Google I/O - Google's annual conference kicked off with some exciting announcements. It is the most anticipated event of this year. For Google, this was a big day to unveil the company's future plans.
Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra started the Google I/O 2013 keynote, in which many new features and updates to Google's services and offerings were announced.
Take a look at the announcements made at the keynote -
Android & Google Play
- Google announced 900 million Android activations in total and 48 billion apps downloaded from Google Play store.
- Google Play Services updated to bring new APIs (Google Maps and Location) and a cross platform Google+ sign in feature to easily sign in to various services using Google credentials. Also, the Google Cloud Messaging service is now a part of Google Play Services. Google Play game services introduced with Cloud save, achievements, leaderboard & multiplayer.
- New Integrated Development Environment (IDE) called Android Studio announced for Android Developers to build Android apps.
- Google Play Developer Console updated to include optimization tips, app translation service, usage metrics, revenue graphs & beta testing.
- Google Play Music All Access - Music subscription service that plays music depending upon the user's liking. Google Play Music All Access is priced at $9.99 / month (US) with a 30 day free trial.
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition - Android Product Management Vice President Hugo Barra announced the new version of Samsung Galaxy S4 with a stock Android user interface. The version will be directly available on Google Play in the US from 26th June for $649.
Chrome & Chrome OS
- Support for WebGL in Chrome for tablets.
- All Google I/O attendees got a new Chromebook Pixel as a gift.
- New Google+ user interface for web.
- New Google+ Hangouts stand alone app for Android.
- New features in Google+ Photos introduced like tonal distribution, skin softening, noise reduction, white balancing, sharpening, vignette, structure, red eye removal and more.
- Google Now updated with new set of cards for public transit, books, music albums, tv shows, video games and reminders.
- Reminders feature of Google Now lets you set reminders which will remind you at the right place at the right time.
- 'Hot wording' feature for Google search on the web lets you search the web without typing. Just start by saying “Ok Google” and it will know that you're about to ask a question.
- Google previews next version of Google Maps for iOS and Android, including an iPad app coming this summer.
- New suggestion engine to help you find relevant places nearby.
- New features like incident reporting and traffic-rerouting.
- New version of Google Maps for the web.
- WebGL is used to augment the new views and produce a more interactive and detailed imagery.
At the end of the keynote, CEO Larry Page came to the stage and shared some personal stories and his views on the importance of technology followed by Q&A.
Watch the recorded Google I/O 2013 keynote here.