Ikea has been making furniture for a long time, since it was founded in 1943 in Sweden. Since then, its modern design and inexpensive prices has allowed it to become the largest furniture retailer in the world. However, they have not just been making chairs and tables. The company has also been focusing on other […]

Android TV allows third-party apps to target the largest screens in your house. TVs are huge displays that are shared by the whole family, making them great for not just media consumption (watching videos) but also displaying any passive information you want. Passive displays have fascinated me for a while, since the rise of smart […]

Android O is focusing on a wide variety of issues to make the user experience better and more secure. One feature, uncovered by Android Police, blocks apps installing APKs until the user explicitly approves that application. Users still need to allow installing apps from unknown sources, but it would then give more control over which […]

The Google Play Awards, held during Google I/O, is a chance to highlight the third-party developers who are advancing the Android platform with great apps. The awards were given out last night in a variety of categories, including Android TV. Google has a blog post for all of the apps, but of note in our […]

Google showed off its major redesign for Android TV last night. While we have a good idea of how new apps can integrate these features, there are still many questions we still have about this new experience. With the Android O beta, which we took a look at yesterday, we know a few answers, and […]

Last night at Google I/O a session was hosted about Android TV. Along with this new UI there was documentation posted about the new way apps can interface with it, using the TvProvider APIs. This gives a lot of information about how this experience will work, as well as raising a few questions about how […]

Last night was the big session for Android TV, where they went into detail about Android TV’s new interface. The entire video session is below, but we’ll be highlighting some key new features. As detailed as the session is, there are still several questions we still have. Everything is Organized into “Channels” and “Programs” As […]

As part of Google I/O we learned a little something about existing Google Home devices, they have Bluetooth! Announced during the Keynote the Home is getting Bluetooth support. That means it’s yet another speaker you connect to via Bluetooth because we needed more of those, but it’s one thing that the Echo had over the […]

Kotlin has been discussed in the Android development community as a potential replacement for Java. It has several advantages that make it quicker and easier to write, with less boilerplate and potential errors. It can be compiled into Java, making it possible to use on Android, although with a few workarounds. Today, Google announced that […]

At this morning’s keynote, Google announced a number of new capabilities for Google Home. Of particular note are music and video services that can be automatically called and played. For music services like Spotify, which now works even for free tier users, the playback can happen straight on the device itself. For video services, like […]

Android TV is getting a big update this year along with Android O. There will be the Google Assistant along with an entirely new launcher. You can take a look at both in this CNET interview with the Android TV lead. You can see the launcher seems to be completely revamped with inline videos. As […]

At Google I/O Google has announced that YouTube’s 360-degree videos are coming soon to TVs, expanding beyond smartphones and web browsers for the first time. “It’s not just about the size of the screen,” YouTube product manager Sarah Ali said before demoing a 360-degree video from Coachella. “It’s about giving you an experience that [traditional] TV […]

GOOOD MORNING! It’s day 1 for Google I/O. We’ll make sure to cover everything we can. Everything begins with the keynote at 10am PST, and we’ll be live blogging everything. Nick FelkerNick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he’s not studying, […]