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What to Expect from Google I/O 2015

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Google’s mega conference kicks off in a few hours (17:30 GMT) so we thought we’d highlight some of the tech that’s rumored to be making an appearance for the first time.

If you’re one of the unfortunate ones who haven’t been able to get out to San Francisco then you’ll be able to stream the event in full here. If you are at the event then we 100% envy you.

You can also check out the full schedule here.

What can we expect from this years Google IO 2015 conference? 

In the last year we’ve been teased with various products and mind-boggling concepts. We’ve seen more Android Wear smartwatches than we’ve had hot dinners, but what is it that’s been talked about the most in the run up to this year’s event? We take a look at the most exciting products/ concepts.

Android ‘M’ – Marshmallow??

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Many of you will still be waiting for Lollipop to arrive on your smartphones, but Google are about to announce their latest update to its Android OS.

Tech site ‘The Verge’ managed to grab a screenshot from the latest schedule before it was promptly taken down which highlighted that Android ‘M’ will ‘bring power of Android to all kinds of workplaces’.

Since ‘The Verge’ got hold of this information, it’s been confirmed by a Google employee that Google are now planning to roll out yearly updates to their OS meaning that ‘M’ is probably closer to a consumer launch than we first thought.

Check out all our Android phones here.

Self-drive cars hit US roads

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Autonomous vehicles are likely to start hitting US roads shortly after the conference, yes, you read that right, vehicles  will be appearing on public roads without drivers…

Android Auto

Google are expected to go into more details on Android Auto since Chevy announced that they’ll be bringing Android Auto and Apple Car Play to 14 of their models in 2016.

We’re expecting them to announce more partnerships with vehicle manufacturers and potentially new functionalities.

Project Tango & Project Ara

Project Ara is Google’s modular phone and is due to be a large talking point at IO 2015. Many people are questioning whether this thing will get off the ground so it will be interesting to see what they’ve got to say during their Day 2 session.

Project Tango is Google’s tablet that combines VR, AR and 3D mapping into one. There is also a session based around this at the conference with Google due to make some further announcements. According to the schedule, the session will offer a ‘sneak peak at how Project Tango will help users connect the virtual world with the real world’. Exciting stuff!

New Wearables…

What else can the big tech companies get us to wear? ATAP, the team behind Project Tango and Project ARA are also running a session named ‘Badass and beautiful. Tech and human. Love and work. ATAP’.

According to a description of the session, the team will debut ‘wearables that we hope will blow your socks off. (We mean this more literally than you might think…).’

We have no idea what this might be, fitness socks maybe?

Android 5.0 Lollipop & Chrome

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We’re expecting Google to announce that Android 5.0 will be rolling out onto various other flagship smartphones.

Various forums have been speaking about a Chrome update which is likely to feature an updated U/I as well as more cross -OS functionality.

Google Cardboard & Other VR Innovations

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We don’t know much but we expect Google to announce updates to Cardboard. We’d love to see more apps announced, plus there is also talk of Cardboard being available to purchase in more stores so users don’t have to make their own.

Google have various sessions set up for VR during IO. One that caught our eye was called ‘Make Believe’ which is due to kick off today. Google Cardboard isn’t mentioned in the session description so we aren’t sure whether it’ll be about a new product entirely or if a Google Cardboard update is in the works.

Android TV & Chromecast 2?

Back in January 2015, Google decided to kill off Google TV due to the strength of Android TV.

Sony have planned to put Android TV in all of it’s 2015 models with developers now being encouraged to create Android TV and Cast-enabled apps.

Google Cast also looks to be a big focus at this years IO with numerous sessions being dedicated to the music and video streaming platform. Gaming on Android TV is also set to be a topic for Google at IO.

Chromecast has been a huge success for Google due to it’s low price point. However, it’ll be 22 months old when IO kicks off later today meaning that it’s starting to feel a little dated. It’s definitely due for a refresh and here’s what we’d like to see from the second-gen Chromecast:

  • 4K streaming
  • 802.11 AC
  • 5GHz Wi-Fi
  • 1080p 60fps support
  • Maybe a remote?
  • Same price point

Google Wallet

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Apple have taken the US by storm with their Apple Pay product. We expect Google to up their game with Google Wallet and announce something big.

It’s been reported that many US retailers are shunning Apple Pay for their own mobile-payment system so maybe this is a chance for Google to step in and offer an alternative. We’re certainly looking forward to what they’ve got in store.

