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Hey there everyone, as you all know Google I/O 13 just took place and it was just like any other Google I/O…amazing and inspiring. Nothing really spectacular took place and unfortunately there was no talk about Android 4.3 but there will be in the near future we’re sure. So much did take place though and this article is gonna sum that all up for you. For this article we are going to focus on the user based announcements and skip over the developer information and save that for another time.

So the first announcement we got was the official announcement of Google Play Game Services, a service we all knew was coming due to leaks. It turns out is was everything we thought it was going to be, cloud saves, achievements, leaderboards, connection to Google+. The next thing we got was the Google Play Store receiving a ‘designed for tablets’ category in the top charts section which features apps that are specifically designed for tablets. Then we got our only hardware information of the entire keynote, the Google Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Yes you read that right it’s an S4 running stock Android that is promised to receive updates of Android as they become available just like Nexus devices. Music came next, Google Play Music All Access that is. This is the much anticipated Google music subscription service that cost $7.99 a month with a 30-day free trial which gives you streaming access to all of Google’s music library. Next came Google+ which got a redesigned feed and the addition of hashtags that are automatically created by Google on posts so that content is much more connected. Also pertaining to Google+ was the huge focus on image uploading. Now Google will automatically spruce up your photos you post on Google+ and make them look “professional”. On top of that when you go on vacation and take a bunch a pictures it’s very hard and time consuming to pick out the best ones to share with friends and family so now Google will use algorithms to pick out your best photos for you. Then Google revealed their solution to messaging across platform, Hangouts. It is a redone Google Talk app that looks great but lacks SMS support for now but will almost certainly receive it in a later update but for now it’s just Google Talk with a redesigned UI. Then came the super awesome stuff, new Google Now cards, integration of conversational search into Chrome. And last but not least Google maps on mobile and desktop both got a redesign.

It all ended on a Q&A with Larry Page which was amazing and a nice touch. Larry Page does not do things like this very often so it was very nice to see and hear.

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Nicholas Terry

Nicholas Terry

(Author) - I am currently attending college to receive my degree in Computer Science with a pipe dream to someday work at Google. I love everything about android and smartphones and always love learning more about them or anything else tech wise. I also love developing Android apps and learning new types of code in my spare time. My current devices I use are my LG Optimus G and Nexus 7, Pebble watch is still on the way.
Nicholas Terry