Google I/O 2013: Live blog and streaming video

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Google+ changes pushed out for Android (but of course) but on iOS, as well. Nice touch. #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

New chat service available on Android, Web, and iOS starting today. Synced notifications across all platforms. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Google+ Hangouts chats are all archived and stored (unless you don't want them to be). Photos are organized into albums for you. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

The new Google+ hangouts. #io13 http://pic.twitter.com/KuFMrXjl2S

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Yup -- here it is: Google+ Hangouts. Conversations that last with people you love. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Seems like we're building up to the unified chat service now. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Half of all G+ sharing is done to private circles, Vic says. In other words: "Hey, morons: Stop with the 'G+ is a ghost town' stories" #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Gundotra: Half of all posts on Google+ are made in private circles. People talking to people. Go figure. #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

If Facebook UI was a steaming pile of garbage compared to G+ before (and it was), it's pretty much the most foul trash imaginable now. #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

New hashtag feature lets you look at one picture of the Eiffel Tower and click thru to others from other people. #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

New Google+ stream is more visual, more white space, less "texty." Good upgrade. #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Also suggests related hashtags to you. Lots of slick-looking animations and transitions. Really looks more like an app than a website. #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Now Google+ will automatically tag your posts with "related hashtags." #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Looks aside, the new stream setup automatically adds relevant hashtags to make posts easier to discover. #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Vic Gundotra shows off new look for Google+ stream. #io13 http://pic.twitter.com/ATpgkMFSWS

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

New Google+ UI. #io13 http://pic.twitter.com/Cdlrpo6YN2

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

The new G+ design looks like the tablet app. Multiple columns, dynamically adjusts based on browser window size. Looks really nice. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

People often pooh-pooh Google+. I like it a lot. Huge, vibrant community of Google/Android enthusiasts over there. #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

#Google+ getting new stream with multi-column design across devices. #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

41 new features coming to G+ today. Redesigned stream, new Hangouts app, and new photos experience. #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Vic Gundotra heading out to talk about Google+. Announcing 41 new features! #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

There's sometimes interesting news from those breakout sessions, too. But the keynote is where the big stuff gets announced. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

After that, it's breakout sessions for developers. And we should get some hands-on time with any new devices/software announced today. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Time for some talk on Google+. Should be about an hour left to go here -- scheduled to wrap up at 11:35 a.m. PT, according to El Goog. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Google Play for Education launching in the fall. Calling on devs to start working on relevant apps now. #io13 http://pic.twitter.com/sCfGEbMNrc

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Google Play for Education aimed at helping educators/students get the apps they need. #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Books and videos, too. It's part of Google's efforts to get more Android tablets in classroom. Translation: PROJECT ANNIHILATE IPAD #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Google Play for Education. Separate app storefront designed specifically for educators. Really good idea, actually. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Onto Google Apps and the value of getting Google products into education. This might be a good time to take a bathroom break. #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Developers pretty excited they just heard they're getting a Chromebook Pixel. #io13 #GoogleIO

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

All but 1 of the Trending Topics on #Twitter are about Google I/O. The power of Google & thousands of developers. #io13 #GoogleIO

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

OK, Google... It's really hot in here. Connectivity stinks. Could you toss us some big news now? #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Now a short film showing how far we've come with the Web. WE WANTS THE NEW ANDROIDS NOW, PURLEEZ #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

In a bit of a lull. Talking about Chrome dev tools, showing cross-platform Chrome demo. Neat to see but nothing to write home about. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Long story short: It makes stuff load faster and use less data. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

New data compression proxy for Chrome for Mobile. If you use the Chrome Beta app, you've probably already seen this. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

He's going over new ways Google is making Chrome faster, simpler, and more secure -- both with the desktop and mobile versions. #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

So grateful to unknown woman sitting in front of me. She loaned me a hotspot device when couldn't connect. #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Google's Linus Upson says providing a great browser user experience "doesn't mean loading the browser up full of features." Word. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

I guess it's telling that something like consistent cross-platform browser experience is a function I now expect and take for granted. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Talking about consistent Chrome experience from one device to another. Zzz...someone wake me when we get back to the good stuff. #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Sundar Pinchai talking about mobile web and getting same experience on every device. #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Samsung Chromebook. #1 on Amazon laptops for a long time. Many more partners coming on-board. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

So that's it for Android for now. Onto Chrome next. Fear not: Android will almost certainly be back in the spotlight before we're done #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Google's All Access should let @jr_raphael update his Weird Al music collection. #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Awkward silence and then laughter in the room when he announced that price. A Nexus 4, remember, costs $300-$350 unlocked. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

"It will receive system updates promptly." But $649. Ouch! #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Available directly through Google Play (U.S. only). Unlocked. Works on AT&T and T-Mobile, LTE support. 16GB RAM. Bootloader unlocked. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

