May 14 2013, 10:52pm CDT | by Gene Ryan Briones
In a few hours from now, Google will once again showcase its best technologies at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco. You can probably recall that in last year's Google I/O, the Mountain View-based technology magnate unveiled quite a slew of new products, ranging from software to hardware. Last year was also the year when Google officially announced Google Glass, Android Jelly Bean, the Nexus 7 tablet, and the quite strange Nexus Q, which never really clicked. So, what can we expect from Google I/O this year? Well, here's what we think.
Since Glass is nearing its commercial release, we're expecting Google to showcase the device even more - that means demoing some apps that have been developed for Glass, and probably some hardware specs that Google has already talked about. Everyone's excited about the device, and it's probably one of the reasons why people attend the conference.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Basing our assumptions on what Android chief Sundar Pichai said during an interview with Wired earlier this week, it's a bit safe to say that we won't be seeing Android 5.0, dubbed as Key Lime Pie. With the management changes that Google is experiencing, plus the heavy exectations among many Android users, Android 5.0 might be a long shot. Additionally, the build "Android 4.3 JWR23B" found on server logs last month also adds weight to the speculation that Android 4.3 is next in line.
Google is also rumored to be working on a universal messaging service that will be called Hangouts. Folks claiming to have seen the app said that it is more like an overhaul to Google Talk, with a green messenger icon and a Holo-like user interface.
Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 Updates
Lastly, we might be seeing a white Nexus 4 tomorrow. Word about unicorn-ish Nexus 4 has been roaming around for months now, but it seems that Google I/O is the perfect venue to officially confirm its existence. Who knows, maybe it'll also support LTE. Moreoever, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is saying that a new Nexus 7 with a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean could be announced tomorrow as well.
Note that these are just wild punches in the air. Google has never confirmed any of the aforementioned products, so it's best to patiently wait for the official statement. Keep it here on I4U News for the latest news and updates at Google I/O.
Gene Ryan Briones
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.
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