This past week, the internet’s giant Google, showcased its latest services at the 6th Annual Conference for its Web Developers in San Francisco CA. Google had showcased a number of new features such as new ‘Map’ and ‘Search’ features, a new music streaming service, and enhancements to its new Google Plus social network.
“You know we haven’t seen this rate of change in computing for a long time,” says Google Co-founder Larry Page. “Probably not since the birth of personal computing. But when I think about it, I think we’re all here because we share a deep sense of optimism to bring about the potential of technology to improve people’s lives. “
Google has invested heavily in the developer community, focusing on Android, Chrome, Search, and social networking. At the event, Google confirmed that more than 900 million android devices have been activated world-wide—almost one for every seven people!
Here’s a roundup of all the important announcements at the Google I/O
Watch out Pandora, Google is bringing an excellent new streaming service to the internet. Google Play Musichas launched in the US for $9.99 a month. A Canadian launch date remains unknown; it did say however that details on international availability would be released later on in the year.
Google has also unveiled a new cloud-based photo editing app. The photo tool is actually designed to help people share better pictures via Google Plus. When you upload your vacation album of 300 photos, the feature automatically deletes any photos that are blurry, also deleting ones that don’t have people smiling, and filters out duplicates. Many put this feature on a collision course with Adobe Photoshop and the likes. The move comes at a perfect time for Google as we are living in a time when you don’t “take a photo—you make it.”
Finally, Google showcased a raft of new features for its online map service. The Company has spent the last year collecting a huge amount of data from a variety of sources, including its street-view cars, which have now travelled over 5 million miles across fifty countries. Google hopes this will allow them to map out cities in even more detail. It also announced that it was ramping up local business data and bringing it to the Mobile Industry via new Apple and Android Apps. The new Apps will also bring live coverage of traffic accidents and alerts in the US.
Wrapping up the Conference, Google Co-founder and CEO Larry Page insisted that it’s vital to get people more involved in technology. He claimed that Android is now the leading front; the Smartphone has remained a key tool in helping people get involved.