Yesterday marked the beginning of 2013’s Google I/O conference, and to kick it off, the search giant unveiled some new innovations, not least of which are its new conversational voice-search and music streaming services.
While Google has offered voice-enabled searching for a while now, the big push revealed yesterday concerned “conversational” search. Think Siri, but more functional. Users will be able to ask personalized questions of the engine and get quick and accurate answers from what’s already widely considered to be the most effective search engine around. All you’ll have to do is ask Google, and it should sync up with your contacts, calendar—the whole thing. All in all, if it works as well as the company claims it will, we’re yet another step closer to having personalized Star Trek computers.
One of the other big innovations to come out of Google I/O is Google Play Music All-Access, a music-streaming service meant to rival the monstrously successful Spotify. All-Access is a subscription-based add-on for Google Music that’ll cost users about ten dollars per month. Google Music, for those who aren’t aware, is a cloud-based storage locker to which users can upload their entire music collections, from which they can stream on any Google Music-enabled device like PCs and smartphones. All-Access will have all the music you don’t already have—just like Spotify.
The post points out that one of the drawbacks is the fact that All-Access will only have integration with Google+, eschewing the social rivals Facebook and Twitter.
All-Access is live right now, and offering a 30-day free trial to Google Music users, so if you want to give it a test run, there’s no time like the present. As for the conversational Google Search, no specific word on when that’s launching just yet. Stay tuned.