The Google I/O event presented the future of Google products and services this week. Here is whats coming now and whats coming in 2014:
Google Hangout - messaging app for iOS, Andrioid, Chrome and Gmail sort of like Facebook messenger. In addition, there is a video Hangout with SMS intergration as well. Now Google has the perfect messaging platform with text, video, voice calls and chat.
Google + Update - Google social network newspaper style layout is the new addition to the Google + social networking experience with enhanced photo gallery which categories and styles your photos similar to Flickr.
Google Play Music - Google new subscription music service similar to Spotify. Google Play subscription service is now available with a 30 day trial. Google is now offering on-demand music from within your browser. The Google Music subscription service is only offered for Android and on mobile browsers for right now, not available for iOS at this time. Pricing is set at 9.99 a month.
Google Play for Education - Google is challenging apple to control the education market. Google introduced Google Play for Education which launches this fall. Google Play for Education shows of apps useful to students and educators. Google is also making Android tablets cheaper and available for students, no other comments were provided after this was presented to the audience.
Google Play Game Services - Google is copying Apple's Game Center and was presented onstage. Andoid's game service will include game achievements cloud saves, matchmaking and game leader boards. Google Play Game Services will work across all platforms, to include iOS and the web.
Galaxy S4 & Google TV - Google did not release a new version of Nexus, but the Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 4.2 was presented during the keynote and set for a June 26 release date for $649. The Samsung Galaxy S4 features LTE support on both T-Mobile and AT&T. Google announced new software updates for Google TV. This also includes the new Android 4.2.2 platform with a current version of Chrome. Google in conjunction with LG will ensure that games are provided a greater level of interactivity with advanced graphics which will be determined at a later date.
Google Search, Google Maps & Google Now - Google Search update is provided a no interface approach in Chrome, just say "OK Google" on your Chrome browser with no keystrokes or screen taps necessary. Download the Google Search app to try it out. Try asking for directions or search the web, you can set voice reminders, send emails and search for media attached to your Google + account. Google Now got new cards with public transportation data and book, movie, and music recommendations as well. Google Maps has been redesigned from the ground up and on mobile applications and integrates with Google Earth. The newer version of Google Maps is faster and more personalized with Google Earth information and vector maps which highlights important locations like your workplace, home, and restaurants using Google cards. Google Map updates are coming to Android and iOS where users will be able to rate restaurants and view Zagat reviews from the app and receive Google Offers. The Google Maps app include live traffic alerts and suggest new routes based on current road conditions. Google Maps will provide and iPad version this summer.
Back end Tools - Google provided some back end tools for display such as the new WebP and WebM compression and new WebGL integration. Google created toolkit built for Chrome for syncing software across iOS and Android devices, to understand the back end tools, get a few buddies from your last Google Hangout and download the racing game app "Racer" which users control tiny cars by users tapping their device's screen the the track is extended across the screen of every device with each device featuring a different part of the track.
Google Wallet - Forgot your cash at home now you with Google Wallet rolling out with Gmail. Click the new dollar-sign button in the Gmail Compose window and you will open up a Google Wallet dialog that lets you attach money to your email the same way you attach a file. The only catch is their is a 2.9 percent fee per transaction unless you setup a bank account and anyone recievi