Google I/O 2013: Play Music All Access and Google Maps refresh for Android

Google I/O 2013: Play Music All Access and Google Maps refresh for AndroidWe’re still pretty surprised at the lack of new hardware this week (pointing the finger at Nokia and Google), but Mountain View certainly had plenty to say at I/O 2013.

I’ve already covered Google Play Game Services; now it’s time for a look at Google Play Music All Access (terrible, terrible name) and the Google Maps refresh for Android users.

A Google music streaming service has been rumoured for a long time, and it’s finally here in the form of Play Music All Access.

The service goes live today in the US, and Google Play Music All Access has secured the backing of Sony, Universal and Warner. Millions of tracks are promised.

Alas, there’s no mention of a UK launch for Google Play Music All Access, which appears to be strictly US-only at first. Incidentally, it’ll set Yankees back $7.99 per month if they sign up before June 30 ($9.99 thereafter), with a 30-day free trial available.

As for the Google Maps Android refresh, it’s been "rebuilt from the ground up"; “redesigned to be fully interactive and fully tailored to you.”

There’s a whole load of stuff going on, so rather than try to cram it into a few paragraphs, I’ll point you in the direction of YouTube, where you can kick back and watch Meet the new Google Maps.

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