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Going on All About Android in a few minutes! http://twit.tv/live
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2016 Google/Alphabet Tracker

As Google keeps getting bigger, this article series just keeps getting longer. This should be pretty much everything we know about that the company is working on. 
Android N, a big VR program, Google Glass, and lots more are in store for Alphabet.
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Been working daily to get these pics to stop coming into my phone 700+ emails sent to me w nude pics of my X or her fam an friends harrasing me ! Keep on saving to flash drives for court an they all have adresses and were sent to me !!! An they all tie directly to the source !I don't think she knows how bad they have been torture n me !3phones an 3 diff#s 
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OK I think I've got this OpenJDK thing nailed down. Google even filed a court document in the Oracle v. Google case about it. 
Google hopes to dodge issues in the Oracle lawsuit, and it gets a superior codebase.
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Does it have all 3 UK LTE frequencies & NFC?
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Android N? 
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+Rohan Mishra Americans, they make there version bitter and harder to spread than the Italian and Israel ones (the 2 that are available in Europe)
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The Pixel C isn't great, but that's because Android was pretty much Google's last choice as an OS for it.

The timeline:

• June/July 2014: "Ryu" (the Pixel C hardware) and "Project Athena" (touch-centric Chrome OS) are introduced into the Chrome OS repository.
• December 2014: Project Athena is cancelled.
• March 2015: Work begins on making Ryu dual-boot Chrome OS and Android.
• July 2015: The dual boot Ryu project is cancelled.
• September 2015: Google announces the Android-powered Pixel C (code-named Ryu.)

Android feels like a last-minute solution, and I think the Pixel C is just being rushed out for the holiday season. 
The Pixel C is ill-suited to Android, but it wasn't supposed to be this way...
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+BJ Cardon from a neutral viewpoint, yes, I think Apple Air 2 offers more value for the money, but if you are deeped invested in Android ecosystem (user habit, app purchases, and etc) This is the best Android tablet out there, and in these cases, it's could be better than the iPad.
Besides, from a hardware standpoint this is a truly uncompromising piece out there, it's rarely you can say a Android device (phone and tablet included) can beat out (not on par with) the best Apple product in the same category convincingly.
And I think the Pixel C just did that with a better Screen (pixel density, LTPS vs IGZO and etc), pure power, unique keyboard design, battery life and etc.
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Pixel C review

I can confirm: The Pixel C is still an Android tablet. You'll have the densest, most beautiful display ever put on a tablet, which you can use to display one app at a time, and that app was probably designed for a phone.

And also, yes, this has that new tablet layout.
A "productivity" device that can only display a single app at a time?
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Monthly updates happen monthly!
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Article changelog: Google Tracker v1.2 - (this will be a running list)

v1.2
I neglected to mention both Project Wing models (Thanks +Matthew Bohr !)

Besides the tail sitter there's a 6-propeller version that seems to skip the horizontal/vertical mode in favor of propellers mounted in different orientations. Video here: http://recode.net/2015/10/19/heres-a-look-at-googles-delivery-drones-in-the-wild/


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Ok Update Time!

A Google X rep (there are Google X reps!?) got in touch and claimed responsibility for Project Wing and Replicant (the robot division). I originally had them as Alphabet companies via painstakingly cited reports from major news outlets and they were ALL WRONG. It's great to get some first-hand info, though.

I removed self-driving cars too since that might someday be an Alphabet company but isn't yet.

So here's the new (less aesthetically-pleasing) diagram. Maybe Google X needs its own project breakout too... Either way I consider this diagram and all the Alphabet stuff to be at a speculative early stage and we'll nail it down as time goes on.

Read stuff here: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/01/2016-google-tracker-everything-google-is-working-on-for-the-new-year/
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Hi +Ron Amadeo! I see you've stopped posting your articles in Google Plus... will you resume or you've stopped altogether?
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Oh yeah. The 2016 Google Tracker will be out tomorrow morning and is bigger than ever (13,600 words!). Clear your schedules!
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+Jess L. Whoops. Old habit. I even mentioned them leaving in the ATAP part. =/

I'll fix it. Thanks.
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I'm confused. Google won the Oracle lawsuit and the case is in appeals, right? Why would Google give up as much control as this article says they are giving up? It's written by the former CTO of Mozilla, you'd think he would know a lot about open source licenses...
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Thanks guys. Turns out Google filed a court document after the switch claiming GPL protection! http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/01/android-n-switches-to-openjdk-google-tells-oracle-it-is-protected-by-the-gpl/
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GOOGLE GLASS IS BACK! (On the FCC website, at least)

It's possible to extract the source images out of the FCC PDFs, and I did that, so the pictures here are pretty high-res. (like 1600 x 900) They're big enough to read text on the chips and identify things! 

There's a hinge!
The prism is bigger
The camera has a recording light
The charger looks like pogo pins + magnets (like MagSafe on a MacBook)
The power button is supposedly "on the back," but it's not pictured.
The touchpad and eye sensors are back.

Where the heck is the camera button? Is it on the hinge?!

What's the deal with the speaker? There's no bone conduction pad, but there looks to be a speaker in about the same spot internally. There's a slot on the bottom side of the case, but that would funnel sound behind your ear, not into it. I guess that would work...

I wonder about that prism. The "glass" (is it really glass?) is longer, but a longer prism wouldn't make the square display area, (the dark part) any bigger—it would also need to be taller. Is the picture truly bigger or does it just move it more into the center of your vision?
The new model has a larger glass prism and can fold up!
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There is as much tech in the Asus ZenWatch 2. This thing better not cost more than $400.
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Fun fact: the Pixel C has enough magnets in it to instantly turn your refrigerator into a smart fridge.

(Review here: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/12/pixel-c-review-new-hardware-ignores-an-android-tablets-core-problem-software/ )
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+Ron Amadeo could you take more pictures of the pixel C sticking to different things? Including close ups and that, I found your review very interesting once I learnt that it can stick to the fridge or whiteboard
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Android 6.0.1 is official and comes with a bunch of new emoji! I made a list of all of them.

There's also a new tablet navigation bar UI.
There's also a small tweak to tablet navigation and the return of a DND mode.
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+Ron Amadeo what tab is that running on? Is it the Pixel C?? Like you said "It seems this new tablet layout isn't present on the Nexus 9 and Nexus 7. Perhaps it's only for new tablets?" So then what else?

Pixel C???
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