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The first and most important day of Google I/O 2013 is drawing to a close. If you've just gotten home from a long day at work and don't have time to sift through a mountain of Android Police live coverage, fear not: there's a roundup for that. Here's a concise list of everything that's new and updated in the Googleverse.

Keynote

If you'd like to spend almost four hours watching Google show off all its new goodies, our Live Blog has the keynote embedded, plus Artem and David's reactions. In case you're wondering, Android activations have reached over 900 million worldwide.

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Hardware

The only device revealed today was the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition. It's an S4, Nexus-style, with stock Android 4.2 and updates from Google guaranteed. United States residents will be able to buy an unlocked AT&T/T-Mobile version (complete with LTE) from the Play Store on June 26th for a whopping $650.

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That's all, folks: no 1080p Nexus 7 refresh, no Nexus 4 LTE. But Google I/O attendees do get a free Chromebook Pixel... because it's not like Google is selling any of them.

Google Play Music

Google Play Music gets a huge update today, with a new Spotify-style subscription service and a much-needed app refresh. The new All Access subscription lets you listen to anything and everything on the Google Play Store and make streaming stations out of cloud and local music. The service costs $10 a month, but if you sign up for a 30-day trial now, you can lock in a $7.99 price.

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Google Play Games

The Google Play Games framework that we originally broke got its debut today. Google is ready to step up and compete with similar services offered by Apple and third-party companies. Even before the keynote, a few notable games updated with Play Games support baked in. We've already found more than 20, mostly from big-name developers like Gameloft, Glu and HandyGames.

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Google+ And Hangouts

Google+ has a big update, most of it on the web. There's a bunch of eye candy and a spiffy new triple-column interface. Google Talk is now Google Hangouts, integrated with Google+ and featuring a ton of new content. Sadly, it's not the all-in-one SMS/instant message/video chat service that was rumored when "Babel" was making the rounds.

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Google Play Store

Google announced some huge improvements to the core functionality of Google Play, both for developers and end users. There's also a new suite of education tools in the works. Developers can take advantage of a series of new APIs focusing on maps, locations, games, and better cross-device data management.

Google TV

There's not much going on in the world of Google TV, as usual. The software platform is getting a bump up to the latest version of Android, with LG smiling, nodding, and promising to show it a good time before chastely tucking it into bed. Oh, and in case you were wondering: the Nexus Q is deader than a kitten in a pit bull kennel.

Other Stuff

Search, Wallet, and Maps got some big updates, and a few features were added to Google Play Books and Google Wallet, including the super-cool ability to attach money to messages in Gmail.

That should be the meat of Google I/O for this year. Android Police will have boots on the ground for the next two days, covering the smaller panels and more esoteric sections of the conference.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Kcls

    I have to say, while a lot of cool stuff was announced, I think it was a lot less than everyone was expecting.

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      Yea im not totally blown away by anything here. All great stuff but nothing that shook the ground for me.

    • Angel

      Very disappointing to me.

    • hentacles

      Do you think Google hasn't been working on hardware or android for the past 6 months?

      Today was about sending a message (and delivering some awesome services). The new stuff comes later.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Nelson/1285630758 Dave Nelson

      Looks like Google also hit the innovation wall.

    • Christopher Robert

      They offered a ton of new exciting stuff its just not stuff the average users will be excited about.

      The new Android Studio will be something all end users appreciate once the devs start making awesome new software with it.

      The Idea of the S4 GE is huge. Yeah the phone costs $649.99, but just the fact that Google was able to get a manufacturer to release a phone to them that has already been released to carriers, with no bloatware or branding is setting a new president. In the near future a lot of big phone releases will have a GE if this one pans out well.

      The Hangouts app will be the future of communication. Yes it is not true unified chat, but that's not easy for them to achieve. Systems like gVoice and your stock SMS operate completely different from how gTalk and G+ messenger do. Give them time they will bring it all together soon with app updates. Not to mention the app as it stands now has the possibility to eliminate the need to calling minutes and/or text messages from your cell phone plan.

      The idea that they have lost the ability to innovate may be what the lay person sees, but if you understand what the objective of this I/O is then you will see they are making huge changes to the core of their systems.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Google has returned I/O, a *developers* conference, back to its roots. I'm actually really glad that's the way they went. There was still so much announced and shown off that the new version of Android (or hardware they wanted to pair the announcement with and was not ready) can fill its own event. This will be even more special and fun.

      • Kenny O

        This is exactly what I was thinking.....initially I was disappointing, but then I just reminded myself exactly what I/O is really about. Not being a developer a lot of the stuff most people got excited about went over my head or is just something I would not ever use.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      i'm tellin you, even though we all praise Ron for his apk teardowns, it leaves no surprises for the events.

      but we'll live because we love tear downs

  • Michael Ta

    Totally was hoping for 4.3 or 5.0.

    Sometimes later then..

  • http://www.facebook.com/tylerjehills Tyler James Edward Hills

    I was hoping for the Nexus 7 refresh. But to me, worst case scenario was no devices and revealing of Android 4.3. Getting neither was a shock

  • Casey Borders

    How do you not even mention Larry Page?

    • zookee

      Cause he was really, really boring. Also in the beginning I thought he is dying of cancer or something - he is sad that things aren't progressing faster and he is voice/attitude.

