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New additions to the Android TV and Google Cast family
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
More Android TV devices and features on the way with Android N release
delivers thousands of your favorite movies, shows, games and apps to your living room. We’ve extended Android TV to millions of users globally with support from hardware partners and TV service providers. Today, we’re excited to welcome even more TVs and set-top boxes to the lineup.
Sony and Sharp are adding to their Android TV product lines with Sony’s 2016 BRAVIA and Sharp’s Net Player. New devices are also on the way with RCA’s first Android TV, and Xiaomi’s sleek 4K set-top box. And in Europe, Android TV will be available from Beko, Grundig and Vestel starting in June.
Hardware is only half of the picture. In addition to the hundreds of apps currently available, many new apps are coming to Android TV such as CNN, Comedy Central, MTV, Freeform, Nickelodeon, Spotify, STARZ, WATCH ABC, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior, ESPN and many more. Plus, new features available in Android N will make it easier to watch your favorite programs. Here’s a look at what’s coming:
lets users play video while browsing other content.
brings recording functionality to live TV.
High Dynamic Range:
supports the next frontier in 4K UHD video.
Google Cast scales to more TVs and displays
, which is built into all Android TV devices, is also expanding. In March, we
the first displays with Google Cast from Vizio. Those are now joined by a lineup of TVs from Magnavox, Philips, Polaroid, Toshiba, Westinghouse and more. All Google Cast devices–TVs, displays, speakers, Chromecast, and Chromecast Audio–will be supported by the Google Cast app. You can use the app to discover 1000+ Cast-enabled apps, set up almost any Cast device, and receive the latest content recommendations.
Posted by Sascha Prueter, Program Manager, Android TV
Android Pay now in the UK, new countries on the way
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Starting today, Android Pay is now available in the UK, one of the most advanced contactless nations in the world. Android Pay helps people pay for things simply and securely with their Android smartphones. This builds on the launch of Android Pay in the
last year, with new countries coming soon.
So, where does Android Pay work in the UK?
You will be able to use Android Pay everywhere contactless payments are accepted including your favourite high street stores like Boots, Starbucks and Waitrose and pay for the Tube, bus and train with
Transport for London
. Just tap with your phone as you would with your card. It’s that simple. And businesses across the country with contactless terminals won’t need to do anything else to be able to accept Android Pay in store.
Android Pay will also speed up checkout in your favourite apps including JD Sports, Deliveroo, YPlan, and
Also, we will be launching Android Pay Day, bringing special offers each month to brighten the last week before pay day. Starbucks UK and Deliveroo will be among the first to reward Android Pay users in the UK. Stay tuned for more offers which will roll out in the months to come.
To start using Android Pay you’ll need to
download the Android Pay app on Google Play
and have an eligible MasterCard or Visa credit or debit card from one of our supported banks, such as Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society, with new banks being added all the time.
Security is at the centre of Android Pay. With industry standard tokenisation, Android Pay doesn’t send merchants your real card number when you purchase. Android Pay also makes it convenient to keep track of payments and to lock your device if it becomes lost or stolen.
Android Pay will soon be available in Singapore and Australia. And we will continue to add more countries, features, banks and stores in the coming months—making it even easier to pay with your Android phone around the globe.
Get started with Android Pay in the UK today:
download the app on Google Play
, add your card and start shopping. It’s as easy as Tap. Pay. Done.
Posted by Pali Bhat, Senior Director, Product Management
Get your limited-edition Jeff Koons Live Case today
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Today, the latest artist collaboration for Google Editions launches a limited-edition Live Case created by world-renowned artist,
, exclusively for Nexus.
Start your Koons collection
From balloon animals to classic figures, Koons’ art often challenges the perception of scale, weight and even the laws of physics. The
Jeff Koons Live Case
features three sculptures inspired by his
“Gazing Ball” series.
Each Jeff Koons Live Case is individually numbered and available for a limited time for Nexus 5X and 6P in the U.S.
Three designs: “Bust,” “Mailbox,” and “Diana”
His first piece of live-action video artwork
For the case’s live wallpaper, Koons created his first ever live-action video artwork – the “Gazing Ball Ballet.” Double-tap the screen and watch the dancers come to life, recreating twenty-eight moments from the classic “Swan Lake.” Each day, your wallpaper is updated with a new vignette.
Jeff teaches you how to create his famous balloon animals
Original art, delivered to your phone
Live Case owners will receive exclusive Koons-created artwork sent directly to their phone through the
Live Case Editions app
. The collection will include digital art and glimpses into what inspires him, including his favorite art shows or discoveries.
Customize the shortcut button on the back of the case to discover museums around you, open the digital art collection, or open one of your favorite apps.
The Gazing Ball Tour
To celebrate the collaboration, Koons also created his first social media art piece. In the “Gazing Ball Tour,” Koons invited people he admired to photograph their own poses with his Gazing Ball. See creations by searching for
Exclusively on the Google Store
Get yours at the
today in the U.S. through the end of June while supplies last.
