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  • Google plans to bring password-free logins to Android apps by year-end

    Google plans to bring password-free logins to Android apps by year-end

    Google’s plan to eliminate passwords in favor of systems that take into account a combination of signals – like your typing patterns, your walking patterns, your current location, and more – will be available to Android developers by year-end, assuming all goes well in testing this year. In an under-the-radar announcement Friday afternoon at the Google I/O developer… Read More

  • Houzz wins “Best App” at the inaugural Google Play Awards

    Houzz wins “Best App” at the inaugural Google Play Awards

    Interior design and decorating resource Houzz is the overall best Android app of the year, according to Google, which this evening announced the results of the first-ever Google Play Awards at its developer conference, Google I/O. While in previous years, the company had rounded up large numbers of apps for “Best of” lists, the new Google Play Awards instead follows… Read More

  • Android apps can now react to your environment

    Android apps can now react to your environment

    What if the apps on your phone knew where you were, what you were doing, what’s nearby, and even what the weather was like outside, and then combined this information to react intelligently to your current situation? Would that be creepy or amazing? We will soon find out, it seems. At this week’s Google I/O conference, the company introduced new tools for app developers that… Read More

  • Google unveils its Amazon Echo competitor, a smart speaker called Google Home

    Google unveils its Amazon Echo competitor, a smart speaker called Google Home

    At its annual I/O developer conference, Google today unveiled a new hardware device and competitor to Amazon Echo, a portable speaker powered by voice assistance technology called Google Home. The device was widely rumored to have been in development under the codename “Chirp,” and the final product name was recently confirmed by The New York Times. Google Home Features Like… Read More

  • Google Now Comes Online (Well, Its Homepage Does)

    Google Now Comes Online (Well, Its Homepage Does)

    Google Now, the smart personal search assistant announced yesterday at Google I/O, has now come online. Well, the landing page for the service has come online, that is. The new site introduces the key aspects to Google Now, which arrives in Google’s next mobile operating system, Android 4.1 (aka Jelly Bean), including its ability to track flights, keep an eye on traffic and your… Read More