Google has been very busy with their expansion of Android as a platform this year. At Google IO we saw the announcement of endeavors like Android TV and Android Auto. But the stars of the show were a preview of the next version of Android, code named Android L, and Google's new Material Design principles for interface design across all of their products. In the years since Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich released, we've seen the launch of Jellybean and KitKat, but both of these versions were very iterative improvements upon 4.0 and had equally iterative version numbers with Jellybean being major versions 4.1 through 4.3 and KitKat being 4.4. Lollipop is given the major version number of 5.0, and it's quite fitting as...

NVIDIA Launches Shield Tablet

Today, NVIDIA is announcing the Shield tablet. While normally such launch announcements don’t require much in the way of exposition, NVIDIA is in an odd place. Last year, the...

107 by Joshua Ho on 7/22/2014

Xiaomi Launches the Mi 4

Today, Xiaomi announces the next version of their flagship smartphone, the Mi 4. Much like the OnePlus One, this device is effectively a high end device at a mid-range...

16 by Joshua Ho on 7/22/2014

Manual Camera Controls and RAW in Android L

For those that have followed the state of camera software in AOSP and Google Camera in general, it’s been quite clear that this portion of the experience has been...

32 by Joshua Ho on 7/20/2014

Google Updates Chrome To Version 36

Today Google updated the stable version of its Chrome browser to version 36.0.1985.122 on Windows, OS X, and Linux. The update contains a couple of visual changes as well...

37 by Brandon Chester on 7/16/2014

Your Thoughts on the Wearables Market

For the past couple of years we've noticed a shift in focus of dominant players in the smartphone space. As the smartphone market moves from rapid expansion to a...

151 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/11/2014

A Closer Look at Android RunTime (ART) in Android L

With the latest I/O conference, Google has finally publicly made public its plans for its new runtime on Android. The Android RunTime, ART, is the successor and replacement for...

137 by Andrei Frumusanu on 7/1/2014

First Impressions and Hands On of Android L

Today, Google finally posted the system images for Android L on the Nexus 5 and 7, so I decided to take a look at them to see what’s going...

64 by Joshua Ho on 6/26/2014

Google IO 2014 Day 2 Recap Video

I just finished up another day at Google IO and wanted to share a few tidbits prior to getting this stuff down in text. I spend a little bit...

2 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/26/2014

Google IO 2014 Day 1 Recap Video

I just got back from a day at Moscone West listening to Google present updates on Android on nearly all screens. I recorded a brief video recapping some of...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2014

Google Announces Improvements to Google Docs at Google IO

Near the end of April I took a look at Google's new Docs and Sheets mobile applications that had been spun off of the Google Drive application. I felt...

4 by Brandon Chester on 6/25/2014

Google IO 2014 Keynote Live Blog

We will be live blogging the Google IO keynote starting at 9AM PT/12PM ET. Check back for live coverage when it starts!

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/25/2014

Google Launches New 2014 Google I/O App

Today Google launched the official mobile app for Google I/O which runs between June 25th and 26th of this year. The app continues Google’s trend of introducing more colors...

0 by Brandon Chester on 6/11/2014

Google Announces Project Tango Tablet Dev Kit with Tegra K1 and 3D Capture/Tracking

Google recently announced their new Project Tango Development Kit, a 7" tablet with a unique twist. At present this is a device for developers, scientists, and other research-oriented groups...

33 by Jarred Walton on 6/5/2014

Best Smartphones: Spring 2014

The major product launches for this spring are now behind us. This gives us the opportunity to evaluate the current smartphone market and identify the best smartphones in that...

46 by Brett Howse on 6/5/2014

Google Updates Maps for Android and iOS with Improvements to Offline Maps, Navigation, and More

Today Google updated its maps application for Android and iOS. Google seems confident enough in the updates that it decided to call this major release version 8.0 on Android...

30 by Brandon Chester on 5/6/2014

A quick look at Google’s new Google Docs and Sheets mobile apps

Today Google released two new applications on Google Play and the iOS App Store. The new apps are called Google Sheets and Google Docs and they are essentially standalone...

11 by Brandon Chester on 4/30/2014

Google Updates Hangouts: Merging IM and SMS

Today, Google announced an update to Hangouts that brings some new features. The first mentioned is merging conversations, which brings feature parity with iMessage in that regard. Google has...

15 by Joshua Ho on 4/21/2014

Android Wear, Moto 360, and LG G Watch: Initial Thoughts

Google has finally announced its entrance into the smartwatch segment with the platform Android Wear. Much like how Android is a broadly adopted platform by many smartphone OEMs, Google...

30 by Joshua Ho on 3/18/2014

Examining MicroSD changes in Android 4.4

While Samsung Galaxy devices had new restrictions on microSD read/write access, it was hard to say whether this was the start of a trend for all Android OEMs as...

43 by Joshua Ho on 3/13/2014

Modular Smartphone Project Ara from Google to Start Development Conferences

Joshua talked about Project Ara (from Motorola at the time) back in October as a campaign that focused on attracting OEM interest into a modular smartphone design. The...

28 by Ian Cutress on 2/26/2014

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