Posted by Kari Clark, Senior Manager, Live Cases
Introducing MODE: Snap-and-swap watch bands designed for Android Wear
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
, you can wear what you want with watches from 12 different brands and thousands of
interchangeable watch faces
. And while you can change your watch face with just a tap, it has not been as quick and easy to change your watch band. Starting today, updating your style is as easy as “snap-and-swap,” with new MODE watch bands in partnership with b&nd by Hadley Roma.
Change your look with one click
MODE snap-and-swap watch bands feature a simple slide button so you can attach and detach your band in one click.
MODE bands are versatile—they come in four widths, fit most Android Wear watches, and work on mechanical watches too. This first collection comes in a rainbow of colors, and is available in leather and silicone, so you can easily go from the office to the gym to a night out.
Join the bandwagon
This is just the beginning. We want Android Wear to give you as much choice as possible, so we’ll be sharing the MODE mechanism design and source with other brands to use to create their own snap-and-swap watch bands. To help brands get started, we’ve created a vendor playbook with instructions, requirements and brand guidelines. To find out more, email us at
MODE bands are now available online at the
Google Store (US)
. We’re excited to see all the ways you wear what you want.
Learn more about MODE at
Posted by Gina Reimann & Jen Lu, Design Lead & Product Manager, Google Accessories
Welcome to Google Play Music, the podcast episode
Monday, April 18, 2016
Hello, and welcome to the latest episode of Google Play Music. Today we’re going to talk about something near and dear to my heart: podcasts.
People love podcasts. In fact, these days, there are so many podcasts to choose from, it can be hard to pick which one to listen to at any given time. That’s where Google Play Music comes in. Google Play Music already gives you the right kind of music for the right moment—whether you want to
have fun at work
, prepare for a
, or just
need to focus
—and now, that includes podcasts.
Starting today on the web and rolling out on Android in the U.S. and Canada, we’ll connect you with podcasts based on what you’re doing, how you’re feeling and what you’re interested in. Similar to our contextual playlists for music, we want to make it easy to find the right podcast—whether you’re a podcast aficionado or listening for the first time.
Learning Something New
” to talk about at a dinner party and listen to our favorite episodes from
Stuff You Should Know
How To Do Everything
. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon by “
Getting Lost in a Story
” with episodes from
, or relax after a long day by “
Laughing Out Loud
” to Marc Maron’s
or Chris Hardwick’s
. If you find something you love, subscribe to download the last several episodes automatically on your device or choose to be notified every time a new episode comes out.
And to all you creators who want to make your podcast available in Google Play Music, check out the
for more details.
Thanks to our invaluable partners without whom the world would be a boring place. And to all you podcast lovers, keep listening!
This week’s episode is brought to you by
. With Google Play, you can get millions of apps, games, songs, movies & TV shows, books and news sources—all your favorites, all in one place.
Hosted by Ilia Malkovitch, Product Manager, Google Play Music
Introducing custom Live Cases to bring your Nexus phone to life
Thursday, April 14, 2016
These days there are few things more personal to you than your phone – with all your photos, messages and handpicked apps at your fingertips, it’s almost like a reflection of yourself. Starting today, we're giving you a new way to make your phone even more you.
My Live Case
lets people create their own snap case for Nexus 5X, 6, and 6P phones, by customizing it with a favorite photo or map.
Our design studio on the Google Store allows you to personalize your phone case with either your favorite photo or a special place on Google Maps. Then, with dozens of filters, you can make your design fit your style – be it vibrant and bright or polished and chic. Along with your signature case, you get a live wallpaper to bring your design to life on your home screen.
Photos Live Case, designed with your favorite photo
Showcase a shot of your family, dog, or any other fave photo. Just upload a pic to the site, choose a style, and you’re done. Snap on your case to see your home screen turn into a slideshow of poses that you handpicked from Google Photos. To add more shots to your wallpaper, simply tap the shortcut button on the back of your case to launch your camera.
Places Live Case, styled with your happy place
Fashion your phone with a stylized map of your favorite location from around the world – whether it’s your dream vacation destination or hometown. Your live wallpaper will show a map of your whereabouts as you go about your day. With a tap of the shortcut button, the app will show you what’s nearby on Google Maps.
Check out some cool cases that The Dogist, Dan Rubin, Marques Brownlee and others have made for Nexus phones.
Now, go forth and customize! Visit the
to make your own.
Posted by Kari Clark, Senior Manager, Live Cases
A new look for the Google Play family of apps
Monday, April 4, 2016
Whether you like watching
on Google Play Movies & TV, streaming “Sorry” on Play Music, battling your friend in Clash Royale on Play Games or reading John Grisham’s latest on Play Books, Google Play is your home for the best apps, games and digital entertainment. Since launching Google Play four years ago, we've always had dedicated apps in addition to the Google Play store. Today, all our icons are getting an update to provide a consistent look across the entire family of Play apps.
You’ll start to see the new Google Play icons across devices and online in the coming weeks. We hope you’ll continue enjoying the Play family of products—now with a new look.
Posted by Jonathan Chung, Visual Design Lead, Google Play
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