Google I/O 2015: what all mobile technology enthusiasts should expect

Google I/O 2015: what all mobile technology enthusiasts should expect
It's that time of the year, in which we're anticipating Google's latest developments in all things Android, mobile, and 22th century technology unveiled to us at the company's annual I/O event. The fun begins on May 28, this Thursday, and is going to last throughout May 29. And although Google I/O is a developers' sandbox more than anything, big G never failed to deliver awesome surprises to all of us who swear by Android and all things related. 

This year's event certainly won't be an exception, as the rumor mill has already churned out an ample collection of patently Google things heading our way. Android M, whose essential our Nick T. already laid out for you, is merely a part — albeit a central part — of the picture. So here's your chance to check out what the rest of Google I/O could have in store for mobile technology enthusiasts like you.

Android M

Android M, the next instalment in Android history, is shaping up as an evolutionary upgrade over Android 5.0. Internally codenamed after the Macadamia Nut Cookie dessert (probably a hit within the Google campus' all you can eat coffee shops), Android M will keep the Material Design look and extend its bag of tricks with hands-free capabilities, the long-rumored Nearby feature for discovery and communication with other Android users, security and privacy enhancements, a fingerprint-reading API, Android Pay, a new Photos app, granular permissions control, and Google knows what else!

New update policy for Nexus devices

Citing inside sources, Android Police claims that Android M will introduce a new update policy for Google's Nexus smartphones and tablets. From the moment Android M drops, all Nexus devices will get major system updates for two years and security/maintenance patches for three years following the release date of the OS they ship with. This means that the good old Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012), and Nexus 10 that shipped with Android Jelly Bean, probably won't get Android M, but they will get an additional few months worth of security updates. Newer devices that shipped with KitKat and Lollipop, though, will be eligible for Android M updates.

Android Wear on iOS?

It can't be a Google event without a glimpse at Android's wearable feature. According to fortune-telling leaksters, this future spells some new AW watches — possibly a second-generation Moto 360 — as well as iOS compatibility! It is said that Google is "close to finishing the final technical details" that will let Android Wear users pair their smartwatches with iPhones and iPads. This will be a great thing to have, as it will show well-made watches are above cut-throat software competition. Now, to make the Apple Watch compatible with Android devices... does Apple have the heart to do it? That's something even the Watch's elaborate heart-rate sensor cannot answer! Retreating into Google territory, the company's ATAP team will be showing new wearables that might literally blow one's socks off... that's in their words, so better prepare a fresh pair of hose before the introduction!

Nexus 5 (2015), made by LG?

A rumor in the wild pokes at the possibility of a revised Nexus 5 with updated hardware making its first appearance at I/O 2015. Once again a creation of LG's, this device will fill a void in the current Nexus line-up - that of a normal-sized smartphone with cutting-edge specs that also ships with the latest Android version. Mentions of Google engineers roaming LG's headquarters in Seoul, an LG exec saying that a Nexus smartphone is "under consideration" at the company, and source code references to an LG "Bullhead" (successor to "Hammerhead", the Nexus 5) pour fuel in this rumor's fire. If we don't get a smartphone at I/O, though, dread not - the 2015 LG Nexus 5 is definitely in the making and will probably show up in October in tandem with a 5.7-inch behemoth built by Huawei.

Project Ara & Project Tango

Google's modular smartphone and specially-aware tablet projects are quietly happening in the background, overshadowed by Google's market-ready technology. While the latest labour fruits of the crack team developers behind them will most certainly be present at I/O, we probably won't get to learn anything major about them. This doesn't mean Google has neglected to prepare an impressive show for any of the two! We know that Justin Lin of Fast & Furious 6 fame will present a live action short film that showcases Google's ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) team efforts. Moreover, developers will learn how to make location-aware and special experiences with Project Tango's hardware.

Android Auto

This year's Google I/O could become a showroom for the company's cutesy-looking self-driving car. In addition to that, Google could announce Android Auto as a stand-alone OS for connected vehicles, such as ones powered by NVIDIA's Tegra X1 platform. Speaking of Android locomotion, Chevrolet already announced that 14 of its 2016 cars will be getting Android Auto, while newer batches of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata will come with AA pre-installed!

