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In Line with Apple, Google Debuts TV, Auto and Health Platforms at I/O

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 25, 2014 05:58 PM

Google and its chief rivals, Apple and Amazon, are vying for control of every aspect of consumers' lives, from health and having fun to driving your car and heating your home. 

Some of those advancements were on display today at Google's annual I/O developer's conference, including the debut of Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV and a new, non-dessert version of Android itself, simply titled "L." 

Sundar Pichai, SVP of Chrome and apps, told the crowd that more than 1 billion people use an Android-powered device each month with 93 million “selfie” photos snapped each day. Google plans to get Android devices into millions of more hands in developing countries with its Android One program, which will see Google engineers design low-cost devices that local companies will manufacture, such as India's Spice and Karbonn companies. 

By 2022, half of US households with a broadband internet connection will own at least one smart home device, up from about 12 percent in 2014, according to research from Parks Associates—a figure that does not include connected TVs, set-top boxes and gaming consoles.  

Speaking of set-top boxes, Google made a third play for the TV screen with the announcement of Android TV, a platform that combines the functionality of Android apps and Google Play with live TV. While it's not quite a set-top box (yet), Google said it's partnering with Sony and Sharp to develop Android TV-supported TV sets and gaming set-top boxes with Razer and Asus.Continue reading...


Ford Taps Google API to Test EV Fuel Efficiency

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 11, 2011 05:00 PM

Ford researchers this week presented a conceptual case of how the Google Prediction API could alter the performance of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle at the 2011 Google I/O developer conference.

According to Ford's press release, it's been testing the Google API to convert information such as historical driving data – where a driver has traveled and at what time of day for example – into useful real-time predictions, such as where a driver is headed at the time of departure.

The automaker also released a video, above, to educate consumers who may be confused about the alphabet soup of terms (EV, BEV, HEV, PHEV) describing electric vehicles.

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Google Takes Apple Bite With Mobile Music and Movies for Android

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 10, 2011 01:00 PM

Google's Music Beta service was the big news from the Android team at the Google I/O developers conference today.

The good news: it's live. The bad: It's accepting a limited number of requests to check it out — but only in the US.Continue reading...

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