Tomorrow’s Google event will undoubtedly give us our closest look yet at the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb, but a pair of rumors also point to two other big announcements Google may be preparing to make: the introduction of a new browser-based Android Market, and the start of the Google Music cloud service.
Android and Me reports that one of its tipsters has informed the site that Google plans to launch its web version of the Android Market. Considering the processing power of the Honeycomb tablets we’ve heard about, and the nature of tablet screens being more accommodating to displaying websites, the rumor certainly sounds plausible. More importantly, this would make it a snap to browse apps on your home computer and choose which to send to your smartphone.
Google Music, assuming the company goes with that name, is supposedly a cloud-based subscription music service. From what we’ve heard, after paying an annual fee ($25 has been mentioned), you’d be able to upload your own songs to Google’s servers, which you could then access remotely from any smartphone you’re logged-in to. This sounds great, as who wants to build a new collection from scratch, just to use it with a new cloud service? By letting users control their own libraries, Google would knock down a major wall to entry. Companies have tried services like this in the long-ago post-Napster days, but ran into legal hurdles with the labels. Google is already on-board with music licencing thanks to YouTube, so hopefully it could pull this one off.
Check back with us tomorrow for the full run-down of what Google has to show off at its event.