Google I/O 2013: Complete coverage


Google's I/O conference is the company's primary event every year for developers. Developers from across the country gathered May 15-17 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco this year for the latest on Android, Google Glass, Google Wallet, Chrome and the rest of the Google landscape.

Look below for complete coverage of the show.

May 17

Google vows to streamline Android development, combat fragmentation
By Jason Ankeny
Google's Android engineering team said it is working diligently to ensure that mobile operating system updates are rolled out in a more efficient manner, reducing the fragmentation that has plagued the fast-growing platform since its inception.

May 16

Editor's Corner: Google paints Apple into a corner with latest mobile media moves
By Jason Ankeny
Google's Android long ago eclipsed Apple's iOS in terms of sheer size: Gartner reports that Android powers 74.4 percent of all smartphones sold worldwide during the first quarter of 2013, up from 56.9 percent during the year-ago period and widening its already considerable lead on iOS, which plummeted to 18.2 percent from 22.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012. But size isn't everything, and iOS has always maintained a number of competitive edges over Android.

May 15

Google to add Offers to Maps for Android and iOS
By Mike Dano
Google, during its I/O developer conference, announced it will refresh its Maps for Mobile product on Android and iOS this summer, bringing coupons, improved routing and support for tablets.

Google targets WhatsApp, BBM and others with Hangouts app for Android, iOS
By Mike Dano
Google at its I/O developer's conference said it will release a new, standalone Hangouts app that will be available to Android, iOS and Web users. The app will collect text, image and video conversations into one service and essentially represents Google's response to the growth of messaging apps like WhatsApp, Viber and BlackBerry's BBM. Hangouts will replace Google Talk and G+ Messenger.

Google intros new Android gaming and streaming music services, will offer Nexus-style Galaxy S4
By Mike Dano
During its Google I/O developer's conference, Google announced a new Android gaming service and a new, subscription-based music streaming service. The company also announced a range of new APIs and services for its Android developers.

Report: Google launching subscription-based streaming music service
By Jason Ankeny
Google is poised to unveil a subscription-based streaming music service rivaling platforms like Spotify and Pandora. Citing sources with knowledge of the matter, The Wall Street Journal reports Google has completed deals with the three major record labels--Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group--to offer Android device owners unlimited, on-demand streaming access to millions of songs.

May 13

Google's Pichai open to Android/Chrome merger, but not anytime soon
By Phil Goldstein
Google's Sundar Pichai, who heads both the company's Android efforts as well as its Chrome OS, said that users should not expect any kind of merger between the two in the near future. In an interview with Wired, his first since taking over as Android chief in March from Andy Rubin, Pichai also lowered expectations for the company's I/O developer conference this week, saying there will not be "much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system."

Nexus Q returns at Google I/O 2013? Here's hoping
By Shane Schick
When developers attend Google I/O 2013 this week they will probably have a lot to look forward to--in-depth technical sessions, visionary keynotes and major product and service announcements. As they get bombarded with information it could be difficult to remember everything they learn, just as it's easy to forget about what was announced at Google I/O last year. 

May 10

Google I/O 2013: What developers want
By Shane Schick
There will probably be a lot of chatter about Babel. Those in the hands-on labs might get a taste of Key Lime Pie. A new Nexus device seems almost inevitable. But for the hoard of developers descending on San Francisco for Google I/O 2013, the focus will surely be on one thing: Making the most of the Android app opportunity.

The top Google I/O 2013 rumor: A Google Maps overhaul
By Shane Schick
After attending Google I/O in San Francisco next week, many developers may be inspired to give some of their existing Android apps an overhaul. According to a wide variety of media reports, Google is already doing something similar with its Google Maps.