10 Things Likely to Happen at the Google I/O Conference

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2014-06-25 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The clock is ticking on Google's highly anticipated I/O Conference. Google's top executives will take the stage at its annual developer confab on June 25 and are expected to try to top what Apple showed off at its own developer conference, the Worldwide Developers Conference. Not surprisingly, rumors are flying about what Google might have up its sleeve, but trickles of information are slowly seeping out, and it's becoming clear that this year's show might just be the biggest from the search giant yet. As usual, Google has stayed above the rumors, deciding instead to focus everyone's minds on what developers might show off or how they might leverage Android to make the mobile ecosystem a bit better for everyone. While it's certainly true that Android and mobile technology in general will be prominent in Google's I/O keynote, the company is expected to talk about much, much more. The chances of this show producing important news seem greater than ever. This slide show offers eWEEK's predictions on exactly what Google has in store for customers this year.

 
 
 
  • 10 Things Likely to Happen at the Google I/O Conference

    By Don Reisinger
    10 Things Likely to Happen at the Google I/O Conference
  • Expect to Hear Plenty of Android Wear OS Talk

    Android Wear will be everywhere at the Google I/O Conference. Google has already shown off some of its features in the Moto 360 smartwatch and other wearables, but it is expected to fully flesh out its feature set at the I/O Conference. During the company's keynote address especially, Android Wear will play a prominent role in detailing Google's plans for the future. Wearables are the next big thing. And Google knows it.
    Expect to Hear Plenty of Android Wear OS Talk
  • Let's Take a Closer Look at the Moto 360

    The Moto 360, which is arguably the most interesting wearable that we know about right now, will be prominently on display at Google I/O. The device is essentially a watch but runs Android Wear and has a round, instead of a square, face, making it unique in the smartwatch market because it actually looks more like the typical watch. It's expected to be a big hit at Google I/O.
    Let's Take a Closer Look at the Moto 360
  • Bring on the New Version of Android

    It shouldn't surprise anyone, but Google is expected to show off the latest version of Android at its annual developers conference. The update is expected to be evolutionary in its design, but will come with several security enhancements that will please the enterprise.
    Bring on the New Version of Android
  • Health Care Apps Are a Must-Have Nowadays

    Health is all the rage in the technology industry right now. Last month, Apple showed off its new HealthKit and opened that to developers in the hopes they'll bring more health-focused apps to iOS. Samsung has done something similar. And now, Google is expected to make important announcements about how its software can integrate with health-related technologies, ranging from applications to hardware. Expect a true HealthKit competitor to come out of Google I/O.
    Health Care Apps Are a Must-Have Nowadays
  • The New Nexus Phone Will Be Built by LG

    Each year at Google I/O, the search company unveils a new Nexus device running the latest and greatest version of Android, so it shouldn't come as a surprise if Google does the same this year. The company is rumored to be working with LG on the new Nexus 5. Exact details on the device are unknown at this point.
    The New Nexus Phone Will Be Built by LG
  • The New Nexus Tablet Will Be Built by Asus

    In addition to a smartphone, expect Google to announce at least one new tablet at the show. In fact, recent reports suggest that Google has partnered with Asus to build both a 7- and 10-inch tablet running the latest Android version. Like its predecessors, the device will come with the Nexus branding.
    The New Nexus Tablet Will Be Built by Asus
  • Should We Expect a Project Tango Appearance?

    Project Tango could—and perhaps should—make an appearance at the Google I/O Conference. The technology aims at incorporating the real world into our mobile experience. Project Tango envisions devices that will be capable of tracking full motion in 3D, and can even determine depth, among many other features. Google is expected to announce the full details on its Project Tango Development Kit at Google I/O.
    Should We Expect a Project Tango Appearance?
  • There Will Be Ample Talk of Google's Driverless Cars

    Google has been making great strides in the area of driverless cars. In fact, it's possible that the car technology might go into a much broader testing phase in the coming months. So it makes sense that Google will want to open up its car development kit to developers and see how the technology might be used to enhance the driving experience. It's unclear right now how Google's driverless cars might play a role at Google I/O, but they are reportedly going to play a role at the show.
    There Will Be Ample Talk of Google's Driverless Cars
  • Nest and Home Automation Will Play a Crucial Role in Google's Future

    Google's recently acquired Nest will also be an important addition to the show. Nest, especially now that it has acquired Dropcam, is the key component in Google's future plans for home automation—something Apple featured prominently at its Worldwide Developers Conference. Expect Google to make a lot of noise about home automation at its conference too, and to have Nest there helping it through that.
    Nest and Home Automation Will Play a Crucial Role in Google's Future
  • Android TV Will Take On Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV

    Although Google TV didn't work out so well, the very fact that so many companies—from Roku to Apple to Amazon—are getting into the integrated television space means Google needs to respond. The company is rumored to be working on a service called Android TV that will be just that solution. Expect to see many Android TV-based devices on store shelves in just a short period of time.
    Android TV Will Take On Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV
 
 
 
 
 
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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