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Google getting serious with Cardboard

Posted by wicked December - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Whatever it started as, Google’s virtual reality viewer originally released as a “device” made out of a cardboard box has proven so successful that Google is investing even more in the platform. According to Google, they count more than half a million Cardboard viewers in use and with numbers like that, they have released a new round of updates for users, developers and makers of the device.

For users looking for a Cardboard compatible app, Google is making things a little easier with a dedicated collection page in the Google Play Store just for Cardboard apps. There are a variety out there including test drives, concerts, even games.

Developers who want to try their hand at a VR application now have access to a new set of Cardboard SDKs for Android and Unity. Google says the SDKs will speed the development process by taking over things like lens distortion correction, head tracking and side-by-side rendering. That will allow developers to focus on things like gameplay or graphics.

Google also announced the release of updated specifications for the open source Cardboard viewer. The primary addition to this update is specs for specific cutting tools that will help producers more easily do things like laser- or die-cut their viewers, even in large quantities. However, users who want a DIY solution can still use the specs for their own device.

Google indicated that next year they plan to add a calibration tool to the Cardboard SDK. This means things like the base and focal length for different viewers can be defined and apps will automatically adjust.

Anyone out there using Google Cardboard?

source: Google Developers

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Google makes Android SDKs available on DVD for offline use

Posted by wicked December - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Now more than ever, Google is focusing on getting more of their products into the hands of users in developing markets. Take for example, Android One. The program is based on getting sub-$150 handsets to people in the world who wouldn’t normally have access to them, let alone be able to afford them. With the expansion of Android One around the world, there are going to be more developers wanting to make products using the Android SDK.

Sure, the SDK is available online, but what happens if you don’t have a trustworthy or fast enough internet connection? Google now has you covered, as they’re releasing the Android SDK and more on DVD.

If you’re interested in getting the kit for yourself, simply get in contact with your local Google Developer Group. They’ll ship you a kit that includes a total of 30GB worth of information, including YouTube videos, Cloud Platform documentation, and much more. Here’s the list of everything that’s included in kit:

Google making the Android SDK available for offline use is absolutely a step in the right direction, as more and more developers in regions with slower internet or low data caps will need access to it in the future. Now it should be pretty easy for people all around the world to get their hands on the SDK.

Google releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and other tools

Posted by wicked October - 17 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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As previously reported, Google has followed up their official release of Android 5.0 Lollipop earlier this week with the announcement that the full Android 5.0 SDK is now ready for developers to download. Along with the new SDK, the team is also making available updated developer images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), ADT-1, and the Android emulator. On their Android Developers Blog, Google indicates the first consumer devices to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop will be the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player starting on November 3rd with the Nexus 9. They indicate other Nexus devices, including the Nexus 4, 5, 7 (both the 2012 and 2013 versions), 10, and Google Play Edition devices, will receive an OTA update for Android 5.0 Lollipop “in the same timeframe.”

Android 5.0 Lollipop is packed full of new features and a long list of new APIs that developers can take advantage of, including the code necessary for their new Material Design, enhanced notifications, Project Volta and Battery Historian, Android Runtime (ART), OpenGL ES 3.1, and 64-bit support. With so many changes, Google is encouraging developers to grab appropriate preview images and start testing their apps now so they can be ready when consumer devices start getting Android 5.0 Lollipop.

If you don’t mind wiping your system, the developers have also made final preview images of Lollipop available for the Nexus 5 (“hammerhead”) and the Nexus 7 (2013) (“razor”) devices. If you decide to go down this path though, note that you will not receive the OTA update when released in November until you install a factory image on your device.

Google is also encouraging developers to go ahead and publish their updated apps with support for Android 5.0 Lollipop to Google Play. Depending on how fast developers move on this, we should probably expect to see a ton of updated apps hitting Google Play in the coming weeks.

source: Android Developers Blog

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If you’re one of the many who jumped ship from their stable Android version to try out the Android L Developer Preview, you definitely noticed it’s not exactly the most polished thing in the world (not even close, actually).

No reason to be mad at Google, though — it’s just a developer preview, and we’re lucky to have something before launch.

As most Android enthusiasts tend to do, we looked ahead, and hoped for Google to upload an updated factory image of the L Developers Preview. But according to Googler Rich Hyndman, it ain’t happening.

Here’s what Hyndman had to say on the matter:

“There’ll be some extras coming, like the 64-bit emulator. But I don’t believe new device images are coming,” Hyndman said.

He also noted that, as we know, the release is primarily for developers to be able to test their apps and get them ready for the L launch.

“It is the first time we’ve had a preview release and it will mean less chance of issues with apps in the Play Store at launch and more apps ready to take advantage of the new features,” Hyndman said.

Expect the official version of L to start hitting Nexus devices this fall, alongside the launch of one (or more) new Nexus devices.

