Google I/O 2013: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Google Glass Release Date, and Next-gen Google TV
The Google I/O 2013 event will open its gates one week from now, and, just like everyone is anticipating this event will not be dedicated exclusively to hardware and software developers. From an event that used to be all about Google developers, Google I/O has became an event designed to all tech enthusiasts, as the previous editions brought new Google products and services.
The main attraction of this year’s edition will be the fifth version of the Android platform, and, event though Google might be preparing a big surprise, there are enough reports that are indicating that we will actually see Android 4.3 Jelly Bean instead of the highly-anticipated Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. According to some statements made a couple of months ago by the Google and Motorola officials, the launch of the first mobile terminals that will be the fruit of the collaboration between the two telecom giants is near. The new devices will run a stock version of Android (most likely Android 4.3 Jelly Bean) and Google I/O might be a good occasion for the unveiling of an X Phone instead of the Nexus 5.
But if Google I/O will only bring an update to the current Jelly Bean, Google I/O will not lack software novelties. Besides the Google Maps update that will bring Google Plus integration, Google I/O might also mark the launch of the highly-anticipated Google Babble, the messaging platform that will unify Chat, Talk, Voice, and Google Plus Hangouts in one unique text, VoIP and video chatting service, and that will also bring new functions like synchronizing notifications.
According to Google I/O Sessions schedule, the search engine giant will introduce two software novelties for the Android platform, focused on gaming and audio performance. The rumors about a centralized gaming platform meant to mediate the multiplayer sessions, messaging, friends lists, and top scores have hit the web a while ago, and the Mountain View-based company will host five talk sessions for this matter only.
Another interesting subject for Google I/O is the attention for the audio subsystem, Google already talking about the implementation of low-latency software routine implementations, that will allow the developers to create software apps for audio processing similar to those available on the rival platform, Apple’s iOS.
Least, but not last, the Google I/O Sessions schedule reminds about the company’s augmented reality glasses, so we might hear about the official Google Glass release date. The developers that create apps for Google Chrome will also have a lot of learn from this year’s I/O edition, and it seems that we might also see the next-gen Google TV.
In case you forgot, I remind you that Google I/O will take place between May 15 – 17. What are you expecting from this year’s edition? Please let us know in the comments section below.