Google’s I/O developer conference kicks off from Wednesday, and although precise details on what will be revealed remain under lock and key, 9to5Google has come through with some shots of the Moscone West venue as the Big G prepares for what is easily one of the biggest dates in the tech calendar. Check out the images after the leap.
Naturally, the rumors really seem to have picked up over the past few days, and although it would seem almost impossible for the company to top last year’s showcasing of the immensely exciting Glass, reports suggest there is still plenty in store for 2013.
As we reported back last week, the Nexus 7 tablet could be set for some rather impressive enhancements, including a full HD, 1,920 × 1,200 display, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, wireless charging and a beefier processor. There’s no doubt that the Nexus 7 has been a rousing success for the Mountain View-based outfit, and with some suggesting that these new features could arrive at the same $199 starting price, it’s an upgraded device that will likely prove even harder not to purchase.
It also looks a done deal that a new, minorly-updated version of Android will manifest itself. Initially, there were suggestions of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, but recent conservative estimates suggest that, in fact, it’s more likely to be Android 4.3, with improvements less significant than the major number update.
Google Now seems to be a significant part of everything Google is doing right now, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see some noteworthy enhancements to the service thrown into the pot. Also, a clone of Apple’s iOS Game Center could also be unveiled, and with a MyGlass companion app teardown revealing such an implementation may be forthcoming, don’t be surprised if Google outlines intentions to make the Play Store a more competitive environment akin to its main rival.
Many would like to see expansion on the Chrome OS, with perhaps a Chrome tablet accompanying some real apps for the light, almost empty operating system. If such a device were in the works, even at developer level, one suspects we would have seen a leak by now, but surely, with the Chromebook market well established, this would seem the natural next step.
Regardless, all will be revealed from tomorrow, and we’ll be covering it here in detail at Redmond Pie, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, take a look at the images of the setting-up process, and let us know what you would like to see Google unveil this week by dropping a comment below.
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