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Google is kicking off its annual developer conference, Google I/O, this morning at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Last year’s keynote brought with it Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Nexus 7 tablet and a jaw-dropping demo of Google Glass, complete with skydivers.

Google has indicated this year’s I/O will focus on developers rather than new products. Google has also consolidated its typical two days of keynotes into one single extra-long event Wednesday.

Rumors have pointed to an update to Android and Google Maps, a new music streaming service, Android Game Center, and maybe even a new Nexus tablet.

Here’s what we know so far:

1. Today Google is launching 3 new location APIs.

First up: Fused location provider: Fused location provider utilizes all of the communication sensors in the phone (wifi, gps, and cell), while using 1% of the battery that previous APIs used

2nd new api: Geofencing, allowing apps to actively respond to entering new zones.

3rd new api: Activity recognition. The new api will let your apps recognize if you’re driving, walking, or biking, and allow them to adjust accordingly. It’s done in a “very battery efficient” way, no GPS required.

2. They’re also expanding Google+ single sign-in today, with “cross platform single sign on.”

Stay tuned for more updates…

SOURCE: TechCrunch/Mashable