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Google Play Services expand with Maps leading the pack

Google Play Services expand with Maps leading the pack

Google's Hugo Barra is on stage right now at Google I/0 2013, and he's talking about Google Play Services, with the Google Maps API being one of the first to come into fruition. The company just launched even more location APIs for Google Maps that come with faster and more precise location awareness and geofencing capabilities.

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Google confirms over 900 million Android activations, 48bn app installs

Google confirms over 900 million Android activations, 48bn app installs

Today we've just officially kicked off Google I/O, and to start things off Google's own Sundar Pichai is on the stage talking about the past, the future, personal computing and more. And right out of the gate we're already getting to the good stuff. Talking Android, Chrome, numbers and of course Android. Today Google is proud to announce that they've nearly reached the 1 billion mark.

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Google I/O 2013 Keynote Livestream: 3hrs of geek-fun!

Google I/O 2013 Keynote Livestream: 3hrs of geek-fun!

We're headed into the final countdown for the Google I/O 2013 opening keynote, with the scene set for a solid three hours of Android, Chrome, and other news. Kicking off at 9am Pacific (12pm Eastern; 5pm BST) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, the whole event is being live-streamed, and you can watch it all unfold after the cut. We're just thirty minutes away, though the developer-centric festivities continue until the end of the week.

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New Google Maps leaks again: Learning maps and more

New Google Maps leaks again: Learning maps and more

A new glimpse at the updated Google Maps, expected to be revealed at Google I/O this week, has been leaked ahead of schedule, with a hastily-pulled sign-up page for the location service spilling a batch of new screenshots. Signs of a new version of Google Maps, with refreshed graphics and new functionality, emerged earlier this month, but Droid-Life spotted the product page going briefly live just ahead of I/O kicking off, complete with signs of dynamically learning maps that tailor themselves to your needs the more you use them.

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Google rolls out Play Store update and app data sync

Google rolls out Play Store update and app data sync

Google's I/O event might not start until tomorrow, but a few goodies have already made their way to the surface tonight, including an updated Google Play Store that is rolling out to users now. With the update comes a handful of changes that were both needed and a long time coming, and that aside there are a bunch of features added to the Google Play Services framework. We've got a rundown after the jump, as well as download links.

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Google I/O 2013 behind-the-scenes preview tour: we’re here!

Google I/O 2013 behind-the-scenes preview tour: we’re here!

It's day zero at Google I/O 2013, the company's developer event made for and by developer groups and Google to strengthen their world of software, services, and everything in-between. SlashGear has gotten the opportunity to step behind-the-scenes at this event on registration day - that is, the day before everything begins. Here we'll begin to explore what's actually at the event with the hard evidence that only comes from on-site investigation right in the midst of the big setup.

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Google reportedly to unveil subscription music service at I/O 2013 tomorrow

Google reportedly to unveil subscription music service at I/O 2013 tomorrow

Back on February 22, word surface at the Financial Times that Google would be launching a free music streaming service, possibly in addition to an ad-free subscription option. Not much information was offered at the time, except that it would allow the company to compete with some other big-name companies, and would give its users access to millions of tracks. Now sources have come forward stating the service will be announced tomorrow.

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Google’s Sundar Pichai talks Android-Chrome merge and I/O focus

Google’s Sundar Pichai talks Android-Chrome merge and I/O focus

Google's big Android shakeup, replacing OS founder Andy Rubin with Sundar Pichai back in March and thus bringing Android and Chrome under the same umbrella, won't lead to a merge in the short-term, but developers can expect big software - though perhaps not hardware - news at Google I/O this week, the new chief says. The big developer event this week will focus predominantly on getting the most out of Chrome and Android, not launching new hardware or combining them, Pichai told Wired, though the freshly-empowered exec also took the time to discuss Google's broader attitudes to mobility and personal devices. Perhaps most controversially, Pichai isn't convinced that people-centric Android modifications, like Facebook Home, quite deliver what they should. "I think life is multifaceted" he argues, "people are a huge part of it, but not the center and be-all of everything."

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