There is one more day of Google’s yearly show but the big news came from the keynote. This year seemed to focus more on software and pushing the Google network than previous years of hardware hawking.
Some of the big projects this year were:
New updates to Google’s chat service actually have a lot to do with the whole integration with Google+ doing away with the chat service itself and just focusing on “Hangouts” which is a term coined for G+. There are some graphical updates and ease of use tweaks, but for people who just moderately use the service you might not even notice.
Honestly this is the big focus of the show for me, and I couldn’t be more happy with the results. Google Music has been around for a while, but other than cloud storage for all of your tunes it hasn’t been that big of a deal, well no more. Now with a small monthly subscription fee, Google Music will give you every band you want on any device and a radio service that rivals Pandora’s in terms of quality of mixes in stations. I’ve been using it for the past two days and couldn’t be happier, and there is a discount if you get in early, $7 instead of $9 a month.
Galaxy S4 unlocked:
Fancy new phone, no bells or whistles, just a Google device, mind you the most powerful Google phone out there by a large margin, but still who care’s about smartphones? Oh wait…tech blog, right.
Google Maps has been around for about 10 years now, and it has become the number one GPS service for a Smartphone users, but why can’t it be better? Google wants to update the map service to include a more personable experience. With things like friends favorite places and local landmarks, might give apps like Foursquare a run for their money.
Note* No release date for Glass, which is kind of a bummer.
Source: Google I/O
By: Mark H.