Google I/O 2013 in a nutshell

Google IO 2013

Google IO 2013

Not everyone gets to go to the Google I/O conference. Thankfully, there is plenty of coverage and tons of blog posts that have us covered.

For those who want a brief breakdown of the important components, here’s a breakdown from Trend Blog.


Google Play game services

Features to include:

  • Sync games across devices
  • Cloud save
  • Leaderboards
  • Cross-platform games


Improved Google search

No-interface approach:

  • Search by saying, “OK Google”
  • Conversational search
  • It will answer, converse, and anticipate next search


New Google Maps

New features to include:

  • Ground-up redesign
  • Enhanced walking and driving directions
  • Edge-to-edge content
  • Interactive maps
  • Live traffic alerts
  • iPad app coming soon


Google Play music

New subscription service:

  • “All access”
  • Available in the US
  • $9.99/mo
  • $7.99/mo if you subscribe before June 30th


Google Hangouts

Improved messaging:

  • “One chat to rule them all”
  • Replaces Google Talk, Google+ Video Chat, and Google+ Messenger
  • Available for Android, iOS, and Chrome
  • Consistent look across devices and platforms


Google Plus Photos

Auto enhance:

  • “Auto-enhance your photos with skin softening, noise reduction, and more
  • Google highlights your best photos based on algorithms
  • Auto Awesome includes HDR, animated GIFs, and more
  • 15GB cloud storage for full size photos



In case you want a handy dandy chart detailing these changes, here you go.

Google I/O 2013 Announcements by


The keynote

Finally, if you have some time to spend, here’s the 3 hour, 25 minute keynote.


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