Google Cardboard Gets Updated: Expeditions For Classrooms, iOS/Android Support

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 2.37.12 PMGoogle Cardboard supports both Android and iOS, fitting phones up to 6-inches, requires just three steps to fold together, and uses a new button to simplify the process of using it across phones. And, of course, it’s still made of cardboard.

To bring virtual reality to education, Cardboard’s Expeditions allows teachers to receive a box filled with Google Cardboard units, phones, and a teacher tablet — allowing for field trips, to everywhere, for just about any classroom.

To record and share virtual reality, GoPro partnered with Google to produce a 360 degree camera array, to be part of the Jump initiative: to easily record, share, and catalog stereoscopic VR video.

YouTube will support Jump, which means that VR experiences will be possible through the app, with Google Cardboard and a phone being the tools needed.

Google Photos: Unlimited Picture And Video Storage, In 16MP And 1080p Resolutions

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 2.10.49 PMThe new home of photos, as Google puts it, is the new Photos app for web, Android and iOS. Unlimited picture and video storage uploads, preserved through time, subject, faces, and so on. Quality of images are preserved up to 16 megapixels or 1080p HD, and considering that those are excellent resolutions, the end result is that this is a viable solution for storing images — starting today.

Oh, and in case you wanted to find images, but still can’t sort them through despite the inclusion of multitouch gestures: searching in context is possible, and can generate accurate results.

Brillo And Weave Bring Google To The Internet Of Things

Screen Shot 2015-05-28 at 1.46.22 PMBrillo and Weave: two implementations from Google that have been announced at I/O 2015, bringing the company to the Internet of Things. Easily explained, Brillo is an “underlying operating system for the internet of things,” with a developer preview coming in Q3 of this year. Derived from the core of Android, it’s a polished version of its underlying parts.

Weave, meanwhile, is the common language that allows for communication between physical devices, phones, and the internet.

Integration of both technologies will be worked on by Google and partners this year, in an attempt to bring the world of objects together, seamlessly to your phone.

Microsoft Brings Cortana To iOS And Android As Companion App

cortana-android-iosIf for some reason you find it more satisfying to use Microsoft’s Cortana to Google’s Now and Apple’s Siri digital assistants, then you’re in luck: Cortana is coming to iOS later this year and Android in late June.

But will anyone use it? Most likely, yes — but it will be odd. It won’t be as powerful as the Windows version, but it will wield the notifications needed to make it a compelling app, alongw ith search queries and asking of questions, on both Android and iOS versions.

Video of it in action, after the break. Via: The Windows Blog

Uh, Very Well: Sony Names International Version Of The Z4 Phone, The Z3+

Xperia+Z3+_heroArguably, it does make sense.

The Xperia Z4, announced not too long ago for Japan as an exclusive (and as the company’s new flagship smartphone), will be renamed for an international launch in June, dubbed the “Z3+”.

But, why not? The only real differences are Android 5.0 Lollipop, a new processor, a 5 megapixel front-facing, and a smaller battery 2,900 mAh (from 3,100 mAh). Other things have been fiddled with, like the new exposed micro USB port, which reportedly does not affect the waterproofing, or the overall design of the phone, which has been cleaned up and refined for slight imperfections.

Still, with Samsung dominating the Android space with not one but two flagships — S6 and S6 Edge — along with Apple’s own iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the only reasonable strategy for Soyn at this point is to deliver another well-received smartphone, and hold its ground; profit dents aren’t in the cards here.