Thursday, 16 May 2013

Google I/O: A few things we haven't covered yet!

Google Maps:

   Google have updated their Mapping platform and the whole idea is to make the platform much more tailored and engaging for you, the customer. You can see the whole list of changes beautifully summarised by the BBC here. There's also three new api's which will help with phone positioning without draining battery and there will be specific tools to establish how people are moving be it in the car, on a bike or on foot!

Google Hangouts:
   This is effectively taking over from Google Talk! The service has Google+ compatibility as well as being built into your Gmail already! The video below shows you how everything will look and work!


   Google have announced a new set of gaming options including Google Play leader boards and new multiplayer features which let you play against friends on games! It's a sweet edition, it's just a
shame the demo of RipTide didn't work yesterday at the event! This feature will also be landing on iOS and the web so it's not an Android exclusive!

Other bits and bobs:

  • Google have launched a new service for developers which lets you commission professional translations for you app right from the developer console!
  • There will soon be synchronised notifications across your devices! So if you dismiss an email on your phone it will dismiss it on your tablet too!
  • Google Play Music will be new an improved and will cost $9.99 per month for 'all access' and you can create your own radio stations based on artists or you can upload 20,000 of your own songs or you can look through Google's catalogue!

Don't worry guys, we know we haven't touched on things such as Chrome and the Android stats just yet, but don't worry we promise that they'll arrive through today, tomorrow and possibly the weekend, as and when we hear more details from Google's sessions!


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