Of course, it wouldn't be Google I/O without info on the newest Android OS. This time around Android M is on the pedestal as the folks at Google showed off its fresh new innovations. Here's a breakdown highlight of its most impressive changes in a quote from BGR,
The image above is the new Google & GoPro Array camera for creating VR content.
Google I/O 2015 just held its first day Keynote earlier today. Even though we shared a couple of the releases which kicked off from the event, we thought it would be worthwhile to give you a one stop shop to check out most of the main highlights from the event.
The following is a round-up of the biggest new innovations revealed at Google I/O 2015's KeyNote:
Expeditions - new virtual reality tool - much cheaper (yet still effective) cardboard version of VR than the competition from Oculus Rift and Microsoft's HoloLens - this is basically the evolution of the cardboard concept they shared previously.
Google Photos - a brand new app to help users manage their digital images - smart enough to automatically organize your photos - offers easier control of photo collections and albums - automatically backs up all your pictures from multiple devices - offers a slew of new and easy to use sharing functions - support for storing unlimited photos (up to 16-megapixel) and videos (up to 1080p) in the cloud - all free to the user.
Google Maps improvements - even without an active Internet connection, Google Maps will let you search inside Google Maps - this includes access to reviews and open hours for businesses - turn-by-turn voice navigation will become available offline.
"Secret VR Weapon" - Google and GoPro teamed-up to create a special...
Sundar Pichai took to the stage at Google I/O earlier today and shared quite a few factoids regarding Android TV. One of the juiciest morsels he shared was that HBO Now's Apple exclusivity will be ending "this summer." Pichai mentioned that HBO Now will be coming to both Android TV, the Google Play Store and to the Chromecast, and will be available in time for the upcoming True Detective season, premiering June 21st.
Separately, HBO VP Bernadette Aulestia had this to say, "We have seen through social media that there is great demand for the service among Android and Chromecast users and we're excited to deliver HBO Now to them." That's awesome news for folks looking to take advantage of HBO Now services on something other than an Apple device.
We have an intriguing press release to share with you guys today. This announcement was made at Google I/O earlier today, and comes from the folks at NVIDIA. They are officially launching their NVIDIA Shield TV device, and it comes with a huge array of features and functions. Here's a big chunk of the press release and a video above:
Considering the LG G4 isn't even fully released yet, it's probably too soon to be looking at LG G5 rumors, but when they are this intriguing we can't help but share them. Supposedly, the fifth generation LG G Series device will include some high tech security that sounds too good to be true. Instead of the "potentially soon to be retro" fingerprint scanner, LG is planning to equip the G5 with a biometric iris scanner for security.
The intel revealed indicated that LG has been working directly with a company called Irience in order to push this technology quickly to market. The source also revealed that LG has already completed the hardware module for the device, and is simply polishing the algorithms which will increase the recognition range from 12in (30cm) to a solid 20in (50cm).
This seems like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, but would be incredible if true. Of course, we will have to wait and see how accurate the technology is before passing judgment. What do you folks think? Would this be useful cool tech or just PR fodder?
Here at DF HQ, we can't help but notice the trend toward larger and larger smartphones is slowly becoming the norm for many of our users. We thought it would be a fun fact gathering mission to have a quick little poll regarding one of the main features of the most popular phablet-style phones. The feature is the S-Pen Stylus, and the phone is the Samsung Galaxy Note series.
Our question is this:
How often do you use your S-Pen Stylus for your Galaxy Note series device?
Feel free to add any personal thoughts on the usability of the S-Pen Stylus so users who have never used one can understand your point of view.
According to the latest rumors from China, Xiaomi is planning to reveal their latest flagship device, the Mi5, in November of this year. The intel revealed that the device will include some of the highest end specs yet seen on a smartphone.
Here's a breakdown:
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
5.5-inch Quad-HD resolution display
4GB of LPDDR4 RAM
16 or 20MP main camera
A fingerprint reader with Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint identification system
Just 5.1mm thick
Additionally, the source of this info indicated that the device will have no need of a capacitive sensor or a button present anywhere on the device in order to function. Here's a quote with a few additional details,
Here at HQ, we are crossing out fingers that this...
It looks like Lenovo wasn't done coming up with innovative ideas for mobile devices. Another concept device they are working on is the "Magic View" smartwatch. The main claim to fame for this device is a second display on the watch band of the device.
Lenovo calls the second display a “Virtual Interactive Display” and claims it is designed to let users view images up to 20 times size of the regular watch face. The VID can also display private information that users would rather not show on the main watch face.
Lenovo couldn't share a timeframe for making this device an actual retail product, but they did reiterate that their Yoga tablet line was just a concept not too long ago before it became one of their hottest selling products.
It looks like Lenovo is hitting it out of the park with new ideas lately. It will be exciting to see what their team-up with Motorola eventually brings to the table.
It looks like innovation in the mobile world isn't completely catatonic after-all. Lenovo showed off one of the coolest smartphone concepts today. It's called the "Smart Cast" and it doubles as a laser projector! Not only can you set the phone up to do board room presentations with its projector, you can also watch movies with it.
That's not all the laser projector is "projected" to do when the device eventually becomes a reality. As you can see in the video above, the Smart Cast is also meant to be able to project a keyboard onto nearly any surface for you to type. Furthermore, Lenovo even demonstrates a piano keyboard projected from the device.
Lenovo is billing their Smart Cast as the world’s first laser projector in a smartphone, and the world’s smallest pico projector. While not everyone would have the need to use the projector for presentations or movies, the laser keyboard functionality could be useful for virtually anyone. What do you guys think of Lenovo's concept?
Lenovo will launch its own media sharing device in August. But the Lenovo Cast differs from Google's device, and not just because it looks like a puck instead of a stick. Plug it into the HDMI port of your TV or monitor ( supports HDMI 1.3) and sync up with your WiFi network, like similar products. It now taps into your DNLA or Miracast-enabled smartphone, tablet or laptop, to output up to 1080P video to your big screen. That's unlike the Chromecast, which uses its proprietary Chrome browser environment.
The Lenovocast will retail at $49. That's $14. more than Chromecast but offers a more robust experience.