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Welcoming more devices to the Daydream-ready family

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

In November, we launched Daydream with the goal of bringing high quality, mobile VR to everyone. With the Daydream View headset and controller, and a Daydream-ready phone like the Pixel or Moto Z, you can explore new worlds, kick back in your personal VR cinema and play games that put you in the center of the action.

Daydream-ready phones are built for VR with high-resolution displays, ultra smooth graphics, and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking. To give you even more choices to enjoy Daydream, today we’re welcoming new devices that will soon join the Daydream-ready family.

Daydream phones

ZTE Axon 7: Powerful and high-performance at an affordable price

With hi-fi audio, a 5.5-inch WQHD AMOLED display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, the ZTE Axon 7 is powerful, yet affordable. The phone will be Daydream-ready with the upcoming Android Nougat upgrade.

ASUS ZenFone AR: Experience VR and AR on the same device

The ASUS ZenFone AR will offer immersive Daydream experiences with its WQHD Super AMOLED 5.7 inch display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.

In addition to being Daydream-ready, the ZenFone AR will also be Tango enabled. Tango gives the phone augmented reality (AR) capabilities through Tango’s three key technologies: motion tracking, depth perception and area learning.

With these technologies, you will be able to experience dozens of smartphone AR apps like Lowe’s Vision, which lets you measure interior spaces and visualize furniture, and Slingshot Island, which turns your phone into a slingshot that hits and destroys dragon eggs on a floating AR island.

Gap has been working on a new Tango enabled app, DressingRoom, which takes the guess work out of apparel shopping. Developers from Avametric has created a way to visualize Gap’s clothing on virtual mannequins, allowing you to place these mannequins in your home and walk around them to see how the clothes look from every angle. The app, which works on all Tango enabled phones, will be available on Google Play at the end of January.

Gap

Huawei Mate 9 Pro & Porsche Design Mate 9 phones + Huawei VR headset

The Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 phones each features a WQHD display and the latest HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, so you will be able to enjoy Daydream with great visuals and performance.

Alongside the phones, Huawei has been working on a Daydream-ready headset for launch at a later date. The Huawei VR headset is built to be easy to use. It has an adjustable focus so it can be used without eyeglasses, and provides a 95° field of view. By bringing new headsets onto the Daydream platform, we hope to give consumers even more choice in how they enjoy VR.

Huawei VR Headset

From being at the center of epic underground dance battles to experiencing courtside live streams of NBA games with the NBA League Pass, there’s a rich portfolio of Daydream apps, games and immersive videos you’ll be able to enjoy with the new ZTE, Huawei and ASUS devices.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/Xe5lm5WSoKg/

Welcoming more devices to the Daydream-ready family

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

In November, we launched Daydream with the goal of bringing high quality, mobile VR to everyone. With the Daydream View headset and controller, and a Daydream-ready phone like the Pixel or Moto Z, you can explore new worlds, kick back in your personal VR cinema and play games that put you in the center of the action.

Daydream-ready phones are built for VR with high-resolution displays, ultra smooth graphics, and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking. To give you even more choices to enjoy Daydream, today we’re welcoming new devices that will soon join the Daydream-ready family.

Daydream phones

ZTE Axon 7: Powerful and high-performance at an affordable price

With hi-fi audio, a 5.5-inch WQHD AMOLED display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, the ZTE Axon 7 is powerful, yet affordable. The phone will be Daydream-ready with the upcoming Android Nougat upgrade.

ASUS ZenFone AR: Experience VR and AR on the same device

The ASUS ZenFone AR will offer immersive Daydream experiences with its WQHD Super AMOLED 5.7 inch display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.

In addition to being Daydream-ready, the ZenFone AR will also be Tango enabled. Tango gives the phone augmented reality (AR) capabilities through Tango’s three key technologies: motion tracking, depth perception and area learning.

With these technologies, you will be able to experience dozens of smartphone AR apps like Lowe’s Vision, which lets you measure interior spaces and visualize furniture, and Slingshot Island, which turns your phone into a slingshot that hits and destroys dragon eggs on a floating AR island.

Gap has been working on a new Tango enabled app, DressingRoom, which takes the guess work out of apparel shopping. Developers from Avametric has created a way to visualize Gap’s clothing on virtual mannequins, allowing you to place these mannequins in your home and walk around them to see how the clothes look from every angle. The app, which works on all Tango enabled phones, will be available on Google Play at the end of January.

