Google I/O 2015 Preview: We’re doubling down on Android M, Chrome, Wear and more

Stephen and I are off to Google I/O 2015 this week (the first time we’ve sent 2 people – for double the coverage!) but we wanted to preview what we we’re excited about this week. I’d run through the list of expectations but Chance already made 90% of the list when the sessions were launched. Go check it out. Here’s what I’ve been hearing… Read more

Hyundai issues free software upgrade for 2015 Sonata, becomes first car maker to ship Android Auto support

The first cars with support for Android Auto are ready to roll following Hyundai’s announcement today that 2015 Sonatas with built-in navigation systems will receive a free update to enable the functionality.

Drivers will need to go to their local Hyundai dealer to get the software upgrade, and can do so starting today. Later this summer the company will make the software available for download from its website so drivers can install it themselves using a thumb drive.

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Google makes its Roboto font from Android/Chrome OS open source

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Google just announced that it’s making Roboto, its signature font used in Android and across other Google products, open source for all.

The font files for the Roboto family of fonts were first released under the Apache license as part of Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in 2011. With this launch, we are making Roboto a true open source project, with a revamped font production toolchain that is completely based on open source software.

In addition to Android, Google uses Roboto in Chrome OS and recommends it as the default font for all apps employing its Material Design guidelines. Most recently, the company started experimenting with the font on YouTube:

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Android 5.1.1 factory image for the Nexus 6 now available, here’s how to install it (T-Mobile-only for now)

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Google has just posted the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop factory image for the T-Mobile variant of the Nexus 6 (shamu), and you can download it now from the factory image download page. Over-the-air 5.1.1 updates for some variants of the Nexus 6 have been beginning to roll out over the last several days, and now it looks like Google has started sharing these images publicly… Read more

Google’s ‘Impact Challenge: Disabilities’ seeks to increase independence of disabled individuals

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Earlier this month Google released two new Chrome extensions—Color Enhancer and Animation Policy—aimed at making it easier for those with disabilities to interact with the web, and today it’s taking its accessibility efforts much further. The company this morning took the wraps off Impact Challenge: Disabilities, a $20 million grant program from Google.org, the charitable arm of Google tasked with supporting nonprofits changing the world for the better through the donation of grants, technology, and the knowledge of Googlers looking to give back.

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Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer confirms Android M for this year, talks Android and Chrome OS convergence, more

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Prior to this week’s Google I/O developers’ conference in San Francisco, Google’s Vice President of Engineering for Android Hiroshi Lockheimer sat down with Fast Company to talk about the current state (and the future) of Android, Chrome OS, and more. Lockheimer confirmed the upcoming announcement of Android M, and offered much insight into where Android came from, where it’s going, and how it’s evolving in a world with more and more interconnected devices…

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Samsung finally takes the wraps off its Iron Man-themed Galaxy S6 Edge (Video)

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Samsung has been teasing its Iron Man-themed Galaxy S6 Edge for quite some time now, and today the Korean company finally came out to show the world what the device has to offer. The Iron Man Galaxy S6 edge variant features a primarily gold and red design, 64 GB of flash storage, a clear back cover, special packaging, custom Iron Man software, and most of all, a wireless charger that looks a lot like an Arc Reactor. Read more

Google’s Android ‘M’ is codenamed ‘Macadamia Nut Cookie,’ said to focus on battery life and RAM

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In just a couple of days, Google will—almost surely—be taking the wraps off the latest version of its mobile operating system, Android “M”. It’s rumored to be codenamed “Macadamia Nut Cookie” thanks to the latest versions of the Android Open Source Project sporting scattered mentions of “MNC,” and new information from Android Police suggests that this year Google is going to put a big focus on battery and RAM performance… Read more

Twitter’s live broadcasting app Periscope officially lands on Android

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After months being completely missing from the biggest smartphone platform there is, Twitter is ready to release a version of its Periscope app and service for Android users. Twitter acquired and launched the live video streaming app earlier this year exclusively for iPhone users, saying in early April that an Android version was in development. Hopefully making up for the lost time, Twitter has included a few features in Periscope for Android that you won’t yet find on iOS.

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Microsoft’s Google Now competitor Cortana coming to Android in June, plus tight integration with Windows (Video)

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Reuters reported back in March that Microsoft planned to bring its Google Now competitor Cortana to Android, and Microsoft has now officially confirmed this in a blog post.

Today, we’re announcing a Cortana application for Android phones and for iPhones which works as a companion to Cortana on your Windows 10 PC. The ‘Phone Companion’ app on the PC will help you install the Cortana app from the Google Play or Apple App Store onto your phone so you’ll be able to take the intelligence of Cortana with you, wherever you go […]

The Cortana companion will be available for Android phones at the end of June and for iPhones later this year.

While Microsoft is pitching the intelligent assistant as a companion to a Windows PC, it appears that most of the functionality will work in the Android app without the need for a Windows device, Microsoft saying that you can “make the same queries, ask the same questions” in the standalone app …  Read more

Rumor: Two new Nexus phones on the way, 5.2-inch and 5.7-inch – but no new tablet

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With Google reporting falling revenues from its Nexus devices, and having seemingly abandoned the original concept of an affordable vanilla device in favor of more expensive devices, the future of the product line was looking a little uncertain. But a new rumor says that Google will indeed be continuing the Nexus program – and not just with one new smartphone, but two.

Android Police cites a “reliable source” in suggesting that Google is partnering with two different manufacturers: with LG for a 5.2-inch smartphone code-named Angler, and with Huawei for a 5.7-inch phablet code-named Bullhead …  Read more