What to expect at Google I/O: Refreshed Nexus 7, white Nexus 4 and more

With Google I/O only hours away, the rumour mills are in full swing, industry experts are making their final forecasts, and the buzz on the web is what one can expect from the biggest Google event. Though the conference is aimed at developers, the industry giant is known to flaunt new improvements and products here. So, will it be a new Nexus 7, Google Glass innovations, Chrome apps or Chromebooks? Based on the rumours and leaks, we have listed what one can possibly expect at the Google I/O.

Google streaming music service
We have been hearing about Google’s plans for a Spotify-killer for a long time now. Reports about Google inking separate deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment just before Google I/O clearly points out at the possibility of a subscription-based music service to be launched at the event this year. By doing so, Google can overplay its biggest competitor Apple, who is also planning a paid music streaming service. Reportedly, Google plans to create separate music subscription services to its mobile-focused Google Play store and to its YouTube video website.

Google Glass
This is one space, wherein we can see a lot of things happening. Google will definitely try and show off umpteen possibilities with the Google Glass, maybe unveil some more improvements. It could also showcase some nifty apps for Google Glass, pushing the limits of what one can expect from this wearable tech device.


More on the Google Glass



Another Jelly Bean update
Those who were expecting Key Lime Pie or Android 5.0 at the Google I/O will be disappointed as  recent leaks have been saying otherwise. As per the server logs leaked earlier, Google is working on another iteration of the Jelly Bean dubbed Android 4.3. The logs revealed that several devices are running on Android 4.3 build JWR23B. So, we may possibly see the refreshed versions of the Nexus 7 or the Nexus 4 running the latest variation of the Jelly Bean. The new update is said to spruce up your Jelly Bean experience with features such as Photo Sphere, Gesture Typing, multiple user support, wireless display or Miracast support, and more.

Google Babel aka Hangouts
Looks like most people may put their money on this one, expecting a definite launch of Babel at the Google I/O. This cross platform messaging featuresmerges Google’s chat services including Google Plus Messenger and GTalk. Instead of Babel, Google may also name it Hangouts. This isn’t the first time Google is rethinking about its name as Babel was earlier christened Babble. Well, whatever it is called, this cross-platform chatting feature lets you utilise your Google+ account to share photos, messages, and even video chat from a single app. With Babel, products such as Drive, Gmail and Google+ will all use the same communication tools.


Babel cover image

Babel cover image


Refreshed Nexus 7
Rumour has it that we can expect a refreshed Nexus 7 at the Google I/O, However, it could run on the leaked Android 4.3, and not the Android Key Lime Pie. In fact, Google and Asus are also said to be renewing their partnership contract for Nexus tablets. Needless to say, it is expected with upgraded features compared to the 2012 Nexus 7 model. Some of these features include a 32GB base model and a higher resolution display.

Phones at Google I/O
The Nexus 4 was launched in October, so we don’t expect a newer Nexus phone like a Nexus 5 or something. Having said that, the Nexus 4 does lack LTE support, and there have been speculations about the LTE-based version of the phone being launched at the Google I/O. Another possibility is the Nexus 4 dipped in white, spotted recently. We can also expect Google and Motorola to announce the X phone at the event.

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The patented "crystal reflection" design in all its glory


Google TV
Though Google TV hasn’t been hitting headlines these days, we may hear some important announcements at the event. Google TV Developers have clearly indicated that some big news is on the way at the Google I/O. In March this year, Google TV Developers had disclosed through G+ page -  “stay tuned for #GoogleTV news at I/O.”

Google Play Games/Android Game center
Just like Apple’s iOS Game Centre, Google is most likely to introduce its own space for gaming at the I/O event. Like Google Play Movies and Play Books, we can expect Google Play Games. It may include features such as in-game chat, in-game purchases, leaderboards, cloud sync, achievements and likewise.

Besides, we may see a lot happening on the Chrome side wherein Google may try to push the limits of the OS. To catch all the action, watch live coverage of the Google I/O today at 9:00 pm (IST) - Facebook and Twitter.

Published Date: May 15, 2013 02:15 pm | Updated Date: May 15, 2013 02:15 pm