The Future of Google Glass

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Since the launch of Android Wear, there’s no denying that Google has pushed Google Glass to the bottom of the pile.

We’ve also heard reports that Google co-founder Sergey Brin left his Glass in his car when he attending an event in Silicon Valley back in November which doesn’t exactly show consumers that the Glass is something you can’t leave the house without.

We feel that there are three things Google can do with the Glass:

  1. Give it a full revamp.
  2. Announce more apps.
  3. Keep quiet and let the world forget they ever existed.

We reckon that Google might not give up on the Glass just yet and might announce a host of new apps.

PS. if you’re reading this Sergey, maybe bring the price down a bit…

Fitness Focus

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Google Fit officially launched back in October as Apple just introduced their HealthKit for iOS. Developers were also given full access to the platform’s APIs.

Expect to see how far Google have come in the last 6 months with their Google Fit product. We’re excited to see what the future holds for Google Fit seeing as Apple managed to secure backing from various researchers and health giants.

Google Watch

Are Google about to announce their own branded hardware into the wearable arena?

Android Wear has taken some major steps forward in the last 6 months or so and it’s only a matter of time before Google announce their own watch.

We’d want to see the Nexus Watch arrive at IO 2015 and we’re sure we’re not the only ones.

Other Stuff

We’d love to see new hardware but apart from the Google Watch (which seems rather unlikely) we doubt that Google are going to introduce anything at IO 2015.

Take a look at some of our Google products here.

Apple Introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch Trackpad & New £1,599 iMac with Retina 5K Display

 

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This week has seen Apple introduce the updated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life and faster discrete graphics, which delivers even more performance and capabilities to the MacBook Pro line. This week has also seen Apple introduce a new £1,599 configuration of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display which features a rather impressive 14.7 million pixel display, quad-core processors and AMD graphics. They’ve also just lowered the price of the top-end iMac with Retina 5K display from £1,999 to £1,849.

“The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made.”

The updated MacBook Pro with Retina display features the new Force Touch trackpad that was introduced on the new MacBook a few months ago. The trackpad brings a new level of interactivity to the Mac. The Force Touch trackpad now allows you to click anywhere with a uniform feel and customise the amount of pressure needed to register each click. The trackpad supports a range of new gestures, including the new Force click. API’s are also avaialble for third-party app developers to incorporate the new Force Touch capabilities into their apps. The updated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display also features up to 2.5 times faster flash storage than the previous generation, with throughput up to 2GBps, and offers an additional hour of battery life, with up to 9 hours of wireless web browsing and up to 9 hours of iTunes movie playback. In addition, MacBook Pro with Retina display discrete graphics deliver up to 80 percent faster performance using new AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics for editing video in Final Cut Pro X, rendering 3D images in pro graphics apps or playing high-resolution games.

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The brand new £1,599 iMac with Retina 5K display has 67 percent more pixels than a 4K display. and features a 3.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost Speeds up to 3.7GHz and AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics. This new iMac also boasts 8GB of memory and 1TB of storage as well as four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports that can deliver up to 20Gbps each, twice the bandwidth of the previous generation. The top-end iMac which has just received a price cut, features a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9GHz, AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics and a 1TB Fusion Drive.

Keep your eye on our Apple Store as we’re due to take delivery of these products within the next week.

Exclusive New Range of ASUS Self-Build Motherboard Bundles

We’re excited to announce that we’ve just added even more components to our range, say hello to our new selection of self-build motherboards.

We’ve teamed up with ASUS and CORSAIR to develop a range of self-build PC bundles that are exclusive to dabs.com. From basic to high performance, Intel or AMD processors, we can guarantee a self-build bundle to suit every need – whether it be for gaming, professional or powerful home computing purposes.

“We’re all about equipping our customers with the essential components they need to get the best out of their computing experience,” explained Tony Harris, Head of Consumer Marketing at dabs.com. “By empowering people with the right tools, this gives them freedom to create their own custom PC – which coupled with the exclusive partnership with ASUS means our customers get excellent value for money.”

You can now choose from several fantastic self-build bundles – Supreme 2, Ultimate 4, Gamer 7, FM Performance 2, Performance 4, Home Office 1 and Super Value 1. For avid gamers, the Intel® ASUS Ultimate 4 bundle includes the Maximus VII Ranger motherboard, Core i7-4790K plus 8GB Vengeance Pro Memory – for increased throughput and less CPU usage for the ultimate gaming experience.

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