we’ll be seeing more Android Wear action by the end of the show.

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One Billion Android active users as Google I/O 2014 begins

One Billion Android active users as Google I/O 2014 begins

Google I/O 2014 is kicking off, and Sundar Pichai is opening with some stats on the state of Android, which has now reached over one billion active users. The milestone, measured over the past thirty days ahead of I/O, also comes with new stats on Android tablet penetration, with Google saying that the OS is running on 62-percent of global tablet share, even before you take into account custom versions like on Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX.

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Coursera app educates you with video lessons for free

Coursera app educates you with video lessons for free

The web-based learning environment Coursera has been brought to the mobile platform this month for both iOS and Android. With Coursera, you’ll be able to take advantage of free classes, all set up to improve your life over the course of a few weeks. These classes will educate you in a wide variety of topics - everything from Chemistry to Engineering to "Information, Tech, & Design."

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