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.
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
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
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
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.