Google I/O 2013 Developer Conference: as it happened

Google I/O 2013 Developer Conference: as it happened

ITProPortal.com live-blogged Google’s 2013 I/O developer conference from San Francisco, bringing you all of the key talking points as they unfolded. The event started at 17:00 UK time on 15 May and was a three-hour extravaganza. It is one of dozens of Google I/O events that will be taking place around the world, from Chennai in India to La Paz in Bolivia. For a complete calendar of events, check out Google developers’ dedicated page.

After the event, we will be covering all the announcements and reaction in full throughout the site, as the world digests what the search giant has brought to the table. 

Don’t forget that you can always follow us on Twitter and Facebook for breaking news and analysis. Now that the keynote is over, you’ll find all the announcements from Google I/O 2013, as well as background reading, below:

  • 15 May
  • 22:55

    Hi folks, just to be clear, the Live Blog has officially wrapped up now but stay tuned: there’s plenty more coverage from Google I/O 2013 to come. 

  • 20:13

    Larry’s still taking questions from the crowd, is this the beginning of the end or does he have a trick up his sleeve?

  • 20:12

  • 20:05

  • 20:05

    Responding to a question on how the Internet serves to protect freedom of speech now. It’s a “big area of focus” and Google wants to do a lot to help world, Larry says. He’s moving on to fielding a query on Google Fiber, but we reckon Team Columbia came up trumps on the night…In the absence of a Nexus 5, at least 

  • 20:03

  • 20:02

    “Software should run everywhere, easily. People like Mozilla should be able to add to that. It’s a very, very complex and important question.”

  • 20:02

  • 20:01

    Larry’s railing against negativity and “zero-sum games” again, responding to a question about the future of the web. He’s sad that the web’s not advancing as fast as it should be, because they struggle a lot with people like Microsoft – low blow?

  • 20:00

  • 19:58

  • 19:57

    Larry Page has turned the Google I/O 2013 keynote into a Q&A session. The Google Glass shower guy is first to bat…

  • 19:57

  • 19:56

    “Today, we’re still just scratching the surface of what’s possible. That’s why I’m so excited – Google’s really working on the platforms that support all of your innovations. I can’t wait to see what comes next. I really want to thank you for all of your contributions.”

  • 19:54

    Larry seems to building up to something big about cars, he’s talking about self-driving cars….

  • 19:54

    “Being negative is not how we make progress…There is a lot of opportunity out there. We can use technology to make really new and really important things to make people’s lives better. A very long time ago, all of humanity was basically farming or hunting all the time, right? And you probably hoped that you could feed your family. Unfortunately, that’s still true for a lot of people in the world….”

  • 19:52

    “We’re just getting started….we haven’t seen this rate of change in computing for a long time….But when I think about it, we’re all here because we share a deep sense of optimism about the potential of technology to improve people’s lives and the world as a part of that….We should be building great things that don’t exist.”

  • 19:50

    Larry’s giving us a broad roundup of the evening’s announcements. There’s plenty to ponder – are we the only ones still hyped about the idea of a Galaxy S4 running vanilla Jelly Bean?

  • 19:49

  • 19:49

    “Your phone can talk to anyone in the world, almost anywhere in the world,” Page says as he gives the first shout out to Google Glass of the night. 

  • 19:48

  • 19:48

    Larry’s telling some heartwarming tales about fat computers and robotics conferences as a child. 

  • 19:47

  • 19:46

    Yes, yes, here’s Larry to bring things to a close. Night-sky view is great, but we want a new Nexus and you know it son!

  • 19:45

    So, the future of Google Maps includes all of the above (well, below) AND the new nighttime view…Time for some hardware to wrap things up?

  • 19:45

  • 19:43

    Real-time clouds….Groovy noodles

  • 19:42

  • 19:41

    Are you with us, earthlings? Post your caption for the photo below in the comment section now and we’ll publish the best one!

  • 19:40

  • 19:39

    Google Maps for the web now. Lots of new exploration options. Win-win situation, really: they couldn’t really have made Google Maps worse, could they? 

  • 19:37

    In fact, it looks more than a little bit like the new Google+ interface. Google’s platforms are becoming more and more integrated, it seems

  • 19:37

  • 19:34

    Google Maps has been re-imagined as a user interface, that’s the jest of what our two chums are on about

  • 19:34

  • 19:33

    Now we’ve got Bernie and Jonah to tell us about the future of Google Maps. The new Google Maps is built for you, features immersive imagery and is simpler yet more powerful. They’ve “re-built Google Maps from the ground up” and this is how is looks…

  • 19:32

  • 19:31

  • 19:31

    Google’s new ‘Explore’ experience will help streamline entertainment information and the like – it’s all coming to your Android and iOS devices this summer. 

