One of the coolest things revealed at Google I/O 2015 went a bit "under the radar." Higher profile technologies took the limelight, but Google's new "Smart Lock" Password Manager could end up being one of the most used concepts of the event.
Smart Lock is basically a new password manager that is meant to help facilitate automatic logins. Here's a quote directly from Google with some of the details,
It looks like several companies have already announced support for Smart Lock including Netflix, The New York Times, Orbitz, Instacart, and Eventbrite.
Although it seems incredibly convenient, it seems like this service could become a potentially contentious security issue. Google hasn't shared more details yet on how they address this concern. What do you folks think?
If you were hoping to watch Google's I/O 2015 Keynote livestream, but were not able to yesterday, the above YouTube video has you covered. The video clocks in at almost three hours, so you will definitely need to set aside a decent block of time to catch all of the details.
The event was a big success and set the entire tech industry ablaze with a number of new innovations. Of course, Google unveiled Android M, but on top of that they also shared:
New Google Cardboard
Jump for VR
Google Photos App
Google Maps Offline Functionality
HBO Now Coming This Summer
This next year is going to be a very busy one for Google as they bring these new ideas to market. Check out the video and let us know what you think is the most exciting thing to come out of Google I/O 2015!
Check out this quick tip for the LG G4. You may not have known that you can actually double press your volume down button to not only launch your camera, but take a picture! Results may vary on the quality of the picture, but I have found that if your subject is more than a foot away the picture should turn out nicely.
Many of you Android hacking Veterans will probably remember a developer that goes by the name of "ThaPlash". He is a DJ slash developer and has been around the Android community since rooting has been a thing. You will probably remember him from his trademark mascot head of a guy with sunglasses and spikey hair. I have not seen much development from him as of late, but yesterday I ran across some really awesome Android Wear Watch faces that he had put together. The "Now" watch face features a modern style, with an analog watch face, and mechanics of numbers and spinning discs. There is even a color picker! Grab this for only $2!
This is one of the neatest work apps I have seen in a while! Have you ever needed to grab an important piece of information around the office? With cameras in every phone its pretty easy to just take a quick picture of whatever it is you need to remember. The only problem is that often you get home, open the image, and find that the shot you took was possibly to far away, at an angle, and pretty much worthless.
Office Lens is like a scanner in your pocket. The app auto trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. The app digitizes images of notes, whiteboards, and blackboards. The app will even capture and crop the pictures you take. With document mode office lens trims and colors images perfectly. Head to the link below for the download.
The easiest way to install Android M would be of course to just flash an Android M rom. The roms are not quite here yet. You will need to flash. "D3VI0US" has put together an excellent tutorial which you will find below.
1-Download the preview factory image Downloads Android Developers
2-download this modified version of the stock M boot img https://goo.gl/SFWpMO
3-unpack the M preview .tgz file in your fastboot/adb folder and you will get the radio file and the bootloader file and the image-shamu-MPZ44Q.zip file
4-go to TWRP backup your ROM then wipe cache/dalvic/data/system ( watch out don't wipe the internal storage)
5-boot into bootloader and flash the bootloader : fastboot flash bootloader bootloader-shamu-moto-apq8084-71.11.img
7-flash the radio file : fastboot flash radio radio-shamu-D4.01-9625-05.16+FSG-9625-02.94.img
9-Unpack the image-shamu-MPZ44Q.zip file
10-you need just system.img from this file
11-flash the system : fastboot flash system system.img
12-flash the modified boot img that you downloaded in step 2 : fastboot flash boot boot-noencryption.img/B]
The Android M Developer preview is here, but its only available for some Nexus devices! You will likely have to wait for your favorite developer to put this in Rom form before you can run it on a device other than the few Nexus devices that it has been released to. The Wallpapers have already been pulled from the preview build. There is actually only one "new" wallpaper which appears to be an image of earth from space. The other 10 wallpapers can be found in stock Lollipop. If you just can't wait for this to make its way to your device you can at least get a taste of Android M. Grab the wallpapers from the link below.
Part of the fun of new Android releases is trying to guess the name of the next version! It was discovered earlier in the week that the codename for the next version of Android is Macadamia Nut Cookie. That is quite a mouthful, and is quite a bit to type when talking about Android. This is likely not the final name of Android M. Today a few of you may have noticed that Head Android Engineer Dave Burke was sporting a Milkshake as his Android Wear watchface!
This actually kind of sent the web ablaze for a moment. It was enough for Burke to respond on twitter.
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...