Google I/O Likely to Spotlight Android, Chrome, Wearables, Autos

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-05-08
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Android M Will Likely Be a Headliner
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    Android M Will Likely Be a Headliner

    There has been some debate over what Android updates Google will announce at I/O. However, a posting for a working session during the event, which has since been taken down, showed that Google would discuss Android M, the follow-up to Android 5.0. It's unclear how big of an update Android M will be, but the very fact that Google is talking about an Android update before many devices get the latest released edition is somewhat surprising.
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    Google May Show Some Progress on Project Ara
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    Google May Show Some Progress on Project Ara

    Project Ara was one of the few things Google kept after it sold off Motorola to Lenovo. It has been in the works for some time and will likely make a showing at I/O. Project Ara promises modular smartphone design that will allow users to quickly swap out components for something new. There are still far more questions than answers on Ara, but hopefully some of those questions will be settled at I/O.
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    We May Hear More About Project Tango
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    We May Hear More About Project Tango

    Project Tango has all kinds of promise, but whether it will live up to the hype remains to be seen. Project Tango is designed to provide mobile devices with the ability to "see" the world around them with help from 3D technology, virtual reality and augmented reality. Google could announce more partnerships and developments in Tango, which is currently in tablet form, at I/O. Image 3: Please use this image:
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    Chrome OS May Be Getting an Update
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    Chrome OS May Be Getting an Update

    Google's Chrome operating system has made great strides in the last year as it's attracted more vendors and customers. At Google I/O, the search company is expected to show off a rather large update to the cloud-based platform that will enhance its functionality and make it even more responsive on low-end notebooks. There's also talk that Google could introduce some refinements to Chrome OS to coincide with the impending release of Windows 10.
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    Android Auto Could Be a Hot Topic
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    Android Auto Could Be a Hot Topic

    The next frontier for many tech companies is car technology. While Google could talk up its driverless car technology at I/O, it's more likely that it'll announce some more partnerships for its Android Auto in-car infotainment system. And since I/O is a developers event, it's also likely that Android Auto talk will center around the platform's applications and how developers can take advantage of it to deliver their apps.
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    Don't Count Out Google's Television Hopes
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    Don't Count Out Google's Television Hopes

    Google has tried on a few occasions to make it big in the television market, but has failed. Now the company is trying again with its Android TV platform, which includes support for remote streaming and Google Play. Still, Android TV is in its infancy and in need of some help from third-party developers who can add their apps to the platform. Google might also announce some new television partners at the event. Either way, Android TV is important if Google wants to stay in the game because Apple reportedly has plans for its own TV technology that it will announce later this year.
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    Will There Be New Nexus Hardware?
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    Will There Be New Nexus Hardware?

    One of the big question marks about Google I/O is whether the search company will announce new Nexus hardware. Nexus devices are designed to be the smartphones and tablets that carry the company's official software. Since Google could announce new software at I/O, it would only make sense for the company to unveil complementary hardware.
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    Will Nest Take the Stage With Android Home?
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    Will Nest Take the Stage With Android Home?

    Google's acquisition of smart thermostat maker Nest has been an important step in the company's home hopes. Google is working on home automation and smart home technology through Android Home, and Nest plays a crucial role in that. There have been some reports that Nest will be delivering new hardware, and Google I/O would be the perfect place to unveil that. In addition, Nest could show off how Google's Android Home could be used to improve home automation. Expect to see Nest at least make an appearance at the show.
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    An Updated Android Wear Would Benefit Google
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    An Updated Android Wear Would Benefit Google

    Google's Android Wear seems ripe for an update at Google I/O. With Apple Watch now available and several companies, like Pebble, getting into the wearables market with products and platforms of their own, Google needs to respond with an update to its wearable software. The best place to do that would be at Google I/O, where developers will be on-hand to see how they can use Android Wear to push their wares.
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    All-New Wearable Devices to Take on Apple Watch
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    All-New Wearable Devices to Take on Apple Watch

    If Android Wear makes an appearance at Google I/O, one can safely assume that new Android Wear-based devices will be close behind. Several companies have their eyes on the wearables market and since Google I/O will attract much attention, it's a great platform for companies to show off their new products. Look for at least some companies, including Motorola, LG or even Google, to show off some wearable hardware at Google I/O.
 

Google's annual I/O developer conference will convene May 28 and May 29, when the company will give developers a look at its plans for the next year and beyond. The annual event has become more popular each year, and with a schedule that will be jam-packed with talk of Android, Chrome OS and other Google platforms, this year's I/O likely will once again be a major newsmaker. To kick things off, Google will host a major media briefing. As in previous years, the event will focus mainly on software and cloud services, but it could also include some talk of hardware. On Google's own I/O site, the company says that the event will "explore the latest in tech, mobile and beyond." Like one of its top competitors—Apple—however, Google has kept all of its plans for the event close to the vest. But that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from churning out some general ideas about what Google might discuss. You can expect to hear plenty of talk about the future of the Android platform, as well as some discussion of modular devices and perhaps the Internet of things. Read on to find out what to expect from Google I/O 2015.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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