Google I/O Wrap Up: Maps, Cloud, Social, Gaming & More

googlesign1(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Google made a number of relatively significant announcements at this week’s annual Google I/O conference. Below are just a number of highlights:

-Google Maps: The popular platform is getting a new look. Gone is the sidebar. Instead, you’ll now find that information integrated into a whole screen view. Things will also be more interactive.

-Cloud: Google is now geared to compete more directly with Amazon Web Services. The company announced that it had opened up its Google Compute Engine to general availability – a platform that that allows for large-scale workloads to be run on VMs via Linux.

-Social: Google has announced cross-platform single sign-on for social network Google+. You’ll also notice a change in the layout of the feed.

-Gaming Services API: The company has announced Google Play game services – allowing cloud save with streamlined storage API. Other features include Real-time multiplayer, social and public leaderboards along with achievements.

-Google Play: Google has redesigned its Android-based Play Store to feature personalized recommendations for users.