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Google I/O

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.

Are you careful with app security? Yahoo Tech has four good questions to ask yourself before giving apps access to your info, and CNET has tips on smartphone security.

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 soon

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New and rumored product releases and one :

Still more Google news:
  • 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).

How to...


There's an app for that? Srsly?

Ministry of Silly Walks

Lollop your long shanks through London with Monty Python's official Ministry of Silly Walks app (iOS, Android). If you trip, it's just a flesh wound.

There are oodles of tip calculators in app stores, and now there's a pizza calculator. Enter number of people and hunger level, and Pizza Counter (iOS) tells you how many pies to order.

Julie is managing editor of Download.com and has been cooking up tech editorial since 1996.