6 Products We’ll Likely Hear About During Google I/O
Google I/O, Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) annual convention dedicated to showcasing Android, is around the corner. Rumors of new Android products are flowing throughout the Internet and tech media as the excitement builds for the keynote address and other news to come out of the Android developers’ conference. In celebration of this upcoming event, we have put together a list of some of the products, hardware, and software expected steal a bit of the spotlight in late June.
1. Android Wear
Google first announced the extension of its Android platform to wearable technology in March. It is a possibility that we may see prototypes the first devices to actually use this technology at Google I/O since Android Wear is a product meant for developers. Or, at the very least, some sort of update on the software will be given during the conference.
2. Android TV
A resurrection of Google TV under the name Android TV is a popular rumor is making the rounds. The smart television platform was first introduced in 2010, but never quite caught on in the way Google expected. Now with the Internet of things and more interest in smart televisions, it could be an opportunity for a relaunch. A report from last year suggested that the rebranding would start in 2014. Google I/O could be that platform.
3. A Car Infotainment System
An Android-based answer to Apple’s CarPlay may be on its way too, according to rumors as reported by TechRadar. A dashboard-based smart infotainment system would find an audience among Android users without Synch or other car-manufacturer versions of these systems. Plus it could utilize Google Maps, which is a definite plus for the system.
4. Nexus Tablets
The rumors are divided on this one, but the Android smartphone and tablet maker is expected to premiere some new products this year at the conference, including a potential Nexus 8 tablet. Huffington Post UK included it in its Google I/O preview.
5. Google Glass Consumer Version
All the Google Glass products out and about right now are part of the Explorer version, a beta for Google Glass before it reaches consumers. One popular rumor is that Google will debut the consumer version of the Google Glass at the conference this year. Since Google Glass debuted at the 2012 conference, announcing the consumer version would be a follow-up. The Verge called the consumer version “overdue.”
6. YouTube’s New Streaming Music Service
YouTube’s been in the media spotlight lately for its dealings with indie record labels. The reason why has been that the video platform has been building a streaming music service of the Spotify variety. The project is reportedly at the stage where Google employees are able to test it. Perhaps at Google I/O, we will get a first glimpse of the new streaming music service.