Google I/O Developers Conference, PlayOn, and Sound Float | #151
Jason and Mike have some exciting tech topics to cover with us on today’s episode. In the top of the hour, Jason talks with Andrew Martonik, Executive Editor for Android Central, about the Google I/O Developer Conference. Andrew downloads his key event impressions including hints on Google Home, the future of the Google Lens, and more. Then, we hear from PlayOn Founder, Jeff Lawrence, about what their new streaming application can do for you. We end the hour with Jack Anzarouth, the creator of an innovative pool floaty on Kickstarter, the Sound Float, which keeps your summer sounding cool. Tune in to find out more!
· [00:00:00] The Google I/O Developers Conference
· [00:07:28] Point and Snap Answers with Google Lens
· [00:12:30] Next Level Updates for the New Google Home
· [00:19:50] Android O Aims for a Seamless Interface
· [00:27:20] Google Reality Platforms Come to Life
· [00:35:53] Google Assistant: The Ultimate Connection
· [00:42:13] PlayOn Streaming at Your Convenience
· [00:49:24] Content When and Where You Want It
· [00:54:44] Downloads at Your Fingertips for Cheap
· [01:02:05] Don’t Get Interrupted by Advertising
· [01:11:31] Float with Style and Surround Sound
· [01:18:06] A Pool Floaty for Every Season
Discover more about segments and guests below…
[00:00:00] The Google I/O Developers Conference
Every year Google lays out all of their big initiatives for the year to software developers at the Google I/O Conference. This year, Andrew Martonik, Executive Editor of Android Central, fills us in on some things we can look forward to in the future from Google. Putting aside all of the ‘nerdy’ talk, Andrew tells us about Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai’s keynote speech. Sundar introduced the first public beta for the Android O, giving developers the tools they need to get started. For the latest advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, Google Home, smart watches, YouTube and more, listen now.
[00:07:28] Point and Snap Answers with Google Lens
Got questions? “Just Google it.” Brace yourselves, Google is about to take this statement to a whole new level. Executive Editor of Android Central, Andrew Martonik, tells us about the Google Lens and the future functions that it will be able to perform like image recognition. With the Google Lens users will be able to snap a picture of anything (a building, plant, restaurant, etc.), and receive information on that subject on demand. Andrew even speculates that in the future you will be able to use Google Lens as a virtual travel assistant, providing you with locations and translations wherever your adventures take you. Learn more now.
[00:12:30] Next Level Updates for the New Google Home
Google Home is a digital voice assistant that is getting a complete firmware overhaul with many new features. Andrew Martonik, Executive Editor for Android Central, tells us that you can currently ask Google Home questions and tell it what to do – It even has the capability of distinguishing specific voices. Never settling, Google wants to go further and plans on configuring this unit to be able to call out to any phone number (no matter the provider), give the owner proactive notifications, and possibly incorporate a WI-FI repeater. Google is working hard to make this a user friendly interface that everyone will want in their home. Imagine the possibilities. Listen now.
[00:19:51] Android O Aims for a Seamless Interface
Are you tired of using certain apps that drain your battery life or slow down your Android phone? Google is tired of it, too. Android Central’s Andrew Martonik shares the latest updates that will be benefiting all Android users. Google has been concentrating a lot of their efforts towards battery life retention. A system called Android Vitals has been designed to keep frame rate up while users navigate through various apps so that they don’t kill your battery (We’re looking at you, Candy Crush!) Google is also focusing on creating a platform for developers with very strict guidelines to help them create higher functioning apps. Discover more about what Google is doing for you.
[00:27:20] Google Reality Platforms Come to Life
Andrew Martonik, Executive Editor of Android Central, discusses Google’s progress with virtual and augmented reality, and tells us what the future has in store. The DayDream Stand Alone HMD is under development and will feature a completely controlled environment within an easy-to-use headset for a crisp virtual experience. Augmented reality technology is also making huge strides, and will eventually let you map out and interact with an entire environment. Learn more about VR and AR now.
