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Android 5.0 Jelly Bean is Android@Home

Android 5.0 Jelly Bean is Android@Home

This year Google has been tipped to be releasing two separate software environments that very well may be one in the same service when push comes to shove: Android@Home and Android 5.0 Jelly Bean. The data we've got suggests that Android@Home will be coming to fruition in one way or another this spring or early summer, while it appears that the rumor mills are continuing to run hot with the idea that Android's next version, version 5.0 as it may end up being, will be coming out this spring as well. Will the two releases coincide, or are they straight up one in the same? Let's have a peek at the clues.

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SlashGear 101: Android@Home

SlashGear 101: Android@Home

Google's vision for a network of accessories connected to one another and running on Android as their operating system is what they call Android@Home. This system was first presented at Google I/O 2011 at their Day One Keynote and stood to extend the Android OS to include new services and apps to discover, connect, and communicate with appliances and devices in the home. The following is a basic guide of what this project, Android@Home or the Android at Home Framework, entails as of today.

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I, for one, welcome our new Google Nest overlords

I, for one, welcome our new Google Nest overlords

Google's acquisition of Nest is controversial, for more than a few reasons. On the one hand, there are questions around how Google Ventures-invested companies segue into Google-owned divisions; many users are concerned as to whether Google will simply absorb nest and then one day simply shut down the project as it moves onto other things. Most upsetting, however, seems to be the question of privacy and whether - for all Nest CEO Tony Fadell insists the firm has no plans to modify the privacy policy - one day Google will be using Nest hardware as another spy into the home. The news has got some Nest owners threatening to rip the thermostats from their walls.

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Nest not giving Google data access, still supporting iOS and Android

Nest not giving Google data access, still supporting iOS and Android

Nest's $3.2bn acquisition by Google won't see the search giant immediately get its hands on the smart home firm's user data, founder Tony Fadell has insisted, and nor will it see products like the Nest thermostat ditch iOS support, despite Google's vested interest in Android. Chatter of Google gaining insight into when Nest thermostat owners were home and which rooms they were active in being factored into services like Google Now began almost immediately after the cash deal was announced, with many concerned that Google's hunger for more contextual information would overrule Nest's privacy policy.

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Google EnergySense smart thermostat trial tipped underway

Google EnergySense smart thermostat trial tipped underway

Google is secretly testing a smart thermostat that would better track and manage home energy usage, it's reported, with a project dubbed EnergySense seeing the company dogfooding internet-connected HVAC controllers. Although similar on the surface to smart home darling Nest, Google EnergySense would actually be intended to more broadly tackle power use, according to sources speaking to The Information, picking up on the axed Google PowerMeter project killed in 2011.

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Samsung touts Tizen for “internet of things” convergence glue

Samsung touts Tizen for “internet of things” convergence glue

Samsung may not have made much of Tizen so far, but sees the little-known OS as being the key to its multi-platform convergence strategy, not Google's Android. The platform, building on MeeGo in partnership with Intel and other OEMs, may not have produced its first commercial Samsung phone, Samsung Electronics CEO J.K. Shin conceded to CNET, but that doesn't mean the company is waning in its enthusiasm for Tizen. In fact, Shin argues, the need - and business case - for Tizen has never been stronger.

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Apple, Google & Microsoft tipped in talks with ex-Slingbox chief’s home automation firm

Apple, Google & Microsoft tipped in talks with ex-Slingbox chief’s home automation firm

Apple, Google, and Microsoft are all believed to be circling home automation startup R2 Studios with potential acquisition in mind, as each weighs a push in the growing wired-home market. Established in 2011 by Slingbox founder Blake Krikorian, R2 Studios so far has a single product out - an Android app intended to turn phones and tablets into a universal remote for Crestron home automation kit - but according to the WSJ's sources has already caught the attention of some industry heavyweights.

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Schmidt’s Privacy Obsession Leaves Google Torn

Schmidt’s Privacy Obsession Leaves Google Torn

Privacy is a hot topic at Google, and chairman Eric Schmidt wasted no time in cultivating an MWC 2012 keynote around personal freedoms, the role of the internet as activist, and safeguarding of our individual information. Yet what Schmidt's appearance did show us more than anything is that the chairman is consumed with an obsession around the topic, either attempting to convinced us that we have the option of anonymity, or outlining the dance which Google follows trying to balance between the public and the private.

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Will Apple snipe down Google’s Schmidt with iPad 3?

Will Apple snipe down Google’s Schmidt with iPad 3?

Google's Mobile World Congress keynote is set to kick off in just over an hour, with chairman Eric Schmidt expected to drop the latest Android tidbits; it also gives Apple the perfect opportunity to steal focus from its arch-rival with a well-timed event invite. Apple is widely expected to unveil its third-generation iPad at a March 7 event, just seven days away. If the company is true to form, that means we could expect press invites to hit inboxes as soon as this morning.

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Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer hints Android 5.0 coming this fall

Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer hints Android 5.0 coming this fall

We have talked a bit about Android 5.0 and it sounds like an interesting operating system. There have been rumors floating around hinting at when the new version of the operating system will launch, with early rumors pointing to Android 5.0 as soon as this summer. At Mobile World Congress 2012, a Google VP of engineering for mobile, named Hiroshi Lockheimer has hinted that the launch will not be until this fall.

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