Google I/O: 10 Things to Expect From This Year's Event

The Google I/O 2013 Developers Conference is kicking off in just days, and there are several things to expect from the show.

Google's I/O Conference is arguably one of the company's biggest events of the year. It's a chance for the search giant to show off to developers, consumers and enterprise users the grand opportunities its mobile and online services, as well as hardware, affords them. Google I/O, in other words, is Google's annual chance to impress, well, everyone.

And this year's Google I/O, which kicks off May 15, will be no different, as the company would like nothing more than to wow not only those attending the sold-out event but anyone paying attention to the show from afar.

There will undoubtedly be some surprises, and chances are there will be some disappointments. But in either case, this year's Google I/O Conference will, like every other year, be a big event worth keeping an eye on.

Read on to find out what to expect from this year's Google I/O Conference:

1. Bring on a new Android

If history is to be our guide, there will be a new Android hitting the show floor at Google I/O. Google each year uses that show to introduce its latest and greatest software flavor, and just about every rumor suggests it'll do it again this year. It should be interesting to see what the latest version offers.

2. Don't discount the appearance of a new Chrome

With Sundar Pichai now running both Android and Chrome, don't be surprised if he announces both a new version of Android and a new update to Chrome OS. Google has made it clear that it believes Chrome OS is its future in the computing space, and Google I/O seems like the ideal place to unveil a new version of that software.

3. LG's Nexus partnership will live

If all the rumors are true, LG and Google will once again partner on a new Nexus-branded smartphone. That device is reportedly going to offer a 5.5-inch screen, the latest version of Android version and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service. LG and Google have had some success with the Nexus brand in the past and will likely continue to do so, if that device hits store shelves.

4. Google talking about, well, Google

As Apple loves to do with its own presentations, expect Google to spend a significant amount of time at the I/O Conference discussing all of its successes over the last year. Google will show off Android uptick numbers, adoption rates and all kinds of other things that the search giant loves to talk about. If Google is good at anything, it's talking about, well, Google.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...