The rumors were right: A special-edition Samsung Galaxy S4 with stock Android. But still physical buttons, from the looks of it. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

If you start a trial by June 30, your price drops down to $7.99/mo. (Spotify is $9.99/mo. for full mobile access.) #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

All Access is $9.99/month in the U.S. with 30 days free. But join by end of June and it's only $7.99/month. #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Google Music All Access: $9.99 a month in the U.S. Free 30 day trial. Launches today in U.S., additional countries "soon." #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Listen Now holds music you’ve added, plus tracks you’ve played & radio stations All Access has created. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Seems like they're focusing a lot on discoverability. Lots of talk about ways to find new music within the service. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

The million-dollar question: How much does it cost? #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Google Music All Access (I'm already getting tired of typing that name!) blends your own library with available streaming content. #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Google's new All Access is set up to give the user a "never ending" playlist. "Radio without rules" #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Sounds like a mix of Pandora and Spotify. You can play anything on demand and then also create a "radio station" from any track. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Google Music All Access. #io13 http://pic.twitter.com/mtrYXdNNvY

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

And competition for Spotify and Pandora... Google's new subscription music service, Google Play Music All Access. #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

"A uniquely Google approach to a subscription music service." Lots of personalized recommendations, featured content. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Aaaand, here it is: "a music service that's about music." Google Play Music All Access. #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Yerga now talking about "next generation" of Google's music service... one that guides you through world of music. #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Standby for announcement of the new Google music service... #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

All Play apps will get a visual refresh, including Music. And it's coming to the Web versions eventually, too. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Nice: Play Store will now have an expanded section that showcases apps designed for tablets. Only two years late, right? ;-) #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Chris Yerga shows off Google Play look for tablets. #io13 #Googleio http://pic.twitter.com/kiFCzzBkX9

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Personalized recommendations in Play Store based on previous purchases, friend recommendations, etc. I think I've seen that already. #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Chris Yerga says Google Play redesign is set up to help developers' get their apps discovered. #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Talking Google Play improvements now (you know, that new design that rolled out recently). Seems like he's building up to something... #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

The staged rollout will help devs identify and iron out any kinks on updates before doing wide releases, too. Smart. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Up till now, devs generally had to do beta tests on their own -- with external (non-Play Store) distribution. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Google Play Store will now support native beta testing and staged rollouts. That's good for devs *and* users. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

In other news, the famous Google I/O candy-dispensing stations were not yet stocked as of this morning. #io13 #CrucialInformation

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Google Translation Service gives developers "professional level" translations for help with global users. #io13 #GoogleIO

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

They're onto Google Play Store optimization for apps now. A reminder that a large part of this event is aimed at developers... #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

#Google announcing 5 new features for Developer Console to get devs new users & more money. Popular idea. #GoogleIO #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

If you're wondering where the big consumer news is, stay tuned. No show opens with its climax. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

This'll make devs' lives much easier. Not directly relevant to users but could go a long way in encouraging Android app development. #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Gotta love developers who are cheering for APIs and tools. I'm waiting for bigger news but they're already psyched! #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Love that the bad network in here derailed Google's gaming demo. Now they feel our pain with this rotten connection. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

We're onto a new developer tool called Android Studio now. Awesome news for devs -- lots of excitement in the room. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

New Google Play Services stuff is coming to all Android devices with Android 2.2 and up. If you have a pre-2.2 phone, BUY A NEW PHONE. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

They're having technical difficulties with the Game Services demo. Wouldn't be a major tech event without networking issues, eh? #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Remember, it'll be up to developers to implement this stuff in their apps. It won't just show up automatically. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Most interesting part: It's all multiplatform -- available on Android, iOS, and Web. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Sounds pretty close to what we'd heard via that leak last week so far. Universal achievements, leaderboards, invite other players. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Google Play Game Services. This will let games save data to the cloud so you can sync game play across devices. #io13 Retweeted by sgaudin

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Google Play Game Services. This will let games save data to the cloud so you can sync game play across devices. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

This is all still pretty technical back-end stuff, though. Nothing that's gonna blow your mind as a regular user yet. #io13 Retweeted by sgaudin

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Google announcing gaming APIs -- Google Play Game Services. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

This one's cool: New support for synced notifications. Dismiss a notification on 1 device & it'll disappear on all your other devices. #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

This is all still pretty technical back-end stuff, though. Nothing that's gonna blow your mind as a regular user yet. #io13

Sharon Gaudin ‏@sgaudin

Google Maps Activity Recognition figures out if you're walking, riding a bike or driving in a car. What if I'm on the couch? #io13

JR Raphael ‏@jr_raphael

Talking now about new APIs distributed via this system. Will let devs do more things with devices, regardless of their OS versions. #io13

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