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Google I/O focus will be on devs, not hardware, says Android chief

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Google I/O focus will be on devs, not hardware, says Android chief
Android's new chief Sundar Pichai sat down for an interview, and revealed some interesting tidbits around the upcoming Google I/O conference, which are a bit disappointing if you have been waiting for Android 5.0 or the new Nexus phone to make a cameo. 

"It’s going to be different. It’s not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system. Both on Android and Chrome, we’re going to focus this I/O on all of the kinds of things we’re doing for developers, so that they can write better things. We will show how Google services are doing amazing things on top of these two platforms."

Bummer if you are not a dev, we know, but Sundar's interview is also pretty telling about the way Google wants to move Android forward. First off, he says the team is working on a way to simplify and streamline updates across versions and manufacturers. Efforts like Facebook Home, he mentioned, are what shows the artwork and customization that can be done because of Android's openness, but at the same time Google wants a more uniform and consistent look across the board, so it has to strike a balance at some point.

Asked about Samsung turning into Android's juggernaut maker, he reiterated they have a pretty good relationship with the Koreans, and whipped out a Galaxy S4 to prove the point, though he admitted he's never used one of the fancy new features like eye-tracking that Samsung touts with the phone.

source: Wired

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posted on 13 May 2013, 07:40 4

1. mercorp (Posts: 969; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


fair enough.But where is the x phone?

posted on 13 May 2013, 08:25 3

8. galaxymega6.3 (banned) (Posts: 33; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Google failed to release x phone because it has no matches to mighty s4

posted on 13 May 2013, 09:04 11

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 11476; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's googles software on the mighty s4 Einstein.

posted on 13 May 2013, 18:49

17. Decapitat3d (Posts: 7; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)


It's coming soon enough. It may not be a top of the line model, but I'm sure the software will be pretty awesome.

posted on 13 May 2013, 07:57 1

2. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


lol.. perhaps they should have another crack at getting rid of the lag. Today I was using a galaxy s4 and a htc one and much to my surprise both handsets stuttered

posted on 13 May 2013, 08:03 4

4. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 363; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Agree,skin overlays & jvm really ruins android performance.

posted on 13 May 2013, 08:07

5. moroninc (Posts: 180; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


ditto

posted on 13 May 2013, 11:20

11. terabyteRouser (Posts: 420; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


doesn't use a JVM. it uses Dalvik VM...

posted on 13 May 2013, 08:35 1

9. sonisoe (Posts: 329; Member since: 06 May 2009)


dont know about htc one, bit i had some hands-on time with s4, and s4 is not as responsive as s3...to be sure, i tried another s4 handset, still the same....s3 was superb...

posted on 13 May 2013, 11:21

12. terabyteRouser (Posts: 420; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


many reviews say that S4 stutters even with cctacore. and that the htc one has no detectable hiccups.

posted on 13 May 2013, 07:57

3. amiaq (Posts: 454; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


It looks like Google is pulling "Sony PS4" trick on us

posted on 13 May 2013, 08:11 6

6. Klamba92 (Posts: 197; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


What exactly is the Sony ps4 trick?

posted on 13 May 2013, 08:15 3

7. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


No KLP and new Nexus phone at Google I/O is a big disappointment for me!

posted on 13 May 2013, 11:21

13. terabyteRouser (Posts: 420; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


are you a developer? ...they don't care about you; well at least at this particular event.

posted on 13 May 2013, 13:07

14. Klamba92 (Posts: 197; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Xperia why did you think they would bring the the new nexus phone it has barely been 6 months. And the trend shows that it will be October/November time that new nexus phones will be released. As for no Klp while it is disappointing but jelly bean is not that old. They are probably fine tuning Kl and waiting for OEMS to elcatch up the sad thing is even with this I doubt they will catch up in time. In addition they are keeping the jelly bean name to show how fragmentation is lowering!

posted on 13 May 2013, 16:01

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 11476; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Xperia how can it be a big disappointment, when it hasn't even happened yet? Dude these are just speculations for a future event...be patient dude.

posted on 13 May 2013, 14:35

15. israinwet (Posts: 47; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


Didn't know an X-Phone existed. Can anyone show me where that was announced?

posted on 13 May 2013, 18:53

18. Decapitat3d (Posts: 7; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)


It hasn't technically been announced yet. If you look at the front page of Phone Arena, one of the posts is about the Motorola XT1058. Most of the leaked information about Motorola phones has been about X-Phones. This is because Google started a project called the X-Phone and is in development with Motorala since the company was purchased by Google.

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