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The After Math: Google I/O 2013, BlackBerry Live and Nokia’s Lumia 925

A new Lumia phone from Nokia, this year’s Google I/O and BlackBerry Live — yep, it was a pretty hectic week for us, but also a good seven days for tech news. Even if Google didn’t have any truly new hardware for us, it’s started up its own on-demand music service, gave us more details on Google Glass, redesigned its Maps and, well, it was a very long keynote. Join us after the break for a numerical breakdown of that and the rest of the week’s big news.

Google I/O 2013

  • Per-month pricing for Google Music All Access: $9.99
  • Per-month pricing for Spotify Premium: $9.99
  • Time spent liveblogging the Google I/O 2013 keynote: 3 hours 43 minutes
  • Length of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: 2 hours 49 minutes
  • Battery remaining on our Google Glass unit by the end of the keynote: 17 percent
  • Number of times Google CEO Larry Page said the word “sad” during his keynote appearance: 9
  • Price of a 16GB “stock Android” Samsung Galaxy S 4: $649
  • Price of last year’s LG Nexus 4 (16GB): $349
  • YouTube’s monthly subscription fee for new pilot channels: $0.99
  • Current Sesame Street channel subscribers on YouTube: 600,464
  • One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11: 12
  • Amount Google earned from ads on PSY’s “Gangnam Style” video: $8 million
  • Number of Android device activations to date: 900 million
  • Apps installed from Google Play: 48 billion
  • Apps downloaded from Apple’s App Store: 50 billion
  • Estimated number of Nokia phones (feature and smart) sold last year: 336 million
  • Price of the Nokia Lumia 925: 469 euros / $605
  • Price of the Nokia Asha 501: $99
  • Screen size (in inches) of the Asha 501: 3
  • Screen size (in inches) of the new QWERTY BlackBerry Q5: 3.1
  • BlackBerry’s smartphone market share, according to IDC: 2.9 percent
  • Tablets sold by ASUS in Q1 2013: 3 million
  • Tablets sold by BlackBerry in Q1 2013: 370,000
  • Years left for the tablet market, according to BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins: 5

The After Math: Google I/O 2013, BlackBerry Live and Nokia’s Lumia 925

Google I/O 2013: Google Says All 2,000 Glass Explorers Have Been Invited To Pick Up Their Device

Today, Steve Lee of the Google X and Glass Team, announced that as of last week, all 2,000 developers who signed up for the Glass Explorer program at last year’s I/O conference have now been invited to pick up their devices from Google’s offices in Mountain View, New York City or Los Angeles.

Google Glass

Of course, not everyone has to actually pay the $1,500 to get them if they don’t want to, but it’s safe to say that most of these developers will be picking them up and dropping down the cash.

Lee also noted that the 8,000 #ifihadglass “winners” who still have to pay their way will start getting theirs soon. The importance of having the device in the hands of those who will be building apps, the only way that we’ll ever know what the device is capable of, was not an easy thing to do. You can’t really seed a device that sits on your face quietly, thus the need for an Explorer program that was announced last year. Lee said: “This isn’t something that we could have worked on in some secret lab; it had to be out in the real world.”

Lee also noted that Glass will receive monthly software updates with bug fixes and new features, which means that we can expect another one to come sometime in early June, similar to the one on May 8th. The experience wasn’t completely overhauled with the last update; the introduction of a “long press” for search was handy.

As we’ve walked around the I/O conference, it’s been commonplace to find someone stopping to take a picture or slide through the timeline in front of their place. There are still a lot of questions to be answered as to whether this is a device that will catch on for consumers, but watching its evolution in the earliest days is fun.

Something that’s interesting to note is that Google executives, like Larry Page and Vic Gundotra, haven’t been sporting their Glass, specifically on stage yesterday for the keynote. Some feel like this was a way to tone down the hype about the product, letting developers take over the “spokesperson” role for Glass.

