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  • bplewis24 - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - link

    Some of the implementations of the Android at Home project were impressive. The possibilities seem endless.

    Brandon
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  • Snipes76 - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - link

    Yea the idea that my sleep alarms will wake me up by turning on music, turning on lights, opening the blinds.... it seems awesome. I really hope android related hardware takes off. It would be great to have more control over my devices.

    For the rest of the stuff, ice cream looks promising, and the 18 month guarantee is a nice gesture. An improvement to honeycomb is long overdue (so i hear) and I really hope Google TV takes off now after this. I'd like to buy one to replace my xbox which lacks a sleep timer (mainly used for netflix).

    As for Google Music, i opted into the Amazon MP3 cloud player as soon as it came out. I don't think google even compares just yet. Amazon offers too good of deals for purchasing music (.69 cents fa pop or the most recent songs!). They don't yet have something that compares to Apple's genius, but their upload/download software is perfect, and their synergy between devices has been flawless for me. Google still has yet to compare in this field, but seeing how they labeled it a beta, i think they realize that.

    All in all, i can say today i'm proud to be an android user. The rest of the year looks quite bright.

    PS. The Samsung 10.1 inches they handed out were beautiful.
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  • therealnickdanger - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - link

    Just so you know, you can already control a wide variety of home automation devices with Android: ZWave, X10, etc. Even Yamaha and Denon's new line of receivers can be controlled via Android app. However, if Google is thinking they will provide a new proprietary standard, then I'm not sure I want to participate. Reply
  • JasonInofuentes - Monday, May 16, 2011 - link

    Are you using home automation right now? I'd be interested to hear more about your experience with the various standards and control packages available. Reply
  • MonkeyPaw - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - link

    Thanks for making your one page reads (like this one) g-reader friendly. I like that I could read the whole article from my modded Nook color without having to load an extra page. I guess I did click in anyway so I can post this, but you know what I mean! Mobile/reader friendly makes a big difference on whether I click further. Dailytech only shows the first sentence, then you have to load the whole page, which is not mobile friendly. I usually skip the articles when that is the case.

    Anywho, I like where Google is going. We might see that windows-competitive OS from them after all. I do most of my browsing/email on an android device today, which says quite a bit about how far we have come (at least to me).
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  • MonkeyPaw - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - link

    Oh, and version 3.1 is rather symbolic, isn't it? :) Reply
  • erple2 - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - link

    You should see what they're going to be doing for their 3.11 For Workgroups release! Reply
  • antef - Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - link

    What is with this article...the whole section about movies and music is like a random cut and paste of info from various places and press releases. The second paragraph under the movie rental picture is a random blurb seemingly from Google out of nowhere. Very rushed and poorly put together article. Reply
  • JasonInofuentes - Monday, May 16, 2011 - link

    Revisions in place, hope it helps. Apologies, growing pains and thin schedules sometimes get the better of us. Reply
  • hadphild - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - link

    Just Think were most people spend time. Work (Chrome Browser), Home (Tablet and Google TV), Outside (Android Phone and Tablet) but the Car had none.

    But where is the car implementations. It would be amazing to get all this functionality in a car. When you get home it syncs to the cloud all you music, Films (Headrests for backseats), POI,

    On the go foursquare/facabook places so you can find your friends when they have gone out somewhere new. Traffic stats so google maps can direct you or tell you that there are delays on this road.

    All you information about how the car is running could also be real-time recorded and sent to app to help improve you movement and the way you drive.

    Just my 1 cents.
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  • JasonInofuentes - Monday, May 16, 2011 - link

    Count them as 2 cents. There've been lots of initiatives that integrate cellular and car, but often these are partner driven, so it would really take Google wanting to enter this field and considering the difficulties they've had with fragmentation, imagine what it would look like if they started releasing Froyo on Toyotas and Ice Cream Sandwich on BMW's and Chrome on Maybachs. I'm betting they'll stay out of it till one of their hardware partners wants to bear the burden. Reply
  • new-paradigm - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - link

    Hmm, so android, a tablet with nVidia's new SOC and a gamepad and a tv ... enough to challenge games consoles? Maybe not yet, but eventually.

    I hope to see more along these lines
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  • JasonInofuentes - Monday, May 16, 2011 - link

    What was a bit startling was the slickness of the motion controls. Very early builds seemed to do an impressive job with just one camera, versus the Kinects two. Imagine a webcam equipped Google TV allowing for group video calls, motion controls, and motion gaming. That might not challenge hardcore gamers but it could just be the value add that moves enough units to bring this out of beta.

    Thanks for the comments, keep'em coming!
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  • Conficio - Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - link

    Did Google say anythign about the most important question? Where is the source of Android Honeycomb. It's nice that they get agreements with some of the big honchos to update eventually and may be in a more timely manner, but what about the promise that Android is an open source platform?!!!!!!!! Reply
  • Lucian Armasu - Thursday, May 12, 2011 - link

    They're keeping it until they unify them just like they've already said. Icecream Sandwich will be open sourced. Reply
  • JasonInofuentes - Monday, May 16, 2011 - link

    They did make a commitment to making 3.1 "open". What that means will remain unclear till release. If source code makes it out we could still see some resistance to manufacturer skinned devices, but there'd be no stopping all the modders out there! Reply
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