May 25, 2013

Google I/O 2013: What New Products Google May Unveil

Google IO 2013

Google’s annual developers conference, dubbed Google I/O might bring some surprises for the fans of the Mountain View-based company, especially when it comes to hardware products.
Google might not plan on introducing new gadgets, but the search engine giant might upgrade the current line-up, which would be a reason to cheer for the Android enthusiasts.
The Android Division head, Sundar Pinchai, said that Google is not readying any new hardware product launches, but this isn’t excluding the possibility that the already launched Nexus devices will receive some updates.
We already know that Google I/O 2013 will not bring us the highly anticipated Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, but another Jelly Bean flavoured Android version, dubbed Android 4.3. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean was already caught in some site logs, running on Nexus devices.
But let’s cut the chit chat and have a look at the devices that might be unveiled on the stage of Google I/O, the event that will open its gates for the public tomorrow, May 15th.

Nexus 4 Update

The smartphone co-developed by Google and LG, launched in October 2013 and underpinned by the hardware platform of the Optimus G, was a successful product, mostly because of its price point and technical specifications.
Anyway, most of the users complained that the Nexus 4 doesn’t come with support for 4G LTE networks, so Google might fix this problem and launch a new Nexus 4, that comes with a LTE chip, and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box.
The Nexus 4 might also receive a 32 GB variant, therefore the current 8GB Nexus 4 will be replaced by the 16 GB model, while the current 16 GB model will be replaced by the 32 GB variant, of course, keeping the same price tags of $299 and $349, respectively.
A couple of hours old report is also pointing out that Google might also introduce a white Nexus 4.

Next-gen Nexus 7

One of the most common rumors about the Google I/O debuts is related to the next-gen Nexus 7 tablet. Reports are indicating that Google will stick to its partnership with ASUS, but the new Nexus 7 will sport a more powerful processor and a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels.Sources say that the next-gen Nexus 7 will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset that will replace the Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC fitted on the current generation.
The 7 incher is an important and successful product of the Nexus line-up, and the tablet is seen as the most powerful competitor against Apple’s iPad Mini.

Motorola X Phone

So far, the Motorola deal only brought problems for Google. The huge amount of $12.5 billion Google paid for the Chicago-based phone maker was “repaid” with patent lawsuits, but no new gadgets. We all expected a super smartphone co-developed by Google and Motorola, but here we are almost a year after the Motorola acquisition, and the device is nowhere to be found.
The rumor mill speculates that the Motorola X Phone will see the light of day this year and that it will revolutionize the smartphone world. Personally, I don’t believe that the X Phone will be unveiled at Google I/O, and that we’ll still have to wait a year for that Googorola super smartphone, as the Motorola acquisition made Google inherit the company’s prototypes portfolio as well.

Nexus Q

We’ve seen it for the first time at last year’s Google I/O event, but everybody forgot about it soon after. It seems though that the Nexus Q will make a cameo at Google I/O 2013.
The limited functionality and the expensive price was the biggest problems of the Nexus Q, but Google might return this year with a new plastic ball that packs major improvements.

Google Glass

The Google Glass, the augmented reality glasses, is by far the most important project that is currently developed by Google. Even though we know that Google Glass will not hit the market sooner than next year, the Google I/O 2013 event might bring us more details about the smart glasses developed by the Mountain View-based giant.
What are you expecting from Google I/O 2013? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below and don’t forget to return on Android.gs tomorrow, as we will keep you up to date with the latest Google I/O 2013 announcements.

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