And here comes more Google IO 2014 news, guys! This time we are covering news about Android Wear, the Nexus program and Chromecast’s new features.
ASUS announced they would be making an smartwatch this year, but we didn’t know more than just that. “Sources related with the matter” are now giving us some details about the upcoming ASUS wearable. It seems it will be an Android Wear smartwatch with the best price we have seen so far.
The device is said to cost $99-$149, which is outstanding on its own. We are sure some sacrifices will be made, but the device will continue to be an Android Wear smartwatch. We can’t see anything major being left behind.
Opinion: ASUS is known for making great mid-end, affordable products. They could very well be onto something here. I will certainly be waiting to see what ASUS has to offer.
Rumors of Android Silver have emerged, making enthusiasts and bloggers believe this could signal the death of the Nexus program. Gogole is not commenting on Android Silver just yet, but Dave Burke, head of Android engineering and Nexus program, is telling us there is nothing to worry about. It seems Nexus devices are here to stay, and Android Silver is a completely separate program.
“People have been commenting about Nexus because there is something else and they think that means the end of Nexus. That is the totally wrong conclusion to make.” -Dave Burke
Opinion: At Google Io we saw Google release Android One, a program that seems much like Android Silver, but is meant for emerging markets and low-end smartphones. Maybe Android Silver will be just like that, but for high-end smartphones.
How does Chromecast without WiFi even work?
Is it location? Is it waves? Is it pure magic?! No, it seems Google is using something completely different to make using Chromecast without WiFi possible. According to Gigaom, Google is using ultrasonic sounds emitted by your TV, which are inaudible to the naked ear.
When trying to pair without WiFi, your Android device’s microphone will pick up the TV’s ultrasonic sounds, then pairing it via the cloud.
Opinion: This is quite ingenious, if you ask us. Using sound to pair devices is not often done. This could signal a whole new era, in which natural sounds and other factors play into technology usage.