This year’s already been filled with exciting announcements and much awaited events. Apple’s WWDC conference just ended, arguably the biggest event of the year, and the most anticipated so far. Google ‘s I/O conference is Google’s version of it , and has certainly been gaining traction over the years. This year is gearing up to be the most exciting I/O conference yet, with tons of rumours pouring in from as early as March. The conference kick – starts at June 28 , 12.30 AM Malaysian Time ( GMT + 8) . That’s June 27 , 5.30PM for all you UK readers. So , what should you be expecting from the conference? Read on to see our breakdown of the rumours .
Google and Asus Nexus 7 Tablet
Ah, the Nexus 7. People started speculating about from the days of the Motorola Xoom and original iPad announcement. At the time, Android was never tablet ready, and its app offering wasn’t either. Meanwhile, the iPad stole the show for 3 years with its polished iOS and 100,000 exclusive apps. Of course, Google hasn’t been keeping quiet. Honeycomb launched specifically for tablets, and Ice Cream Sandwich followed last year , bridging the gap between smartphone and tablet . Finally, Android tablets actually made people consider them , with their budget pricing and big spec sheets.
This year, Google is about to bring its renowned Nexus branding to a tablet, and that tablet is going to be manufactured by Asus. It only seems fit, as Asus has been doing a spectacular job with its Transformer series, especially the Prime. Great specs and build quality paired with excellent battery life and docking functionality, all it needed was a lower price. Google might actually pull it off. With the Nexus 7 certainly running a vanilla version of Android , most probably a new version , Android 4.1 Jelly Bean , which also might make a cameo today. The Nexus 7 also pleases in the specs front, with a Tegra 3 CPU reportedly keeping this thing going, paired with a front facing camera and 1GB RAM, as well as a 7 – inch 1280 x 720 display. There’s no mention of a rear-facing camera, which would make sense considering its RIDICULOUSLY CHEAP purported pricing of $199 for the 8GB version and $299 for the 16GB version. Most people dont actually use the rear – camera on their tablets anyway. The front camera is of course usefull for Skype and Face Unlock.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Jelly Bean is Google’s latest offering of its open source Android OS, and is set to be an incremental update,like Gingerbread over Froyo, rather than a large overhaul like Ice Cream Sandwich was over Gingerbread. Not much is actually known about what new features Google might bring to the table. The only thing actually confirmed is the name and its unveiling today, as Google have already erected its trademark statue of Jelly Beans outside its HQ. Google has done this for every new iteration of the OS, from the early days of Cupcake to the Jelly Bean of today. The screenshots above were released by Google to show off its Google I/O app. Sharped eyed readers of course picked out the differnce between the search bar above and the search bar in existing ICS builds. Could this be a cameo of Jelly Bean from Google themselves? Cheeky aren’t they.
Once again , everything will be revealed in their conference , kicking off today. Stay tuned for all the updates at CrackTech.