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The annual Google I/O developer conference kicks off in just a few short hours, but some of the search giant's big surprises appear to have already had their beans spilled all over the place.
The Verge reported Wednesday that a Google Maps overhaul appears to be in the cards for this year's Google I/O event, which kicks off at 9am PST (12pm EST). The leak follows advance word of a new music subscription service that may also get unveiled today.
According to Droid-Life, the new and improved Google Maps will now include "a tailored map for every search," with a user interface that more closely resembles the company's mobile apps. Also on deck are Google Earth-style overhead views, Flight Search, transportation comparisons and the possibility of restaurant suggestions en route to your destination.
Unfortunately, the Google Maps leak has been plugged almost as quickly as it was discovered, but with I/O only hours away, Google should be dishing on what's new soon enough.
Also expected is a new music subscription service billed as a "Spotify competitor," with Google reportedly enlisting both Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, according to industry sources. Google is believed to have already inked a deal with the third major, Warner Music Group, earlier this year.
Curiously, the deal involves both YouTube as well as Google Play, although the service is expected to be subscription-only with no ad-supported free model such as what Spotify currently offers.
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(Image courtesy of Droid-Life)