Developers and Googlers around the world, the moment has come. This year’s I/O conference will start tomorrow and we’re really excited about it. We’re expecting to see some really impressive features this year, but let’s take a closer look at each one.
According to Sundar Pichai, Android’s current boss, this year’s event will focus less on hardware and more on developers. That’s why our older expectations about a Key Lime Pie Android release or a new Nexus have faded away. However that doesn’t mean that Google is not preparing something special for us.
We’re expecting at least a presentation of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Even though it’s only an updated version of the current Android there are still features could be really interesting and updates always bring something new, which is exciting. However this would be a great news for gamers, because we saw rumors about introducing support for Open GL Embedded Systems 3.0 graphics. This will really make gaming experiences a whole new thing on Android.
Already getting close to its official release, Google Glass gets more and more real by the day. The project is still in testing phase, but we’ll surely see at least some demos or live experience of the Glass.
Something that was speculated these last days is the new Google Play Games and its features such as in-game char, clound syncing saved games, game matchmaking, leaderboards and so on. It seems that this year’s sessions will have a lot to say about Games, so keep an eye on that.
Google Babel (or better said Hangouts), another project by Google, is the next cross-platform messenger that the Silicon Valley company is preparing to launch. We are expecting I/O to be the place for that.
About the launch of a new Nexus or a Motorola X phone, there’s not much hope, but we can at least expect that Google will announce an upgraded version of the Nexus 7. Based on rumors it should come with a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and Android 4.3. Maybe we’ll even see a new version of the Nexus 4, maybe a white version of it, but we’ll see about that.
This is about all the big announcements that we are expecting, but be sure that Google still has some Aces in their pockets, and there are plenty of other things that we’ll see tomorrow.
Google I/O App
With the occasion of this big even, Google decided to released an Android app, that will basically be your companion app for the conference. There are plenty of things to do with the app, even if you are not participating to the event.
For example you can make your agenda for the even and prepare your every step using the app. You can read more info about the speakers, learn the office hours, detailed sessions and so on. There will also be public conversations on G+ and you can take part of #io13.
The vector based conference map will guide you through the event and the widgets will keep you updated with the schedule and upcoming sessions. The I/O live feature will give you access to live video streams directly from the conference.
To download the app just visit Play Store.
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