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

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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18 Comments

1. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

fair enough.But where is the x phone?

8. galaxymega6.3

Posts: 33; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31547; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's googles software on the mighty s4 Einstein.

17. Decapitat3d

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

2. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 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

4. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Agree,skin overlays & jvm really ruins android performance.

5. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

ditto

11. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

9. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 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...

12. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

3. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

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

6. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

What exactly is the Sony ps4 trick?

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

13. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

14. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 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!

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31547; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

15. israinwet

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

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

18. Decapitat3d

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 15, 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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