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Google I/O 2013 key announcements


This post is tracking the key announcements from Google I/O 2013. Check back for updates! This post is being maintained by Simon aka @flibblesan from the MoDaCo team.

  • 900m Android activations!
  • New Google Play Services. Always up top date on all devices, independent of manufacturer or operator
  • Three new location APIs
  • Fused Location Provider - Faster, more accurate location with low power mode that uses less than 1% battery per hour
  • Geofencing - Up to 100 simultaneous geofences per app
  • Activity Recognition - Uses accelerometer data to figure out what activity the user is doing. Walking, cycling, driving etc
  • Cross-Platform single sign-on with Google+
  • Google Cloud Messaging updates
  • Google Cloud Messaging now part of Google Play Services
  • Now supports persistent connections from servers to Google. Upstream messaging too
  • Notifications sync between devices!
  • Google Play Game Services
  • Cloud save, Game data sync
  • Achievements and leaderboards API
  • Game Service APIs also launcher on iOS and web
  • Multiplayer matching API
  • Android Studio - based on the community edition of intelliJ
  • Five new features for Developer Console
  • 1. Optimisation tips. Analyses your app, looks at Play store performance and provides tips on improvements
  • 2. App Translation Service. Professional, automatic translations for app localisation right inside the Developer Console
  • 3. Usage Metrics & Referral Tracking
  • 4. Revenue Graphs
  • 5. Beta Testing & Staged Rollouts
  • Google Play Improvements
  • 'Designed for Tablets' section
  • Google Play website to be updated
  • All Play Apps to be updated
  • Google Play Music changes
  • All Access - Subscription Service
  • Radio Feature
  • personalised recommendations
  • $9.99 per month in the US. 30 day free trial available
  • US now. Other countries soon
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition!
  • Available from Google in the US on T-Mobile or AT&T.
  • Prompt updates
  • Bootloader unlocked
  • June 26th for $649
  • Google Chrome
  • WebGL support
  • New mobile web APIs
  • Java-Script Speed Improvements
  • WebP images. Smaller than JPG, supports animation
  • Google Checkout sync in Chrome
  • End of 2012, half of mobile traffic was video
  • YouTube to support VP9
  • Multi device multi screen
  • Google Plus
  • New Stream, new hangouts, new photos
  • Better feed. Better on big screens
  • Automatic hash tags using image recognition
  • Hangouts Android App
  • Google Cloud updates
  • Automatic 'best photo' chooser
  • Google Search
  • It's the end of Search as we know it
  • Enhanced knowledge search graph
  • Adding Polish, Turkish, Simplified and Traditional Chinese
  • Will anticipate the next question
  • Asking Google like you would ask a friend
  • (if you had any)
  • Conversational search coming to everything
  • Next version of Google Maps preview

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Paul O'Brien founded MoDaCo in 2002 as a site focused on Windows Smartphones and has grown it since then by concentrating on providing a friendly community for both experienced and beginner mobile enthusiasts.

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PsYcHoKiLLa
May 15 2013 04:53 PM
Google Music All Access, US only, other countries "soon". Bloody typical.

So, that'll be 3 yrs later when all the lawyers finally sort their sh*t out then?
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Chrisund123
May 15 2013 05:29 PM
Can you save some cash and just flash the AOSP ROM to a regular sgs4?
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This is amazing and we're only halfway through!
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jesus, google are really tearing apple a new one. S4 is nice but still over priced. BUT WHERES THE UPDATE NEXUS 4 THOUGH?!! That was on my hit list...
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No new version of Android either?
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No new version of Android either?


Wow, this was disappointing, not even a point update to android which means still no fix for bounce back issue on my nexus 7. While maps and google now and music updates are nice and seems like there are some good new dev tools, the lack of OS update and no 32gb Nexus 4 was kind of lame to be honest.
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hugobosslives
May 15 2013 08:33 PM

No new version of Android either?

Wow, this was disappointing, not even a point update to android which means still no fix for bounce back issue on my nexus 7. While maps and google now and music updates are nice and seems like there are some good new dev tools, the lack of OS update and no 32gb Nexus 4 was kind of lame to be honest.

you guys realise I/O lasts for 3 days right?
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Chrisund123
May 15 2013 08:41 PM
Was about to say, this is only day1 lmao. Hopefully there will be stuff to come tomorrow...
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you guys realise I/O lasts for 3 days right?


Yeah I know but there are no other presentations/keynotes according to the schedule...

https://developers.g...vents/io/agenda
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Paul, what are the chances of being able to use the music streaming service outside of the US ?
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I would say the Next version of android will be shown late October.
its only been 6 month since 4.2 was announced... so its not that bad really.
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The Soup Thief
May 16 2013 08:29 AM

I would say the Next version of android will be shown late October.
its only been 6 month since 4.2 was announced... so its not that bad really.

That would be consistent with the reports of manufacturers and carriers complaining about the high frequency of Android version releases.
Slight shame it was a Galaxy S4 Google edition they announced. An HTC One Google edition would have been tremendous! Though I guess the Google / Samsung collaboration may have been a bit political (following the rumours of a schism)
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