Google I/O 2013: Keynote Roundup

GoogleIO.2013The first day of Google I/O is starting to wind down, and we thought it was a good time to take a look at some of the highlights from this morning’s keynote. There was a lot to take in during the long keynote, and we’re going to start with coolest news of the day… Google Play Music All Access. All Access is the big G’s foray into the world of streaming music, and it’s pretty impressive. The service offers up access to millions of songs that can be played instantly, put into stations, or saved for later. The service will run $9.99 a month, and there’s even a free 30-day trial you can check out. If you sign-up before June 30th the price will down to $7.99 a month. Needless to say, it’s a service you’ll want to look into if you listen to music.racing2 Google also shook things up with this afternoon with Hangouts. It’s now a cross-platform messaging system that will let you connect with your friends in multiple ways. You’ll be able to chat of course, but you’ll also be able to get in on some multi-chat with people using Hangouts for Android and iOS. Hangouts will replace G+ Messenger and GChat, and you can read a bit more about it on the official Hangouts page. As expected, Google unveiled something for the gamers with Google Play Game Services. Game Services will let you sign in with your Google+ account, and then track your achievements, saves, and scores across various devices and platforms. Definitely good news for gamers, and I think most of us are going to welcome multiplayer, achievements, and cloud-based saves. Several games have already been updated with game services, and you can bet more are on the Rounding out the big keynote news was word of an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4. This rumor popped up right before Google I/O kicked off, and it appears it was true. The unlocked S4 will be available for use on AT&T & T-Mobile networks, and will be available on June 26th for $649. That was not a typo. It’s expensive, but the Bootloader is unlocked and you’ll be getting a “true” Android experience on very fast device. There were lots of other developments during the conference including a revamped version of Google Maps, a Google Now update, and the announcement that there have been 900 million Android activations worldwide. They also gave away Chromebook Pixels to all the attendees which got a pretty rousing response from the audience. We’ll keep you updated on the happenings at I/O over the next few days; if you want to check out the full schedule or watch it live you can hit up the link below. Google I/O 2013

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