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Google Announces 'Daydream' VR Platform As Part Of Android N

Google handed out the first Cardboard viewers at I/O two years ago, which was a nice casual take on VR. With Android N, Google will start taking VR seriously. Daydream is the name for Google's new VR platform, which will include specifications for phones that properly support VR, headset reference designs, and a revamped VR interface/store.

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Google Wants Your Help Creating A Name For Android N

A new version of Android is on the way, but Google isn't announcing a name at Google I/O. All throughout the keynote, the next release continues to go by Android N.

That's set to change in the fall when the update starts appearing on new devices. But before then, Google needs to come up with a name.

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Google Photos Has 200 Million Monthly Active Users, 2 Trillion Labels Automatically Applied

Everyone's favorite online Photo management tool, Google Photos, is pretty popular. At the company's annual developer conference, I/O, Google just announced that Photos has over 200 million monthly active users, with over 2 trillion labels automatically applied to a variety of different photos. CEO Sundar Pichai said a lot of these were labelling selfies, which is mind-boggling when you think just how many selfies must be taken every day.

These usage statistics are pretty cool, especially for a product which only launched at last year's I/O. I personally use Google Photos for all my photo management, and can attest to how well thought out I find the entire product.

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Google Home Is Google's Voice-Controlled Smart Home Hub, Coming Later This Year

Amazon Echo is about to have company. As the New York Times reported, Google has a competing device in the works, and it has the full weight of the search giant's natural language processing behind it. If you haven't already heard the name, you could probably take a guess. It's Google Home.

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Family Library For Google Play Purchases Is Official, App Purchases Will Be Shared Among Up To Six Family Members Starting July 2nd

We knew it was coming eventually, but just before the Google I/O keynote began, Google updated its developer documentation with more details about Family Library. Most important, we have a launch date of sorts: July 2nd. That date marks when app purchases will be shared in the Family Library by default unless the developer opts out.

For those who aren't familiar, Family Library will be a way for trusted family members to share Play Store purchases among one another. We have seen bits and pieces popping up in our APK teardowns for a while now. When it comes to video purchases, for instance, we can tell that you will be restricted to streaming the same title on only one device at a time.

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The HTC 10 Launches On T-Mobile Today For $679.99 With Free Ice View Case And Extra Charger

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Google+ Web Preview Update Improves Mentions And Adds Polls

It seems that when Artem complains, things get done. Recently, our esteemed leader posted on his personal account about the mentions feature of Google+ and how awful he found it. Less than a fortnight later and Googler Luke Wroblewski has announced a new update for the Web Preview, which includes improvements to mentions, along with a new feature - polls.

What's New:

  • 79 bug fixes
  • 8 accessibility issues addressed
  • Ability to create polls
  • Ongoing improvements to +mentions (more coming)
  • About information always visible on Communities on small screens

Neither Artem nor I have the update yet, so the improved mentions cannot be tested, but they can't be worse than when Artem posted earlier this month.

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[Deal Alert] $5-6 Off Coupon Codes For Three Of Aukey's New USB Type-C Chargers With QC 3.0 & Nexus Rapid Charge Support

I reviewed Aukey's lineup of chargers a couple months ago and overall, I liked them. They are solid, affordable, and work well. My only qualm with them was that they were not capable of rapid charging my Nexus 6P. Well, Aukey has some new chargers out now that solve that issue. They sent me three to check out and I'm happy to report that they work great with QC devices and the new crop of Nexus phones alike.

All three chargers sport one USB Type-C port that is compatible with Nexus phones and QC 3.0 devices, the other ports are 2.4A adaptive ports that will work just fine to juice up your other gear.

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Google Releases Google Play Developer Console App In The Play Store

Yo dawg. Google heard you like apps, so it made an app for tracking your apps. Specifically, there's now an app version of the Google Play Developer Console. It just went live in the Play Store, but it'll really only do you any good if you develop apps.

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iFixit Tears Down The Pixel C, Finds 17 Magnets And Glue, Lots Of Glue

Do you like Android device porn? We sure do. We love it when phones and tablets shed their outer shells and splatter all their naughty bits for us to gawk at and drool over. It's innocent fun and we learn a thing or two about smartphone anatomy that they don't teach us at school. The most educational gadget porn providers are iFixit: they don't just show you what's lodged inside your favorite gadgets, they also teach you how to get to the important bits in case you need to fix them. They're like the physiology professors of techies.

The latest device to pass under iFixit's scalpel is the Pixel C, Google's most recent and most awesome tablet.

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