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

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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34 Comments

1. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

an asian girl :)

31. 8800-Arte

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 05, 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.

2. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Android 5!!

30. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

3. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Android 5.0

4. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

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

5. sonisoe

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

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

29. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I thought you gonna ditch android and get WP.

10. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You thought wrong.

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

16. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

19. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

21. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

23. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

25. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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

11. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

15. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

17. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

18. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Oh, I dont have experience with these things.

20. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

24. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

26. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

28. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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?

32. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

14. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

12. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

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