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Google I/O 2013 Summary

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Today was the beginning of Google I/O, the yearly conference that the Internet giant hosts every year in order to provide new product and service information to its developers and the general public. Like in the past years, Google I/O 2013 has been followed very closely by the news media and innovators alike, because some of what the company announces at these conferences end up being very important in the years to come. So in order for you to get a good idea of what is new in the Google world, here is a summary of the items that we saw today in the long keynote.


  • First, Google introduced new location APIs which means that any developer that wants access to users' locations will have to adapt their apps to use these new calls, but it also means new services from Google, such as more accurate data and it will drain the battery less on Android.

  • Android Studio is a new developer's tool for those interested in making Android apps. Before, the development environment used to be a mix of various elements, with most people opting to use the open source Eclipse system. Now, the company is introducing its own integrated environment for Android developers.

  • Google Plus was also redesigned, and the new interface is rolling out to people over the coming days. This redesign aims to be more intuitive for users, and also includes some behind the scene elements like better photo management.

  • The web version of the Google Maps service also saw a small design change, and a big new feature, the ability to see live incident reports such as traffic accidents in real time.

  • Finally, some features of Google Now are being brought to the desktop such as voice search which will allow Chrome users to use a mic in order to search, with the answer being talked back to them.