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And I know where all of my money will be going this year (hopefully).
 
Excited to announce that our official dates for Google I/O in San Francisco are May 28 & 29, 2015. Whether you’re able to join us in person, online via I/O Live or at an I/O Extended event in your local community, we’re looking forwarding to connecting with the global +Google Developers community to share what we’re working on next. 

More details to come over the coming weeks; be sure to check https://events.google.com/io2015/ for the latest.
Google I/O 2015 brings together developers for an immersive, two-day experience focused on exploring the next generation of technology, mobile and beyond. Join us online or in person May 28-29, 2015.
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Prices of #AndroidAuto  head units announced at #ces2015  are outrageous. The lowest one is coming in at $700, and that's with a crappy resistive touch screen, while capacitive screens aren't appearing for less than $1000. I can't fathom these price points.

I'm going on record right now that I anticipate somebody is going to work with Google to produce semi-DIY kits that can be purchased for around $100-$150. Whoever does that is going to make a lot of money... Because I will buy one, and I think I know a lot of other writers who will be in line right behind me. <wink><wink>
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I wish someone like Motorola will make a good unit with good price tag, and clean UI. #waiting  
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It's easy to tell somebody didn't read an article when they clearly didn't read the article.  –____–

Three writers picked tablets on the Android Police Holiday Gift Guide, one of which was the iPad Air 2, but a lot of sites are blissfully ignoring that (and pretending that we ranked anything). #FactsNeedNotApply

I think we can also call out the use of "coup de grâce." Seriously, coup de grâce. This is a stretch, even if you're only reading the specific passage.  #FoxNewsAuditions

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Summary:When a leading Android fansite picks the iPad Air 2 as the top tablet for it's holiday gift guide, you know something is seriously wrong with Android tablets ecosystem as a whole.
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It's ridiculous. I agree that iPad is a better product than Android tablets, BUT that doesn't mean Android tablets are bad. If I woke up tomorrow and someone was handing me an Android tablet like a Nexus 9 or 10, I would definitely not be thinking, "I wish this was an iPad..."

Kudos to you and AP for being honest and professional Cody. I think I speak for everyone who reads AP often when I say that's why we love the site so much!
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Android 5.0 adds support for carriers to auto-install their own apps directly from the Play Store after setup completes. I'd like to know how this is implemented.

If this is just going to involve a config file stored on the device firmware, then it will be a bit awkward if the phone (or tablet) is later unlocked and taken to another carrier.

On the other hand, if all of this is done dynamically by checking the service provider after setup or when a new SIM card is installed, it means that we might end up with carriers mysteriously installing their software, which would be obnoxious, and just a little insulting if it happens to a Nexus phone.

Will this be an option regular users can turn off or decline? I'm very curious about how this can play out.
Googlers talk future-proofing, Nexus devices, and the always-on voice commands.
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+Denham Crafton There's plenty that an app can do without being manually run on a device, it just needs the right triggers to initiate processing. That's not the element that worries me, since the carriers will still be on the hook for anything they install. In fact, I'm not even "worried" about this so much as I'm just curious. However, I think it will be profoundly annoying to have carrier apps randomly showing up after a factory reset, especially if it's without permission, and possibly even installed silently.

It seems like a great feature if implemented correctly, but there are a few fine details I really hope Google gets right.
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This is pretty cool. We were tipped off a couple of days ago about a former Stanford professor, and now a current Google X team lead, who linked to one of my articles in his bio. Of course, Marc Levoy, Eddy Talvala, and the rest of their team did all of the hard work, but I'm glad that my post didn't butcher the information too much.

Thanks for the heads up, Waleed!
I have retired from Stanford to lead a team at Google. My team is in GoogleX, and we work broadly on cameras and photography. One of our projects is computational photography for Glass. See also this post about better photos on Glass. Other projects include HDR+ mode on the Nexus 5 and a more ...
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I'd just like to point out that this is why I consider #Klout  to be kind of a joke. I've literally never posted a single thing to Instagram, but it somehow makes up 6% of my score? LinkedIn is about the same, but I may have accumulated a few random Likes from work anniversaries or something. At the very least, it's possible to have had something happen there, but it still ranks below a social network I've never used.

I'm far more active on Google+, where my follower count absolutely dwarfs all of the others combined, but it's supposedly worth half of either Facebook or Twitter. In fact, I've almost entirely stopped using Facebook and Twitter except to reply to people directly.

