Google’s I/O 2013: 4 things everyone hopes to see at the conference

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By Staff /  15 May 2013 , 14:19

Google’s I/O conference is starting today. Of course, tech enthusiasts are all geared up for Google’s big event. Here’s a look at four things that everyone is hoping to see at the Google conference.

Android 5.0 or Android 4.3 aka Key Lime Pie:Android fan boys are eagerly awaiting whether Google will be launching the new version of its popular mobile software. However Android head Sundar Pichai’s recent interview to Wired, where he said that Google wasn’t going to launch any new products at I/O, has sparked off concerns that there will be no new OS at the Google Conference. You can read his full interview here.

As far as an Android update is concerned, we’re likely to see more emphasis on Google Now, Google Maps and also greater integration with Google Plus as far as apps are concerned. A new Google Games App Centre is also likely to be launched, though this could be rolled out to earlier versions of Android as well.

Google I/O is coming up today. Screengrab
Google I/O is coming up today. Screengrab

The new version of Android is also likely to come with a unified chat aka Babel, which will integrate Google Talk, Google Hangouts and Google Voice. You can view more on that here.

Google Glass:Last year’s Google I/O conference was made memorable thanks to the sky diving stunts which showed off Google Glass. Probably nothing can top that level of madness, but Google Glass is going to get a prominent place in this year’s conference as well, especially as Google has handed out explorer editions to a select. The device is expected to go on sale in late 2013 or early 2014.

Google Glass also got a recent update. Expect to see more API’s and perhaps details about what will come to users when the device is finally launched.

Nexus 7:Pichai might insist that Google won’t be launching any new products but the rumours of a new Nexus 7 have been persistent. According to report, the new version of the tablet will have a quad-core Snapdragon processor, ditching the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. It also reported to come with a full HD screen and a 5-megapixel camera, thus posing a serious challenge to the iPad mini.

The Motorola X smartphone:This one is highly unlikely but again the numerous leaks and rumours have added to the hype and interest. A lot of Android fans might be praying to catch a glimpse of the Motorola Mobility X smartphone at the Google conference, but it remains unlikely that will be launched today. All we know about this device for now is that it supports 4G, Wi-Fi and NFC.


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