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All the new Google Maps features announced at I/O

All the new Google Maps features announced at I/O

While Google I/O gets a lot of attention for Android, Chrome, and Search, Google hasn't rested on its laurels for one of its most successful products: Maps. According to the I/O keynote presentation, over 100 improvements to the system are currently in the works, many of which are relying on new AI developments.

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Android 12's power button doesn't activate Assistant by default — yet

Android 12's power button doesn't activate Assistant by default — yet

Google is planning a radical design change with Material You. But it won't stop at the visual interface. According to announcements at the Google I/O developer conference, Android 12 will repurpose the power button in a way that's familiar to users of other devices. Long-pressing the power button will activate Google Assistant's voice control, at least by default.

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How do you feel about Google's big Wear OS (and Tizen and Fitbit) news today?

How do you feel about Google's big Wear OS (and Tizen and Fitbit) news today?

Wear OS isn't great. That's an opinion that seems to be fairly universal (with the usual exceptions), especially when you start comparing Android-powered wearables to those from Samsung, Fitbit, and of course, Apple. Google knows this, and they're working on it. Never has that been more apparent than at today's Google I/O developer conference keynote.

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Fitbit devices will run Wear OS in the future

Fitbit devices will run Wear OS in the future

Ever since Google bought Fitbit in 2019, we've been waiting to see what kind of effect that combination would have on both Fitbit's fitness-focused wearables and Google's own Wear OS. Today we know. At Google I/O, a Fitbit representative said it flat out: future Fitbit wearable devices will be running Wear OS.

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Android 12 Beta 1 goes live today

Android 12 Beta 1 goes live today

If you've been itching to get your hands on the absolute latest version of Android, you'll be able to later today. Google said during I/O that the latest beta build will be available today, May 18th. Pixel phones will absolutely be at the top of the list, but other devices from other manufacturers are also in the pipeline.

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Google I/O features the triumphant return of 2020's hottest blob-based music act

Google I/O features the triumphant return of 2020's hottest blob-based music act

Don't call it a comeback ... actually, yeah, it's a comeback. Google's Blob Opera digital experiment, a curiosity that became a brief sensation last December, will be back for tomorrow's Google I/O keynote speech. Google took to Twitter to make the announcement:

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Google I/O App Updated For 2016 With A Map, Schedules, And More

Google I/O App Updated For 2016 With A Map, Schedules, And More

With just a few weeks left until Google I/O 2016 kicks off, Google has dropped a new version of the I/O app into the Play Store. It includes a schedule of events, notifications, a map, and more. The mobile website has gotten very good this year, but the app still provides a few benefits.

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We're Live Tweeting Google I/O - Follow The Latest Keynote And Other Announcements On Twitter At @AndroidPolice

We're Live Tweeting Google I/O - Follow The Latest Keynote And Other Announcements On Twitter At @AndroidPolice

This is a quick reminder - AndroidPolice is attending Google I/O and live tweeting all major announcements.

Follow us at @AndroidPolice for the latest up-to-the-minute updates.

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We're Live Tweeting Google I/O - Follow The Latest Keynote And Other Announcements On Twitter At @AndroidPolice

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