Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) Partners With Cuba On Google Cardboard, Chromebook In Museum

International Business Times

Alphabet Inc. is working on several developments with Cuba to expand internet connectivity in the country, the company announced in a blog post Monday. These partnerships are the first of what the company hopes will be more developments in Cuba. Google has partnered with the Organic Romerillo Museum in Havana and will offer Google Cardboard, the low-cost virtual reality headsets, and Google Chromebook to visitors. These products will be connected to the internet via the government-owned network operator ETECSA. "We hope this installation will enable people for whom internet access is scarce to browse the web and find information.


Alphabet's Google takes on Amazon with new smart speaker

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Alphabet's ( GOOGL) Google kicked off its I/O developers conference yesterday. While analysts and consumers alike want to hear about developments such as a virtual reality device to rival Facebook's ( FB) Oculus Rift headset and new and improved artificial intelligence software, the unveiling of another new gadget took over the headlines and has the potential to bring in some exciting profits for investors. Google Home is a "smart speaker" designed to compete with the Amazon (AMZN) Echo. The Echo, a voice-intelligent personal assistant, has been one of Amazon's biggest sleeper hits. Building on the sort of technology that powers the Apple (AAPL) iPhone Siri system, the Echo is a touch-free device that can answer questions and perform commands from switching on Spotify to turning on the house lights.


New Google products, services take aim at its biggest rivals

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From virtual reality to a new smart-home speaker, Google is showing off just how pervasive it has become even as it's squeezed by its biggest competitors -- Facebook, Apple and Amazon. Google showed off a VR system called Daydream, along with plans for headsets that will compete with Facebook's Oculus Rift. In a jab at Amazon, the company announced Google Home, an Internet-connected speaker that listens for your voice commands to play music or control lights and thermostats in the home. It is reminiscent of Amazon's Echo and will be available later this year for a yet-unannounced price. In an attempt to outshine Apple, Google is also adding features to its Android operating system, including the ability to run apps without actually installing apps.


New Google products, services take aim at its biggest rivals

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From virtual reality to a new smart-home speaker, Google is showing off just how pervasive it has become even as it's squeezed by its biggest competitors--Facebook, Apple and Amazon. Google showed off a VR system called Daydream, along with plans for headsets that will compete with Facebook's Oculus Rift. In a jab at Amazon, the company announced Google Home, an Internet-connected speaker that listens for your voice commands to play music or control lights and thermostats in the home. It is reminiscent of Amazon's Echo and will be available later this year for a yet-unannounced price. In an attempt to outshine Apple, Google is also adding features to its Android operating system, including the ability to run apps without actually installing apps.


Google I/O 2016 Preview: Android VR, Project Tango, Android N, Chrome OS, Self-Driving Cars And More

International Business Times

We'll find out this week what the tech giant is planning and how virtual and augmented reality factor into its goal to remain the world's most valuable company, as well as updates on the world's most popular operating system, Android, and possibly details on a return to China. On Wednesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai will take the stage at the Shoreline Amphitheatre -- a 15-minute walk from his office at Google's Mountain View, California, headquarters -- and deliver an update on the company's current and coming projects. Nominally a conference for developers, Google I/O is really a way of keeping everyone updated on what it is working on, to help give products that are underperforming a promotional push and to remain in the public eye about other projects that may have slipped from the public memory due to being in development so long. Last year, it was all about a big update to Android; the previous year Google pushed Android TV and Android Wear; in 2013 it was the launch of Google Music; and 2012 saw a team of skydivers drop onto the Moscone Center stage in San Francisco during the keynote, shooting their exploits on Google Glass and live streaming it to an awestruck audience. This year, while we will hear about Android, Chrome OS, driverless cars and Project Ara, the big focus will be on the tech world's hot topic: virtual reality.