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Google I/O

Google arguably killed it at Goolge I/O with a four hour keynote jampacked with annoucements. New Maps which finally use vectors instead of tiles and makes even better use of photos. The "OK, Google" hotwording / Conversational Voice Search - for which Google really needs a catchy Siri-like name. That one's big news for me, I've been waiting for it since Google Now was first rolled out. Until now, the Windows 8 app was the closest thing a PC user had to acessing Google's voice assistant. Although, I must say I find it quite unfortunate how many tech pundants are scared, or at least playing up their fears for pageviews, by the thought of your computer "listening".

Google+ has thus far been something I'm signed up for just because honestly, how do you use Google services without being?Google+ has thus far been something I'm signed up for just because honestly, how do you use Google services without being? But, their slew of automatic photo enhancements and cultivation interests me. As a guy who happily subscribes to Adobe's Master Suite - I've never had much use for Picasa-like "easy buttons" or "auto enhancements". However, Google makes a good point. "You don't get a second vacation to process your first", I overheard on the live stream in an interview with a Google engineer. Put that way, Google's tools honestly make a lot of sense.

"You don't get a second vacation to process your first."If I can just upload my pics and get back automatic results - I'm going to share them that much more often. Sure, I'm still going to pull the best into Photoshop or Lightroom and clean them up myself - and hopefully do a better job of it. But by uploading them to G+, I gain cloud-access, cloud-backup, and they're enhanced to a level that I could feel good about sharing them with others over the web, where most of the detail will be lost anyhow. That right there is a pretty good value added.

Finally, the new Android Development Studio was quite a welcome surprise too, at least for me who doesn't follow Android news. I had already mulled over the idea of getting a Nexus 7 for the smaller form-factor and to have an Android device on hand - now I think when the rumored refresh occurs I'll be doing so for sure... and very likely developing for it as well. I'm not making the switch entirely from iOS, but there's plenty of room for both and I'd be happy to be able use each for its own merits.

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