Gap

Huawei Mate 9 Pro & Porsche Design Mate 9 phones + Huawei VR headset

The Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 phones each features a WQHD display and the latest HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, so you will be able to enjoy Daydream with great visuals and performance.

Alongside the phones, Huawei has been working on a Daydream-ready headset for launch at a later date. The Huawei VR headset is built to be easy to use. It has an adjustable focus so it can be used without eyeglasses, and provides a 95° field of view. By bringing new headsets onto the Daydream platform, we hope to give consumers even more choice in how they enjoy VR.

Huawei VR Headset

From being at the center of epic underground dance battles to experiencing courtside live streams of NBA games with the NBA League Pass, there’s a rich portfolio of Daydream apps, games and immersive videos you’ll be able to enjoy with the new ZTE, Huawei and ASUS devices.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/pDTnjIO-0V4/

Welcoming more devices to the Daydream-ready family

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

In November, we launched Daydream with the goal of bringing high quality, mobile VR to everyone. With the Daydream View headset and controller, and a Daydream-ready phone like the Pixel or Moto Z, you can explore new worlds, kick back in your personal VR cinema and play games that put you in the center of the action.

Daydream-ready phones are built for VR with high-resolution displays, ultra smooth graphics, and high-fidelity sensors for precise head tracking. To give you even more choices to enjoy Daydream, today we’re welcoming new devices that will soon join the Daydream-ready family.

Daydream phones

ZTE Axon 7: Powerful and high-performance at an affordable price

With hi-fi audio, a 5.5-inch WQHD AMOLED display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, the ZTE Axon 7 is powerful, yet affordable. The phone will be Daydream-ready with the upcoming Android Nougat upgrade.

ASUS ZenFone AR: Experience VR and AR on the same device

The ASUS ZenFone AR will offer immersive Daydream experiences with its WQHD Super AMOLED 5.7 inch display and Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.

In addition to being Daydream-ready, the ZenFone AR will also be Tango enabled. Tango gives the phone augmented reality (AR) capabilities through Tango’s three key technologies: motion tracking, depth perception and area learning.

With these technologies, you will be able to experience dozens of smartphone AR apps like Lowe’s Vision, which lets you measure interior spaces and visualize furniture, and Slingshot Island, which turns your phone into a slingshot that hits and destroys dragon eggs on a floating AR island.

Gap has been working on a new Tango enabled app, DressingRoom, which takes the guess work out of apparel shopping. Developers from Avametric has created a way to visualize Gap’s clothing on virtual mannequins, allowing you to place these mannequins in your home and walk around them to see how the clothes look from every angle. The app, which works on all Tango enabled phones, will be available on Google Play at the end of January.

Gap

Huawei Mate 9 Pro & Porsche Design Mate 9 phones + Huawei VR headset

The Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 phones each features a WQHD display and the latest HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, so you will be able to enjoy Daydream with great visuals and performance.

Alongside the phones, Huawei has been working on a Daydream-ready headset for launch at a later date. The Huawei VR headset is built to be easy to use. It has an adjustable focus so it can be used without eyeglasses, and provides a 95° field of view. By bringing new headsets onto the Daydream platform, we hope to give consumers even more choice in how they enjoy VR.

Huawei VR Headset

From being at the center of epic underground dance battles to experiencing courtside live streams of NBA games with the NBA League Pass, there’s a rich portfolio of Daydream apps, games and immersive videos you’ll be able to enjoy with the new ZTE, Huawei and ASUS devices.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/4CX8HzXtbSk/

Track your New Year’s fitness goals with Google Calendar

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

New Year’s resolutions are a lot easier to create than they are to keep. Luckily, Goals in Google Calendar is there to help you find time for the things that matter. Set a goal like “run 3 times a week,” and Calendar will help you find the time and stick to it. Starting today, we’re adding new ways to make sticking to it even easier.

If you’re setting out to achieve a goal, seeing progress can be a great motivation. Goals in Google Calendar makes finding time for activities like hitting the gym or going on more runs easy. But it hasn’t been as easy to track whether you’re reaching that goal — even if you’re using fitness tracking apps in parallel — since you still have to manually mark your goal “done” every time. Starting today, you can connect Google Fit and Apple Health to your fitness goals in Google Calendar. When you do, activity in your favorite fitness apps will be recorded and used to mark your goals in Google Calendar as “done” automatically.

Goals in Google Calendar_Google Fit Integration_FINAL GIF

And you can see how you’re doing with the new visual performance tracker.

