Google I/O Rumor: Google Maps to Get a New Look
For those who can't attend this year's I/O 2013 event—which was sold out very soon after the approximately 5,500 tickets went on sale for $900 each on March 13—Google will again be broadcasting the sessions live online around the world to organized local viewing parties of developers. This is part of Google's I/O Extended efforts, which lets developers around the world witness the events remotely. Developers can check the schedule to find an I/O Extended event located near them. Individuals will also be able to watch live video of many of the sessions through Google Developers Live @ I/O, which will stream the keynotes, sessions and more straight from Moscone Center to the Web, according to Google. If you can't watch live, you can see YouTube recordings of all sessions on Google Developers Live after the conference, according to Google. At the 2012 I/O Conference last June, Google rolled out its Glass project, the latest Android Jelly Bean operating system, the Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q Media Hub. The Nexus Q was a surprise announcement that introduced an entirely new small, bowling-ball-shaped media hub for the home controlled by an Android tablet or smartphone. Enhancements to Jelly Bean included improved performance; added search capabilities; voice typing that could be done offline; and an improved notifications interface that lets users respond to calendar reminders, emails and texts without having to open each of those applications. In April, Google announced the expansion of its Google Map Maker service, which allows people to add valuable details to local Google Maps so they can share the information with others. The service has now been expanded to users in the United Kingdom.
Google Map Maker, which launched in 2008, has been adding new nations since it began to bring the capabilities to many more users. It was launched in the United States in 2011 and today includes maps for more than 200 countries and regions, according to Google.