We've been hearing things about Google Glass, the Google-powered eyeball accessory, for a while now. While the device isn't quite ready for consumers (and won't be for a while), we got an extensive look at what these devices can do... right after Google-hired stuntmen jumped out of an airplane while on a Glass-based Hangout, then proceeded to bike across rooftops, rappel down the side of the Moscone Conference Center, and finally bike into the I/O keynote to deliver the device on stage to Sergey Brin. This is the first product announcement in recent memory where someone could have feasibly died during a demo.
You thought that the liveblog was the only place news was happening? You thought wrong! Google has quietly updated the Play Store listing for the Galaxy Nexus GSM with a new, slightly lower price: $349. Remember, this is unlocked, off-contract pricing. The new listing page also shows the device running Jelly Bean which Google has promised will come to the Galaxy Nexus by mid July.
The Galaxy Nexus is still one of the best Android devices on the market right now. With official support for Google's newest OS on the fast track, it's only going to get better.
Source: Play Store
Hope you've got a large available line of credit for this year's Google I/O, because the big G is not holding back. After we've found leaks of the mysterious
orb of power Nexus Q, now Google's device page has shared some more secrets: expensive bookshelf speakers to go along with its new "social streaming media player."
The speakers will only be available in the US initially, and seem to be of a pretty high quality. We should certainly hope so, for the price. In any case, this certainly lends yet another intriguing element to the "Google Play @ Home" mentioned in the Nexus Q video.
Open the flood gates and let the Play Store news come in this morning! It looks like Google has updated support of its web store at play.google.com for at least 20 new languages. One of our esteemed tipsters pointed out today that the languages list has gotten bigger. Much bigger. We checked it out for ourselves and it's true.
Left: Old list of languages. Center, Right: So many more languages!
As you can see the list of languages is much, much longer. Including such hits as Filipino, Kiswahili and the very odd and remote dialect of English (United Kingdom).
An enterprising young reddit user has discovered some interesting new bits in the Play Store source code today. New lines of code, as well as some new strings that indicate users will now be able to watch television shows and read magazines on their devices. So far, the Play Store's video offerings have been limited to movies, and Google Currents has specialized in blogs only.
Here are the full strings found in the source code:
"This magazine issue is now available on your device."
"You have subscribed to this magazine. It is now available on your device."
"Your TV episode is now ready to watch."
"Your TV season is now ready to watch."
It's unclear whether this means users will be able to purchase or merely rent television episodes, however given the availability of "Your TV season", I'm inclined to believe it's the former.
Sirius XM subscribers will soon have one more way to consume the content that they pay for - this time through Google TV. It's said that the partnership and application will be announced at Google I/O this week, and the app should be available "this summer," though no specific date has been given.
The service will be available to all Sirius XM subscribers and include all of Sirus' most popular content, like the ramblings of Howard Stern, "Carlin's Corner" (a channel dedicated specifically to George Carlin), ESPN SportsCenter, and a host of other similar content.
Now you have even more of a reason to buy the new $99 Co-Star Google TV from Vizio.
If you've been wanting to check out Google TV but just couldn't justify shelling out a couple hundred (or more) dollars for the sake of seeing what it's all about, Vizio's new Co-Star Stream Player could be the answer you've been waiting for.
Announced just today, the Co-Star is a $99 Google TV that connects to your current set-top box via HDMI pass-through. It offers the full-on Google TV experience, including an HTML 5 Chrome browser, 1080p and 3D support, a host of apps, and a two-sided universal touchpad remote. What's more, the Co-Star also features baked-in support for OnLive streaming.
Sony just announced its Internet Player, and Google is continuing the Google TV news with a revamp to its Google TV landing page. The site gives users a brief overview of what the platform does. Most notably, the "How It Works" page explains the distinction between the two types of Google TVs: integrated and what is apparently now known as "buddy box" style.
The site also now lists many of the major Google TV products, which aren't all that numerous. Notably absent is the Logitech Revue which, while old, is still one of the cheapest ways to get in on Google's television platform, and the only box comparable in price to its competitor, the Apple TV.
Google I/O is coming and we already expect a bevy of Android related announcements. Furthermore, rumours of a Google-branded Android tablet have been swirling around for some time now, and last month a benchmark report indicated that the 7-inch tablet would be manufactured by Asus.
According to a leaked internal training document, recently uncovered by Gizmodo Australia, the Google tablet will indeed be manufactured by Asus and will feature the following specs:
- 7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280x800 and a 178-degree viewing angle
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor
- nVidia GeForce 12-core GPU
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB or 16GB of internal storage
- 1.2 MP front-facing camera, no rear camera
- NFC with Google Wallet
- Android Beam
- Battery life estimated at 9 hours
Aside from the specs, which are quite impressive, there are two pieces of news that are especially interesting.