We’re in Taipei for the big ASUS press conference today, where we’re expecting to see a host of new devices of various shapes and sizes from the Taiwanese manufacturer. Among the big announcements for Android should be the ASUS ZenWatch 2, the second Android Wear smartwatch from the firm. But as with any major trade show presser, there’s the potential for some surprises as well. ASUS promises a ‘Zensational’ event, if you’ll excuse the pun.

The show will be kicking off at 2pm China Standard Time, which is 2am EDT on the East Coast of the United States, or 7am in London. We’ll be covering the whole thing live, so head past the break to follow along, and don’t forget to check back for more detailed coverage of everything ASUS announces!






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Everyone is home (or on their way there) from Google I/O 2015, with new toys in their phones and new ideas for what’s to come.

While users and developers everywhere continue tearing into the Android M Developer Preview (if you haven’t yet, please see our required reading on the subject), we can’t deny that there were certain events from the nerdy nirvana that is Google I/O that made us squeal just a little bit more like a giddy schoolgirl than everything else. And while opinions vary, we all agree…

There’s plenty to be excited about.






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Things may still change, but the first Android M preview shows signs of bringing sanity to Lollipop’s ‘interruptions’ mess

The “interruptions” system in Android Lollipop is among the OS’s more controversial features, obscuring basic mute functionality behind a new layer of choices — “all,” “priority” or “none.” Android 5.1 brought some changes to interruptions, making it easier to understand how they work and change when the various modes are active. But for average users it still seemed like a complicated, over-engineered solution to a problem that didn’t really exist to begin with.

Enter Android M. At the recent Google I/O keynote, Google’s Dave Burke seemed to acknowledge that the changes to Lollipop’s volume setup hadn’t been particularly well received, and promised a “simplified” system in the next version of the OS.

While nothing here should be considered finalized — remember, ‘M’ is still a developer preview — there are enough interesting changes to mull over. We’ll take a closer look after the break.






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If you’re looking to get started with Android M, Google has a wealth of information already available. Here’s where we’d start.

We’ve reached another milestone in the lifecycle of Android — welcome Android M to the fold. It’s available now in as a preview for developers to start getting their apps ready for the new features, and as flashable images for those of us who don’t mind (or, more accurately, live for) beta firmware on our phones.

As always, Google has a slew of documentation to help walk you through the new features and functions that’ll eventually make up the next major version of Android. These pages and videos are worth keeping at the ready.






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The Android TV offerings are expanding, and we’re taking a quick look at the three set top box options.

With the introduction of the Shield Android TV from NVIDIA, the previously-available Nexus Player and Razer Forge TV have new competition. Each of these three boxes is making a play for a spot in your entertainment center, and covering a wide range of prices and feature sets, each one is offering up a different value proposition.






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Here it is, Android M in all of its not-yet-finished glory.

There’s no shortage of things to be excited about this week, which is to be expected when Google spends half a week showing off what they’ve got planned for the future. Naturally, the next iteration of Android is the talk of the town. Android M promises to be a leaner, cleaner, and smarter version of what we’ve got now, and if you’ve got a Nexus 5, 6, or 9 laying around that you don’t need to do anything important you can flash the Developer Preview and take a look at what might be coming this fall.

Since not everyone is able to do this, we’ve put together a quick video walkthrough of the changes we’ve found so far.






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Including two per package, these LG G3 screen protectors are simple to apply and leave absolutely no sticky residue when removed. They’re made of a tough, self-adhesive polymer that stand up to common enemies such as keys, dirt and other debris.






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Android M was announced yesterday during the opening Google I/O keynote. While it’s safe to assume that most of HTC’s newer devices will be getting the Android M update once Google releases the code later this year, HTC’s Jeff Gordon … Read More




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Google has been working on a way to bring more content to VR users and allow anyone to create it.

Jump, Google’s newly announced VR creation platform, is entering the market with a GoPro camera array. This new camera rig will hold 16 GoPro cameras that will work in parallel to record an immersive 3D video. These new panoramic videos can then be shared to a new YouTube service and then can be enjoyed on VR systems such as Google Cardboard.






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The Amazon Echo is ready to help you stay on task with added support for Google Calendar events.

The Amazon Echo just keeps getting handier. After adding numerous new features over the last several months, the connected speaker and digital assistant has picked up support for Google Calendar events.






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