January 26, 2015

What is Google cooking up for Google I/O 13?

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The Google I/O developers conference is perhaps the largest Android event in the world, and , if I may say so, also the best. It’s becoming a fact that ever year Google introduces plenty of new stuff at I/O, such as new versions of the Android platform as well as devices. So, looking forward, what might we expect at this year’s  Google I/O 13.?

This week the rumor mill says that Google will introduce an LG-made Nexus 5 and a new Nexus 7.7 tablet. As you know, Google and LG launched the Nexus 4 last year, and it was the first phone to run Android 4.2. Assuming the two got along nicely, the logical leap (for some) is that LG and Google will pair for the next Pure Google device. As of now, that would be the so-called Nexus 5.

Allegedly, the device will feature a full HD display, an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, storage options of 8GB and 16GB, a 13-megapixel camera, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera, and some other goodies.

As for the Nexus 7.7, it will reportedly boast a 7.7-inch WUXGA display (1200 x 1920), NVIDIA Tegra 4, 2GB of RAM, 8GB and 16GB of storage, and HD main and front cameras.

I would be happy if either of these two panned out, but I am not so certain they will. First off, LG has denied the rumors, saying that they are totally unfounded. Also, consider that this would be just six months after the release of the Nexus 4.  Would the two companies want to cannibalize sales or risk confusing consumers?

If I were to guess, the tablet seems more likely than a new phone, but even then it is hard to say that LG is working on the device. Thus far LG has not offered very much on the tablet landscape.

What do you think Google is cooking up for the next I/O? Do you think there will be a new phone and/or tablet? Will it come from LG?  Tell us your thoughts in the comment box below.



31 Comments

  1. Arindam Chattopadhyaya
    Reply

    But still it’s little bit far from Apple ipad. Wait & see what Apple is cooking

  2. TonyArcher
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    I think Google would be best served to use one of their other manufacturers. People have been asking for another HTC or Motorola Nexus type device. I would welcome either. Although Motorola may not need a nexus device if they can manage to build pure Android devices like the rumored X phone.

  3. boonesimpson
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    While hardware is great, I really wish Google would outline a plan to reign in fragmentation and force those who have pledged 18 month support to follow through. That is a key sticking point, especially with the recent MOTO outrage over deciding not to upgrade many users to ICS as previously promised.

    I have outlined before a way Google can do this, basically something to the effect of this.
    First off, like Apple, remove the carrier from the equation. IOS 6 hit all carriers at the same time.

    Google then charges a nominal fee PER DEVICE PER MONTH to be a “Google blessed device.” Which is to say play store access, gapps, etc.
    That fee is waived so long as the device is within 2 software update cycles of the current build.
    After 18 months the fee is dropped and after 24 months (avg US contract length) bootloaders are unlockable by end user via OEM(allowing a developer community to take over).

    This would ensure that OEMS would update phones to the latest versions of the OS in a timely manner, and that the most popular phones would receive support. Phones that are not popular would be evaluated by the OEM as to whether it is worth investing the resources in updating, it might be cheaper for them to pay the Fee.

    And after 24 months, the phone is open to what the user wants to do, be it root and rom, or anything else.

    Now operators could choose to release Android phones that ARE NOT Google-blessed, but many users wouldn’t buy them since it wouldn’t have gmail, play store, etc.

  4. blix247
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    No new Nexus hardware before May. Nexus 4’s will be handed out at the event. Probably whatever the successor to the Nexus Q is will also be handed out, or some other form of Google TV. Maybe a Nexus 7 or 10 on top of that?

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