I/O keynote lacked rumored devices – are you disappointed?

May 15, 2013

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Google did not unveil at Google I/O 2013 any of the rumored hardware or operating system upgrades that various reports said it would. Should you be disappointed?

Just like Sundar Pichai, the head of Chrome and Android, told Wired a few days ago, this wasn’t a Google I/O keynote where you’d see new OS versions alongside new Nexus-branded hardware. Instead, it was focused on users and developers – after all it’s a conference for developers – therefore on new Google apps and services.

The three-hour keynote was packed with announcements worth your attention but it had little talk about hardware. We only saw the Galaxy S4 Google Edition mentioned on stage right next to a bunch of Chromebooks including the high-end Chromebook Pixel that was offered to all Google I/O attendees. In fact, we also saw the Nexus 4 used to demo certain features, but also the iPhone and the iPad when talking about certain apps and/or features.

In case you missed the opening keynote, you can always check our I/O coverage and read more details about all the software novelties Google introduced at this edition.

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In short, Google announced new services such as Google Play Games Services, Google Play Music All Access, Android Studio, Google Play for Education and Google Hangouts, and revamped some of its existing web products including the Google Play Store, Google Play Services, Google Plus, Google Maps and (unsurprisingly) Google Search.

So what didn’t make the cut  or simply wasn’t supposed to be unveiled at this time – of course, assuming that any of the products we’re going to talk about is actually real? Let’s take a look!

No Android 4.3 

Despite having seen it in server logs, and despite Google having revealed it itself, Android 4.3 was not unveiled at Google I/O. In fact, Google did not announce any new Android update, and did not mention any details about any future OS versions.

In case you haven’t been keeping up with recent rumors and you’re asking about Android 5.0 then we’ll tell you that particular version wasn’t unveiled either, but it wasn’t the primary candidate for a Google I/O 2013 announcement anyway, considering all the recent Android 4.3 talk.

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No “new Nexus 7”

That “new Nexus 7” one analyst mentioned not long ago looked great on paper, sporting pretty believable specs. Considering that the first-gen Nexus 7 was announced at Google I/O, it made plenty of sense to assume that a second-gen product was in the cards for this year’s Google I/O edition, but that was not the case.

Google did make sort of a big deal about apps for tablets during some of the keynote’s various sections, but it did not unveil a new tablet of its own.

No 32GB Nexus 4 LTE

Another rumor that got more traction in the past few weeks mentioned the slightly upgraded Nexus 4 – a device that would sport 32GB of storage, offer LTE connectivity and would be unveiled at Google I/O 2013.

Considering that the Nexus 4 is only five months old – which may be old in Android years but it’s still a new product – it wouldn’t have made much sense to actually see a Nexus 5 unveiled at the event. But releasing a slightly updated Nexus 4 model may have made some sense, especially if paired with a new Android OS update.

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The white Nexus 4 wasn’t acknowledged during the show either.

No X Phone

The other important presence in day-to-day Android rumors is the Motorola-made X Phone that should be an Android device running a stock Android version, almost a Nexus device but without the Nexus branding.

Of course those X Phone rumors aren’t always on the same page, and while some people believed the X Phone could be unveiled on stage at Google I/O 2013, others said the handset would not make it to the show.

Comments

  • toni245

    I’ve been waiting for 1 month and nothing

  • http://twitter.com/L33tMeister That’s me!

    Isn’t it possible they could announce something during the event under these upcoming two days?

    • http://www.fotoallerlei.com/ Markus Ressel

      thought so too :S
      If not this would be a less impressive keynote.

      • nanomy

        There are no more announcements to come. The keynote at the beginning is the only date to reveal those things. The other two days are only for developers. Big disappointment.

    • dave jones

      Certainly no new Nexus 7 II is a disappointment — however, one Android tablet that does launch this week and offers some impressive features is the new Icoo 7GS (3G edition) — with one of the first sites it’s available through is called TabletSprint — this new 7-inch Android tablet compares to the current $300 Nexus 7 3G version, with most of the same features, but is priced about $200 — and while the Icoo brand doen’t have the name brand recognition of Nexus, it offers an excellent build quality and specs that include one of the newest Rockchip Quad Core processors, 16GB memory, an HD 1280X800 IPS screen, Bluetooth, WiFi, MicroSD memory card storage, HDMI, Dual Cameras and a SIM slot built in with 3G HSPA+ and unlike the current Nexus 7 3G which only provides data Internet access, the Icoo 7GS offers both internet and phone call connection through any GSM carrier, including AT&T and T-Mobile — the site TabletSprint also features a few other upcoming Android devices worth reviewing that become available in early June.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/ajm.maldnodano Ajm Maldnodano

        goodness go away. No one wants untrustworthy cheap chinese made tablets that will probably give me lead poisoning.

