Just as WWDC is to Apple and BUILD is to Microsoft, Google I/O is the company’s annual developer conference and we’re expecting a slew of fresh techy goodness.
With rumours already flying and a picture building in our minds, we’ve tripped it along to the Google Campus in East London to follow along with I/O 2014 taking place in San Francisco, set to kick off in a few moments time. But before we hear from ‘the big G’ itself, what are we most excited about seeing?
A new version of Android
Android 5.0 is expected to be the next major release of Google’s mobile operating system and the stage is anticipated to be this year’s Google I/O event. We’ve hit ‘L’ in Google’s alphabetical naming convention and were banking on ‘Lollipop’ as the company’s next sweet treat OS.
As always there will be a number of improvements to the general user experience offered up by Android, but we’re also banking on new tools for developers to utilise with regards to accessories, new sensors and in particular wearables.
If you’ve been keeping tabs on Google’s recent endeavours in the world of wearable technology, you’ll know that Android Wear is very much a thing. A new operating system developed by Google with wearable technology in mind.
As has already been confirmed, two new unreleased smartwatches; the Motorola Moto 360 and the LG G Watch will be the first Android Wear devices to hit the market.
A new Nexus tablet
Little is certain about other hardware Google might be keeping under wraps, but the strongest rumours suggest that HTC has lent its talents to creating the company’s next Nexus device, an 8 to 8.9-inch tablet called the ‘Nexus 9’ (what a surprise).
Potential specs include a new 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and Android 4.4.4 KitKat as standard.
Stand by to find out what Google actually unveils at I/O this year soon.
Update 27/6/14: I/O 2014 turned out to be one of the most extensive developer conferences the company has ever held, showcasing how Android is aiming to make its way into every key facet of your day to day life. Here’s a video summarising what Android L wll let users do in the near future as well as a look at Android Auto and Android TV.