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[New App] The Smartphone Remote Control App For Android TV Is Already On The Play Store

Well, that didn't take long. Just a couple of hours after the end of Google's I/O keynote, the Android TV remote control app has burst on to the Play Store. Download it now to control all the Android TV devices in your home! Which are none. Because Android TV isn't released yet. And won't be until the fall.

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If you're wondering why Google even bothered to put the app on the Play Store in the first place, it's because it's designed for the developer kits currently on display at I/O.

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[I/O 2014] Google Play Games Sees Improvements With Game Profiles, Quests, And Saved Games

Google announced Play Games at last year's I/O conference (hard to believe it's already been a year), and this year the company stepped it up a notch. They're integrating new features into the app, which includes a new Game Profile feature that exists and a sort of unified leaderboard with achievements and the like. Naturally, this lets users compare how they play with their friends. Nothing like a little competition, right?

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Razer Is Working On An OUYA-Style Micro-Console That Will Run Android TV For Fall 2014

Most of you are probably aware of the Razer brand through their admittedly awesome and phenomenally expensive PC gaming peripherals. Before the end of the year, they'll have a presence in the Android world as well. According to a press release, Razer will be developing its own Android TV product with (of course) a focus on gaming. It's currently planned for release in the fall, which might line it up with the wider Android TV debut. 

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Razer has been expanding into creating its own gaming hardware as of late, with its Blade laptops and Edge Windows tablet getting impressive feedback from reviewers even with their sky-high price tags.

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[New App] Google Slides App Joins Docs And Sheets In The Play Store

Google I/O is barely under way and already Google is dropping news that would be considered huge on any other day. The latest – the third piece of the Google Drive app troika has been announced. Presentation app Slides is now live in the Play Store.

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Just like the previously released Docs and Sheets apps, this one plugs into Google Drive to give you full editing and document creation capability using Google's presentation tool.

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[I/O 2014] Numerous Enterprise-Related Security Enhancements Are Slated For The L Release, Including Samsung KNOX Integration

We've heard that Google intended to really make a push for greater corporate adoption with the L release, and the company touched on some of its plans in today's keynote. It confirmed that Android will empower companies to separate personal data from work data using containers without outside companies having to apply additional code to their devices. Interestingly, this comes thanks in part to Samsung, which has contributed some of its KNOX code to the next version of Android.

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[I/O 2014] Google Announces The Gmail API - Promises Much Faster Performance Than IMAP

If you use a third-party app on any OS to manage your Gmail, you may be in for some very good news today: Google has announced the official Gmail API, and it's available immediately as a beta.

For developers of third-party email experiences, or apps that access email data, the Gmail API is huge. Previously, developers were left using IMAP as the typical way to interface with Gmail, and that standard is far from ideal for a great many reasons.

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[New App] Google Wants You To Build A MacGyver Version Of The Oculus Rift Out Of Cardboard And Stick Your Phone In It

This is Google Cardboard. It's really, really weird.

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Here's the gist: Google is experimenting with virtual reality displays at I/O 2014, including a new VR toolkit for developers to try out. They've also created an Android app that will let you simulate an Oculus Rift-style, dual-screen VR headset using only your phone, kind of like that Samsung rumor from last month. Here's the problem: you don't have a headset. Google I/O attendees are getting free headsets that they can build out of cardboard, which then holds their phone at optimal VR-viewing distance.

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[I/O 2014] Carrier Billing Coming To Tablets If It's Already Set Up On Your Phone

If you happen to be in one of the 25 countries where Google offers direct carrier billing on mobile phones, good news: you'll soon be able to buy apps, movies, music, books, and the like on your tablet and have it billed to your carrier...even on Wi-Fi tablets.

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So, your tablet doesn't have to actually be set up on your mobile account, just your phone. Once everything is good to go on the phone side, it should work through your Google account, thus allowing purchases to me made on tablets and show up on your monthly phone bill.

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[I/O 2014] Google Fit Platform Promises More Accessible Fitness Data, Multiple Partners Have Already Signed On

The new Google Fit Platform is a set of cross-platform APIs that developers can use to provide consumers with the means to better keep track of their fitness goals. The product intends to blend together data from multiple sources, so users can get a better overall picture of their performance and health. It empowers apps by providing them with access to a user's entire stream of fitness activity, letting software tap into data that it didn't capture itself and provide better recommendations.

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HTC Says The One M7 And M8 Will Get Android L Within 90 Days Of Release... Whenever That Might Be

The Android L release is so new it doesn't even have a name yet, but HTC wants to make sure you know it will be ready when it comes out. Or at least, shortly thereafter. Before the Google I/O 2014 keynote had even finished, HTC released the following statement on its software update page:

HTC Customers and Enthusiasts,

HTC is excited about the new features in Android L release and we can’t wait to share them with you.

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