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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Google Awesome always Announcing Android N Developer Preview Too Early


Google Awesome always Announcing Android N Developer Preview Too Early
Google Awesome always Announcing Android N Developer Preview Too Early 


Google always try to help developer to access new APIs and Developer Tools. Google launching Android Version on the Event Google I/O every summer but this time Google going to do something Big they give Developer to Early too Early Developer Preview for the Developer Yes, Google already launching the Android N Developer Preview for the Developer.

Google had too much change in this Android N Developer Preview they come with Multi-Window work, You can manage the Direct reply of the Notification, Bundle Notification, Efficiency in Battery and also they include Java-8 Language support in Android N Developer Preview.

So, here is all you can find useful resources for the Android N Developer Preview and sample code for the Development of the Apps in Android N.


Android N Developer Preview Sample Source Code


Multi-Window Playground 

    • Android N Multi-Window you have to change the Manifest file properties  android:resizableActivity and yes Android N and above all by default.

Screenshot 

Source Code for Android N Multi-Window - https://github.com/googlesamples/android-MultiWindowPlayground

Source Code for Android N Active Notification  - https://github.com/googlesamples/android-ActiveNotifications

Source Code for Android N Messaging Service  - https://github.com/googlesamples/android-MessagingService

Source Code for Android N Direct Boot - https://github.com/googlesamples/android-DirectBoot

Friday, October 30, 2015

Google to Merge Android With Chrome OS 2017

Wall Street Journal reports that Google works on integrating Chrome OS into Android and will release a unified OS that runs on phones, tablets, laptops and more. "The company plans to unveil its new, single operating system in 2017, but expects to show off an early version next year."

So why kill Chrome OS and switch to Android? Chrome OS has a small desktop MARKET share, while Android is the dominant mobile OS. There are a lot more apps in the Google Play Store than in the Chrome Web Store and Google had a hard time convincing developers to build Chrome apps. Google even ported the Android runtime to Chrome, so that you can run Android apps in Chrome OS.

Google's CEO, Sundar Pichai, has recently said that "mobile as a computing paradigm is eventually going to blend with what we think of as desktop today". Most likely, Google wants to bring Android to the desktop and provide a coherent experience. This solves some of the issues with Chrome OS (the lack of apps, low market share), but brings more challenges (Android is less secure than Chrome OS, it's updated less often, has a more complicated interface, it doesn't have a windowing system, apps aren't optimized for desktop).

I like Chromebooks because they're simple devices that require no maintenance. There are few things you can change, few things that can go wrong. It's easy to share them with other people, you don't have to worry about backups or saving your data.

Pixel C's announcement makes more sense now. It's an Android tablet developed by the Chromebook Pixel team. “We think the Pixel C’s tablet and keyboard experience really unlocks new ways to both play and be productive on one device,” mentioned Google.


Google has a lot of work to do. Android's tablet interface is pretty poor, there's no native multi-window support, Chrome for Android doesn't support extensions, apps and themes. 

Chromebooks were all about the web, but native apps turned out to be more important for users. Better performance, better integration with the operating system, better interface - native apps trumped web apps and Chrome OS couldn't find a way to turn the tide.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Google’s Bazel tool for software builds and testing launches in beta


Google has announced the beta release of Bazel, an open source system for developers to create and test software builds on a variety of platforms.
The company says it uses Bazel to build most of its software, and that it’s suitable for projects that involve large shared code repositories and extensive automated testing and release processes.
Bazel promises potentially faster build times, as it can recompile select files instead of entire projects and can avoid re-running tests of code that it knows hasn’t changed.
However, the company acknowledges that it may not be useful if you’re running build operations whose outputs should not be cached, or if you’re using interpreted languages directly.
Bazel is available for Linux and OS X and can be used to build and test projects in C++, Java, Python and more.
It also includes support for building Android and iOS apps, as well as Docker images, and lets you use libraries from sources like GitHub and Maven. If you prefer, you can dig into Bazel’s API to add your own build rules.
Google says it hopes to add a Windows version, distributed caching, and Go support in its final release.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Android M vs iOS 9



iOS vs Android M All Features Release


With Google and Apple already having released the developer previews of their upcoming software products, it is, naturally, time to put them against each other and compare them, just like we will do once the final releases are out. Google's I/O 2015 gave us a pretty extensive sneak peek at the features that Android M will introduce later this year; meanwhile, Cupertino showed us some of the additions that will arrive with iOS 9.

