Google Announces Hangouts, Their New Cross-platform Messaging Service

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During today’s Google I/O keynote, Google and Vic Gundotra announced Hangouts, their new messaging service (previously codenamed Babel). It works across platforms, meaning it works on Chrome, Android, and iOS. It also utilizes cross-device notifications, which allows you to check one device and have the notifications on others clear away. This is the unified chat that has been rumored for weeks now.

The service should go live some time today.

Update:  Hangouts in live in Google Play!   (more…)

Google Announces Google Play Music “All Access” for $9.99 Per Month (Updated: It’s Live)

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We have heard rumors up until this point, but today during their keynote, Google made their new streaming music service official. Google Play  Music “All Access” gives users the ability to search through Google’s huge amount of songs and the ability to play them instantly. An all new UI allows you to swipe away songs if you don’t want them and the ability to make radio stations instantly based on one song. The price of this new streaming service is $9.99 per month, but everyone gets a 30 free trial. If you are an early adopter and sign up before June 30 however, your price is only $7.99.

The I/O keynote is still going on, come and join us!

Update:  The service is now live! Get to it here(more…)

Google Announces Samsung Galaxy S4 With “Nexus User Experience”

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Google, on stage during the I/O keynote, just announced that they will sell a Samsung Galaxy S4 directly through Google Play with an unlocked bootloader, stock Android experience, LTE support, connectivity on AT&T and T-Mobile, with a “Nexus experience,” and as a device that will receive updates promptly.

The device will launch June 26 on Google Play for $649.

If you wanted the Galaxy S4 as the clean phone you always envisioned, this is your chance to get it.  (more…)

Google Announces Google Play Game Services With Cloud Save, Achievements, and Leaderboards Across Platforms

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We’re at the Google I/O keynote and Google just announced their new Google Play game services which include cloud save, achievements, and leaderboards. They also announced that it will be cross platform, so that iOS users can take advantage. As if those new, awesome features weren’t enough, Google+ sign-in has been integrated into this service and once games are installed with this API you can invite friends from your circles on G+ and they will receive notifications to join directly into your game. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we learn more about this new awesome service.

If you are not there already, join us in our liveblog to watch the event!

Multiple App Updates Confirm Google Play Games and G+ Integration for Apps, Leaderboards, and Achievements

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Well, Google Play Games has been confirmed by a number of app updates before the Google I/O keynote has even started. As you can see in the changelog for the update to TripleTown (and Modern Combat 4 below), we’re getting “Google Play game services” that include leaderboards and achievements as long as you sign into the game with your Google+ account.  (more…)

Android 4.3 Confirmed Ahead of I/O Via Developer Site

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This morning, we are expecting a ton of things to be announced at Google’s annual developer’s conference, Google I/O. One of goodies we were hoping to see is of of course, a new version of Android. Search results through the official Android developer site show that Android 4.3 is very much real and that we could definitely be seeing it today.

No changelog or any features are listed, given that search results lead to a different landing. Android 4.3 is real.

Via: Android | The Verge