        • steve gerrard

          I probably would have laughed at your joke had you not dissed an entire race, ignorant little fascist fuck

          • gadgetfreaksta

            Going full retard Steve, nice!

          • http://www.facebook.com/Trent8381 Trent Richards

            Where did he dis a race? Are you arguing that many of the tablets made in China are not poor build quality and “cheap”? I don’t think that constitutes as a dis on the Chinese race. That is like saying the comment” American fast food is unhealthy” is a dis to Americans.

          • http://www.facebook.com/ajm.maldnodano Ajm Maldnodano

            Thank you sir for being rational and awesome. We definitely need more people like you. My hat off you to you sir.

      • B.M.

        Dave Jones must work for Icoo because I have seen this exact comment on a number of different comment sections. “Certainly no new Nexus 7 II is a disappointment — however . . . ” God, your not even trying Mr. Smarmy Pants.

  • Hariton3564567

    Thanks for nothing google

  • googlre10

    i postponed my next phone for two months for this …

    • Bram Leenen

      you just got scroogled ;)

  • 123

    Thanks for not talking about ..something

  • VicMatson

    What Google wants isn’t important to me. I need to know what Google can do for me, in exchange for the likelihood of advert revenue. No new hardware and their history of cut and run doesn’t cut it!

  • Skripka

    “Smart watches”….the next Siri. Something that sounds really cool and we can imaginee in our heads and on our TVs…that once people actually have will shun from 99.9% of real world use.

    • http://www.fotoallerlei.com/ Markus Ressel

      lol

  • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

    What a let down.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Trent8381 Trent Richards

      Why would you care what Google is revealing?! All you ever do is call Google evil and talk smack about Android.

  • andreas mikarlsen

    Do you guys really think they was going to announce all the goodis the first day?

    • Hello?

      There is no keynote scheduled for tomorrow or the following day. This is it.

  • Josh

    Seriously? Whoever wrote this needs to be fired because they have no idea what they are talking about. Google I/O lasts until Friday, this was just the first day. Just because none of these were released today, doesn’t mean they won’t be released later. On Google I/O’s webpage, they have a schedule for all the events that are going to happen and there is no schedule posted for Friday, yet. That is most likely the day we are going to see all the interesting things announced. It’s the same strategy used for TV series. Save all the good stuff for last so people will be watching the entire show just to see all the interesting stuff at the end.

    • Hello?

      Actually there is a schedule posted for Friday. NO keynote!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/ajm.maldnodano Ajm Maldnodano

      so actually who ever wrote your comment should be fired :)

  • AndroidBrian

    I hope they talk about Nexus 7 2 tomorrow, & 4.3 features.

  • Ben

    If at least the Nexus 5, 7, 10, 11, or an X Phone isn’t announced, Google sucks. I’ve been waiting an year for this event, and NOTHING?

    • Sebas

      You have been waiting since ONE year……. WOW. The day a new device will be announced, you will see new rumors about the next gen…. so, will you wait again for that rumored device? Seriously, you guys are crazy!! We all want android to be the best platform possible and Google has announced cool stuff. Hardware is just hardware…. and a new android phone is releasing everyday anyway by others companies.

      • melhiore

        Other companies maybe, but it is GOOGLE we talking about… I do not want OTHER companies, I want GOOGLE, simple as that…

  • http://profiles.google.com/rainorsergio Sergio Dutra

    Totally
    disappointed!
    And you forget Nexus 11.

  • Luke Schaefer

    I wanted to see the next Nexus Phone and new Android. But the new Android dev tool looks cool, just cant get it installed yet and working, and the maps are vary nice. But that over priced, low storage, unlocked phone was kind of a joke. I did like the few times they slipped in a virtual middle finger to Apple like how Google Maps are accurate :D

  • Justin Kos

    Hell no, app quality is going to be amazing we need this

  • dexefx909

    There should be a child lock on this thread.

  • GeeKLoRD

    Was it only me who noticed Sundar Pichai wearing the Smartwatch during the keynote?
    Plus it was just the first day!

  • B.M.

    I am ready to pick up a Nexus 7 and was really hoping a 2nd gen with a more “retina” type screen would be revealed. If I knew for sure I could get that in June or July I would wait but now that there was no reveal I’ll pick up the current version. You can’t really expect anything but I’m bummed an updated version will not be available in the coming months for certain. It always sucks when you pick up a device and then one with updates that are not nominal comes out soon after.

