Wear it, watch it, drive it, sweat it: That's what you'll be doing soon with Android and Chrome, according to news from the Google I/O conference. For the football fans, revisit our guide to watching the World Cup, and you can follow @ReplayLastGoal on Twitter to get video replay and an animated GIF of the latest goal. Read on for our I/O recap, and to get the latest reviews and features from our editors in your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletters.
A billion fandroids can't be wrong. This week at I/O, Google revealed that its mobile OS has 1 billion monthly users, and soon they'll get a new release of the OS and a host of new functionality. Here's some of what Google announced:
- Android L: Version 5.0 of the mobile OS will have a name starting with L (Lollipop? Licorice? Lemondrop? Lozenge?). Android L has a new design, lock-screen notifications, battery monitoring by app, and owner recognition so that you won't have to use your password every time. Google claims Android L will double app performance. You can already get L as a developer preview.
- Material Design: The same design will rule both Android and Google Web apps, so you'll see a more consistent UI when moving between, say, Gmail on phone and Gmail on Web. Design aficionados can geek out at Google Design or just enjoy VP Matias Duarte's crazy shirt.
- Google Fit: Everybody into the fitness pool. Last month Apple announced HealthKit, and now Google will swim in similar waters with Google Fit, which promises to work across apps and wearables.
- Android Wear: Google now has software for smartwatches and other connected devices. Samsung and LG watches ship July 7, and Motorola's are due later this summer.
- Android TV and Chromecast: Google announced a set-top box and updates to Chromecast, including the ability to cast anything from your phone or tablet to the TV. Games are expected to be part of the TV push.
- Android Auto: Have phone, will travel with Android Auto -- you'll just plug your phone into the car's USB port, no in-dash equipment required.
- Chromebooks, Drive, Cardboard: Google also announced new Chromebook features and Drive (WIndows, Mac, Android) updates that mean you can edit Microsoft Office files without first converting them to Google Docs. And I/O attendees received Google Cardboard, a slab of cardboard (and a few other parts) for turning your Android phone into a virtual-reality headset, which has inadvertently launched a knockoff and a black market. CNET TV shows you how to assemble Cardboard.
Security and privacy
Surprisingly, despite all the cries of alarm about Heartbleed, half of exposed systems are still vulnerable.
You know about HTTPS (secure HTTP). Now researchers are developing HTTPA, HTTP with Accountability, which would show you who's doing what with your information.
BuzzFeed quizzes are recording you. Software engineer Dan Barker poked around the site's code and found that your answers are archived, which is not good if you took the "How Priviliged Are You?" quiz and divulged your sexual orientation, whether you've ever been raped, your living expenses, and so on.
Though Google says Android malware affects only 0.5 percent of users, it is out there. This week McAfee Labs warned that Flappy Bird clones are propagating malware.
Duo Security found that it could bypass the two-factor authentication on PayPal's mobile apps and send payments from users' accounts.
Wired's Kim Zetter reports that hospital networks are leaky and vulnerable.
CNET's resident cheapskate says he doesn't use antivirus software and asks if that's nuts.
New, coming soon, going soonNew and rumored product releases and one :
- Opera Mini 8 is now available for iOS.
- SoundCloud has revamped its iPhone app.
- A 16 year old has created a plug-in called Greenhouse that reveals where politicians' money comes from. It's available for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome.
- Chinese developers have released a jailbreak for iOS 7.1.1. Try it at your own risk.
- Facebook is allegedly working on an at-work version of its app.
- Apple says it will no longer develop Aperture (Mac, iOS), as the forthcoming Photos app will replace it.
- Google Now has added multilanguage support.
- Gmail's new API was released to developers.
- Google Slides is now available for Android.
- Google Search's Knowledge Graph -- those carousels and sidebars that surface information from Wikipedia and the like, rather than making you click through to a site -- are now displaying step-by-step how-tos, which may be convenient for users but bad news for how-to sites hoping for the clicks.
- At VidCon, YouTube announced new tools for video makers, including YouTube Creator Studio for managing your channel via Android (an iPhone version is coming).
- Act if your email gets hacked, and how to prevent it.
- Get Android L's performance boost right now.
- Get the Android L developer preview.
- Follow 7 tips for securing your Facebook account.
- Take a virtual Hollywood tour with iPhone app ScenePast.
- Install a Chrome extension that keeps count of your page views.
- Create an IFTTT recipe that might just save your life.