To be completely honest, both Android M and iOS 9 are certainly not oriented at visually overhauling the platforms; on the contrary, both are centered around under-the-hood improvements that aim to enhance the user experience on a more basic, fundamental level by focusing on things like performance, battery management, and general feature polishment.

Still, being as curious as we are, we decided to devise a quick visual comparison between the two soon-to-be-polished rivals. All set? Okay, let's go!

Lockscreen, homescreen, notifications


Just as we said, there are very few changes in the UI section. First things first, we should mention that iOS 9 has scored a new system-wide font, San Francisco, which will replace Helvetica Neue, while Android M is still relying on the good ol' Roboto. This is one of the more striking differences, but it mostly concerns longtime iOS users who will probably be in for a surprise later this year. 

 Both the lockscreens and the homescreens of iOS 9 and are very much like you'd expect them, with a few small, but not so minor changes. For example, unlike Android Lollipop, Android M Developer Preview doesn't come with a dialer shortcut on the lockscreen; instead, we get a shortcut to Voice Search. iOS 9 will also score a more "proactive" Siri that will put a shortcut on your iOS lockscreen.

Swiping down from the top on both platforms shows us a familiar view - the ever-so streamlined iOS philosophy and the relatively new notification shade, which debuted with Lollipop. The iOS 9 has scored little to no changes in its notification dropdown menu, while Android M comes with a new toggle - a dedicated one for the Do not disturb mode.




Search - Siri vs Google Now 


"Search" was one of the keywords during both Google's and Apple's events, as the upcoming features of Google Now and Siri got demoed extensively on stage. Most of them are not out yet, because we're dealing with early developer previews here, but from the looks of it, fans of Google Now and Siri will have a lot of reasons to rejoice later this year.

Among the notable new changes in both platforms that are now live are the new search page in iOS, which makes a comeback and is accessible by swiping right on your default homescreen. It gives you access to a search bar, Siri, your recent contacts (which have are no longer located in the task switcher), and a handful of recently-used apps. 

In Android M's camp, we currently have an improved search functionality. Tapping on the search widget straight on your homescreen now also provides you with four recently-used apps, just like in the iOS 9 beta preview. Apart from this new feature, there aren't other additions to Android's search functionality. We should also mention that Google Now On Tap is not yet available in the beta release, but once it arrives, it will most certainly greatly improve the user experience of those users that swear by Google Now.



Task switchers


With Android Lollipop, Google introduced a much more visually-appealing, carousel-styled recent apps switcher that overhauled the previous one. Well, it's now time for iOS to receive some love in this department. Unfortunately, iPhones won't get the split-screen mutli-tasking feature at this point (it's iPad-exclusive as of now), but at least the iOS switcher has been revamped.

In iOS 9, we get a revamped task switcher that ditches the favorite contacts displayed on top(seriously, does anyone use these?) and employs a bit more blur than before. The new app switcher now displays the app cards in an overlapping fashion; scrolling around also seems a bit faster, but this might be your usual "placebo" effect.


Settings


There's a lot happening in the settings menu of Android M - the upcoming Android release will score a dark UI theme, customizable tiles, improved RAM usage screen, as well as an ever-so slightly revamped menu hierarchy. In the meantime, Apple will also improve the arsenal of iOS. Apart from a handy search feature in the Settings app, iOS 9 will come with a revamped menu hierarchy - among the new features that got introduced are a dedicated battery menu (which is also home to the newly-introduced Low-power mode for iOS), better notification control, and many, many others, which are detailed in our official preview of iOS 9.

Permissions are yet another aspect in which both platforms are getting more alike. iOS has required users to grant certain app permission immediately they're used for the first time, but Android's solution has just recently gone down this road. It's also scored a similar app permissions screen that allows you to explore what apps have access to what components of your device.


Camera


Whereas the stock Android camera app has not been updated recently, it looks like iOS 9 will bring some visual changes to the standard iOS one. They are pretty minor, mind you, but we still tend to like them due to their improvement of the user experience. Now, when you disable certain features, like flash or HDR, the iOS camera will strike them through for you, hinting you that they're disabled; turning on auto mode will make them go white, whereas forcing them to remain always on will paint them yellow, providing you with a easy way to tell what's going on. Alas, certain features like the fps selector in slow-motion mode has been nixed, but here's to hoping that they'll get re-introduced with the final release of iOS 9.






