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What Google didn’t announce at I/O 2013

Google I/O is going on full steam right now, and Google has just finished up the keynote full of announcements. So is there anything that Google didn't announce this morning? Absolutely. There is plenty that was expected that wasn't announced, but there's also plenty that wasn't announced that is probably new we'll be spotting all week long. For now, lets talk about what didn't happen.

Google+ Hangouts app goes live, we go hands-on

Google+ Hangouts were announced earlier this morning during the keynote. At that time Google had said this would be arriving today and true to that statement, the app has since come available in the Google Play Store. The app has arrived as Hangouts and it will replace the Talk app already installed on your device. As we saw earlier, Hangouts is a cross-platform messaging app and allows for text and video chatting.

Google Maps for mobile update brings improved search and ratings system

Google I/O 2013 also included some updates in terms of maps. In this case our focus will be on the mobile side, in which these updates will be coming for Android as well as iOS users. The big line here was how they will be going "beyond direction and navigation." Pretty much, new features will be coming to Google Maps for mobile devices.

Google Search gets faster and will now anticipate your needs

Google Search is an extremely powerful service we all use each and every day. It's safe to say Google knows more about us than we'd like. Today however, Google's calling the new search "the end of search as we know it" as it improves like never before. Google search will now answer, converse, and anticipate. This is the knowledge graph and prediction start-up companies they've been buying all leaking out the seams and arriving for us all. More details below.

Google+ update brings more than 41 new features

We have seen plenty coming out of Google I/O this morning. The announcements have included everything from the Google Edition GALAXY S 4 to Google Play for Education to the "All Access" music service that looks set to take on the likes of Spotify. While we have seen plenty of announcements, it looks like Google has also announced a rather big set of updates for Google+.

Google+ Hangouts go cross-platform with group video

Google has confirmed some of the earlier rumors. These rumors were dealing with the unified messaging service that was first tipped as Babel. Coming later in that rumor cycle, we had heard Babel was going to be launching as Hangouts. Well, Hangouts have been officially unveiled and as part of the announcement, Google played off the bit about how their own services have been "fragmented and confused at times."

Google Play for Education takes Android into the classroom

Google has announced Google Play for Education, which is said to have been "built from the ground up to meet the unique needs of educators." Basically, this sounds like Google is making an effort to bring more technology into the classrooms. The keynote mentioned that teachers feel there is a gap between what is possible in technology and what is practical.

Samsung GALAXY S 4 ‘Google Edition’ is real

Some last minute rumors surfaced late yesterday afternoon and it looks like they have since been proven accurate. The rumor was dealing with a GALAXY S 4 running vanilla Android, and well, that handset has just been announced. The device is dubbed the Samsung GALAXY S 4 Google Edition and it will be available beginning next month.
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