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Google I/O news roundupGoogle dives deeper into music, gaming, social, and search. CNET's Bridget Carey breaks down the highlights of Google's announcements from the 2013 I/O developers conference.
It's time to break down new Google goodies. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET update. Google made a ton of announcements during the keynote address of its annual I/O developers conference. Among the highlights, Google is entering the streaming music business with the launch of Google Play All Access. For $10 a month, subscribers can stream any song in Google's library, and also that you blend that with your personal music library. Google also gives recommendations and curates stations to help you discover new artists. It's available now in the U.S with a free 30 day trial and those that try it by June 30th, get it for a discounted price of $8 a month. Google is taking on services like Spotify and Pandora and it also beat Apple to the punch on this one. It's been rumored that Apple's been trying to launch its own version of a subscription music service which could come this year. Switching to Android, games will be able to support multiplayer mode, so you can invite other players and not just other Android players, but also people using Apple mobile devices, and you can compare your score with other users in a leaderboard. Users will also be able to start a game on one device, like a phone, save it and then pick it back up later on another device, like a tablet. Google+ social network also gets a major overhaul is rolling out now. The design is different with multiple columns of cards for every post, and these cards flip around for more info. If you want to dive deeper into a topic, Google can show you related hashtags to that post. In some cases, Google's system is smart enough to know what you're taking a photo of and tag it for you. If a user doesn't write the words, "Eiffel Tower", it still knows it's a picture of the Eiffel Tower and gives it a hashtag. You can turn these things of or if it gets the hashtag wrong, you can remove the tag. Google wants to do the work for you, even help you sort through what the best photos were from your family vacation by weeding out the blurry images, duplicate shots, and those with bad exposure, and it also recognizes when people are smiling and if these people are important to you. Pretty amazing how smart the algorithm is, but it also might weird you out with how smart it is. Google + will also auto enhance your photos to soften skin flaws, reduce noise, or improve the lighting. And Search is also improving, you can search with Google Now on the Chrome browser and Chrome operating system. And the voice search can understand when you use pronouns such as "here" or "it". Be on the lookout for Google maps getting improvements both on the desktop and eventually on mobile apps. And Google didn't give us details on a new tablet but it is selling a Samsung Galaxy S4 that runs pure Android Jelly Bean. You can find it on Google Play unlocked for $650 available June 26th. That's your tech news update and you can find more coverage of Google I/O at CNET.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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