Google I/O 2013 kicked off today and the company talked about almost everything (almost I say, because the only absence was the announcement of Android 4.3). During the 3.5 hours keynote the search giant unveiled a new redesigned Google+, which looks a lot like Pinterest and Facebook, demoed a new standalone Hangouts app, and showed off a new Maps (use the link to sign up for the preview). Google also announced that Android has over 900 million activations and apps has been downloaded 48 billion times.
But wait! There is a lot more:
- Google Play Music All Access was unveiled, a new music streaming service that competes directly with Spotify. The service will cost $9.99 per month, but if you subscribe by June 30th, you’ll only pay $7.99 per month.
- Google Play for Education was part of the keynote, which is a version of the Play store designed exclusively for children and teachers.
- Google+ Photos now comes Auto Awesome feature that automatically combines photos and reproduces new ones. Users will also be able to create GIF images and panoramas.
- The search giant is also bringing Search by Voice to Chrome.
Pretty much everything else were announcements for developers:
- New App Translation service that allows developers to translate their apps quickly and effectively.
- Android Studio, a new IDE designed just for Android developers.
- New multi-platform Google Play games services that allows gamers to save their progress on the cloud. Also there a new achievements and multiplayer support.
- Finally a big surprise was when Android VP Hugo Barra revealed that the company will be selling the new Samsung Galaxy S4, unlocked and with the store version of Android operating system for $649.
Oh! And the company also gave away free Chromebook Pixel laptops to all I/O attendees.
There you have it, all the highlights for Google I/O 2013. Google streamed the full non-stop 3.5 hours at the Developer channel in YouTube. So if you missed it, here is your chance to watch the full Google I/O 2013 keynote.
For all the video coverage and technical sessions, check the official Google I/O website.