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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 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.

Google Play update allows developers to directly reply to user reviews

Google has announced the latest update for the Play Store. This time around the update is dealing with app reviews and it is one that should help to improve communication between the developer and the end-user. The level of communication will likely vary from app to app and developer to developer, however moving forward, developers will be able to directly reply to Play Store user reviews.

Google Play ‘Games’ fully revealed ahead of Google I/O

All the details regarding Google Play Games, the new home for gamers and Android's response to iOS Game Center, has been revealed this weekend just days before Google I/O. Back in April some details found inside the Google My Glass APK hinted at a gaming center, but today we know all the juicy details. Android will finally be getting universal cloud-based game saves, and much, much more.

Google tweaks Play store policies blocking external app updates

Google made changes to its Play store policies this week that are aimed at preventing applications from updating without going through the official Google approved methods. The change in Google Play policies comes after Facebook offered a direct update for its Facebook Home social homescreen rather than going through Google Play for the update. Clearly, Google didn't appreciate that.

Swype now available from the Google Play Store

It has been a long time coming, but Nuance has finally released Swype on Google Play, doing so with a special low price and a free trial option. This is in addition to the app being updated with a couple new keyboards and a few new features and improvements. For a limited time, users can grab Swype for $0.99, with the price later on increasing to a yet-unspecified rate.

Sunday comics fans can download the new GoComics app now

I'd wager one of the places a lot of comic book fans got their start was with the comics in the Sunday newspaper. If you're a fan of Sunday comics in your local paper, you might want to check out a new app from GoComics that is available for Android now. GoComics previously offered access to digital versions of some the comic strips printed in newspapers around the country via its website.
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