Via Techcrunch

Google I/O 2013: Google Says All 2,000 Glass Explorers Have Been Invited To Pick Up Their Device

Google I/O 2013: Did a white Nexus 4 with Android 4.3 hide out at Google IO?

Google’s opening day the IO keynote was heavy on the dev news and upgrades yet light on major announcements, and pushed hardware to the back burner in a rather intriguing fashion.

Nexus 4 with Android 4.3

Yet there may be a bit of kit hiding in the Moscone Center’s halls, an alternately hued handset we could see launch as soon as next month.

According to Android and Me, the rumored white Nexus 4 was more than just a keynote no-show at this year’s conference, appearing behind the scenes as a clone of the current version yet in an alabaster shell.

How does the site know? Because Taylor Wimberly, the publication’s founder, claims he laid hands on the glittery gadget.

The post-IO show

In Wimberly’s words, the phone is a “carbon copy” of the black model, and will arrive on the Google Play Store June 10 with Android 4.3 on board.

We know, that’s a lot to take in.

What little there is to know about Android 4.3 indicates it won’t be an earth-shattering update, but it should bring Bluetooth Low Energy support. It may also support OpenGL for Embedded Systems 3.0, shepherding advanced graphics capabilities along with it.

Google apparently scrapped 4.3 from its keynote in favor of showing off its ability to introduce new services and APIs without bumping up Android firmware, a perspective courtesy of Android and Me’s Google sources.

We did get Google’s Galaxy 4 running stock Android 4.2, so perhaps we’re in for some more Nexus news before mid-year.

Via Techradar

Google I/O 2013: Did a white Nexus 4 with Android 4.3 hide out at Google IO?

Google I/O 2013: Google demands Microsoft remove YouTube Windows Phone app

Microsoft updated its own YouTube application for Windows Phone just over a week ago and Google isn’t impressed. The Verge has obtained a copy of a cease and desist letter that Google has sent to Microsoft recently, demanding that Microsoft “immediately withdraw this application from the Windows Phone Store and disable existing downloads of the application by Wednesday, May 22, 2013.” Microsoft’s YouTube app for Windows Phone appears to have taken Google by surprise.

remove YouTube


Google’s complaint centers on the lack of ads in Microsoft’s YouTube app, something it claims is a direct violation of the terms and conditions of the company’s YouTube API.The Verge has learned that Microsoft created the app without Google’s consent with features that specifically prevent ads from playing. The lack of ads clearly hits Google’s own revenues, but also those of its third-party content creators that are paid through the company’s AdSense program. “Unfortunately, by blocking advertising and allowing downloads of videos, your application cuts off a valuable ongoing revenue source for creators, and causes harm to the thriving content ecosystem on YouTube,” says Google’s letter, addressed to Microsoft’s Todd Brix.

Microsoft has previously complained to the EU over Google’s apparent refusal to let Windows Phone access YouTube metadata. While it initially seemed like both companies had reconciled their differences, that’s clearly not the case. On stage at Google I/O today, CEO Larry Page detailed his take on technology’s future, noting that industry negativity is holding back progress. Page told an audience member that “we struggle with people like Microsoft.”


The relationship is clearly strained withcampaigns like Scroogled, and the YouTube complaint is the latest in a set of issues between both companies. In December, Google announced its plans to drop Exchange ActiveSync support, a decision that left Microsoft sweating over its lack of the alternative CalDAV and CardDAV protocol support for Windows Phone. Despite this, it’s clear the pair can work together on certain interperability. Just this week, Microsoft announced its plans to support Google Talk within Outlook.com, a change that’s beneficial for consumers of both company’s services.

For now, it appears that Windows Phone YouTube users will have to utilize unofficial third-party apps or settle for Google’s mobile web version. Until Microsoft and Google can collaborate without bickering, it’s the customers of both companies that lose out.

The Verge has reached out to Microsoft for comment on Google’s cease and desist letter and we’ll update you accordingly.

UpdateMicrosoft has responded to Google’s demands, welcoming the addition of ads.

