Google is taking on the invitation service Evite with Google+ Events. Not surprisingly, the service is tightly integrated into Google Calendar and into Google+, but users will be able to invite anyone to an event, not just users on the Google platform.
At Google I/O, Vic Gundotra showed off the invitation system, which allows "cinemagraphic" themes based on slightly-animated looping photos to grab the eye.
Events isn't just about invitations, though. During an event, users can turn on "party mode" to automatically upload all photos taken to a page for the event. Participants can … Read more
Google usually celebrates a new stable Chrome release with a blog post touting its new features. But with Chrome 20 today, all we got was a long list of high-paying security bug fixes. That can't be right.
Or at least that can't be all there is in Chrome 20.
If Google sticks to its approach from past years, today's I/O keynote will focus on mobile hardware and Android, while tomorrow will be about the Web and Chrome. But what's in Chrome 20?
Demonstrating the power of Native Client I expect a lot of talk about … Read more
The worst-kept secret in Googleland is now official.
The Nexus 7 tablet was unveiled today at the Google I/O Conference. As previously reported, the device was built by Asus and comes with a 7-inch 1,280-by-800 HD display. According to Google, it's running the Tegra 3 processor and has a front-facing camera for video chatting. Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as Bluetooth and near-field communication support are also included in the device.
Rumors had been swirling for months that Google would offer the tablet. Earlier this morning, the company mistakenly let slip a banner image of the device on … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- Android 4.1, aka Jelly Bean, gets a more responsive user interface, a much more interactive notification system, better voice transcription, overhauled search, and a major new feature called Google Now that tries to anticipate what a person needs to know at any given moment.
Android has exploded in popularity, but the OS takes a lot of heat for allegedly being an Apple iOS copycat. Google is clearly trying to vault over that issue with new features detailed at its at its Google I/O show today here.
Google Now, triggered by swiping from the bottom of … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- On the eve of the Google I/O Developers Conference, the company's offices here were abuzz with a familiar refrain: the need for more women in the computer science industry.
The Women Techmakers event featured five women from Google's storied ranks talking about recruitment, leadership, gender bias, and of course, why Google is such an enviable place for women to work.
Susan Wojcicki, the senior vice president of advertising, was the 16th Google employee. When she started, she was told she would have a boss to report to.
"I waited for years," she … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- A total of 1 million Android devices are activated each day, Google announced today at its Google I/O show today.
The number is a big jump from the 400,000 per day the company reported at last year's show in May. In addition, Google said 400 million Android devices have been sold so far.
"Four hundred million is a pretty huge number, but were definitely not slowing down," said Hugo Barra, director of product management at the show's opening keynote. The more customers use Android, the easier it is for Google to … Read more
Google has unveiled a new media streamer before taking the stage at its I/O conference.
Dubbed the Nexus Q, the orblike device is being called by Google the "first social streaming media player." A page on the Google Play store Web site says that it "streams your favorite entertainment from Google Play and YouTube to the biggest speakers and screen in the house."… Read more
Update 10:32 a.m. PT to include mention of the Nexus 7's launch.
Looking for more proof that Google is launching a tablet at its I/O Conference today?
A tipster told The Verge today that if users try changing a URL on Google's Play Store, they'll be able to see a banner showing off the Nexus 7 tablet. The banner shows the back, front, and side of the device, which is flanked by a "Nexus 7" logo.
Google has for months been rumored to be launching a tablet. The company has reportedly partnered … Read more
The soundsmiths at Georgia Tech's Center for Music Technology this week revealed Shimi, a 1-foot-tall musical robot that aims to serve as a musical assistant.
Created by center director Gil Weinberg, Shimi's dual-speaker visage bobs its "head" and taps its hand/foot to the beat of a song while a range of features become available after docking an Android smartphone. Weinberg co-developed Shimi in collaboration with the Media Innovation Lab at IDC Herzliya, led by professor Guy Hoffmann.
For example, the pint-size Shimi utilizes facial recognition through the front-facing camera of an Android phone to position its speakers toward the listener for optimal sound. A summary of the device from Georgia Tech mentions a unique song selection method: "If the user taps or claps a beat, Shimi analyzes it, scans the phone's musical library and immediately plays the song that best matches the suggestion."… Read more