Few hours left for Google Annual Developer Congress I/O 2012 to kick off in San Francisco at 9.30 am PT and we are expecting quite loads of updates to be showcased.This three-day conference starts Wednesday and is aimed at developers, but is often used as a stage to show off new device and platform offerings for both consumers and enterprises alike.So this post I am posting what might be expected out of this 3 day conference.
First of all we might see some update to Google TV.Google TV has been in the news since Google I/O 2010 only to disappoint us with a shipping date later this year.This year seems to be having a track at the sessions compared to the previous years.So we can expect more workshops this time.We can also see new devices in action what Google and CE partners showcased in this year’s CES.
Sony announced its NSZ GS7 set-top for global market shipping next month, and Vizio debuted its own Co-Star box today.Both boxes are based on ARM processors, and Vizio at least is finally promising cheaper Google TV devices, retailing Co-Star for $99.Both devices will likely play a big role at I/O as well, and Sony is even throwing developers a big party to get them excited about the NSZ GS7.There are chances also that LG also might come with Google TV set top box.
We might not see a update to Google TV version even though we could expect Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean to be revealed at the I/O.But to compromise not releasing a new version of Google TV, Google actually might improve the experience by revamping some of the platform’s core apps, but it recently it did gave the TV and Movies app and the YouTube app a refresh, so don’t expect much news on that front. There may be more updates from the partners side on the second screen space.With no new version, Google might actually bring in more partners and what Google TV can do and stuff.This was about Google TV per say.Lets move on to the next one.
Coming to what updates we might see in Android, we feel that Google will reveal Android 4.1 version codenamed Jelly Bean and not much go into Android 5.0 as Google has not been able to increase the Android 4.0 ICS penetration currently at 10%.This won’t be an overhaul of Android like the jump from Honeycomb (Android 3.0) to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).
So there may be some minor visual updates,some tweaks with the user interface.As this is for developers, Google might introduce some new APIs that allow programmers to tap into more of the features and functions of Android devices.
By launching Siri last October, Apple challenged everyone else in the mobile business to come up with a better voice-based virtual assistant. Samsung released S Voice, currently available on the Galaxy S3, and LG launched Quick Voice a few weeks ago. Moreover, even HTC is said to release its own virtual assistant.We still expect Google to launch one such virtual assistant that would work on more Android devices. Various report say that Majel is the codename of that virtual assistant and we wouldn’t be surprised to see it demoed on stage during Google I/O
One of API could be tied to an updated Google Voice Search app that is part search, part hands-free controller and part assistant, much like the more accurate Apple’s Siri. At a minimum,we can expect more improved voice control features and 3rd party access to include Google’s Assistant voice-recognition technology in apps.
Google’s GSM Galaxy Nexus is sure to first get Android 4.1 — possibly this week — but there may be another device to soon ship with Jelly Bean.
Next we might also see fixes and improvement to Google’s Play store as this session is first session in I/O promises “new developments coming soon from Google Play.”But there should be device specific apps and not just all apps into the app store.
Next we might see the recently leaked ASUS Nexus 7 tablet to be revealed.This might come with Android 4.1.Specs from the leaks suggest that it would be a quad core Tegra 3 based one(1.3GHz Cortex A9 processor and Nvidia ULP GeForce GPU) and uses a 1280 x 800 IPS screen, and come in two models: 8 GB for $199 and 16 GB for $249 to compete more effectively with the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet. Point to be noted that Google is not coming with a tablet unlike the Microsoft Surface.
These days third party apps don’t look good on 10 inch tablets so 7 inch would look pretty decent as apps with user interfaces designed for 4- to 4.5-inch screens look decent on 7-inch screens, so Google will be able to tout 400,000 apps available for this tablet.
Although Google is expected to sell its slate via the web,there’s a reasonable chance that it announces some retail partnerships as well. A 7-inch Android tablet would compete against other small slates available in various brick-and-mortar stores in addition to the web. Think of Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet: Both can be test driven in stores, which helps customers make a better purchasing decision.
There may be more integration between Chrome and Android and Chrome for Android may just come out of Beta and go a stable release.There might not be a new device this year with Android 4.1 probably a new device with Android 5.0.So you should be either happy with galaxy nexus or go with the mighty Samsung Galaxy S III.
There may be something new to hear about the forgotten Chrome OS and how it might shape up as times goes by.
Android Market developer Discussions is what we might see next.One of the central elements of Android’s success has been its ability to attract developers. And the fact that Google I/O sold out in just 20 minutes shows how excited developers are to create apps for the company’s operating systems. So, expect lots of discussions on apps and the Android Market as a whole.
Apple came out with its own maps in iOS 6 and ditched Google maps.Now things to ponder over here is how is Google going to respond Apple maps.Google might announce a high-quality suite of Google mapping and navigation apps for iOS at Google I/O and enjoy what Apple might do next.
Google already had a big Maps event on June 6 where it announced offline mapping, improved 3D “fly-by” maps and expansions to Street View. This week, the company slashed prices for businesses using the Google Maps API.
Next there may be some move to increase adoption of Google Wallet, may be some advancements for search algorithm and also Google Project Glass.
If Google’s snazzy Project Glass specs are to ship in 2013, it needs developers to write apps for them – and where better to encourage them to do that than at your annual developers’ conference? According to Global Equity Research.This means Google I/O 2012 will have a new focus on wearable devices including Project Glass, Smart Watch and in-car Android: “This year, Google will have a new focus area ‘wearable devices,’ based on Android OS. Developers think Google extended this year’s Google I/O event from two days to three days, probably to accommodate this new focus area.”
No Larry Page this year on stage.
Word on the street is that the Pinterest will launch its official Android app during Google I/O, and I’m sure plenty of Android users that are active on Pinterest will love to take the app out for a spin as soon as possible.
Lastly What I can think of is, some update on Google Docs on mobile devices aka Google Drive(new Google docs) and Google Cloud.What’s in for Developers and how they can leverage with these two products.one thing for sure, you can expect some numbers, activations and data to be introe’d at the start.
Google is also said to be broadcasting the event through YouTube, so even if you can’t make it to San Francisco, we are sure you won’t miss any part of the event.