      • mldi

        I thought he was very, very inspirational.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

        What does it mean to be voice/attitude anyway?

      • Albin Hermansson

        No, it's just that both of his vocal cords have been paralyzed. And as the others said, his speach was very inspirational :D

  • Thomas Beckingham

    Not seeing the newest Android was disappointing sure, but I think thats just because we've become so used to see the major advancements come through the OS itself. It looks to me that Google is heading a new direction, but where it become less about them and more about us. More improvements coming from app developers, and somehow they'll find a way for the OS updates to become much more seamless.

    Don't know how they're gonna do it, but its just a gut feeling.

  • http://www.suburbankid.tk Terence Wang

    Look, let's face it: everyone was expecting the moon, and several different moons at that. It was bound to be disappointing because of all the high expectations.

    • didibus

      Honestly wasn't expecting a lot. Maybe Android 4.3, even if it just had stability fixes, and minor fixes, I would have liked that. And I think I wanted iMessage for Android. That's all. I'm happy about the game center thing.

  • Sdi

    was really hoping for voice/SMS integration in the Hangouts app

    • John

      yeah. just noticed something pretty funny in Google's Hangouts promo video:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkpjZ7oA_Qg&feature=youtu.be&t=35s

      at about ~0:37, you'll notice Ben is running task killer: http://i.imgur.com/gSGuHIJ.jpg

      wtf.

      • Michael Ta

        it's definitely a 2D render, not actual content from the phone. I somehow think google were just playing with us.. That clock looks like it's from ICS not Jelly Bean. And the color of that blue bar in the notification is way off. And at 0:35 he did indeed holding the nexus right side up.

    • John

      Sdi: Hangouts community manager just posted proof that SMS integration is coming.

      https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DoriStorbeck/posts/XNRAQThToay

      like 14th comment from top
      http://i.imgur.com/N8nXaLh.jpg

      • didibus

        Well, the disappointment was that we've waited for unification for 1 year, and after this long, when they finally let it out, well, it did not unify anything lol. I almost feel, they should have kept us waiting until it actually had it all.

        But I'm glad they are working on it.

        • John

          Yeah, I'm not quite sure how that came about (i'd rather wait too), but I hope they start pushing out some updates fairly soon.

  • Federico Díaz Real

    Hangouts sents you an SMS if you are offline ;)

  • Alex Pro

    Where the hell is android 4.3 ?!?!?!

    • Drayon

      Haven't you heard? They updated android without updating android.

  • One An9ry N00b

    I was dissipated too, I was hoping for at 4.3, or at the very least a new Gmail app to at least measure up to the apple version. And when they premiered/teased the new maps app, thought that would of been released today....not sometime this "summer". All in all, kinda disappointed, some cool things announced, but stuff they usually just release with a press statement, or just release. Just not what was expecting from a typical I/O. At least they stream the seminars, pretty good things going on in there.

  • Ittiam

    Most disappointing was no N7 refresh... Was hoping that with the refresh old N7 price would be dropped to $150

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShitizGarg Shitiz Garg

    I think the best moment for me has to be the internet's reaction after Hugo Barra announced the S4GE. It was as if hell just froze over. That, and of course Larry Page's session at the end.

  • http://twitter.com/LiamCoylle Liam Coyle

    The good thing is, lots of the new features announced today would once upon a time been part of the OS, but now they are standalone apps, which is much better for getting updates straight from Google.

  • Kenny O

    I understand that there was no way Samsung would let them seriously undercut the retail price of the touch wiz GS4, but I feel like anyone that's interested in a google version of the S4 (or even knows that it exists) would be pretty comfortable rooting and flashing a vanilla Rom on the less costly handset. It's too bad they could not have done something more with the Google version to make it stand apart, or give someone more of a reason to pay more for it.

  • impure

    What I'm really excited for is this Android Studio IDE.

    • didibus

      I'm not so sure. Why ditch Eclipse in favor of IntelliJ? Is it really gonna be anymore powerful?

      • http://www.facebook.com/LeonsBuddyDave Mitchell Nelson Thompson

        Even if they don't actually add any features, it's going to suck several thousand times less than Eclipse does.

  • http://twitter.com/Vizualize a.d.AM

    No wonder there were no leaks! Theres nothing to leak!

  • Andrey Savin

    Of course I had hoped for a new version of Android, but the overhaul of the Play Music app made me fall in love with it again and I'm satisfied with the event.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    So...not ONE word about Motorola?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      No.

  • wideopn11

    Best news I've seen so far is that Google is FINALLY officially support Bluetooth for AVRCP 1.3 and BLE in API level 18. I can has meta data soon like my iPod.

  • http://twitter.com/App8ite App8ite

    Products have been an exploratory (even failed) step for Google in recent years. Perhaps we're seeing a shift back to the old Google focusing on services. The true gasp from the crowd during the keynote must have been the announcement that the S4's weren't freebies! http://wp.me/p36QpK-x9

  • http://twitter.com/armus75 Armus

    Ehhh. Google must be content with their dominance and no longer trying. Next will come massive amounts of lawsuits and whining. How very apple of them.

  • Elias

    Am I the only one who thinks this I/O logo is hideous? Looks like something put together very quickly on PowerPoint by some technologically dumb coworker.