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The Google I/O 2015 Drawing Is Complete, Rejection Emails Now Hitting Inboxes

Are you having a good day? Well, Google might be about to ruin it. The Google I/O ticket drawing is complete, so you should have the results in your email. Acceptance emails started going out a few days ago, but now everyone else should have their rejection. Bummer.

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Ars Technica: Google Is Preparing To Launch Android Pay, An API For Seamless Tap-And-Pay Transactions

Google has had a fairly rough time convincing consumers to use Wallet for in-store purchases. However, with the recent acquisition of Softcard's "technology" alongside plans to preload Wallet on Android phones from most major US carriers, Google is putting its weight behind a renewed effort to be a major player at brick-and-mortar locations. Amidst rumors that Google still has something else to announce at I/O, Ars Technica received a tip that a brand new payment platform called Android Pay will be announced at the conference.

According to the source, Android Pay is specifically geared for mobile devices and allows 3rd-party apps to drive both virtual and real-world purchases through a single interface.

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Google I/O Attendees, Check Your Inboxes - Moto 360 Distribution Emails Are Out

At this year's Google I/O, the company behind the search engine with the most o's promised attendees not one, but two Android Wear devices. The first was either an LG G Watch or a Samsung Gear Live. The second, a Moto 360. We haven't heard much about the latter since then, but emails are now going out. The time has come for I/O goers to check their inboxes.

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BlackBerry CEO Talks Trash About Android Security, Sour Grapes Abundant

One of the less exciting (but still important) announcements at Google I/O 2014 was that Google will be adopting part of Samsung KNOX as a security platform in Android itself. KNOX, which is currently only on Samsung devices, is a business-oriented security solution that keeps work and personal data separate and secure on a single device. Sounds pretty good, right? Not to BlackBerry CEO John Chen, but you know what is good enough? You'll never guess – a BlackBerry. Obviously.

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[I/O 2014] Google's ATAP Shows Off A Semi-Working Ara Prototype, Plus Prizes And Boards For Aspiring Developers

Project Ara is still going strong, and Google demonstrated it at I/O at the ATAP presentation. Project Ara Technical Lead Paul Eremenko talks up the modular phone platform in the video below (starting at around 23:30), bringing the concept beyond simple phone component upgrades. "What if a phone could see in the dark? What if a phone could test if water is clean?" The collaborative Ara team wants the hardware to be just as flexible as the larger Android ecosystem.

They showed off a working, self-contained Ara "Spiral" prototype phone for the first time, with all the hot-swappable modules installed and a build of Android running.

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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.

Good luck not running that bill up.

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[I/O 2014] Google Announces New Features For All Three Drive Apps (Including Full MS Office File Editing)

There's finally a new Slides app for Android (and iOS), but that's not the end. All three of Google's office apps are getting some new features, including their own full version of tracking changes.

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[I/O 2014] AndroidTV Is Now Official, Will Be Available Publicly Alongside The L Release This Fall

At this point, it's no secret that Google was going to unveil Android TV. We've already seen several leaks, and last night Vector Unit prematurely published a changelog with the words "AndroidTV" all over it. So yeah, we knew it was coming. And now it's here.

First things first – Android TV looks fantastic. It's a new take on Android, designed from the ground up with a specific experience in mind (just like Android Wear), only this one's for the big screen. Google wants to take Chromecast a step further with AndroidTV, all while stomping its massive foot directly into the center of a market dominated by Roku and, more recently, Amazon.

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[I/O 2014] Google Announces Android Auto, Coming To Cars This Year

Android is coming to the car, and I don't mean a better way to attach your phone to the dashboard. Android Auto is officially a thing now, and more than 40 OEMs are now in the Open Auto Alliance. That includes 25 car makers that will be working with Android Auto. The first vehicles will come out later this year.

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[I/O 2014] Android Wear Expands With Full SDK And Awesome Syncing Capabilities

Today's Google I/O isn't exactly the coming out party for Android Wear - the company has already demonstrated the wearable platform in a preview form. But for developers, it's the main event: the full Wear software development kit will be available soon, and some of the more esoteric capabilities were elaborated upon. The early portions of the keynote demonstrated the user interface, which we've seen before, but the demonstrated capabilities are nonetheless impressive.

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Wear is basically a list of tiny notifications, which can either be static or include synced functionality. Most of these notifications are the same basic stuff you've seen in Google Now: airport alerts, calendar reminders, weather information.

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