    • nanomy

      Same here in absolutely every detail!
      But you could argue that Google is doing this intentionally for this exact reason: To keep people buying the “old” Nexus as long as possible and sell the new one a short time after announcing it. Actually you cannot blame them for this strategy but for the consumers it’s _really_ annoying.

  • melhiore

    Massive disappointment…

  • Ruzveh

    Definitely its not a big deal.. We can wait for sometime or a year.. As the things are moving somewhere down the line there will be slowdown or it might get stagnant with very little or no improvement for growth the way we are seeing right now..

    What we are quite keen is Android 4.3 update which will cover BT 4.0 low power & some good graphics codec.. That itself will improve the performance without touching the hardware.. :)

  • Bone

    Definitely disappointed. I understand that the actual developer announcements may be more important for our future Android experience than Nexus devices, but I’ve been waiting for the FHD Nexus 7 damn it, and I’ll have to wait even longer.

  • Arsenal™

    Hope they can cover this up the next day

  • anonymous

    What were those yellow phones in the keynote?

  • http://www.facebook.com/S.contrerasMer Sebastian Contreras

    I’m not disapointed of the X Phone thng, any way i’m sceptic about it existance

  • Dart

    I guess I was most disappointed in the lack of the announcement of Android 4.3. I’m already super happy with my Nexus 7, so no refresh on that wasn’t a big deal for me.

    My guess is Android 4.3 had some last minute problem that made a go live at Google I/O impossible. All the genuine server logs seem to indicate it should have launched or will launch very soon. We’ll probably see it by summer. My two cents.

  • Justin Foster

    I think Google’s new strategy was hinted at by the Nexus version of the Galaxy S4. Instead of partnering directly with companies to push a device, maybe it will use its on Motorola for such now and allow outside companies to produce Nexus variants of their current devices. This wouldn’t be too bad. We’ll probably get an announcement for the Motorola X-phone later this year at a Motorola hosted event.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001088959750 Ryan Lounsbury

    An unlocked/Stock Android Samsung S4 was good enough for me. I just bought an Nexus 4 & Nexus 7 a few months ago so I can’t say I’m disappointed that no new hardware launched.

  • olbp

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    This is the most disappointing i/o, yet. Really sad about it.
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  • Kaktus

    I have wait for Nexus 4 32GB. Nothing… Now i buy the new Blackberry Q10.

  • http://twitter.com/Obiknuxx Iulian

    I have the same huge deception.
    Like all regular, but true android user, yesterday I was really bored
    of those infinite coding sessions, hoping today to see something more
    palpable, really dissapointed that Nexus 7 is not presented and I allready made
    plans to buy it.
    Please, Google, we expect some new shiny hardware!!!!

  • Bobby Rouse

    Did anyone notice the Nexus 5 during the presentation? It was during the Android Studio presentation. When they zoomed in on the virtualized devices, one of them was labeled Nexus 5 and did not look like the Nexus 4

  • jeremy

    Honestly I could care less about new products. Yes they would be awesome that’s a given, but no Android 4.3??. That is ridiculous not only because I would love a new update, because Android 4.2 on the Nexus is far from stable. I have random little glitches all the time. I love the phone , but come on this is total BS! Fix your Os before revamping all your apps duh. Plus play music looks horrible!!!!

  • Erik

    there is a serious lack of innovation in mobile these days. Perhaps this is also how it should be. The smart phone is mature perhaps and the focus should be on usability which also consists of robustness, battery life, and performance.

    Let’s face it. Who is waiting for wearable technology like watches. Why would anyone wear these Google glasses and look like an idiot.

    Improvements in software apis and tools are necessary and part of a maturing process. No wow factor here but simply evolutionary improvements.

  • GraywolfOlka

    I am disappointed. This is after all a once a year event where they set a precedent last year of not only giving new tools to the developers, they gave the rest of the android community the choices of new devices to utilize what would be developed. This year’s hype leading up to it was not discouraged by Google until the day before. They could have easily toned down the hype by announcing that there weren’t any plans to release the items at that time, but chose instead to allow it to continue.

  • Andrea Filippi

    I’m waiting to buy my first nexus tablet until Google I/O…. And now, I wait again! This I/O is awesome for developers, but for consumers it sucks!

  • Alu Zeros

    I’m glad there was no major stuff but just cleaning up, and adding features to existing base. Great new tools and api’s for developers. Nice job on Maps. Still disappointed on the fact that can’t get to all google services efficiently and switch between them without go through links/etc on computer and opening up different google apps for mobile devices. Also no true overall solution for addressing fragmentation with OEMs, etc.

  • Toss3

    Stock S4 is way better than a Nexus 4 LTE.

  • Toss3

    Stock S4 is way better than a Nexus 4 LTE.

  • Sebastian Lundgren

    I want Android 4.3 :’(