  • 19:28

    New key features for navigation and driving, including live coverage of traffic incidents…

  • 19:27

    “How often have you searched for pizza?” Too many, Dan, too many. Zagat is a trusted expert when it comes to restaurant reviews, he says. But then he pulls up a glowing four-star review of Starbucks?

  • 19:26

  • 19:24

    Daniel Graf takes the stage to talk up the next major release of Google Maps for mobile. This is especially important to iPhone users, we’re told. And people who like Burmese food. 

  • 19:23

  • 19:22

    There will be 17 sessions on Google Maps over the next couple of days at Google I/O, Brian tells us. There’s also sunshine and really good tacos in California, in case you weren’t jealous enough

  • 19:21

    Over one million websites now use Google Maps, Brian announces

  • 19:20

  • 19:19

    Brian’s talking about Google’s work in mapping North Korea and other hard-to-get-to places

  • 19:18

  • 19:17

    Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps, hits the catwalk. He’s going to talk about the future, but first, he’s going to take a wee trip down memory lane.

  • 19:15

    There are still several complex unsolved scientific problems stopping Google from truly mastering search, Amit says. Presumably, one of these is human free will, but don’t worry – barriers exist if only to be slowly eroded.

  • 19:12

    Google Now’s new Reminders feature launches today

  • 19:11

    People clapping…presumably out of amazement that Delta Airlines is still in business

  • 19:10

  • 19:10

    As with a lot of these really cool voice assistant innovations, though, the real question is how they will translate to places not named California….

  • 19:10

  • 19:08

    What would you call you this? Conversational search? Looks cool. Almost as cool as watching a 5-year-old try to eat mussels, apparently

  • 19:07

  • 19:07

    Hot wording in a room with lots of ambient noise….Google Now passes the test

  • 19:06

  • 19:05

    Google Now will now feature reminders and suped-up public transport information

  • 19:04

  • 19:03

  • 19:02

    We’re going over advancements to Google’s core search functionality here, by the way

  • 19:01

    Polish, Turkish, simplified Chinese and others added as new languages for the Knowledge Graph….and they’re just getting started!

  • 19:00

  • 18:59

    Responsible for building dreams for the entire world are you? Humble ambitions, this lad…

  • 18:58

  • 18:57

    The end of search as we know it? This sounds interesting…

  • 18:56

    Kim Jong-un must be loving the feature that splices various photos together so that everyone is smiling…

  • 18:56

  • 18:55

    Some user feedback from the Google I/O 2013 stream: “Why is Java dead?” (xpr4x), “Is there Nexus 5?” (ghidoit90), “VP9 looks awesome” (VBeightTuts)

  • 18:55

  • 18:53

    Handsome chap, isn’t he? Let’s continue

  • 18:53

  • 18:52

    Debugging tools, layering on enhancements, skin softening…Google auto-enhanced photography still in the spotlight

  • 18:50

  • 18:50

    Interesting that a lot of Google’s new innovations seem to be based around facial recognition technologies

  • 18:48

  • 18:47

    Google apparently can whittle down your holiday snaps and find the best photos from the pile….Smiling people are approved of by the algorithms…It’s “absolutely amazing” – and absolutely terrifying? 

  • 18:47

  • 18:44

    “Photography is very labour intensive”… Google is introducing the idea of its data centres being “your new dark room.” Do I smell another photo editing app coming? 

  • 18:43

  • 18:42

  • 18:41

    The Google Hangouts app will be coming to Android and iOS and be available from today

  • 18:41

  • 18:40

    Saving conversations is “delightful and amazing”. In other news, photos of croissants and babies

  • 18:39

  • 18:39

    “When we fill in all the boxes, technology can just finally go away…” Hangouts is now going to be a dedicated, standalone app.

  • 18:37

    You don’t want to talk to a computer, you want to talk to a person, but gadgets are still in the way when it comes to real-time communications

  • 18:36

    These new features are rolling out from today…

  • 18:35

    Image recognition and related hashtagging at the fore now…

  • 18:34

  • 18:34

    It’s a big enough update that it’s being dubbed ‘the new Google+’. It’s going to be “truly immersive” and “fun” – thanks in no small part to the “delightful animations”….

  • 18:33

  • 18:32

  • 18:32

    Google+ introducing 41 new features across three major service areas: Stream, Hangouts, and Photos. The focus is on further improving the user experience across a broad range of mobile devices.

  • 18:30

    This is called the Google+ Project

  • 18:29

  • 18:28

  • 18:27

    Chromebooks in education taking centre stage now. Sundar’s going to be talking about Malaysia, its nationalised education system, and investment in 4G connectivity. 

  • 18:27

  • 18:25

  • 18:24

    This school is using Google Apps for Education, and every student has a Google account. Back in my day, every student had a whoopee cushion and traded pogs…

  • 18:24

  • 18:23

    A new initiative to make it easy and affordable to put Android devices into the hands of students: Google Play for Education. It will meet the “unique content needs of educators.”

