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Google I/O 2013: 900M Android Activations; Launching Music-Streaming Service

Google’s annual I/O conference in San Francisco kicks off this morning at 9am PT/noon ET–revealing a new Google Maps, a new music streaming service, and the next version of Android mobile operating system “Android 4.3.”

Google confirms that about 40% of Android users accept Google+ Sign-In “Over-the-Air install prompts.”

Google Play has just crossed 48 billion app installs, and 900 million Android activations as of 2013, up from the 400 million it announced last year.

Google also announced that Android users have now installed over 48 billion apps.

And, said that it is now expanding Google+ single sign-in today, with “cross platform single sign on.”

“When we launched Google+ Sign-In, we wanted to bridge the gap between desktop and mobile by allowing web users to instantly download a site’s Android app with just one click using our over-the-air install feature. Since launch, we’re now finding that 40% of people who are offered to install a website’s mobile app, accept. This is a significant benefit for consumers, who can now easily access their favorite sites on the go, and developers, who are experiencing greater mobile usage,” stated Seth Sternberg, Google’s product manager for the Google+ platform.

Visit, Google I/O 2013 web page.

Here are the numbers that Google revealing at its I/O 2013:

Google Cloud Messaging is in 60% of apps, and they’re delivering 17 billion messages per day.

Google is launching 3 new Location APIs:

  • A new Google Maps API, will let your apps recognize if you’re driving, walking, or biking, and allow them to adjust accordingly. It’s done in “very battery efficient” way, no GPS required.
  • Geofencing, allowing apps to actively respond to entering new zones.
  • Fused location provider utilizes all of the communication sensors in the phone (wifi, gps, and cell), while using 1% of the battery that previous APIs used.

Google Play Games Services API, for Android and iOS, allows game developers to save game states and sync them between different machines.

Google says, this API will allow for real cross-platform gaming experiences and ensure that users can easily switch between their phones and tablets without losing their game states.

The API will also include the usual achievements, leaderboards and multiplayer services that developers have come to expect from similar services.

This new API will roll out today to all Android users on Android Froyo and up.

The multiplayer aspect of the service will feature both a matchmaking aspect, but the focus is clearly on connecting you to your Google+ friends. The matchmaking feature, as Google’s Huga Barra noted, will match users automatically and the API in general will handle “all of the hardcore data” worked involved in building a multiplayer game.

Google also launched a new IDE based on IntelliJ developers suite called Android Studio and new features for Developers Console, including Beta Releases and Staged Rollout.

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.

Additionally, devs can switch over to different layouts and screen sizes, such as 3.7 inch phone and 10-inch tablet that 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.

Google Play Music All Access, a new monthly music subscription service launches on the web and mobile in the US for $9.99 a month, lets you listen to millions of songs across devices.

The service features millions of songs, personal recommendations, charts and playlists, and the ability to turn any song into an instant radio station.

You can store 20,000 songs for free in the cloud and listen to them alongside the All Access catalog.

“You can also create a radio station from any song or artist you love, browse recommendations from our expert music team or explore by genre. And, also Google Play Music lets you combine our collection with your own collection,” Google informs.

It comes with a free trial month, and early adopters get it for $7.99.

“Everything from your Google Music locker is automatically pulled into Google Play Music All Access. Beneath the content you own, everything else an artist has ao All Access is automatically listed and plays at a tap,” Google stated.

Google announced that Samsung Galaxy S4 with Jelly Bean 4.2 “unlocked” will be available on Google Play beginning June 26.

The Galaxy S4 will cost $649 with “no contract” and will be usable on both AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S.

Sundar Pichai, revealed that Chrome browser now has more than 750 million monthly active users on both desktop and mobile users (up from 450 million users Google announced at last year’s I/O).

To bringing in to mobile the speed, simplicity and security improvements from the desktop version, google today previewed next-generation video codec VP9 for faster video-streaming performance; the requestAutocomplete API for faster payments; and Chrome Experiments such as A Journey Through Middle Earth and Racer to demonstrate the ability to create immersive mobile experiences not possible in years past.

Google Play for Education program lets educators “manage tablets and discover, purchase, and distribute content through Google Play for Education.”

Google is also inviting developers to get started now to create world class educational apps for grades K-12.

Alex Komoroske, a product manager on Chrome’s Open Web Platform “Blink” noted that the has already removed 8.8 million lines of code from the original WebKit repository.

Clearly, Google has now been moving quickly to identify even more code in the WebKit source.

When Google first announced this move, the Blink team said it would allow them to “remove 7 build systems and delete more than 7,000 files–comprising more than 4.5 million lines–right off the bat.”

Update 05/25: While Google disappointed at the I/O, avoiding the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the evidence of the new Android OS has surfaced at the Thailand Mobile Expo 2013, as a XDA Developers forums spotted a Google Nexus 4 with “Android 4.3 on board.”

Watch the video, showing the device in action, including an updated camera app and a shaky-cam glance at a few other bits:

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