‘Airplay’ for Google TV? You need a $300 TRON bowling ball for that

Today, Google announced its slick-looking media streamer the Nexus Q, which allows people to share the digital media from their Android devices on a television. This is a feature that Apple began offering nearly a year ago via the Apple TV, but for some reason Google thought it would be a great idea to create an entire device for it that only works with Android-based smartphones and tablets.

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Google Play adds smart app updates, can now download movie & TV shows

The Google Play app and media store has added new functionality that will help developers improve their apps, including smarter app updates and encryption that will improve security. Google also added the ability to buy movies and TV shows. The company made the announcements at its annual Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco today.

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Google officially announces Android 4.1 ‘Jelly Bean’

Google has just unveiled some fascinating new details on Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android, at Google I/O, the company’s developer conference taking place in San Francisco this week.

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It’s a twofer: Google releases I/O video and liveblog gadget

In the lead up to Google I/O, the search giant’s sold-out developer conference, Google has released a liveblogging gadget that lets armchair quarterbacks everywhere toss up their commentary alongside a live stream of conference keynotes and sessions and official show announcements.

Google says it was just kidding about Chrome lock-in

One of the most provocative comments made during Google’s most recent earnings conference call was Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette’s statement that the company’s Chrome Web browser is good for Google because “everybody that uses Chrome is a guaranteed locked-in user.”

Google Chrome users doubled to 160M

Google today shared some big numbers for its Google Chrome Web browser at its Google I/O conference in San Francisco. At the last I/O conference a year ago, the company said it had 70 million active users. Now it says that number has more than doubled to 160 million — not only is that super-fast growth, but it also suggests Chrome has transitioned into a product with a mass audience that Web developers should be thinking about.

Google: We’re working on music distribution, but negotiations are tough

Google today announced its new cloud music service, which allows users to upload their music and play it from various devices. What it doesn’t offer, however, is a way to purchase new music. That doesn’t mean Google isn’t interested in music sales and distribution, said Jaimie Rosenberg, the company’s director of digital content.

Google announces the next version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich

Google today announced the next version of its Android mobile operating system. As previously reported, Google is carrying on the dessert theme for Android names and dubbing the update Ice Cream Sandwich (the current version is called Honeycomb).

What you missed at Google’s developer conference

Google I/O, the company’s two-day developer conference in San Francisco, is wrapping up right now. It has been a real barrage of news from the search giant and related companies, so I’ll recap in case you haven’t been keeping up.

Google evangelist Vic Gundotra is the company’s new star

Google-watchers, add this name next to Sergey and Larry: Vic Gundotra is one of several Googlers with the meaningless title Vice President of Engineering. What the guy really does is evangelize Google’s technology and worldview to the people whom the company hopes will build their businesses with it, or on top of it. His job is to drive adoption of, and build momentum for, Google’s specific vision of future technologies and businesses built atop Google’s APIs, operating systems, and other tech platforms.