"Android TV is coming to Google I/O"
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Android TV is coming to Google I/O
What's up, Brian Song here and welcome to Googilicious for all the goodness we can pack inside of a show.
Let's get to it and a new report says Google is planning to launch a new Android tv platform at Google I/O in the end of June.
and the report says it will be a revamped vision of their current Google TV platform that fell flat on its face, but this time, it will focus on online media content and android gaming, instead of focusing on existing pay TV services.
The goal is to be a software platform that TV manufacturers can use to add streaming services.
Google has been making deals with the usuals like Netflix and Hulu, and Android TV is expected to officially replace the Google TV name and co-exist with the Chromecast.
That's still their standalone hardware product.
Also, T-Mobile's Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 are the first to the party for the over the air Android 4.4.3 software update.
It's not a major update and the main focus is to fix bugs like improve camera focus, data dropping issues, random reboots, and some security patches.
Now if you're a little impatient and you've got to have it now, Google has released the factory images for those of you who want to manually flash their Nexus devices.
The update supports the 2013 Nexus 5 and 7, the Wi-Fi Nexus 10, the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 from 2012 and the Nexus 4.
Alright, there aren't too many cosmetic changes, but the dialer app also gets a refreshed interface with lighter colors of blue, black.
Gray and white.
And follows a recent trend of Google bringing back colors to its apps.
In another report a Google search is poised to get always on listening and improved car functionality according to a report from Android police.
You'll be able to say Ok Google to activate Google Now even when the device is turned off as long as it's plugged into a power source.
You'll also be able to wave your hand over the device.
Like a Jedi to wake it up.
And you'll be able to communicate to the phone to read you the weather or tell you sports scores form Google Now Cards.
It's similar to the stuff we've seen on the Moto X, with Google's own tweaks, and Google is referring to this feature set as Kit, in reference to the amazing car in the Knight Rider series that was almost as amazing as.
David Hasselhoff's hair.
Google continues to support their big vision project, and a Wall Street Journal article says the Goog's in planning to spend a $1 billion to expand and bring internet access to unwired regions of the world with a fleet of satellites.
The premise is that Google will start with 180 small high capacity satellites that will orbit at lower altitudes and will be lead by Greg Wilder, who recently joined Google, and founded satellite communication startup over 3B network.
Now we've told you about their similar project called project loon.
They use balloons in hopes to provide internet access everywhere and the 2 are most likely related or working together in some capacity.
All right guys.
Some quick kicks.
Chrome books are making a push into 9 new markets including New Zealand, the Philippines, Norway, Denmark, Mexico, Chile, Belgium, Spain and Italy.
The Chromebooks available will vary by location but.
Offerings from Acer, HP and Toshiba will be part of the first wave of the launch.
And the Chromecast continues to expand it's library of content with watch ESPN, and major league soccer being the two big sport offerings.
Crunchy Roll Video and Google Plus photos and videos are on there as well.
And guys and gals, this is a story that I just love,.
Police in Edinburgh, Scotland, were called out to investigate a scene of a crime after someone using Google Streetview thought they had spotted an axe murder.
This is a real story.
The scene turned out to be a prank by two friends who saw the car coming and 20 seconds to think of something to do.
So, now Google Streetview has the.
Stinction of capturing people going to the bathroom, snorkelers on the road, a bear on the loose, and a murder scene.
The world is a beautiful place.
All right, that's gonna do it for this week's show.
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