Wednesday, 27 June 2012

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Google+ app for tablets announced at Google IO

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 11:03 AM PDT

If you’re a fan of Google’s ever growing social network site Google+ we have some good news on that front too. It isn’t just about Android devices and software. Google+ is finally getting what we’ve all wanted and been waiting for — a tablet app. Google+ today is coming to tablets.

With more than 140+ million users Google+ has been growing and growing. It might not be Facebook yet but give it some time. The app for Android has seen a major overhaul over the past few months. The phone app got a major visual refresh with huge HD images and tiles, smoother animations and more. Everything about Google+ is coming to tablets.

Google+ for tablets should be launching today and users can run and check the Play Store throughout the day as it should arrive shortly. The new user interface is as beautiful as ever and takes hints from Jelly Bean, and the smartphone app to make the best of both worlds. We aren’t seeing it on the Play Store yet but it should arrive soon. Also Google stated the smartphone version should receive an update too, so be sure and stay tuned.

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Google Nexus Q media player makes its debut – just $299

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 10:51 AM PDT

Google has just uncovered one more surprise up on the stage here for the Google IO Day 1 Keynote, and that is the new Google Q. What is the Q? This is their first consumer electronic product and will work hand-in-hand with the Nexus 7. The Nexus Q is Google’s new media-streaming device for the home.

The Nexus Q works great with YouTube, cloud music, cloud movie streaming and more. This is their first Android@Home device and I’m excited to dig into more of its features. Anyone with an Android device can control the Q, and it links directly with the Play Store for movies, music, YouTube and anything else you’d like to stream.

We’ve just learned a few things on this device so we’ll be sure and keep you updated. The Nexus Q will also be available mid July and us also up on the Play Store for just $299. The Nexus Q will bring Android and media to our living rooms Google-style. More info is available now at the Google Play Store.

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Google Nexus 7 pre-orders start today, ships mid July for $199

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 10:40 AM PDT

Google’s brand new tablet is official and is being called the Nexus 7. Coming out of the box with the just announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and having all the awesome apps, games, books, magazines, and music from Google Play. Google has just announced the Nexus 7 will be available mid July, and pre-orders start today.

The brand new 7-inch HD Google Nexus 7 Tablet will ship directly from the Google Play Store in mid July — and that was the only date given. The price just as expected will be exceptionally low coming in at just $199. This makes the Nexus 7 not only one of the most powerful tablets available, but also the cheapest.

Getting a 7-inch HD screen, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean all for the low price of $199. Google’s also announced that pre-orders will be available starting later today on the Google Play Store, and all who pre-order will get a $25 gift card to spend in the Play Store. Stay tuned for more details as we’ll hopefully get some hands-on with it shortly.

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Google announces the Nexus 7 tablet

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 10:24 AM PDT

It’s finally official! Google has just announced the next Nexus to join the growing Nexus family. We’ve heard and seen rumors for months and months but today they’ve cleared it all up. Officially being called the Nexus 7. Check out the official specs below.

Boy does it look beautiful. Everything from Google Play, right at your fingertips. All the specs that were actually leaked over the past few days were extremely accurate. Below is the short list of specs announced today on stage by Google — exactly as we’ve heard lately:

Nexus 7 tablet

7-inch 1280 x 800 HD resolution display
Tegra 3 quad-core 4-PLUS-1 processor, and 12 core GPU
Front facing camera — no rear
9 hours of of continuous video playback
340 grams
Everything we love from Google Play

Stay tuned as this was just announced and is developing. Oh and it comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean of course.

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Google Now announced to help with travel, sports scores, alerts and more

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 10:13 AM PDT

We are still getting drenched with tons of awesome features for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean but Google is talking specifically on a few called Google Now and Knowledge Graph. Both of these are Siri-like features we’ve been waiting for with a “virtual assistant.”

Knowledge Graph simply allows users to ask just about any question imaginable and Google will give out a quick and swift answer. Anything you possilby want to know Google’s Knowledge graph will search the web and answer for you. More important is Google Now — this is one of many Siri-like feature we’ve been hoping for. Google now will tell you when the next train is coming for transit, what the score is on your favorite game, when your next doctor appointment is and more.

