By Taylor Martin | May 14, 2013 6:16 PM
What will be announced at Google I/O 2013? That’s the question of the hour, especially for supporters and enthusiasts of Google’s wildly popular mobile platform. The developer conference is generally where Google unveils its latest groundbreaking products, where we were first introduced to the Nexus Q, Nexus 7, Project Glass and Jelly Bean last year.
Skydivers jumped from a plane, BMX riders jumped over building gaps, and one crazed man ran down the side of a building, all to demo Glass to the world, and to deliver a Glass unit to Sergey Brin on stage.
Word has it, this year’s I/O will be much more tame, directed more at developers than consumer products, aimed to bring a better development environment to those who are dedicating their time and effort to expanding the Google ecosystem. But there’s a chance we’ll see some new hardware, and a chance that all this silence is only indication of some well-kept secrets.
So what does Pocketnow expect to see tomorrow? Certainly more than Google is letting on. I rounded up some of the guys to explain what we expect and hope to see below. Be sure to voice your opinion and share your hopes in the comment section below!
I loved the Nexus 7 for about 7 minutes. The display is terrible. Color saturation, contrast, and pixel density are all terrible. But the form factor is fantastic. It’s time for a better Nexus 7 at a great price.
Google I/O is and has always been one of the events I look forward to the most. Lots of innovation is seen at this event, even though sadly some of it has become vaporware, like in the case of the Android-powered appliances we never saw two years ago. I guess my biggest wish is to see hardware, and I know this sounds funny since the event has always had hardware, right? Well, that was in the Andy Rubin days. By hardware, I also mean affordable hardware, since the Nexus line-up has always been about disrupting price-points and challenging OEMs.
Sadly Sundar Pichai is the new boss in town, and he’s infamous for releasing the most expensive Chromebook that nobody will ever buy. Regardless if we get a new Nexus 7 or a new Nexus 4, all I want is something that retains the same Nexus mentality, and that’s not the next and mocked Chromebook Pixel.
Rumors are that this year’s Google I/O will focus less on Android and devices, and more on developers. This strategy show sound familiar to some who might recall Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer chanting at a conference for Windows developers: “Developers! Developers! Developers!” This focus on developers led to an upsurge in programs for Windows, which helped the entire Windows platform more desirable for customers. If the rumors hold true, Google may be set to do the same for Android. Speaking as a developer, I would love to see this focus shift, and the development environment and ecosystem simplified and strengthened. “I love this company! Yeah!”
You know what I want? New hardware. Anything. It would be interesting to see Google reboot its home-media offering with a Q2, but that won’t happen. I’ve been ready for a Nexus 5 since about an hour after the Nexus 4 dropped, but we’re not going to see that either. The Nexus 7 remains the most likely candidate for a refresh in my view, but even then, there’s no guarantee we’ll see anything at all on the hardware side at I/O. And while I’ve always understood that the manic release pace of mobile hardware wasn’t sustainable, I’m still hopeful we’ll see some kind of impressive device at this show.
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I’d love to hear that Google has reconsidered things and will be selling Glass next year at a price approachable by us plebs, but I’m not holding my breath. I’m optimistic about what we’ve heard regarding Play Games, and cross-device save game sync has the potential to be huge. Honestly, I wouldn’t be that upset if we didn’t get any hardware announcements; I’m not even sure the Nexus 7 is due for a major refresh, and while that higher-res screen would be nice, I’m neither convinced by the rumors nor sure that such a thing could even be possible at the $200 price point Google wants.
Give us some minor polishing of Android, and I’ll be happy. A new Nexus or that Google/Moto collaborative hardware can wait.
Let me begin by saying that I generally get more excited over Google I/O than I do Christmas morning. And despite those unfortunate rumors that suggest this year will be a rather slow show for Google, I’m still excited. And I’ll remain excited until the show is over and nothing exciting is announced.
To that end, there are some things we may have overlooked. Of course we’re expecting a Nexus 7 successor, the Nexus 4 refresh (LTE and possibly a larger capacity), and the Motorola XFON leaks mean we may also see the elusive unicorn phone once and for all. Honestly, none of that matters much to me, though I would love to see a mid-sized Nexus with a gorgeous display.
There have been rumors of a Google-made smartwatch that nearly stopped altogether. (I would kill for Google Now on my wrist.) I’m also hoping Google continues its push into the living room. AllThingsD reports we won’t see a Nexus Q refresh, and maybe we won’t. Or maybe we’ll see Google take a new approach altogether, with something like the Nexus Q but much more elaborate or useful. But what I’ve got my fingers crossed for are: Babel, MMS for Google Voice, more functionality in Google Now, and a better Chrome experience on Android.
I’d also like to hear a rough price point for Glass, preferably below $500.
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The Google I/O keynote will begin tomorrow at 9:00 AM PT (12:00 PM ET), and if Google plans on topping last year’s adrenaline-pumped show, it will have to pull all stops. But rumors suggest the show will be much more tame and conservative this year.
What do you think, readers? Will this year’s I/O go down in the history books? More importantly, what do you think will we see? Sound off in the comments below!