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Google I/O 2013: Top Ten Highlights

In case you missed it, Google’s important event of the year is happening right now. Google I/O which is an annual conference focused on developers is currently held at the Moscone Center, San Francisco and will run until May 17.  This year’s event had several highlights which we are going to list down.


Updated Google Maps

Google Maps is about to get an update which will make your mapping experience more personal. The company said that it will incorporate their Google Now technology into Google Maps. Bernhard Seefeld, product management director for Google Maps said that “it’ll get better and better, the more that you use it.” The most visible improvement is going to be the 3D Google Earth imagery which shows a dramatic 3D view of a particular area.

Hands-Free Searches

The usual way we make a search is to type it in the search box. Google aims to change this by bringing voice activated searches to the desktop using the Chrome browser. This feature is activated once a user says “OK Google”.

Google Now Cards

You will now be able to set reminders in Google Now. According to Google “With the new reminders in Now, not only can you save things to remember later, but you can actually pick a time or place to trigger those reminders, so they pop up at just the right time.”

All Access Subscription Music Service

All Access is a new service from Google that is currently available in the United States and is expected to be available in other countries in the coming months. For just $9.99 a month subscribers will be able to listen to the millions of music tracks available at the Google Play Store aside from their own personal music library. Subscribers in the U.S. will have a 30 day free trial and if you sign up before July 30 your monthly subscription will just be $7.99.

Send Money Via Gmail

Google has now integrated Google Wallet with Gmail. You will be able to send money using Gmail, the recipient does not need a Gmail account to receive the funds but they should have a Google wallet account.

Google Galaxy S4

Google will be releasing a Galaxy S4 model that runs on stock Android. The device will run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will cost $649. It’s expected to hit the market this coming June 26.


The company has released their standalone unified messenger app that’s available for Android, iOS and the web. People using this service are able to send text, photos, and live videos.

Auto Enhance

Google describes auto enhance as “a new way to improve brightness, contrast, saturation, structure, noise, focus… and dozens of other factors automatically.”

Gmail Quick Actions

Google has introduced the quick action buttons in Gmail to help you get things done quickly.

New Google +

A total of 41 new improvements were made on Google +. If you recently checked your account you’ll notice that there are changes done to its interface, new designs, availability of Hangout features, phot editing tools as well as an expanded storage space.

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