  • 18:22

  • 18:22

    “Why is there so much talk about technology in schools, and so little impact” asks Chris Yerba. It’s Google’s jobs to fix this, we now know…

  • 18:21

    We’re going to be talking about education and children now. Sundar’s back at the pulpit. Nothing like a bit of technological do-goodery. Android and Chrome will change how computing is used in schools.

  • 18:20

  • 18:16

  • 18:16

    They’re “going ridiculous on this one.” Some one made it around a full lap. Wow. The lass just swore. Excellent stuff this.

  • 18:15

  • 18:15

    Bunch of people on stage, looking confused. One of them is a race car driver. They’re going to be playing a racing game. Audience must be riveted – watching other people play games. 

  • 18:12

    Nice music that…bit Postal Service 

  • 18:11

    Talking mobile eShopping now – Chrome is going to know everything about you. Doesn’t it already?

  • 18:10

  • 18:09

    YouTube to roll out support for the new VP9 engine later this year

  • 18:09

  • 18:08

  • 18:08

    Linus Upton on stage announcing new image and video encoding formats – goes without saying that performance stands to benefit from the new pitches

  • 18:06

  • 18:04

  • 18:02

    Map of Middle Earth being shown.

  • 18:02

  • 18:01

  • 18:01

    Same level of experience will be available on Chrome for desktop and Chrome for mobile (browser we mean)

  • 18:01

    Demo of the Hobbit showing.

  • 18:00

  • 17:59

    More about Chrome OS coming later this year.

  • 17:59

  • 17:59

    The goal behind the Pixel, Pichai says, was to design the best laptop possible.

  • 17:58

    Now switching to Chrome OS and Chromebook.

  • 17:58

  • 17:58

    Chrome users now reach 750m unit.

  • 17:57

    Pichar now talking about Chrome. Browser, not OS.

  • 17:57

  • 17:56

    On sale on June 26. $629. No subsidies. Sundar Pichai comes back on stage.

  • 17:55

  • 17:55

    Barra showing the home screen of that Samsung Galaxy S4… The S4 with plain Android 4.2.2. JB. Will sell via Google Store. Bootloader unlocked. T-Mobile and AT&T compatible. Clap Clap Clap…

  • 17:55

  • 17:53

    Pulls out a Galaxy S4…. A special one that has a feature not available yet…

  • 17:53

    Barra comes back on stage. Now on to devices…. Nexussssss…

  • 17:52

    Google Play Music All Access costs $9.99 a month in the US with 30 day free trial. Launches today in the US and other countries soon. Buy it before 30 June and pay $7.99 per month.

  • 17:51

    Google Powered Recommendations may be extended to other services as well.

  • 17:51

    Suggested content is becoming big money whatever the form factor, whatever the medium.

  • 17:50

    Another new feature called Listen Now introduces music that one might like. Serendipity a la Pandora.

  • 17:49

  • 17:49

    Isn’t like a bit like iTunes Genius. You now have curated music tracks (by algorithms and human editors). You can convert a music track into radio i.e. similar tracks. Radio without rules.

  • 17:47

    A brand new service. Google Play music all access. Now infused with subscription.

  • 17:46

  • 17:46

    Yerba talking about next generation of music service.

  • 17:44

    Same will happen for Google Play online with a new navigation… A collapsible one…

  • 17:44

    Tweak will be introduced to surface apps that are designed for tablets. Not unlike what Apple did for iOS and the iPad.

  • 17:43

  • 17:43

    Different views from Google Play. Displays change with depending on the users. Personalisation features to be rolled out over the next few weeks. New design coming up soon.

  • 17:42

  • 17:41

    Barra now introduces Chris Yerga, Engineering Director for Android. More about apps. Some improvements to Google Play.

  • 17:40

  • 17:39

  • 17:39

    Beta testing and staged rollouts being launched for Developer Console. Aims to make life easier for developers… Clapping coming up.

  • 17:38

    Analytics for apps soon coming to Google’s developer console. App revenue as well… Makes business seem so busy.

  • 17:37

  • 17:37

    “Decision Driven by Data”…. More Analytics… This time a Google Play referral flow that appears on Google Analytics.

  • 17:36

  • 17:36

    Also includes App Translation Service, a service that includes professional translation service right into the console. Quite impressive we have to say. Very, very impressive. I can see other uses to that.

  • 17:36

  • 17:34

    Talks about Google Play developer console. Optimization tips for apps (to sell more). Reminds us of Google Webmasters.

  • 17:34

  • 17:34

    Now more about distribution and monetization. Ellie Powers comes on stage. She’s product manager for Google Play.

  • 17:32

    More services to be added to Android Studio.. Loads of whistles and claps.

  • 17:32

  • 17:31

    More claps. Arguably, the developers like what they’re seeing very much.

