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Google I/O kicked off in San Francisco on Wednesday with an exceptionally long keynote mostly aimed at developers this time around. Aside from the three bits included in our recap today, the only real news for consumers was a version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 with stock Android coming June 26 -- and surprisingly, the rumors of Android 4.3 (or an even higher version) didn't quite pan out. But hey, the conference has two more days, so maybe we'll hear something today…?
Pretty much exactly as rumored, Google announced updates to its Music and Maps services. At the company's annual Google I/O developer conference, Google Play Music All Access was unveiled, a U.S.-only (for now), $9.99 per month all-you-can-eat streaming music service that squarely puts Spotify, Rdio and the like on notice. Unfortunately, the service is currently only available on Android and the web, so it's not much of a deal for iOS users. However, those who join by June 30 will have the monthly fee knocked down to $7.99 per month, so here's hoping Google will debut an iOS app before then. Speaking of summer, all of the updates to Google Maps we reported on Wednesday morning were also introduced, although we'll have to wait a bit to actually get them. Also on deck is an iPad version of Google Maps, presumably in the form of a universal update to the existing iPhone app.
With so much focus on mobile television these days, Belkin announced Wednesday that it's now shipping Dyle, a receiver that plugs into iOS devices to serve up live, over-the-air TV broadcasts in 37 markets across the United States. The $129.99 dongle is available direct from the Belkin website with preorders now live on Amazon.com, but take note: It's still using the older 30-pin dock connector, which means Dyle is currently only compatible through the iPhone 4S and third-generation iPad. Potential customers might also want to hit this link to see a coverage map and make sure Dyle will be able to receive broadcasts in their neck of the woods before buying.
Google's other big news for those of us who aren't developers came with the release of a standalone Hangouts app on Wednesday, available for iOS, Android and Chrome. The cross-platform solution taps into the popular Google+ feature to offer one-on-one and group conversations complete with video and photos and more than 850 different emoji so you'll always be able to let others know how you feel. The release is intended to kill off older efforts such as Google Talk, and could eventually encompass Google Voice as well. Curiously, the app appears to be blocked from using AT&T cellular connections for the moment, so users on that network may find it less fun than others.
The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that Time Warner-owned TNT and TBS plan to jump on the live streaming bandwagon this summer, following closely on the heels of ABC, who updated their own app Tuesday to add the same in select markets. While the change is a welcome one, as always it comes with a catch: You'll need to be a cable or satellite subscriber in order to actually watch live streams from TBS or TNT because, you know, nothing good can ever be free...
If you prefer to receive your Yahoo! Mail using the dedicated iOS app, the company pushed out a version 1.5.3 on Wednesday which adds support for AirPrint printers, available from the reply menu while inside a message, or from the Share button while in any attachment. The app also boasts of "performance improvements and bug fixes," although those might be less obvious to all but the most die-hard users. Yahoo! Mail is available as a free download from the App Store.
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