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Google I/O is one week away, what are you looking forward to?

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Google I/O is one week away, what are you looking forward to?
Soon the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco will be brimming with talent and brain power at levels rarely seen concentrated in one location. Google’s developer conference will be the focal point of where the search giant is setting its sights to the future, and the future will indeed be geeky.

Last year, there were rumors about the next line of Nexus devices, the possibility of Android when it was going to be called “Key Lime Pie,” and all the features that were going to come with it.

What we were presented with was something quite different. Where many were thinking Google would elevate Android through a significant upgrade to a whole new version, we were given incremental feature updates. Google Play Music did make its debut, as did a Google Play Edition Samsung Galaxy S4.  Google also introduced a thoroughly robust update to Google Maps.

This year, we expect to be offered some amazing statistics for the Android mobile ecosystem which will certainly be astonishing even in comparison to last year’s stellar figures. We have seen some rumors related to a Nexus 8 tablet, but we are really keeping the expectations low. Either Google has invented a new model for security and secrecy, or there is no Nexus tablet coming.

Wearables are big part of the Google I/O schedule of activities, so we are pretty certain that at the very least, we will see either an announcement of, or reference to, some new smartwatches from Motorola and LG, with a connection to an announcement for Google Fit. What will be interesting is to see how Google Fit will work with, or compete against, Samsung’s moon-shot initiative, “Voice of the Body.”

Android TV will probably make an appearance as well. On the Android mobile OS front we are not expecting too much given one of the scheduled sessions has to do with the ART Runtime, something just introduced (quietly) with Android 4.4. “New” Android news will certainly be centered on Android Wear and we may learn more about Android Silver Certification.

Indeed, Google I/O 2014 will set the stage for what we will see over the remainder of the year and into 2015. If it follows what we have seen before, hardware and OS updates will have their own media event later in the summer and early autumn.

That’s the quick and dirty at this point, pending further rumors and innuendo. What are you hoping to see in the spotlight next week?


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posted on 18 Jun 2014, 05:04 2

1. hipnotika (Posts: 295; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


an asian girl :)

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 10:45

31. 8800-Arte (Posts: 50; Member since: 05 Jun 2014)


:D

On a more serious note:
1. A unified UI between GApps and System UI.
2. Better dialer. Better Google Experience launcher (like a more friendly method of adding pages).
3. Any bad thing ever mentioned in Android Police's GTKA.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 05:07 9

2. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3180; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Android 5!!

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 10:07

30. akki20892 (Posts: 3401; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


nop, we will see Android 4.5 and it's not going to be big desert but will see candy name.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 05:17 5

3. techspace (Posts: 611; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


Android 5.0

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 05:17 3

4. PorkyBurger (Posts: 217; Member since: 18 May 2013)


EVERYTHING.
I need to see everything what Google has to offer. ;)

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 05:52 4

5. sonisoe (Posts: 324; Member since: 06 May 2009)


whatever android version is.... i just want to see a ui overhaul so android looks beautiful like other OSs...overall android is more intuitive, or at least as so, than other OSs, but the look is just ugly...other google services (if not all other) are also ugly and cluttered...

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:12 3

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3180; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Android is ugly?! O.o Maybe OEM skins, but holo design guidelines are elegant and minimal. However a new look would be appreciated. Now all Google needs is more UI functionality, and default ART, and built in system-wide themes.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 09:50

29. Finalflash (Posts: 1648; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


They just need to make themes a bit easier. They did that with the launcher section in KitKat, but now they need to make it so icons/launchers/animations/whatever can all be done in a nice customization section that is easy to use and understand. Also, they need to figure out a better way to work the default app system, some people still don't know how to use it.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 05:53 1

6. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1260; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


A way to save app data without the need of root.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:13

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3180; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I thought you gonna ditch android and get WP.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:17

10. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1260; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


You thought wrong.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:36

13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3180; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Then why the usual android criticism from you Mr. User.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:44

16. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1260; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


All OS's consist of many , to be criticised on. Android is what I prefer.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:55

19. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3180; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Android is what you prefer, yet you hate on android in most of your comments. o.o

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:58 1

21. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1260; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I don't hate on Android at all. Mostly it's on the fans trolling. I don't hate Android at all, just some criticisms.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:04 1

23. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3180; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Ooh I like that style.
I dont troll any OEM/ company/OS, I troll pathetic fanboys. Just Saying. :)

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:27 1

25. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1260; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I see. Just realised I've repeated what I've said.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:17 1

9. vincelongman (Posts: 1112; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Agreed, backing up an Android is far more difficult compared to iOS
Google should allow you to save backups to Google Drive

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:19

11. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1260; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Even on WP 8.1, it's simple to back up app data.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:42 1

15. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3180; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


http://www.talkandroid.com/guides/beginner/how-to-backup-apps-and-app-data-on-your-rooted-or-non-rooted-android-phone-or-tablet/
not as sophisticated though.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:46 1

17. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1260; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I've had that response a lot of times. It does not work for Sony (and Motorola) phones, as stated by the developer. And it doesn't work for all apps.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:52

18. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3180; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Oh, I dont have experience with these things.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:55

20. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1260; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I don't have a problem saving app data by rooting, but the fact that most rooting methods wipe all data is quite pertubing.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:06

24. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3180; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


The only app data loss I grieved was my temple run 2 high scores and coins. :-D

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:28 1

26. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1260; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


This is why, when I get a new Android phone I'll root it asap. Like I have done with the Nexus 5.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 09:45

28. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3180; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I'm thinking to get back to stock ROM on my nexus 7 and moto G from CM(I'm tired of bugs and they are taking too long to fix), will I lose my root access?

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 10:56

32. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1260; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I wouldn't know about this - I haven't operated with ROMs, before. Check the XDA website - maybe you'll find what you're looking for.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:39

14. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3180; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


But many apps have their custom solution... For eg. Nova, colornote.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 06:24

12. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1260; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


And an update that doesn't change the creation date of original files received.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 07:03

22. PBnicos (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Jun 2014)


Nexus 10-12

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 09:40

27. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3180; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


.......

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 11:29

33. jpkelly05 (Posts: 49; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I love Apex launcher. I have tried many others. Always come back.

posted on 18 Jun 2014, 12:55

34. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


iOS 10 features...

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