The 2013 Google I/O conference is under way and the keynote speech has revealed some tasty innovations heading our way.
However, the Internet discussions on the news are as much about what was absent as the announcements! No Nexus 7 refresh, no LTE Nexus 4, no X phone, no Android update. A little disappointing if you have been holding off for news on these devices.
Of course that doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing these new releases soon, but we’ll just have to keep waiting for news! Want the latest? Subscribe to out RSS feed for updates.
The 2013 Keynote on YouTube
You can watch it for yourself here:
Here’s a quick round up of what has been announced along with some helpful links:
- Hangouts App: The replacement for Talk, all your chat and messaging in one place. Download it here.
- New Google Now Cards: Google’s spooky app will continue to prove that it knows us better than we know ourselves. Now with movie, book and music recommendations. You can now add reminders.
- Google Maps: Gets an overhaul. You can request an invite to use the new version here and you can see it in action here.
- Google+ redesigned: Time to give it another go? Must admit I haven’t really been able to get into G+ to date but it’s becoming more appealing. Add me to your circles!
- Google Education: New area of the app stored organised around education. Looks to be based on US system right now but will we see a store front centred around GCSEs and A-Levels one day?
- Play Store Update: I got the new Play Store app on my Nexus 4 yesterday! And apparently on the Nexus 7 the new store front will bring tablet apps to the forefront, hope it arrives soon.
- Android Studio: A new developer environment for Android. Get it here. I’ve struggled with eclipse so I hope this is better!
- Samsung Galaxy S4: A “pure Android” Google edition is heading to the US. No news on whether a UK version will follow. If I were going to splash out on an S4, this is the version I’d want (I’m happy with my Nexus 4).
- Android surging forward: 900 million activations! It won’t be long before we have a billion Android devices out there in the world. How soon before Apple is widely recognised as the niche option?
- Google Play Games: A cross platform game service that will allow us to track game progress and link up with friends no matter what we are playing on.
Exciting times over at Google, what did you make of the keynote?