  • 17:30

    That is based on the community edition of IntelliJ, a Java IDE. Some demos now.

  • 17:30

  • 17:29

  • 17:29

    Now away from APIs, into developer tools.. Android Studio coming out.

  • 17:28

    The sun is out in London by the way, we can even see the blue sky….

  • 17:27

    Not the most network-friendly room says Barra… another instance of #demosgowrong…

  • 17:27

  • 17:25

    Demo of Riptide multiplayer with Multiplayer API enabled. Heavily dependent on Google+ as you’d expect.

  • 17:25

    The APIs will be available on iOS and web (but no Windows Phone 8 yet). Another API coming is Multiplayer where Google takes the bulk of the issues (latency, player management) away from the developer.

  • 17:24

  • 17:23

    Now up to gaming. Here comes a new family of APIs for the gaming market. Google Play game services. First one is Cloud save. Allows game to save settings in the cloud. Can be accessed from various devices. Achievements and Leaderboards are next. Self-explanatory.

  • 17:22

  • 17:21

    Second feature is upstream messaging. You can now use GCM to send data from app to server. Nice one! Third one is one that synchronises messages across devices. Even nicer… Arguably assumes you have more than one Android device to start with.

  • 17:21

  • 17:20

    Google Cloud Messaging coming next. Can push data from servers to your apps. 60pc of apps on the market use GCM. 17bn messages delivered per day. Avrage server to server latency down to 60ms. GCM is now part of Google Play Services. Three new services now come with persistent connection. More claps.

  • 17:19

    Uses TheFancy as an example. Seems that our Youtube feed is currently a few seconds late….

  • 17:19

  • 17:18

  • 17:18

    Google+ Sign-In services now includes cross-platform SSO capabilities.

  • 17:18

  • 17:17

    118K people watching on Youtube now.

  • 17:17

    which takes advantage of sensors (Wi-Fi, Location and GPS). Uses less than 1 per cent of battery per hour. Second one is Geofencing lets you define virtual fences and are triggered when user enters or exits a perimeter. Third one is activity recognition, one that allows users to track their activities (walking, cycling, driving). No need to turn on GPS :)

  • 17:16

  • 17:16

    Google Maps for example can be built within an App. Shows example of Expedia app on Android. Three new location APIs launched. Fused location provider

  • 17:15

    Google Play Services. A layer built and managed by G. Includes APIs used by Google itself to build services like Maps. GPS distributed via the Playstore and automatically updated by Google.

  • 17:14

    Google IO is all about you [developers], says Hugo.. Here comes previews of exciting developer tools and services.

  • 17:13

    Revenue per user is 2.5x more than it was just a year ago.

  • 17:13

    Google Play has just crossed 48 billion apps installed. 2.5 billion installs in the last month. Over the last 4 months, more money paid to developers than in the whole of 2012.

  • 17:12

    He’s VP Product Management for Android.

  • 17:12

    Hugo Barra comes on stage.

  • 17:11

  • 17:11

    That’s not far from the total number of active users on Facebook…. Only 200m to go.

  • 17:11

    A quick video covering the various milestones in the story of Android….. 2013……. 900 million activations…

  • 17:10

  • 17:09

    Starting with Android…. 2011, 100m activations. 2012, 400m activations……

  • 17:09

    Mentions the various services coming from Google. Youtube, Maps, Play etc. All serving Google Developers. “What are we doing on these platforms”?

  • 17:08

    Could they both merge today? Android, Pichai says, is the most popular OS today. My mistake, he mentioned Chrome (the browser) not Chrome OS.

  • 17:08

    Google is working very hard to continue the way forward. Reason is the impact it has on the world. Mentions two platforms. Chrome OS and Android OS.

  • 17:07

  • 17:07

    Displays, Displays and displays everywhere. Smart displays with sensors et al.

  • 17:06

    Shows two pictures taken inside the St Paul Basilica. Biggest difference was the presence of screens and display…

  • 17:06

  • 17:06

    Speaks about how things have evolved over 25 years. Moving from one operating system (Windows), desktops and laptops. Over the past seven years, many things have changed. tablets, smartphones, etc.

  • 17:05

    Sundar Pichai comes on stage. “in the middle of the most pivotal moments in personal computing” he quips.

  • 17:04

    “Amazing and magical experience” built by developers, says Gundotra

  • 17:04

  • 17:03

    Vic Gundotra comes to stage. 6000 in attendance. 40000 in viewing parties worldwide. Apparently 1m watching on Youtube. Counter shows only 85K.

  • 17:02

  • 17:02

    And there we go. A whopping 76,200 users watching on Youtube. “Say hello to the future” goes the song.

  • 16:42

  • 16:30

    With only 30 minutes to go, let us know your thoughts about Google I/O and what your expectations are.

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