So Jelly Bean is faster, butter smooth, has improved widgets, offline voice dictation and more. We’ll go down the full list of new features later with in-depth details. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean source code is available now for developers. Stay tuned for more details!

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean features offline dictation and features galore

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 10:02 AM PDT

They’ve just officially announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with tons and tons of changes. We mentioned a few in the announcement post linked to below, but they keep unveiling new awesome features you’ll want to hear about. From smooth as “butter” UI improvements, offline dictation, and some sweet improvements to widgets.

Widgets now will replace app icons on screen as you move them around. If there isn’t room, Jelly Bean makes room for you. It will automatically replace the icons on another homescreen. Automatic resizing has been improved, and if you’d like to delete a widget just swipe it off the screen — no more going to the dedicated trash area.

Voice dictation has just got even better with a feature we’ve all been dying to get — and that is offline voice dictation. Google’s awesome voice dictation introduced to Android 4.0 ICS has been completely improved in Jelly Bean. It’s more accurate, faster, more responsive, and offline mode makes it even better.

Just like multitasking with Ice Cream Sandwich, swipe to clear tasks has been brought to the gallery. As you view your photos in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean you can simply swipe up to delete the image. Don’t worry though, there is an undue button for those who are accident prone. Stay tuned as we continue to update as the details come out live.

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean officially announced at Google IO

Posted: 27 Jun 2012 09:50 AM PDT

Hugo Barra director of product management her at Google has just jumped on stage here at Google IO for their day one keynote. Right off the bat talking about momentum, numbers, and of course the much rumored Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

No more waiting or rumors. Although we knew it was coming with the Jelly Bean statue arriving yesterday at Google’s HQ, but this makes it truly official. Today they have tons to talk about with Jelly Bean. The first thing was project butter. This was their initiative to make Android 4.1 smooth as “butter.”

They’ve added triple buffering, improved touch responsiveness and tons of other things with project butter. Looks like I’ll need to go buy some butter popcorn flavored Jelly Belly’s real fast. We’ll continue to update as the news drops so stay tuned.

Android Community is here at Google I/O 2012!

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 07:19 PM PDT

It’s finally time again for the biggest Android developer event of the year, and Google’s throwing the party! Google I/O 2012 has begun – registry has begun, at least, and the big events start tomorrow morning bright and early! Join us all week long as we bring you all the greatest news and revelations as they occur from tomorrow morning until night on Friday!

The way you’ll want to join us here on Android Community is through any one of several of our Android-related portals. Being an Android site specifically means that essentially everything we’ll be posting this week will be coming from Google I/O 2012 more than likely, but if you’re aiming to grab only I/O news without a doubt, be sure to hit up the [Google I/O portal] – and stay there! You’ve also got the option of checking out our [Chrome portal] for everything related to the browser – which we expect will be much more integrated into the basic build of Android soon – and the operating system.

Take a peek through a recent timeline of Google I/O related news bits and stick around the whole week long for lots and lots of I/O action!

Jelly Bean gets official as it arrives at Google HQ [UPDATE]

Posted: 26 Jun 2012 11:35 AM PDT

Guess what just arrived at the Googleplex? It’s finally official, as if we didn’t know it was going to be the actual name of the next iteration of Android anyways. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a go, and Google has just added it to the Googleplex building 44 lawn as expected. Doesn’t it look wonderful?

Apparently the Gingerbread statue kicked over the cup of Jelly Beans and they’ve spilled out onto the sacred Google lawn. With Google I/O starting tomorrow (and me headed there as we speak) we’ll be learning tons about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Nexus Tablet (hopefully), and all sorts of other goodies from the folks at Google.

Just like all the previous versions of Android before it, Google has confirmed the next version with the iconic statue taking its precious place at Google’s Mountain View HQ — known as building 44. We’ll be at I/O live to capture all the details early tomorrow morning where we expect them to officially unveil Jelly Bean. Stay tuned for more details and hit the source below to join in on the Jelly Bean conversation over at Google+.

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UPDATE: It appears that what we saw earlier was just one piece of the much more full status in the end – and it might not even be complete now! This sculpture has been being updated throughout the day, and as Google’s Louis Gray shows in the couple extra photos you see in the gallery above, this update may well be a much more “full” Android than we’ve ever seen before!

[via Google+]

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