I spent the better part of this afternoon watching the Google I/O Keynote on Youtube (after watching Back to the Future II, this is just how I spend my days after I finish an exam...)
There was a lot covered over the four hours, I tuned it at about hour one. Here's my personal highlights in no particular order.
Free Chromebook Pixel!
Every attendee is receiving a free Chromebook Pixel. That's right 6000 people are each getting a free £1049 laptop. You do the maths on the total retail value... Google's cash is mighty and I'm pretty jealous to be honest. Not really anything to do with new Google services, I just thought it was amazing.
Google Talk Replacement
Finally we have a Google Talk, Google Plus Messenger, Gmail Chat, Hangout replacement in the form of Google Hangouts which combines them all together and seemingly manages to keep them in sync. The Android app is available on the Play Store as a update to Google Talk (it replaces it) but if you have a Nexus 7 then it's unavailable for some reason. Download the Google Hangouts APK, and install it yourself. It'll run absolutely fine. (I retrieved this APK using Titanium Backup from my phone)
New Google+ Stream and Photo Tools
Google Plus has received an overhaul and now features a much nicer main stream and several new photo editing / touch up tools. In fact, Google Plus received 41 updates. Google+ is such a nice social network, I wish more people that I knew used it regularly. Myself and +Laurence Andrews use it quite a bit, so feel free to add us to a circle and get in touch!
Google now has their own Spotify rival known as 'Google Music All Access'. Only in the US currently, and at price points matching Spotify you can stream as much music as you like from Google's catalogue. Plus points over Spotify include the integration of your personal Google Music Player Library and their online library. Instead of making playlists for every single album you want to easily find again (I'm looking at you Spotify!) you can apparently 'add' the music you want to your library and then it'll appear just like the music you've uploaded yourself. Something I definitely want to try out as a Spotify Premium subscriber as well as a user of Google Music; I could easily see myself moving away from Spotify if it works well enough.