Marty Eich | May 17 2013 06:20 PM
With the closing of Google I/O 2013 upon us, it seems as though now would be a good time for some reflection for this week's Friday's Big Question. Where to begin? In no certain order, here is what was announced, revealed, and revamped at this year's I/O.
Jeff McIntire | May 17 2013 06:15 PM
AOKP, the popular ROM for women and for men who are secure enough in their manhood to use a ROM with pink unicorns in it, has merged the necessary code to support Sony's Xperia Z and ZL flagships into its github. This means official nightly support begins with the next automatically-built nightly, scheduled for tomorrow. Of course, if you don't want to wait until then and wish to build it for yourself, you might be interested to know that the official guide to building AOKP was also recently updated.
Jeff McIntire | May 16 2013 10:20 PM
Are you disappointed that there was no announcement about a second-generation Nexus 7 or Android 4.3? Personally, I was expecting I/O to be an exciting event sans such announcements, and my expectations have already been fulfilled, even though there is still another day remaining. Nevertheless, rumors persist about the next version of Android and a successor to the venerable Nexus 7, this time indicating that they will be announced in July.
Derek De La Cruz | May 16 2013 04:05 PM
Yesterday was a day full of overhauls and updates that were announced during the keynote address at Google I/O. We have seen a future update to Google Maps, a new subscription service and a new look for Google Music, the new Google Hangouts Messaging service, Google Wallet integration with Gmail, and an update to Google Search, which includes some new cards for Google Now.
Kevin Ethridge | May 16 2013 03:40 PM
During the keynote address for its I/O conference yesterday Google showed off the upcoming update to Maps for mobile devices. Among the updates are a new interface, integrated reviews, and easier navigation of search results.
Derek De La Cruz | May 16 2013 01:10 AM
The long-awaited cross-platform messaging service from Google has finally arrived, and it is called Hangouts (unfortunately for you "Babel" fans). Hopefully, the "Hangouts" name won't be confusing to you (editor's note: ironically, "Babel" is the ancient Hebrew word for "confusion"). Google Hangouts was already a widely-used feature on Google+ before this announcement, but now it encompasses more than simple video chats over the Google+ platform.
Jeff McIntire | May 16 2013 12:25 AM
It turns out that the rumors are true - Samsung is indeed manufacturing a Google Edition of its popular Galaxy S IV, as announced earlier at Google's I/O event. The phone will run stock Android 4.2.2 (as of now, the latest version of Android, since there has not yet been any announcement of a 4.3 update). Also, the bootloader will be unlocked, but this piece of nerdvana will come at the hefty price of $649 (hefty compared to the Nexus 4, at least).