Abner Li

@technacity

“It’s Google’s Alphabet’s world & we’re all just living in it.”

The above is truly Abner’s philosophy and why in his 5 years of writing about tech Google and Android has mostly been the main subject.

He resides in Los Angeles.

Send tips to abner@9to5mac.com.

Email or Twitter @technacity if you want to discuss anything remotely Android or Google related with him.

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May 19

GOOG: 934.01

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Android apps for Chrome OS are still slowly rolling out, but Google very much wants developers to optimize their applications for Chromebooks and larger screened devices. At I/O 2017, they revealed an emulator that will allow local development without the need for an actual Chrome OS device.

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In addition to clarifying the differences from previous initiatives like One, last night’s I/O 2017 session on Android Go went into depth about the optimizations made to the OS for entry-level devices.

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Everyone can use an Echo Dot: Just $50!

May 18

GOOG: 930.24

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During an award ceremony at I/O, Google has announced the 2017 winners of the annual Play Awards. Highlights include Woorld for best AR Experience and Mushroom 11 for Standout Indie.

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9to5mac 

As we noted in a past teardown of the Google app, IFTTT integration was in the works for Assistant. That functionality has now popped up on one of our devices, and it allows users to easily make new commands and manage existing ones.

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Google shared more details about its standalone VR headsets at a virtual and augmented reality-focused keynote on the second-day of I/O.

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9to5toys 

During a keynote focused on VR and AR at day 2 of I/O 2017, Google announced Daydream 2.0, a major update slated for later this year. Codenamed Euphrates, there is a focus on easier sharing, improved interface, and Chrome.

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Announced at yesterday’s I/O keynote, support for typing in Google Assistant is beginning to rollout to some users, with a new keyboard icon appearing in the bottom left corner. Additionally, Actions on Google with new Explore and Your Stuff tabs are rolling out.

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May 17

GOOG: 919.62

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Entering beta with Developer Preview 2, Android O is now stable enough to use as a daily driver. Major additions in this release include notification dots, visual changes, and fixes for bugs from the first release in March. We’re compiling a list of all the new features, so follow along.

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electrek 

With Daydream now six months old, Google is announcing new devices at I/O that will support the VR platform and existing apps. Very major additions include the Galaxy S8 and LG’s upcoming flagship.

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Google has announced a number of VR efforts at I/O 2017. Notably, the company confirmed that it is working on a “new category of standalone VR headsets.”

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With I/O 2017 underway, Google has released the second developer preview of Android O. An “incremental update” from the initial release in March, the next version of Android is now officially in beta. With this added stability, Pixel and Nexus owners can now sign-up for the Android Beta Program.

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9to5mac 

At I/O 2017, Google has announced a slew of new features for their Home connected speaker. Major new features include hands-free calling, Bluetooth support, and visual responses. expand full story

At I/O 2017, Sundar Pichai announced Google Lens, a set of vision-based computing capabilities that can understand what you’re looking at and provide actions to interact with the world around you. It will first launch on Google Assistant and Photos…

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Ahead of the I/O 2017 keynote, Google has released a new VR app for developers to “learn about principles and best practices” for Daydream.

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9to5toys 

May 16

GOOG: 943.00

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What I/O 2017 set to kickoff in less than 24 hours, Google might showcase a standalone virtual reality headset at the event. Rumored for over a year, it will not require a smartphone or a PC and possibly use inside-out positional tracking.

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Android Things is now on its fourth developer preview and with it brings support for the Google Assistant SDK on all certified development boards. Additionally, this release adds support for more devices, as well as a way to help developers build production-ready devices.

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May 15

GOOG: 937.08

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electrek 

May 14

GOOG: 932.22

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Waymo has been telegraphing over the past few months that its autonomous technology is ready for wider use. Now, the Alphabet division has signed a deal with Lyft to boost its effort and bring self-driving cars into the mainstream.

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May 12

GOOG: 932.22

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Ahead of I/O 2017, Google is announcing Project Treble to tackle one of Android’s biggest issues. Starting with Android O, the OS is being re-engineered to make updates easier, faster, and less costly for manufacturers.

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