Friday, May 29, 2015

Google Launches Android M


 As expected, Google today announced the developer preview release of the next version of Android at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco. With Android M (which will get its full name once it’s released to users), Google focuses mostly on fit and finish, but the company also added a number of new features to its mobile operating system.
It’s no surprise that Android M won’t feature any major new design elements. The last release,Android Lollipop, introduced Google’s Material Design language, after all, and there are still plenty of developers who haven’t even migrated their apps over.
As Google’s Director of Product Management Brian Rakowski told me earlier this week, the company has learned a lot since the team introduced Lollipop at last year’s I/O and quite a bit of that learning has found its way into Android M.
The preview release includes updated SDKs, system images for testing on the Android emulator and the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and the Nexus player. Google says it has fixed “thousands of bugs” in this release and that it will provide updated preview system images regularly during the preview program. The consumer launch is scheduled for fall.
In addition to Android M for phones, Google also today announced an update to Android Wear, as well as Android for the Internet of Things.
Here are some of the highlights of the new release:

Google Now On Tap

The highlights of the release include a new, more contextual variant of Google Now called Google Now On Tap that can give you more information about the things you are currently looking at in any given app on your phone or tablet. According to Google, this new service provides you with a contextual assistant that can help you get stuff done faster.
Here is how this works: say you are having a text chat with a friend in Hangouts about Mad Max and when you bring up Now On Tap by tapping and holding the home button on your phone (hence the ‘on tap’), Google will know what you’ve been talking about in the app and give you more info about it (in this case, that’s probably movie times, a list of actors in the movie, relevant apps, etc.).
While developers won’t have to do anything to enable this feature for their apps (it’s built-in at the OS level), they can help Google understand the context in their apps better by adding a bit of metadata to their apps.
We have a full post about this new feature here.

Android Pay

With Apple Pay looming large, the failure of Google Wallet as a mobile payments system was pretty apparent in the last few months. Now, with Android Pay, Google is taking a new stab at this market and this time, it’s cooperating with a number of vendors, including AT&T, Verizon (soon to be the parent company of TechCrunch) and T-Mobile, who will pre-load Android Pay on their phones. Google says Pay should work with all phones that have an NFC chip and run Android KitKat forward.
The focus with Pay, Google says, is on simplicity, security and choice. The company also stresses that this is an open platform. Banking partners include American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard. Google has already worked with a number of app developers to integrate Pay into their apps, too.

 Like Apple Pay, Android Pay will work for both in-app purchases and purchases in brick-and-mortar stores. Developers who want to support it can simply call the Pay API. Google says it wants to give developers as much choice as possible, down to who they want to use as they payment provider.
Users will be able to use Android’s usual unlock mechanisms to access Pay, as well as the new fingerprint scanner support in Android M. In apps, developers will be able to support the fingerprint scanner to quickly authenticate users for payments, too.
Google Wallet will continue to exist in parallel with Pay for the time being, but it’s focus will be on peer-to-peer payments now.

OS-Level Support For Fingerprint Scanners

As rumored, Android M will also feature support for fingerprint scanners. While some OEMs already built this into their devices, there has never been system-level support for this in Android. After looking at what OEMs were doing in this area — and surely Apple’s efforts around Touch ID — Google decided it was time to create a system-wide standard for this feature. As you would expect, users will be able to unlock the phone with their fingerprints and authorize payments.


Permissions

Until now, users had to give apps permission to access their contacts, files, camera, photos or whatever else the app needed when they installed the app. Often, though, users may not even fully understand why an app would want access to their contacts, for example, and simply choose to abort the install process there. Too many apps, after all, tend to overreach when it comes to permissions.
Android M feature a completely revamped permissions process. Instead of asking users for all of their permissions in a single dialog when they install the app, Google will now move the process to when users run an app for the first time. And instead of asking for all permissions at once, developer can choose to ask them only when the app needs them. So a camera app may ask for camera, microphone and camera roll access right when you first launch it, but then it will ask for access to your contacts only once you want to share a photo or video. That way, developers can ask for permissions in the right context and users will understand why the app is asking for access to this info.
Developers who don’t update their apps will see that their apps will still use the old permissions model, but they will have to modify their apps to enable these more granular permissions. No matter whether developers update their apps or not, users will be able to change every aspect of their permissions in the Android settings menu.