Check out Hyndman’s video about the developer preview below.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Source: BGR

 

 

 

 

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Well folks, it’s finally here.

Want to grab the Android L developer preview factory images? Just hit the break. (For the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7.)

But first, heed this warning from Google.

The Android preview system image is not a stable release, and may contain errors and defects that can result in damage to your computer systems, devices, and data. The preview Android system image is not subject to the same testing as the factory OS and can cause your phone and installed services and applications to stop working.

Grab the download link in the source, and as always be careful.

Source: Developer.Android.com

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Android SDK for wearables coming in two weeks’ time

Posted by wicked March - 10 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Google has sold “millions” of Chromecasts, according to Android and Chrome chief Sundar Pichai. In addition to the sensational news of Chromecast sales, Pichai also noted at SXSW there would be an Android SDK for wearables coming soon. It fits a previously leaked timeframe, but little else was said for Google’s version of wearable software.

Though Pichai didn’t note exactly what the SDK would entail, he did say it wasn’t solely for smartwatches. According to him, Google’s idea is that the SDK will be built by them, saying it would be Gogole’s “vision for developers of how we see this market working”. but Developers and OEMs will have the option to pick and choose what to use. That makes it a more cross-platform option for wearables in general, and frees interested OEMs up to hardware development.

Pichai did give a solid timeline for a wearable SDK from Google, which is rare. Though he didn’t give specifics as to what the SDK would include, he did say it would arrive n two weeks’ time. While some expected a whole new operating system, it sounds as though there will be a simple SDK, at least for now. Many believe the smartwatch will be based on Google Now, so perhaps Developers will now have access to a Google Now SDK — something many have pined for since the launch of the Search skin.

Chromecast sales are interesting, but the little plug-in heading to more countries is much more important. The Android SDK for wearables is a potentially big deal for tiny devices, and could do for smartwatches and other wearables what Android did for smartphones. We’ll be looking forward to an announcement from Google later this month.

Source: The Next Web

Chromecast to expand to new markets within the month

Posted by wicked March - 10 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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At Sundar Pichai’s keynote at the SXSW (South by Southwest) conference, he mentioned that Chromecast would be hitting “many more countries” in the coming weeks.

These countries include the UK and Australia, which had been rumored since last month. Because the device’s SDK was released in February, you can expect the capabilities of the dongle to expand in the next few months as well.

He didn’t talk about sales figures, but mentioned that the numbers are in the millions, and is continuing to grow rapidly.

During the keynote Pichai also mentioned that an Android SDK for wearables would be coming in the next two weeks as well.

Source: The Next Web

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Chromecast now available from Amazon for $30

Posted by wicked February - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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If you’ve been thinking about grabbing a Chromecast in the past few days, now may be the time to do it. The device is currently available on Amazon for $30. There doesn’t appear to be any side-deals on this one, like there have been in the past, which include Google Play Credit, rebates, etc.

With Chromecast’s SDK now available to the public, the device is as valuable as it’ll ever be, until of course the next model comes out. If you’re down to dongle, head on over to Amazon and grab one.

Source: Amazon

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LG releases SDK for their QSlide technology

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

LG has made the SDK for their QSlide technology available to interested Developers. QSlide is what gives LG apps the ability to overlay one another, while others continue to run visibly in the background. The utility will be limited to LG devices, but this move encourages increased Development for their platform.


Found on their G2, the functionality of QSlide is great for multitasking. Users simply open an app, which then lays over the existing app in a smaller window. When you need to fire off a quick email or set a reminder, but don’t really want to stop watching that YouTube video, it’s a dream.

Launching the SDK will allow Developers to make their apps act a bit more like LG’s, which can be great for fans of the LG OS environment. By including the SDK, Developers will have the choice of floating and fullscreen modes, as well as customizing the window appearance — all the way down to transparency levels. A quick launch icon can also be added to the LG QSlide tray in the notification menu.

Those who are interested can pick up the SDK via LG, which also comes with some reference reading. The SDK documents provide a how-to of sorts for getting an app up and running with QSlide, showing that LG is very serious about the program. Likely a big part of LG’s future, we expect to see QSlide on both the G 2 Pro and G3 in the near future.
VIA: Android Central

OUYA developer consoles begin shipping December 28th

Posted by wicked December - 1 - 2012 - Saturday Comments Off

It appears as though the highly anticipated and long-awaited OUYA consoles have officially been given a firm ship date of December 28th today, in addition to the news that the console’s SDK, dubbed “ODK”, would be available later that very same day. This announcement means Kickstarter backers can expect to receive the device “within a couple days” of the 28th, effectively kicking off their new year with a bang.

Production units are still expected to ship some time in March of next year, though the company has yet to announce an official release date. On the software side of things, users can expect to set up their units, including account activations by Christmas day. For the full run-down, be sure to hit the source link below.

Source: OUYA