Let me start with admitting this… I am a watch snob. I really like expensive watches, and not just for the name brand, but I prefer the styling and quality.
I personally have a TAG, and let me tell you, I was super excited when this announcement was made.
TAG Heuer has entered the SmartWatch arena! But… It’s primarily an Android Wear device, but a slight catch is that there is an iOS Android Wear app that will also make this watch work with Apple devices. Sorry Windows Phone users… seems you are out of luck.
I will be looking for this watch at CES next week to get more information about it, but in the meantime, you can check out the TAG Heuer Connected website to learn more.
Google Play Music finally arrived for iOS. I was happy with Apple’s iTunes Match and the features it provided but not the price.
iTunes Match ($24.99/ per year) allows access to your music library from iTunes on your computer or in the Music app on your iOS device. After using iTunes Match for a year, I found that I didn’t take advantage of the service enough to justify the expense. When it was time to renew I went back to manually syncing music from my computer.
I decided to give Google Play Music a shot, mostly because it is free and provided some great features. Right after installing I was impressed with the user interface and the layout of the app. Read more
Vic Gundotra who runs Engineering at Google started the event off with welcoming 6,000 attendees to the 6th annual Google I/O event in San Francisco, California. He also took the time to thank developers for building great applications.
Sundar Pichair who heads both Android and Chrome followed Vic Gundotra and shared a video with talking about the number of activations Android is experiencing. In 2012 they activated over 400 million Android devices, bring the total number today to 900 million.
Continuing with numbers, Hugo Barra took the stage to talk Android application development and downloads. Google Play has had over 48 billion apps installed with 2.5 billion being installed in the last month alone.
Google also announced they will have a Samsung Galaxy S4, Google Edition. The smartphone will be going on sale in the Google Play store on June 26th. The handset will be running Android 4.2.2. This will be a true Android experience without all the overlays and bloatware many manufactures install.
Google’s version of the Galaxy S4 will be an unlocked GSM model that works on AT&T and T-Mobile and will cost consumers $649.
Google also unveiled their music subscription service for $10 a month. There is a 30-day trail to give it a test drive. If Google Play Music All Access sounds like your cup of tea and you subscribe to this service before June 30th it will only cost $7.99 a month. Consider it a gift for being an early adopter.
Towards the end of the event keynote, Google showed off their next major version of Maps for Android. The new look will have a bigger search bar and has a much smoother look to it. There will also be Google Offers built into the redesigned app. This will allow for offers to be saved right from the Maps app and redeemed at the destination. The new Google Maps is set to arrive this summer.
Also announced was Goggle Hangouts for iOS, look for an individual write-up on that.
Today Google released Google Now on iOS. “The right information at just the right time”, states the demo video. From our experience with the Android version this is going to be a welcome addition to iOS.
Google Now gives you information at your fingertips, before you even ask for it. Google Now also gives you weather, traffic alerts, as well as live updates on sport scores, news, and updates on stories that you have been following. The more you use Google Now, the more relevant information it provides to you.
Google Now is built into the Google Search app update and is available via this link from the app store.
Below is a video of Google Now and you can follow this link to download the app.
Andy Rubin, founder of Android has decided that he is going to leave the Android team and start a “new chapter at Google”.
Android has a global partnership of over 60 manufactures, over 750 million devices activated (globally) and about 25 billion applications have been downloaded from the Google Play Store, under Rubin’s leadership.
Taking his place will be Sundar Pichai, who currently works with Chrome and Apps.
Happy First Birthday Google Play! A year ago today Google rebranded their Android Market to the Google Play Store, which offers more than just apps. Celebrating their birthday, Google is going to be offering discounts on their music, books, magazines, TV shows and exclusive gaming offers.
This celebration will carry on throughout the week. Check out the goodie bags and discount offers they are running via this link.