I/O Spotlights Google’s Machine Learning Smarts

IMG_0485 Few will argue that this year’s I/O keynote was Google’s flashiest yet. If you were expecting people to jump out of blimps to bring you a new version of Google Glass, the event surely left you disappointed. Instead, Google used its relatively low-key keynote to announce an evolutionary update to its mobile operating system, a new effort to bring Android to the Internet of Things… Read More

Google’s ATAP Debuts Its First Live-Action Spotlight Story In Partnership With Fast & Furious Director Justin Lin

google-io-2015-atap0089 Google’s ATAP unit now has a history of producing short movies and interactive experiences to showcase how storytellers can use mobile technology to create new experiences for their audiences. Today, at the company’s I/O developer conference in San Francisco, ATAP debuted its latest spotlight project. The team worked with director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 4, 5, 6; Star Trek 3)… Read More

Google’s Ara Modular Phone Takes A Real Photo From A Snap-In Camera

IMG_0435 Google’s ATAP team showed a working version of its Project Ara modular smartphone on stage at I/O today, with engineer Rafa Camargo snapping in a camera module and taking a quick photo on a device running the latest version of Android. It was a brief show of where the project’s at, and amazing when you consider the engineering involved in making it work. ATAP has shown off a… Read More

Google’s ATAP Wants To Eliminate Passwords For Good

google-io-2015-atap0069 ATAP, Google’s advanced research unit, showed a new project at the company’s I/O developer conference today that aims to replace mobile passwords with a new system that looks at your typing patterns and other signals as you go through the day. The idea here is to move the burden of PINs and passwords from the user to the device. Read More

Google’s Project Vault Is A Secure Computing Environment On A Micro SD Card, For Any Platform

google-io-2015-atap0076 Project Vault is a secure computer contained entirely on a micro SD sized device. Google’s ATAP said the micro SD format made sense because there’s already advanced security features on your phone, contained in the SIM card, which protects the things important to carriers. Vault is designed to be an equivalent, but designed to project a user’s important content. They went… Read More

Levi’s Is The First Official Partner For Google ATAP’s Jacquard Connected Fabric

google-io-2015-atap0064 Google was showing off its Project Jacquard at I/O 2015, a connected fabric tech that lets you build connected surfaces right into your clothes, in a way that makes it easy to connect to devices and power, while letting clothes makers make stuff that actually looks good. It seems promising, especially because they’ve already signed on Levi’s as a first partner.
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Here’s A First Look At Android M

Android-M Android M is still in its very early days; Google just released the first developer preview for use on test devices today. We flashed it onto a Nexus 5, and took a look around to see what was new. The OS is far from feature-complete at this stage, but you can still get a first look at some key features in the video above. The changes to the app drawer, and to volume controls, are small but… Read More