) announced a number of impressive changes today during the keynote
address at itsdevelopers event. Here are the top 10 takeaways.
1. "OK, Google": A New Impressive Conversational
The future is here: A Google senior manager demonstrated how voice
search has evolved. The new trick? All a user has to do is say, "OK
Google," and start asking questions. An example: "OK Google, what`s
the weather like in San Diego?" You can also ask contextually heavy
things such as, "How far is it from here?" or "When is my flight?"
It's a function like Siri, although it seems more advanced.
) had better show something equally impressive at WWDC, its own
developer conference, soon.
Want to join Google's search trial? Do it
2. Hello to Spotify: Google's Own Subscription Music
Service at $9.99/Month
Google Play Music All Access is a brand new media service featuring
"millions" of tracks from 22 genres, and it allows you to create
personalized "radio" stations based on just one song selection.
The service starts today in the US, and it will roll out to other
countries soon. Early users will get a discounted $7.99 per month
price, though the price will eventually jump to $9.99 per month.
Not sure if you need it? Then check out the
30-day free trial
3. Google Maps Get a More Personal, Seamless, Fancy
"reinvented" its Maps
; both mobile and desktop versions are coming this summer. The
updated versions provide a less cluttered interface with more
personalization, better navigation options, and fantastic embedded
imagery from Google Earth.
sign up here
for the invite to be among the first to check it out.
4. "Make It Awesome" Button for Photos
Google might soon oust
) products for some users with new "Auto Awesome" and "Enhance"
buttons to automatically improve users' pictures. You can tweak it
and switch improvements off in case you don't like how Google's
complex algorithms work.
5. No Key Lime Pie for Android (Yet?)
, Google did not introduced any major Android platform updates --
at least not yet. The company did name a number of great developer
That was not surprising at all.
As the new head of Google Android, Sundar Pichai, recently said in
, "It's not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new
products or a new operating system."
6. Google+ Redesign: Multi-Column Design and Auto
Google+ answered Facebook`s redesign with a major design revamp and
a multi-column view for the news stream. What about automatic
tagging for posts? Google has that covered, too.
And don`t forget the new heavily integrated Hangouts application
for the Web, Android, and iOS! All these great things are expected
to be available today.
7. Numbers: The Number of Android Users Has Grown to 900
Yes, just 100 million to go before the number of Android users out
there hits one billion, and Chrome now has 750 million active
There were also 48 billion apps installed on Google Play to date,
with 2.5 billion added to the store in the last month alone.
8. A "Nexus"-ed Samsung Galaxy S4 With Bare Android? You
Can Get it in June
Want to grab a carrier-unlocked
(OTCMKTS:SSNLF) Galaxy S4 16GB with a Nexus-like ("pure Android")
experience? Check out the Google Play store starting June 26. The
9. Developers Get New Tools to Make Even Better
With new tools,
APIs, and features
, including a special low-power location-tracking service, Android
users will soon get a bunch of new impressive applications. Just
allow some time for the developers to utilize it all.
10. Google CEO Delivered His Vision on Technology
Advancement in Hoarse Voice
CEO Larry Page, who
updated the public on his voice issues
, delivered a touching speech on all the great opportunities that
technologies could bring to people. Some of them were neatly
Page's voice was somewhat faint, but still firm. He took questions
for about half an hour, addressing the issues of developing
countries and tech advancements. It was a broad strategic overview,
with no significant announcements or details revealed.
hosted 6,000 attendees in San Francisco from May 15 to May 17. The
keynote aired on YouTube with more than 1 million people watching
worldwide. We've just briefly scratched the surface of what has
been announced. Watch out for more updates from I/O on