Goals in Google Calendar_Visual Tracker.png

With this integration, future goal times will be even more tailored based on when you’re most likely to complete them. Say you set a goal to run at 6:30 every other morning but aren’t actually hitting your stride until 7:15 — Google Calendar has you covered and will adjust accordingly. So not only can Calendar keep track of your activities and performance, it can also help you find the best time to do them.

Happy 2017! Here’s to great success with all of your goals this year.

Download Google Calendar at the Play Store or App Store.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/PWgq08SeZ-Q/

Track your New Year’s fitness goals with Google Calendar

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

New Year’s resolutions are a lot easier to create than they are to keep. Luckily, Goals in Google Calendar is there to help you find time for the things that matter. Set a goal like “run 3 times a week,” and Calendar will help you find the time and stick to it. Starting today, we’re adding new ways to make sticking to it even easier.

If you’re setting out to achieve a goal, seeing progress can be a great motivation. Goals in Google Calendar makes finding time for activities like hitting the gym or going on more runs easy. But it hasn’t been as easy to track whether you’re reaching that goal — even if you’re using fitness tracking apps in parallel — since you still have to manually mark your goal “done” every time. Starting today, you can connect Google Fit and Apple Health to your fitness goals in Google Calendar. When you do, activity in your favorite fitness apps will be recorded and used to mark your goals in Google Calendar as “done” automatically.

And you can see how you’re doing with the new visual performance tracker.

Goals_in_Google_Calendar_Visual_Tracker_1.width-804.png

With this integration, future goal times will be even more tailored based on when you’re most likely to complete them. Say you set a goal to run at 6:30 every other morning but aren’t actually hitting your stride until 7:15 — Google Calendar has you covered and will adjust accordingly. So not only can Calendar keep track of your activities and performance, it can also help you find the best time to do them.

Happy 2017! Here’s to great success with all of your goals this year.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/kjFCHmPVL6k/

Track your New Year’s fitness goals with Google Calendar

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

New Year’s resolutions are a lot easier to create than they are to keep. Luckily, Goals in Google Calendar is there to help you find time for the things that matter. Set a goal like “run 3 times a week,” and Calendar will help you find the time and stick to it. Starting today, we’re adding new ways to make sticking to it even easier.

If you’re setting out to achieve a goal, seeing progress can be a great motivation. Goals in Google Calendar makes finding time for activities like hitting the gym or going on more runs easy. But it hasn’t been as easy to track whether you’re reaching that goal — even if you’re using fitness tracking apps in parallel — since you still have to manually mark your goal “done” every time. Starting today, you can connect Google Fit and Apple Health to your fitness goals in Google Calendar. When you do, activity in your favorite fitness apps will be recorded and used to mark your goals in Google Calendar as “done” automatically.

Goals in Google Calendar_Google Fit Integration_FINAL GIF

And you can see how you’re doing with the new visual performance tracker.

Goals in Google Calendar_Visual Tracker.png

With this integration, future goal times will be even more tailored based on when you’re most likely to complete them. Say you set a goal to run at 6:30 every other morning but aren’t actually hitting your stride until 7:15 — Google Calendar has you covered and will adjust accordingly. So not only can Calendar keep track of your activities and performance, it can also help you find the best time to do them.

Happy 2017! Here’s to great success with all of your goals this year.

Download Google Calendar at the Play Store or App Store.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/U3eXZmgubtk/

Welcome Limes Audio to G Suite

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

Today, we’re excited to announce the acquisition of Limes Audio. The Limes Audio team builds technology that makes voice communication systems sound better, so that you can hear the person you’re talking to, and they can hear you.

As more and more businesses adopt our video conferencing solutions, powered by Chromebox for Meetings and Google Hangouts, it’s critical that we provide a great audio experience. With G Suite customers now relying on video communications for their day-to-day meetings, it’s more important than ever to ensure low-cost, high-quality audio.

One of the biggest challenges to a great video meeting is the audio quality. Conference rooms today come in all shapes and sizes and that can provide a challenge for acoustics. Additionally, a poor internet connection can hamper voice quality in video conference calls. Limes Audio has been building solutions that remove the distracting noise, distortion and echoes that can affect online video and telephony meetings, improving the overall online conference experience.

We’re excited to work closely with the Limes Audio team to introduce new solutions that offer our customers the best online voice quality on the market.

Welcome Limes Audio!

