PCD Joins the Android Army
Today Personal Communications Devices announced that it has chosen Google's Android platform for a range of future devices, such as netbooks and "other converged devices that are embedded with wireless communications." PCD didn't specifically state that it will make mobile phones using Android, but the company does make a wide range of cell phones. PCD has also created a new division to oversee development of Android products.
'Daydream' to Serve as VR Platform for Android
Google today announced Daydream, a brand new platform for expanding virtual reality to more devices. The Daydream spec will be defined so hardware makers can make sure they create compatible phones.
Chrome for Android Gains Eddystone Beacon Smarts
Google says the latest release of Chrome for Android supports Eddystone Bluetooth beacons and can surface what's known as "physical web" content to nearby devices. Google's Eddystone beacons can now broadcast web content, such as URLs, to Android devices within range.
Google Provides More Details About Android 7.1 for Non-Pixel Phones
Google today talked about several new features headed to Nougat within Android 7.1. While the recently-announced Pixel handsets will ship with their own version of Android 7.1 (including Google Assistant), this iterative update will eventually be made available to Nexus and other phones.
Google Syncs Android O Reveal with Solar Eclipse
Google plans to reveal the name of Android 8 on August 21. The company has timed the revelation with the total solar eclipse that will occur in North America on that day.
Google Assistant Works with More Connected Home Gear
Google today improved Google Assistant on Android devices and its Google Home product. The assistant can now talk with a wider range of internet-of-things devices for the home, allowing people to take control over more things around their house through voice commands.
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