NEWS ANALYSIS: When tickets for Google I/O went on sale March 27, they sold out within minutes. This shows that developers are extremely excited to find out what the future holds for Google's many platforms, including Android and Chrome.
When the Google
I/O conference first started
, the company had an exceedingly difficult time
getting developers to join the event. It appeared that they wanted to see how
it would go before they would commit. But in 2011, the events tickets sold out
in no time. And this year, they hit a new sell-out record, exhausting the
supply of tickets in just 20 minutes. The excitement surrounding the I/O conference
has hit a tipping point.
Google will hold this years event June 27-29. The company hasnt said what
it will discuss, but the event is usually a good way to learn about the future
of Googles many services, including Android, Chrome and even Google TV. In
other words, its a major event that just about anyone who cares about the
Google developer world will want to learn more about.
Realizing that this has become a must-see event, its time to look at some
of the possible developments and announcements to expect at Google I/O 2012.
1. Android stats galore
Google is very much like Apple in that it likes to talk about mobile
statistics as often as possible. So, at
, expect the search giant to take the stage and discuss
everything from daily Android activations to devices sold worldwide. Providing
Android stats is a key component in making Apple look bad.
2. A new Android version
In the past, Google has used Google I/O to discuss the latest and greatest
Android flavors. At this years event, expect the same. After all, Google I/O
is the place where the search giant has all the attention of media outlets and
developers. Why wouldnt it discuss the future of Android?
3. A new Chrome OS
Remember Chrome OS? Its the operating system that was supposed to take on
Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X. Well, its still available and still
running on Chromebooks, but its been largely ignored. At
, expect the search company to bring it back to the forefront and
discuss how it might be used in the coming years.
4. Android Market developer discussions
One of the central elements of Androids success has been its ability to
attract developers. And the fact that Google I/O sold out in just 20 minutes
shows how excited developers are to create apps for the companys operating
systems. So, expect lots of discussions on apps and the Android Market as a