What to expect from Google IO 2014 [VIDEO]
Google IO is almost upon us, making tomorrow one of the most noteworthy days of the year for Android/Google fans across the world. The Search Giant’s yearly developer conference will last two days, but we will mostly have our eyes on the keynote, taking place this June 25th at 9 AM Pacific (tomorrow).
Google IO is the home of some of Google’s biggest announcements. It is where Google tells developers where the company is headed, along with its products and services. There will be no lack of news and freebies to show you all about. The keynote’s announcements are still uncertain, but we can assume some of the latest rumors and related news will make it to stage.
Wearables, wearables, wearables. It seems the tech world revolves around them, as they continue to crowd the internet with so many devices, operating systems and form factors. It’s a bit of a mess, but we have hopes that Android Wear will come to unify smartwatches and other types of wearable devices.
Android Wear could be the answer, announced last march as an operating system designed for the minute screen wearables will tout. We will likely be hearing a lot about Android Wear tomorrow, as well as the LG G Watch and Moto 360. In fact, we recently reported that the LG G Watch may be one of this year’s Google IO freebies for attendees.
LG and Motorola may not find themselves alone at Google’s Android Wear announcements, though. Rumors say Samsung could be releasing an Android Wear device at the developer conference, as well as HTC and ASUS.
Nexus tablet and new Android version
Rumors of a Nexus 9 have recently emerged. To make matters more interesting, the tablet would be made by the mighty Taiwanese manufacturer. The HTC Volantis is expected to be an amazing tablet, and a quick look at the rumored specs will tell you just that.
- Display: 8.9-inch, 2048 x 1440 (281ppi), 4:3 aspect ratio
- Processor: Nvidia Tegra K1 64-bit
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage: 16/32GB
- Cameras: 8MP with OIS, 3MP
- Build: aluminum zero-gap construction with tapered sides
- Speakers: front-facing stereo
- Dimensions: 8.91 x 5.98 x 0.31 inches (226.3 x 151.9 x 7.9 mm), 418g (427g LTE)
This rumor is very recent and we are not sure if it will make it to Google IO. Murmurs give us a Fall release window and the rumor is very recent, but there is a bit of hope in our hearts. There are better chances that we will see a new Android version, though.
We are not talking about a minor Android 4.4.3-like update, this would be one of those major, name-changing upgrade. Whatever the number and name the “L” update brings, it might be shown off tomorrow, even if it might not be released until the Fall, like other major Android upgrades.
We don’t know much about Quantum Paper and rumors are scarce, but it’s said to be a new Google project that revolves around design. To be more specific, it should bring together Google’s services and apps across platforms. The idea is to make Google’s services on the desktop and mobile apps look and act the same, bringing a more uniform experience to users.
We may also see Android TV… the platform that is here to replace Google TV and give Google another chance at breaking into your living rooms. Of course, this has already been accomplished with the popular Chromecast, but Android TV is said to be a completely different monster.
Leaks and images show a very intuitive and simple interface. It is rumored to offer a bigger focus on content, as opposed to services and apps. For example, you would no longer need to open Netflix and then search for your favorite movies and shows. Instead, you will first look for your show and Android TV will let you know where it’s available.
Google Auto Link
Also expected to make an appearance at Google IO is Google Auto Link. This new platform would open Google’s doors into the automotive market, with partners including major car manufacturers like Audi, GM and Honda.
Details are a mystery, but we have heard Google is opting for a lightweight platform that would highly rely on a tethered smartphone. You would be able to control your smartphone from your dashboard, as well as the other way around. More to come very soon!
What are you most excited about?
With so many options in the basket, Google has more than enough content to surprise us with. Personally, I am most excited about wearables and Android TV. With Chromecast already in the market, it should be interesting to see how Google plans to differentiate Android TV from the HDMI dongle.
What are you most excited about? Also, remember there is much more Google could have up its sleeve. Project Tango, Project Ara, Nest and Chrome OS are but a few other programs Google could give us more details on.