Doze Mode

Google tells me the Android team also worked hard on improving performance and memory usage across the board. The one feature the team is most proud of, though, is the new ‘doze’ mode that will help improve the battery life of devices that stay stationary for a while.
This new mode is different from Android current ‘battery saver’ mode, which is meant for when you are actually using the device. Rakowski tells me that the new mode is meant for when you put your tablet or phone away for a while. Google already powers most of the device’s hardware down at that point, but because many apps love to pull in new data every few minutes, the phone or tablet tends to wake up regularly to download your email, for example. Now, Android will manage this and slow down the syncing rate automatically. When you’re not using the device, you don’t really care how long it takes to download your emails, after all, and when you pick it back up, all your information will still be in sync
Rakowski tells me that this can increase the battery life of a Nexus 9 tablet by up to 50%, for example. Google also stressed the real-time alarms will still work as expected and high-priority messages will still arrive just like before.

Intents

Android M also makes it easier for developers to link between Android apps. Android, of course, has always allowed apps to register to natively handle certain URLs. The Android platform always had support for intents, but if you had a number of apps that used the same URL scheme, though, Android would have to pop up a disambiguation prompt (and in my experience, it often forget your choice). Now, developers can set what Google calls the “autoVerify” attribute in their app manifest that will ensure that users can be linked right into their native app with that prompt.
On the web front, Google also launched Chrome Custom Tabs. This means that when you tab on a web link in a native app, the web link will open in a custom tab that feels native to the app, even with custom buttons back into the app. The content is pre-fetched, so the web content will launch extremely fast.

Google tells me the team has also worked on bringing USB-C support to Android. Google says it is working with device manufacturers to bring devices with USB-C to users soon.
“With this release, we focused on product excellence, and polish to file down the rough edges that have been bothering us over the years — as well as things that we didn’t get done in time last year,” Rakowski said.
Other updates to Android M include easier word selection, a new sharing feature that highlights the people and apps you share with most often, simplified volume controls that allow you to control music, a unified settings menu, alarms and other volume setting more easily.
Developers who want to make use of the features in this new release will likely want to install the latest update of Android Studio (1.3) from the Canary release channel. This new version supports Android M, but it also introduces features like code editing and debugging for C and C++ code (something game developers, who tend to use these languages for their apps, have long asked for).

Friday, April 24, 2015

Google Keep on Android Wear now lets you dictate notes on the go

Google Keep was one of the first Android Wear apps available, but it previously was pretty limited, as you could basically only read your notes – until now.
Now, you can dictate new notes to leave your phone in your pocket (or at home, if you have Wi-Fi). Simply say “OK Google, take a note.”

The Wear Keep app is also getting a bit of a visual overhaul – showing your notes in a more compact summary view, as well as incorporating a new ‘Add note’ button at the top to quickly jot down new thoughts. You can even set recurring reminders now too.
The update is available with the newest version of the app in the Play Store.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Google confirms it will trial its own mobile operator services in coming months


Google’s SVP of Chrome and Android Sundar Pichai confirmed today that the company would start trialing its own mobile network operator services before the end of the year.
Pichai made the comments at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but insisted that traditional mobile operators weren’t viewing its own MVNO trials as a threat to their core businesses. He also added that the company is actually working with a number of operators to bring the trial to market.
The confirmation follows earlier rumors that Google could be considering running its own wireless service. Exactly which network company is partnering with for the trial is still unknown.
Essentially, it seems that Google is looking to take a similar approach to network services as it does to devices, and more specifically its Nexus device range, which it uses to highlight its newest technologies.
Pichai said the trials would begin “in the coming months.”

Read More - Google launches Project Fi, its mobile network for US-based Nexus 6 users

Google launches Project Fi, its mobile network for US-based Nexus 6 users



The Google mobile network is at last official: The company has launched its Project Fi service in the United States exclusively for Nexus 6 owners.
Detailed in a blog post, Google said Project Fi will cost $20 a month for the basic plan (talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering and coverage in 120+ countries), with an additional $10 monthly fee for each 1GB of data you desire. If you don’t use all of your purchased data in a month, you’ll receive a pro-rated amount refunded back to the account.