Via TheVerge

Google I/O 2013: Google demands Microsoft remove YouTube Windows Phone app

Google I/O 2013: All new Google+ Hangouts app unveiled, cross-platform messaging service

Much rumored service becomes official, available today for Android, iOS and the web


Messaging has been one of the hot topics leading up to Google I/O, and today Vic Gundotra took to the stage and introduced the all new Google+ Hangouts. A cross-platform messaging service available starting today for Android, iOS and the web.

We’ll be taking a closer look at Hangouts once the dust settles, but one of the headline features is group video chat, available at no extra charge. We’re also getting photos stored in albums, the ability to turn off history or save your chats, regular old group messaging, typing notifications, and notifications that will sync across all of your devices.

A new messaging platform has been one of the most talked about items heading into Google I/O, and the app itself looks pretty nice. We’re looking forward to putting it through its paces. It’s a stand alone application, breaking free of the main Google+ app.

Google I/O 2013: All new Google+ Hangouts app unveiled, cross-platform messaging service

Google I/O 2013: Google To Begin Offering Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 With Stock Android For $649 On June 26

Google is offering a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, arguably one of the top current Android devices, with Jelly Bean 4.2 unlocked on Google Play beginning June 26, the company revealed at I/O today. The news is big because it’s the first non-Nexus device to get blessed with this opportunity, and Google says it will be updated in time with all other Nexus devices.

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4

The Galaxy S4 will cost $649 with no contract, and will be usable on both AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S., Google said today. At that price it isn’t exactly cheap, but people are probably willing to pay for an untouched Android experience on some of the most powerful smartphone hardware available.

The S4 is not only carrier unlocked, but it also has a fully unlocked bootloader. That means that owners of the device can load their own software on to the device, including things like CyanogenMod, which allows for extremely deep device software customization options. In other words, this new unlocked S4 will essentially be the ultimate developer plaything, but again it’s likely to have more or less niche appeal because of the high price tag.

What’s interesting about this is that Samsung emphasized all its software additions to the stock Android experience at the Galaxy S4 launch event, and this is basically stripping all that away. Reviewers seemed more or less overwhelmed by Samsung’s software smorgasbord, so this might result in a much better device overall.

Via Techcrunch

Google I/O 2013: Google To Begin Offering Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4 With Stock Android For $649 On June 26

Google I/O 2013: Google Launches Android Studio And New Features For Developer Console, Including Beta Releases And Staged Rollout

Today, during Google’s I/O developer conference, the company announced a group of tools for app developers, including a new developer suite called Android Studio. It’s an IDE based on IntelliJ.

This was a popular announcement, as the crowd “ooh’d” and “ahh’d” as screenshots were shown on stage.

This tool has more options for Android Development, making the process faster and more productive. A “live layout” was shown that renders your app as you’re editing in realtime.

Google Launches Android Studio

Additionally, you can switch over to different layouts and screen sizes, such as 3.7 inch phone and 10-inch tablet. The team noted that this might be useful for internationalization, allowing you to quickly see what things look like without having to package up your app and install it on a device.

The company says that it has “big plans” for Android Studio.



After the Studio announcement, new features to help developers get their apps in the hands of beta testers were announced. This is something that hasn’t been easy before, but the console now lets you manage both beta users and a staged rollout process.

Ellie Powers, Product Manager at Google, shared these new features, including ways to make money. The console will now have optimization tips, such as assistance for translation. The app translation service allows you to get professional translations directly in developer consoles; just select russian – it will show a list of different translation vendors, then Google will play middle man. Your results will be delivered within the console.




You can invest in a campaign to promote your app with new referral tracking. It will tell you where installs are coming from, let you track effectiveness of each referral channel and then what happens in the app from the first time it’s opened on a device by a user. Those usage metrics will also be show in the console.

Via Techcrunch

Google I/O 2013: Google Launches Android Studio And New Features For Developer Console, Including Beta Releases And Staged Rollout