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May 23, 2017

What was your favorite announcement from Google I/O 2017? [Poll of the Week]

Last week’s poll summary: Out of over 3,900 total votes, 27.5% of our readers said their favorite HTC U11 feature are the BoomSound Hi-Fi speakers. 24.7% said they’re looking forward to squeezing the U11, while 13.9% said their favorite U11 feature is the all-glass construction.

Google I/O 2017 has officially come to a close, and there’s a lot to digest from the company’s annual developer conference.

Google introduced some big new features coming to Google Photos, including Photo Books, Suggested Sharing, Shared Libraries, and much more. There’s also Google Lens, which will be able to recognize what things are in real time or in photos.

The Google Home speaker [...]

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May 21, 2017

This Was Google I/O 2017

After three intense days of activity, Google I/O has wrapped for the year. Unlike last year, there wasn’t a slew of new announcements we couldn’t demo, but there were lots of updates to last year’s announcements. In some ways it felt a little like I/O 2016 revisited: Assistant hit iOS, Daydream standalone headsets are on the way, Google Home got new features, Android Instant Apps are now available for everyone, and so on. But what about the event itself? How did Google handle the criticisms of last year and was it any better this time around?

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The answer is a resounding yes. For a variety of reasons, a lot of folks won’t ever get the [...]

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May 19, 2017

Here are the five best things that were announced at Google I/O 2017

This week, Mountain View, California played host to the annual Google I/O developer conference. As expected, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and the company’s various development teams made a bunch of announcements on new and upcoming products. There was a lot of buzz about the Google Assistant coming to the iPhone – which is now available – but also about future updates to its Google Home connected speaker and plans to launch stand alone Daydream View VR headsets.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Google I/O without the beta launch of the next Android OS, with the Android O Developer Preview now available for everyone to download. Of course, we don’t recommend doing so on your main [...]

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May 19, 2017

Android O will let you update graphics drivers directly through the Play Store

We’re nearing the end of Google I/O 2017, and we’ve already seen a huge number of crazy software changes making their way to Android. The annual Fireside Chat happened just last night, and an interesting new feature came to light from a random developer question asking what features may have been omitted from the big announcements.

In answering the question, a Googler named Romain Guy mentioned that his team implemented the ability to update graphics drivers from the Play Store in Android O. This is more than likely a feature dependent on Project Treble, which aims to modularize Android and allow manufacturers to implement their own ‘vendor implementation layer’ which [...]

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