It's this kind of thing that makes me think the #kloutscore  is completely made up.
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Hah, please let Apple enter the search market. If the attempt at Maps is any kind of sign, we can look forward to 2 years of slow, really terrible results.
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Well they will charge 1$ per search , Apple cannot give even one service for free ...... so yeah 1$ and ofcourse there will be some mad applefans who will pay
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I just realized that this Nexus launch is basically rehashing all of the worst things from each of the previous launches. Check it out:

Nexus One – High price, enough that people were turned off by it (N6)
Nexus S – Inferior CPU (Nexus Player)
Galaxy Nexus – Inconsistent performance and bad battery life (n9)
Nexus 7 2012 – Bad build quality, particularly on the back (n9)
Nexus Q – Mostly useless at launch (Nexus Player)
Nexus 4 – Nightmarish ordering problems (n6)  –___–
Nexus 7 2013 – Beyond buggy at release (n9)
Nexus 5 – Heating issues (n9) … ok, this one is a little flimsy

This year's Nexus family is still made up of some good products, and certainly better than those of previous years, but there's no denying that this launch has been plagued with some pretty bad luck. At least software updates should be able to fix most of the N9 and Nexus Player issues, and the N6 will eventually be in stock long enough to be ordered, so things will get better. Here's to hoping things start going smoothly again soon.
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+Francois Roy N7 2013 had, and still has, a ness with the screen issues - multi touch doesn't work, there are ghost taps, etc., mine has also fallen victim to this crap

I pray to the google gods that they will never partner with Asus again - this us the shittiest OEM on the planet
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It's #updatageddon in the teardown room today!
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Introducing polls on Google+

Michael Jordan or LeBron James? Best pizza in New York City? The definitive James Bond? These are just some of the questions that can only be answered by asking those around us. Starting today, you can use polls on Google+ to settle the burning issues of our generation...or at least find out what your friends are thinking.

Polls make it easy to get opinions from your friends and followers on the things you’re curious about. You can create polls with up to five choices and use photos to make them beautiful and engaging. Check out the album on this post for examples from +The Hunger Games, +Mashable, +Neila Rey and +L’Oréal Paris India.

Of course, no poll is as interesting as the one you want answered, so give it a try for yourself -- just look for the new poll icon when creating a post. Polls will become available over the next few days on Android and the web, and are coming soon to iOS.

We’re excited to see how polls will spark conversations, so please share feedback with us as we work to make polls great for people, pages and communities on Google+.

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So, I'm just going to call this #warpgate . It's cooler than #bendgate  and it's nerd-appropriate.
You aren’t holding it wrong this time, but there’s a good chance your pocket might be doing terrible things to your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Owners of these new gadgets are [...]
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I beat you to it... Barely. Let's get this #warpgate started! https://plus.google.com/110865524329848064189/posts/JBFgCAPxn8R
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Maybe this is old news, but I just noticed that Google Play Games sign-in finally seems to be working on the ADT-1 for a few games, Anomaly 2 and Reaper specifically. It's still not working on Riptide 2 or Badlands. Anybody else experiencing this?

It seems like it might be related to how the account chooser works. I'm looking at starting a small game project, so I might check into this fairly soon.
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I may be mistaken, but I thought I saw somebody I was following had reached level 30. I just hit level 20 about an hour before I posted this, and I don't actually spend much time playing games, so I doubt I'd get anywhere near leveling again for a long time.
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  • Android Police
    Writer, 2013 - present
    I make words happen, sometimes they even make sense.
  • Dashing Cat Productions
    Founder, 2012 - present
    App development for mobile and desktop platforms.
  • Pentacle Graphics
    Founder, 2006 - present
    Contracting firm for software development and design.
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    IT, 2010 - 2011
    I managed software and networking, and also worked in the tasting room and at wine festivals.
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I'm a tech geek with flair.
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I write for Android Police and build software. I've sold computers, worked in wine, and slung booze (yes, real flair bartending).

I like to get out and snowboard in the winter, and play sand volleyball in the summer. I'm very into style, fashion, food, cocktails, movies, tv, and tech. I surround myself with good people, I learn everything I can, and I seek new adventures.
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  • Oregon Institute of Technology
    Software Engineering, 1998 - 2002