Google is working with T-Mobile and Sprint to expand its coverage; at the moment, it offers 4G in most major metropolitan areas, with 3G servicing other parts of America (Montana seems to be the least covered).
Project Fi is currently invite-only – request to be added here.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Google to drop China’s CNNIC Root Certificate Authority after trust breach


Last month, a Chinese certificate authority issued valid security certificates for a number of domains, including Google’s, without their permission, which resulted in a major trust breach in the crypto chain.
CNNIC had delegated its authority to Egyptian intermediary MCS Holdings to issue the certificates in question and the company installed it in a man-in-the-middle proxy internally.
Google said in its original post that CNNIC had “delegated their substantial authority to an organization that was not fit to hold it.”
Today, the company has updated its post saying it will drop the CNNIC root certificate authority entirely after a joint investigation into what happened, despite the companies confirming that the certificate were never used outside a test lab.
In its post, Google said that “CNNIC Root and EV CAs will no longer be recognized in Google products” and an update will be issued soon for Chrome that removes the provider.
The security provider has come under fire in the past for allegedly performing internet censorship on users inside China, as well as reportedly producing malware.
Those affected have a small window in which Google will allow certificates to be trusted so they have time to issue a new one, before they are marked as invalid.
CNNIC’s CA may eventually be re-added, however, with the post noting that “CNNIC will implement Certificate Transparency for all of their certificates prior to any request for reinclusion.”
All computers trust a number of root certificate providers by default, including CNNIC, however it only takes the relaxed security of one provider to compromise the security of the entire issuing chain.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Smartbox by Inbox: the mailbox of tomorrow, today

Mail is a wondrous thing. From the early days of the homing pigeon to the herculean efforts of the Pony Express, mail has connected us for generations. The advent of email brought the world even closer together. And yet, despite this leap forward, physical mail still just sits there. In a box. All day. 

So today we’re excited to introduce Smartbox—a better, smarter mailbox that fuses physical mail with everything you love about the electronic kind:



Smartbox is currently in field trial—stuck in the ground, in a field—for Inbox by Gmail customers. If you’re not yet using Inbox, simply email inbox@google.com anytime before April 2 to be invited, and to reserve your spot on the Smartbox waitlist.



(Cross-posted from the Gmail Blog)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Google and Johnson & Johnson team up to build surgery-assisting robots


Johnson & Johnson, one of America’s largest beauty and pharmaceutical manufacturers, today announced that it is partnering with Google to develop medical robots that can assist surgeons in the operating room.
By looking to robots, both companies hope that the technology can help give medical professionals greater control and precision to make surgery as minimally invasive as possible to expedite the healing process.
Google’s Life Sciences team specified that they hope to use imaging and sensor technology to provide detailed imaging and data analytics during procedures, such as highlighting blood vessels, nerves or tumor margins, or showing relevant surgical information at the right time. Information will also be displayed in an overlay interface during operations so surgeons do not have to view multiple screens to access relevant data.
“This collaboration with Google is another important step in our commitment to advancing surgical care,” Gary Pruden, worldwide chairman of J&J’s global surgery group said in a press statement. “Together, we aim to put the best science, technology and surgical know-how in the hands of medical teams around the world.”
Today’s collaboration is the latest extension of Google’s foray into medical tech. Last year, it partnered with Novartis to create a smart contact lens that measures the wearer’s blood glucose levels.
Google’s collaboration with J&J today is part of Google X’s Moonshot projects, which include many curious programs such as Project Loonself-driving cars, the aforementioned contact lens and, of course, Google Glass.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Google Cloud now makes it easy to deploy applications in one click

Google’s Cloud service just got a little easier to use. Today, it announced Google Cloud Launcher which makes it easy to deploy applications like WordPress or entire stacks like LAMP in a single click.
The new launcher features more than 120 open source applications that are either configured by Bitnami or Google Click to Deploy. You simply need to select a piece of software, choose a few options and it’s up and running.

It also includes a number of developer tools and setups like Gitlab, Jenkins, Node.js and Ruby on Rails, along with databases like MongoDB, MySQL and more. Cloud Launcher will also ensure these packages are integrated with Google Cloud Monitoring so you can get performance metrics from your installs.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Google uses new techniques to speed up Javascript load times in latest Chrome release



Always obsessed with speed, Google shared today that it has improved the way Chrome loads Javascript files in the latest version of Chrome, now loading at the same time as beginning to parse them.
Script streaming in Chrome 41 allows the browser to process asynchronous and deferred scripts as soon as the download of those files begins, not after it’s completed. Previously, the browser would download and then parse the files step by step.
This improvement means that pages can load up to 10 percent faster than previously.