Android Home & Android TV

Expect Google to give its connected home ideas a big attention push at this year's Google I/O, showing off the latest and greatest in the development of Nest, the smart thermostat; Google Now's capabilities for voice-controlling home automation; and possibly Android TV, which is keeping the Nexus Player company. Speaking of visual experiences, will Google give Glass another go this year? Not that we're drooling after the specs, but as devoted geeks, Glass's unapologetic nerdiness and vast, ahead-of-its-time potential gives us a warm tingle inside!



30. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Nexus 5 (2015) model is what I'm looking forward to now.

29. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Already?! Holy s**t. My G2 got updated to 5.0.2 a week ago. I don't even have the latest lollipop version. :(

28. DBounce

Posts: 172; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

How about some dev love, with better more mature tools?

27. The_Innovation

Posts: 649; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Since Hangouts is pretty useless, I'm hoping to see a brand new messenger for Android M. A true competition for iMessage.

24. rshanberg unregistered

22th century?

22. sportsmc3

Posts: 21; Member since: May 25, 2015

Screw new phones and the cool gadgets for the house, I want to know more about when a 5g cellular band will be released, and when nvidias new gpu architecture Pascal is coming out.

26. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

This is Google IO. It has nothing to do with NVIDIA or new cellular bands. Just Google products.

31. sportsmc3

Posts: 21; Member since: May 25, 2015

O yea i know....i am just impatient about 5g i guess lol just more of a general comment

16. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

If there's going to be an updated version of the LG made Nexus 5, I could see it being called Nexus 5.2 (especially if it were to come with a 5.2in display).

15. namanjain

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

i don't think that a new nexus 5 will come in google io.

11. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

A new Nexus 5 would be the GREATEST thing that could possibly come from the event. I doubt it will happen, so I'm already disappointed… And Google is becoming famous for introducing big initiatives and then dropping the ball - Project Ara, Project Tango, Google Glass, etc. It's a real shame.

25. psiclone

Posts: 11; Member since: May 22, 2015

Don't forget Chromecast and the fact that most phones still can't simply cast what's on their screen, rather than being locked into whatever app will support it.

32. sgodsell

Posts: 7659; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Most phones can cast. Install the Chromecast app and run it. If its not running. Then do you have a rooted system or are you using another ROM. Personally I am waiting for Ara and the new Chromebit.

10. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

More Project Ara please!!!

14. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

IKR. I kind of miss hearing news about it. I want to know how that thing has developed now. I want it to become a reality!! :O

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Nexus 5 with OIS camera, 1080p Amoled with S808, 3000mAh battery.

5. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

A revised Nexus 5 would be sweeeeeeeet.

4. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

They will finally fix the lag in Android M or they've given up on it because my N5 is terrible on 5.0

6. blingblingthing

Posts: 986; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

You seemingly have been sold a fake N5. Return it.

8. Emily1985

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

I do not think they will give me money back now, let's hope for project "less laggy" from Google so even my fake N5 will be free from lag.

9. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Nothing will make your fake Nexus 5 lag free

17. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2126; Member since: May 29, 2014

Go troll elsewhere.

33. sgodsell

Posts: 7659; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The N5 already has 5.1, so why not upgrade and try that out instead of complaining. Its a Nexus device. Besides that I have yet to see Quad core Snapdragon 800 CPU running at 2.3 GHz start to lag like you have mentioned

13. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's actually the lag in your brain, most likely caused by either a drop on your soft spot as a newborn or 10 minutes of oxygen deprivation at some point.

21. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Good one.

3. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

Where can I get android TV in Indonesia?

18. Sexophone

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 21, 2014

You can buy LG or Samsung smart TV in Indonesia

19. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

Is it Android TV?

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Nope only 2014 or newer Philips and Toshiba TV use Android. LG use WebOS Samsung use Tizen

23. mawhob2222

Posts: 219; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Only sony use "new android TV"

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