Google I/O 2014 is still a little over a month away, but we can’t help but be excited for what the future might bring. Thankfully today Google has now released its full schedule for the event, giving us a closer look at what’s in store for us when this year’s I/O kicks on the 25th of June.
A quick peak at the schedule reveals a few important takeaways: First, this year Google is continuing the trend of offering just one keynote address, though this year it’s shortening it down to just two hours (from last year’s 3-hour event). Second, at 1PM Google will host a “What’s New in Android” session, which seems to suggest that Google will unveil a new version of Android at this year’s I/O, as has been long rumored.
Some of the other important areas of focus this year seem to be building and designing better apps, the ART runtime, and, unsurprisingly, Android wear.
What new goodies are in store for us?
While the sessions give us a hint at what this year’s focus will be, it’s still hard to say exactly what new things Google will bring our way. While Google I/O is ultimately aimed primarily at developers, there’s often at least a few surprises in store that apply to everyday consumers as well.
In addition to possibly unveiling a new (hopefully major) version of Android, the rumor mill suggests that we could also be looking at some new hardware such as a possible rebranded Android TV effort and maybe even an HTC-made Nexus tablet. The only thing we can say with extreme confidence, however, is that you can expect Android Wear — and at least some of its hardware partners — to play a very important role at next month’s event.