Google IO

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.

Play Store gets beta testing and staged rollouts for developers

Google is on a roll at the moment, although so far we've been hearing all about backend services. So far they've touched base on the Play Store, Google Maps, location services getting a major overhaul, Google Games and more. And we haven't even got to the newest Android 4.3 or 5.0 yet. However, they just announced some awesome options for developers.

Google I/O: Google Play Games coming to every Android

So it's finally started. Google I/O is rocking out full steam and we can hardly keep up. We all knew it was coming, especially considering this leaked and appeared in the Play Store, but Google Play Games is real. Live on stage they've just confirmed everything we already knew. Cloud game saves, cross platform gaming and more.