Code caching is also used in Chrome 42 to help speed up sites you frequently visit. Google says that traditionally, the browser compiles a page’s Javascript on every visit, but the new build of Chrome stores a local copy of compiled code for execution on frequently visited sites.
Google touts this technique as saving up to 40 percent of compile time and reducing battery drain on mobile devices, which is great news for everybody.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Google releases Street Art watch faces featuring well known street artists


The Apple Watch may have had a huge news week, but Google made sure to remind everyone that Android Wear devices are already on the market. Today it’s adding some pretty great art to those watches with its own curated street art app.
The Street Art watch face app features street art from AitchMariana Dias CoutinhoPaulo ArraianoPhibs and more. In addition to making your watch a bit more artsy, you can determine if the watch face is digital, analog or minimal.
You can also determine if the face shows the date.

Beyond the watch faces that ship with Android Wear, these are the first custom watch faces from Google. If you’re a fan of any of the artists, or just art in general it’s worth a download just to see if you find something you like.

Google unveils a more powerful Chromebook Pixel for $999


Google’s Chromebook Pixel was a peculiar experiment when announced two years ago. On the one hand it had awesome hardware; on the other, its price seemed too high for what Chrome OS could offer.
Now Google is launching a quicker, cheaper Chromebook for $999. It features a similar all-metal design to the previous iteration, but this time comes with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a (still tiny) 32GB SSD.
It’s still way more expensive than pretty much every other Chromebook out there, but there isn’t anything else comparable.
There’s also a more advanced “LS” (for – wait for it – ‘ludicrous speed’) model available with a Core i7 chip, 16GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. That model comes in at $1300.
The screen, meanwhile, remains largely unchanged from last year. Not that that’s a bad thing: it’s a 2560 x 1700 display with a rare 3:2 aspect ratio, and is still touch-sensitive.
The laptop features USB-C connectivity, which like on the new MacBook, takes care of charging, data and video functions (more on what USB-C can do here). Google does the unthinkable, however, and includes two ports.
Despite all that newfound power and crazy display, Google is claiming 12 hours of battery for average use at medium brightness. When you do need to recharge, the laptop will take advantage of USB-C’s high power delivery to provide 2 hours of battery life in 15 minutes of charge time.
Google is selling the Pixel from a new online Google Store, where it’s selling all sorts of branded products. The online store arrives concurrently with the company’s first physical store, unveiled in London earlier today.
The revamped Pixel is available for purchase in the US right now.

Google launches new store for ‘Made with Google’ hardware


Just as Google announced a new Chromebook Pixel, the company has also taken the wraps off a new store that will sell “Made with Google” hardware.
The new store will sit alongside the existing Play Store and exists to make it easier to learn more about the hardware while you’re shopping. The site is made up of big pages that tout the features and specifications of hardware in a similar way to Apple’s per-product splash pages on its site.
Everything from the Chromebook Pixel to the Nest thermostat is on the new store and shipping is free within the US. The site also works on tablets and mobile phones so you can buy new devices with ease.
It’s not clear if the Play Store for hardware will live on for long, but for now, both co-exist as separate entities.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Of course Google released an Android Wear commercial today

Just hours before Apple’s “Spring Forward” event where the company is expected to unveil details on the Apple Watch, Google went ahead and released its latest commercial for Android Wear. Because of course it would.
The short ad featuring the tunes of Shamir’s “On the Regular” continues Android’s “Be Together. Not the Same” campaign which touts the various options users have to experience Android instead of being locked in to, well, whatever device Apple wants you to buy.
Check out the not-so-subtly-titled commercial, “Android: Wear whatever you want,” below.


Google’s working on an Android app for events


 It looks like we may soon see a new Android app for managed events. Google released a build of what it’s calling Interactive Events to Google Play, but is keeping mum about its features.
From the screenshots, it looks like the app lets users check into conferences and symposiums, and receive information like the agenda, schedule and venue for events.
It’s not clear right now how organizers might add content for distribute event details — those tasks might require a browser-based tool.

The app is clearly a work-in-progress: instead of a splash screen, users are greeted by a message that reads:
CONFIDENTIAL DOGFOOD
Shhh! This is a CONFIDENTIAL internal dogfood version of the Interactive Events app. Do not show this to non-Googlers and do not discuss this externally.

There’s not a whole lot to do in the app right now, except attempt to sign in to an event with a text or QR code.
We’ve contacted Google to find out more and will update this post when we hear back.