Google I/O is coming up later this month so here we take a look at what to expect including new Android, Nexus devices, Android Silver, Google Glass 2 and more.
Although it's a developer conference, which might sound pretty boring, like other firms, Google uses the I/O event as a platform to announced and launch new products. While new APIs and SDKs might not float your boat, a brand new version of Android and new Nexus smartphones and tablet probably will.
Google I/O 2014: What to expect (and not expect)
New Android 4.5 or 5.0 Lollipop
One of the more likely announcements for Google I/O is a new version of Android for smartphones and tablets. We're up to version 4.4 KitKat and now that's been around for a while, we expect Google to at least talk about the next major version, even if it doesn't get released until sometime after the event.
Codenamed 'Moonshine', it's unclear whether the next version of Android will be 4.5 or 5.0 but we think we're due a new number. It is thought that the new Android OS will focus on tablet optimisation but will, of course, include other new features.
The spanner in the works here is that Sundar Pichai, Google's head of Android, has said Google I/O is "not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system."
New Nexus smartphones and tablets
With the help of various manufacturing partners, namely LG and Asus, Google's Nexus products have been hugely popular and Google I/O could be when we hear about some new Nexus smartphones and tablets.
We all like a decent tablet, whether we need one or not, and the much rumoured Nexus 8 is the most likely device to be announced at Google I/O. There have been many leaks on the Nexus 8 recently, with even an image on the event's website showing an unknown tablet which could be the Nexus 8 (below).
As the name suggests, it will come with an 8in screen rather than the 7in display used on the Nexus 7. The Nexus 8 will probably be the launch device for Android Lollipop.
Nexus 10 2014
We've been waiting for a new and updated Nexus 10 for a long time now - it launched way back in November 2012 which in the tech industry is forever. Nothing arrived last year and we've heard barely a peep on a follow-up this year.
Although there is a possibility of the Nexus 10 2 arriving at Google I/O, it's 50/50 for us. The fact that the current model is sold out on the Google Play store is a good sign for a new model, though.
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