[00:35:53] Google Assistant: The Ultimate Connection
With the popularity of Siri, Amazon Echo, and the Google Home, digital voice assistance has become the new norm. Users love this tech, but their is a noticeable flaw – Most apps only allow you to communicate with one device at a time. Andrew Mortonik, Executive Editor for Android Central, gives us the lowdown on Google Assistant upgrades including the ability to communicate with all of your devices at once. (Sorry, not Sorry, Siri). Andrew also briefly introduces the Android Go, a new operating system that will work on all models of Android phones, even legacy models. Find out more now.
[00:42:13] PlayOn Streaming at Your Convenience
In 2008 it became apparent to PlayOn CEO, Jeff Lawrence, that people were huddling around a little computer screen to stream their favorite content. This didn’t make much sense to Jeff, so he created PlayOn which was originally desktop software that would allow you to open a browser and select an option to send your content directly to your TV screen. As content streaming trends have evolved, so have PlayOn’s products – They’re cloud-based app that will work on your computer, smart phone, tablet, or smart TV making it possible for users to download their favorite shows directly to their device of choice. Explore the wild world of streaming now.
[00:49:24] Content When and Where You Want It
Not enough time to catch your favorite television shows live? Do slow broadband speeds make it impossible to watch content without endless buffering? PlayOn is a streaming device that is positioned like a digital VCR with a cloud-based mobile app allowing you to browse, stream, and download content. Watch content on your device of choice when it’s most convenient for you, even if you’re offline. Find out how to take control of your streaming experience now.
[00:54:44] Downloads at Your Fingertips for Cheap
With the PlayOn app it’s simple to download your favorite content and hold on to it for as long as you like. Jeff Lawrence, CEO of PlayOn, tells us that when you sign up for the program you get two free downloads, and for any future content you can expect to pay anywhere from 20-40 cents per download – So affordable! You’ll also gain access to 30-day cloud storage should you choose not to download content directly to your device. There is also an application for your desktop gives you access to a huge database of content after a one-time fee. In the future they plan to release a monthly plan with increased cloud storage options. Discover other great perks to this app.
[01:02:05] Don’t Get Interrupted by Advertising
Most of us hate having our TV shows interrupted by commercials. Thankfully, the PlayOn app has a solution. Jeff Lawrence fills us in on their “skip advertising” feature which provides users with a seemless viewing experience. Switching our focus to the company’s beginnings, we learn how the built-from-the-ground-up built platform has evolved to be in alignment with consumer needs. With commercial-free viewing, quality HDR recording, and a huge database of content options, you don’t want to miss out on this app.
[01:11:31] Float with Surround Sound
Jack Anazrouth, Director of Marketing for Sound Float, says this Kickstarted campaign will keep the music playing all summer long. Sound Float is a pool float with embedded 20 watt speakers and 7mm sub woofers, offering users the ultimate sound experience. Float in comfort as you experience the best sound on the water for up to 12 hours! The battery pack even has enough power to give your phone a quick charge. Make this the best sounding summer yet. Listen now.
[01:18:06] A Pool Floaty for Every Season
The Sound Float was built to be extremely durable. CEO Jack Anzarouth tells us that the floaty with built in speakers allows you to take your music anywhere – And when we say anywhere, we mean it. You can take this baby out on the lake for a day of rockin’ sunbathing or turn up your tunes and slide down a snow hill. It also has a triple sealed phone pouch with touch screen capabilities to relieve anxiety over losing or ruining your device. You can float on (and rock on) a Sound Float for just $149. Explore the Sound Float now.
Explore More with Helpful Links:
Guest: Andrew Martonik | Executive Editor, Android Central
Guest: Jeff Lawrence | CEO, PlayOn
Guest: Jack Anzarouth | Director of Marketing, Sound Float
Event: Google I/O Annual Developer Festival
Product: Google Home
Service: Google Assistant
Article: 3 reasons Why Google Lens Won I/O
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CreditsProgram Host: Jason Masters
Program Host: Mike Etchart
Producer: Jason Masters
Production Asst.: Joanne Bolden
Audio Engineer: Dave Milligan
Copy Editor: Jessica Baumgardner
Special Guest: Andrew Martonik
Special Guest: Jeff Lawrence
Special Guest: Jack Anzarouth