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Nest is all hype
Wrote a bit about Nest now that Fadell is out. The company has always moved at a glacial pace (I say this as a Nest customer), which was fine when it was a startup, but at Alphabet it's a consumer tech company that gets totally outclassed by Google.

Fadell try to build an Apple-like company where he was Steve Jobs—the person at the center of everything. With him gone, is there anything left to salvage?

We've already heard about people leaving due to the working conditions, so it doesn't sound like there's a huge base of awesome engineers there. What exactly would Google be saving?

Sales have been below expectations, too. And it seems Google has given up waiting and is making its own smart home devices now (OnHub, Google Home). I think the right move is to sell Nest.
Nest quadrupled its employees, launched no new products, and caused constant bad PR.
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+Ashwin Mudigonda most acquisitions fail. That's a fact - you can Google it :) 
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Photoshop is MAGIC!
"Oh did you need more picture? We'll just generate more picture. It's cool."
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You can already do that with the crop and content aware fill actions in series. This just merges the two. 
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THE PLAY STORE ON CHROMEBOOKS!

All that ARC stuff was thrown out though. 
Under the hood, Google takes a brand new approach to Android apps on Chrome OS.
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Jah days true bcus some of phone HV small space
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More from our chat with Dave Burke. How Android N's new dual partition system works. 
We go on a deep dive into Android's new Chrome OS-inspired partition system.
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It is not borrowed when it's made by the same parent company and project development teams 
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About to take off! If you spot me at I/O, come say hi!

If you're not going stay tuned to Ars, I promise we'll have cool stuff!
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I think this will be the biggest gathering of the AP team so far (if you count past and present members). 
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App Mashups: a new Google strategy?

Funny how the new iOS Gboard and the new Google Translate have exactly the same sales pitch. Compare this https://youtu.be/F0vg4HUEIyk to this https://youtu.be/4xtEp55MKRE

"Switching apps all the time sucks, so we've built the functionality from app A into app B." Gboard is a direct integration of one app (search) into another (keyboard) while Translate is a chatheads-style floating app.

Is this a new trend inside Google? Would this work for anything else?
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If it shows anything it's that multitasking on mobile still largely sucks and you have to build "mashups" like these to make some repetitive tasks actually bearable...
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SUPER JEALOUS of the new Google Keyboard, which right now is only on iOS. =(

Who do we bug for an Android version?

Update: Yeay it's coming to Android eventually. http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/05/googles-gboard-for-ios-combines-a-keyboard-with-google-search/
We go hands-on with Google's new search/keyboard mashup.
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I was hoping this keyboard would fix some of the annoying editing quirks of iOS but it's not there yet. Maybe in future updates.
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Oh yeah, I was on +All About Android this week. Go watch!
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Saw it. Good episode.
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Fair Use!
Oracle has spent many millions trying to get a chunk of Android, to no avail.
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+M Blu​ Jake Weisz is an idiot and nothing you say will change his caustic opinions.
Block him and move on like the rest of us. 
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Android's new platform: cars
We've heard rumblings about the car operating system before but it's actually here at I/O!
Forget the Android Auto app—Android N is a whole operating system for cars.
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+Paul Atwal Yeah, because of all the safety concerns inherently built into cars and driving, they can't follow the Silicon Valley methodology where they just build stuff and see what works and can what doesn't without thorough testing and new car models or refreshing current models aren't on a annual cycle like mobile OSes or mobile handsets so it's going to be a challenging meshing the two.
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We got to talk to Android Engineering VP Dave Burke for a bit before the show. Here's a good overview of the changes made to Android N for VR. 
Google finally moves beyond "cardboard" and launches a virtual reality platform.
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Great stuff.  After having just got a Vive on Friday,  I'm blown away, but realise that it's the ability to walk around that's the killer, but even with the vive, you start having the cable bumping.  Being totally freed up is going to be the next step, add so much, and I can barely wait.
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Yet Another Google Messaging App

I have better things to do than write about "Yet Another Google Messaging App That Isn't A Hangouts Replacement" so just read this again.
For Google, its entire product lineup is just a big series of A/B experiments.
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We had that, it was called XMPP. Both Google and Facebook "sort of" use it, but not open enough for people on one to message the other easily.
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