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War time: Google to take these 12 products head on

Last updated on: July 4, 2012 14:48 IST

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At the recently concluded annual I/O conference, which is an annual developer-focused event held in San Francisco, California, Google announced several new devices and services.

Many of these services are in direct competition with Apple, Microsoft, and other Silicon Valley giants.

Google I/O features highly technical, in-depth sessions focused on building web, mobile, and enterprise applications with Google and open web technologies such as Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit, App Engine, and more.

Source: Business Insider

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Image: Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Google Chrome, speaks during Google I/O Conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Photographs: Stephen Lam/Reuters

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Amazon's Kindle Fire

Google has set its eye on Kindle, and it aims to it take with its Nexus 7. Nexus 7 is armed with quad-core Tegra 3 processor that promises to deliver fast performance and a beautiful and responsive screen. Also, it's comfortable to hold and Android 4.1 brings a surplus of welcome additions.

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Image: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos holds up the new Kindle Fire at a press conference
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Apple TV

Google recently introduced its Nexus Q, which streams your Google Play content to your TV.

Google Nexus Q features a unique, spherical design with glowing LEDs that respond to music that's playing. It streams content directly from Google Play Music, Google Play TV and Movies, and YouTube, using an Android phone or tablet as the controller.

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Image: Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs talking about Apple TV
Photographs: Robert Galbraith/Reuters
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HopStop and other transit apps

Google aims to compete with popular transit apps with its new Jelly Bean search. This app promises to give you bus and train routes as well as their departure and arrival times.

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Facebook Events

In this historic Google+ versus Facebook war, it looks like Google+ may have an edge this time. Google+ now has a feature called party mode, where your phone instantly posts photos to Google+. Facebook Events can't do that.

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Voice recognition apps

Siri was an instant hit with the users. Can Google replicate this success with its Siri-like app called Knowledge Graph? This app it answers questions about traffic, sports scores, and general information.

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Cloud computing services

It's powerful and it looks promising. Google's new Compute Engine offers cloud computing for your app. It's works on Amazon's similar pay-per-data model.

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Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
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Shazam and other song recognition apps

Google's native app which will be released in July aims to give tough competition to Shazam, Soundhound and other similar third-party song recognition apps.

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Photographs: Courtesy, Shazam
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Flipboard

Google's new magazine reader, Currents, is sleek and also allows you to translate text. This only means that Android needs to get ready to up its Flipboard quotient.

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Wikipedia

The quintessential Wikipedia, where everyone runs for general information, now has some reason competition. Google promises to locate the person/place/thing you want within its Knowledge Graph, a database of facts about over 500 million topics.

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Safari and other mobile Web browsers

Google finally released Chrome for iPhone and iPad, and it has been receiving good reviews from techies around the world. It allows you to switch between tabs more elegantly than Safari and Opera, and it is super fast.

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Windows, Mac OS and every operating system

Google is taking a lot of effort to better its Android software. If it keeps going on like this, it may really start cutting into Windows 8 and Mac OS X market share.

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All handheld devices

Google's Project Glass aims to put away your emails, texts and apps in front of you, so you won't have to fumble with devices when you are in a meeting. If this experiment comes true, you won't even need to buy various devices anymore. That means no more iPad, Kindle, Surface, and so on.


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