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/5GWkkGrveoM/

Welcome Limes Audio to G Suite

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

Today, we’re excited to announce the acquisition of Limes Audio. The Limes Audio team builds technology that makes voice communication systems sound better, so that you can hear the person you’re talking to, and they can hear you.

As more and more businesses adopt our video conferencing solutions, powered by Chromebox for Meetings and Google Hangouts, it’s critical that we provide a great audio experience. With G Suite customers now relying on video communications for their day-to-day meetings, it’s more important than ever to ensure low-cost, high-quality audio.

One of the biggest challenges to a great video meeting is the audio quality. Conference rooms today come in all shapes and sizes and that can provide a challenge for acoustics. Additionally, a poor internet connection can hamper voice quality in video conference calls. Limes Audio has been building solutions that remove the distracting noise, distortion and echoes that can affect online video and telephony meetings, improving the overall online conference experience.

We’re excited to work closely with the Limes Audio team to introduce new solutions that offer our customers the best online voice quality on the market.

Welcome Limes Audio!

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/_qLit3BY2V4/

Welcome Limes Audio to G Suite

Category: Google | Jan 5, 2017

Today, we’re excited to announce the acquisition of Limes Audio. The Limes Audio team builds technology that makes voice communication systems sound better, so that you can hear the person you’re talking to, and they can hear you.

As more and more businesses adopt our video conferencing solutions, powered by Chromebox for Meetings and Google Hangouts, it’s critical that we provide a great audio experience. With G Suite customers now relying on video communications for their day-to-day meetings, it’s more important than ever to ensure low-cost, high-quality audio.

One of the biggest challenges to a great video meeting is the audio quality. Conference rooms today come in all shapes and sizes and that can provide a challenge for acoustics. Additionally, a poor internet connection can hamper voice quality in video conference calls. Limes Audio has been building solutions that remove the distracting noise, distortion and echoes that can affect online video and telephony meetings, improving the overall online conference experience.

We’re excited to work closely with the Limes Audio team to introduce new solutions that offer our customers the best online voice quality on the market.

Welcome Limes Audio!

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/XzwrHWNswGs/

Coming soon: Your Google Assistant on Android TV and more

Category: Google | Jan 4, 2017

When we announced the Google Assistant, we said that we wanted to help you get things done across a number of different places, contexts and situations. As we usher in the new year — and with it, the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — we wanted to share an update on just a few of the ways you can expect to interact with your Assistant in the coming year.

Android TV and more

The Google Assistant is making its way to Android TV in the coming months. As part of an upcoming update on supported TVs and set-top boxes powered by Android TV, you’ll be able to ask the Google Assistant for help so you can enjoy the content you love, faster than ever, on the best screen in your house. No more typing or struggling to get to what you’re looking for — just ask the Google Assistant for help and you’re off to the races.

Assistant and Android TV

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From playing media to planning for your day, here are some ways the Google Assistant on Android TV can help:

  • Play content: “Play Stranger Things on Netflix.”
  • Discover content: “Search YouTube for Jimmy Kimmel.” And you can also ask a follow-up if you’re interested in more videos by saying: “Play the second one.”
  • Get answers: “Tell me about Jurassic Park?”
  • Set the right mood: “Dim the lights.”
  • Get ready for your day: “How long will it take to get to work?”  

In the coming months, the Google Assistant on Android TV will come to the NVIDIA SHIELD, along with all Android TVs in the US running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Android 7.0 Nougat, such as the AirTV Player, Sharp Aquos, Sony Bravia, Xiaomi Mi Box, and more. And once available, the NVIDIA SHIELD will be the first TV device to offer a hands-free Assistant experience — so “Dim the lights” will only be an “Ok Google” away!

Over time, you’ll also see the Assistant come to other new surfaces, like smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0, Android-powered in-car infotainment systems and many other types of devices through the Embedded Google Assistant SDK.

Actions on Google

Last month we announced Actions on Google, the developer platform for the Google Assistant. Since then, we’ve had a number of services release new and interesting ways for Google Home users to have a conversation with them — from meditating with Headspace to getting things done in the kitchen with Food Network.

This week at CES, you’ll hear from a handful of other partners, including Daimler and Hyundai. For both, the Google Assistant on Google Home will soon help make sure you’re ready to hit the road, just ask “Ok Google, ask Mercedes how much gas is in the tank.”

All of these announcements and more will be part of this week’s CES. You can expect to start using some of these Assistant integrations over the coming months and we’ll share more information as they become available.

Happy New Year and happy CES!

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