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  • Android M: a more secure, polished and friendly update of Lollipop

    Keep abreast with all developing news as it happens on our dedicated Google I/O live blog. Google I/O 2015 kicked off in San Francisco's Moscone Centre last night, complete with massive rectangular displaces (borrowed from Samsung's MWC 2015 presser, we imagine) and a host of Google's top brass. But the star of the show was undoubtedly Android M. David Burke, Google's VP of Android engineering, had a twenty minute slot dedicated to the upcoming OS, scheduled for official release in Q3 2015. But there wasn't all that much to shout about. Firstly, Android M will be more efficient than Lollipop, but that's assumed...

  • Google I/O 2015 live blog: watch the keynote live here

    It's that time of the year again, when Google announces and reveals a few more goodies and coded surprises for its legion of devs and followers alike. Although there might be less hype surrounding this particular edition of Google I/O than before, the company isn't slowing down in its pioneering approach to the tech world. So, were just moments away from the keynote, which will be delivered by Sundar Pichai and at this point we wonder, what does Google have in store for us? We'll live blog throughout the Google I/O weekend and keep you up to speed with all pressing...

  • Google I/O 2015 preview: Android M, Brillo and virtual reality tales

    June is a bumper month for conferences across the world, with WWDC, Computex and E3 within weeks of each other. Arguably though, there's a much more important event that opens the curtains for these. Mountain View will head to San Francisco on 28 May to kick off Google I/O -- the company's most important event of the year. It's generally a software developers paradise, but we have seen the odd hardware surprise here and there in the past. So, before the multicoloured mayhem begins in earnest, we look forward to the conference that will define Google's next 12 months. Android M: the...

  • Android Wear updates finally make using apps as simple as checking the time

    Google has rolled out a bunch of features to make your Android smartwatch a bit more hands-off, with a whole new range of gestures and touch shortcuts. In what seems to be the first major update to Android Wear since it was unleashed onto people's wrists about a year ago, Google's focusing more on what it dubs being "fashionable" as well as "functionable". Android Wear watches have always had an always-on-screen -- that battery munching feature that doubles up as a safety light for nighttime cyclists. With this new update, you can extend this feature to your apps so they can stay...

  • April Fools’ 2015: the best stories from the date we hate

    April Fools' Day is upon us and need I say more? Although media houses (we'll turn a blushing cheek here) love to publish hoaxes for the sake of good fun and spikes in traffic, there are a lot of hilarious pieces published by brands and companies themselves during this period. Often, these companies have the sense of humour to poke fun at themselves, even if that is what journalists do to them in the other 364 days of the year. So, to celebrate the day where lying, cheating and being an all-round bad journalist is written in the global constitution, we've...

  • Android Lollipop’s ‘on-body detection’ smartlock seems slightly useful

    While reducing bulk may be one of Android Lollipop's objectives, Google is adding features to the latest version of Android that's finally making it onto devices. The new on-body detection is a form of lock mode that allows the phone to sense its surroundings and react accordingly. Does it sound cool? Yes indeed. Is it any more useful than longer battery life? No. Essentially, the system uses the phone's built in accelerometer to detect whether or not the device is on your person or in your hand. While the device is moving (sensing subtle movements of your body), it will...

  • Microsoft’s Einstein-boosted Cortana coming to Android and iOS too

    This genuinely brings a smile to my face, especially considering Apple's staunch closed ecosystem mentality and Android's Google Now dependency. Microsoft has announced that its Bing-powered personal digital assistant Cortana is flying the Microsoft coup, and coming to Android and iOS in the near future. In a Reuters exclusive, "people familiar with the matter" noted that Cortana will be rolled out to mobile devices running Apple's and Google's prized operating systems. But this doesn't quite stop there. Microsoft is also working on a more "advanced" version of Cortana to rival Apple's Siri, dubbed the Einstein Project. The MD of the company's research division...

  • Google Chromebook Pixel updates with two USB Type-C ports, beefy Intel chipsets

    We all knew the new Google Chomebook Pixel was coming this year, but we didn't quite know what Google was preparing in terms of hardware, exterior panache and price. Now, the company has finally outed the Pixel, which will be the flagship Chromebook of the fleet. At first glance with the Chromebook's face shut, it's clear that there's a touch of Google in the mix. The strip that runs along the top centre of the screen lid screens ChromeOS, with its now-customary multi-colour scheme. The unit itself is a gun-metal silver, very similar to what you'd find on a new...

  • 10 crazily ambitious Google projects that will change the world

    If you didn’t realize that Google is attempting to transform the world into a more habitable place from the ground up, then this list will let you in on the secret. Google CEO Larry Page often suggests that companies aren’t evil. Some are accomplishing great things, and Google is an example of what can be done when money isn’t an issue. Here are the top ten crazily ambitious Google projects that will change the world, and soon: 1. Nanoparticle Cancer Detection Google X Labs would like to create a pill stuffed with a nanoparticle payload capable of detecting cancer and other diseases. The nanoparticles would use a magnetic...

  • MWC 2015 preview: curves, edges and emerging OSes

    It's Mobile World Congress time again in the sunny but chilly Spanish city of Barcelona. But stop right now if you think football will be the topic on everyone's lips. Mobile phones, tablets and wearables will be the stars of a conference that usually sees some enormous launches from the likes of LG, Samsung and Huawei. But what are we in for this year? If you've been following our Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour roundup as religiously as you should've, you would know that the Korean company is due to launch its flagship to the world on 1 March. Preceding it by a...