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Yes, Google I/O 2012 Starts Tomorrow

As if you didn’t know this already, but yes, Google’s developer conference known as I/O, starts tomorrow morning at 9:30AM Pacific. It’s tough to tell if this year will be “bigger than ever,” however, they did add on a 3rd day of developer sessions for the first time which is at least a good sign that this sucker is growing tremendously. So what can we expect? Probably more things than we can mention. 

Predictions

The first day’s keynote (tomorrow at 9:30AM Pacific) is going to be the one you will want to tune in for. Not that the day 2 keynote will be a snoozefest, but day 1 is 2 hours long and should be filled with all sorts of Android fun. The most important piece that is almost a slam dunk to happen, is the unveiling of the Google Nexus 7 tablet, made by Asus. This will be the 7″ Google-branded device dropping in at $199, that you have all been waiting for. We are sort of expecting availability to also be announced at the unveiling, with a launch time frame of some time in early July (so just a few weeks away).

There is a good chance that this tablet will be running the newest version of Android, dubbed Jelly Bean (Android 4.1). We already saw a Google Play listing for the GSM Galaxy Nexus that referenced it as the first phone to run Android 4.1 and that it would be coming “soon,” so chances are, that we see it in all its glory this week. What sorts of features will we see? That’s anyone’s guess. Most think that we will see Google’s take on Apple’s Siri, which could be called “Computer” and is codenamed “Majel.” I would be surprised if there wasn’t some talk around Chrome for Android potentially leaving beta. Some UI tweaks are also in store, but nothing as drastic as the jump from Gingerbread to ICS. Be on the lookout for a bunch of NFC talk as well – maybe even a new Google Wallet or expanded sharing capabilities.

There will likely be more Android@Home stuff as well, but predicting that would be foolish. The creativity behind this stuff is going to blow minds in the near future, so while this stuff hasn’t been on our radar much, it could be the most entertaining of the whole show.

Expect Google TV talk as well, possibly even a revamped UI (again). Sony, Vizio and LG all announced new sets last night, so you can imagine there will be GTV action in full force.

Day 2 could be Chrome OS related. Will they make their new window-ish UI publicly available? Maybe.

Coverage

Tim and I will be at the show, attempting to take it all in. You can find all of our I/O 2012 stories at this link. Be sure to check it often as stories could be flying all over the place. Our Twitter account (@droid_life) will be in full force as well, along with our Google+ account. There will be live blogs, hopefully some unboxings, and the usual big event chatter. Basically, you will want to connect yourselves to DL for the next few days. Oh, Google is live streaming it all too – we’ll have links for that stuff as we get closer to the live events.

Anything in particular you are overly excited to see? Last minute predictions?

  • http://www.facebook.com/iqra.chaudhry.98 Iqra Chaudhry

    ya obvious..

    http://ow.ly/bMYJF

  • Quang Phạm

    Android technology is gradually dominating. Use Android because it is the best.

    http://ow.ly/bMYKB

  • JulianZHuang

    as long as android cant provide good battery life, it’s useless. gnexus is trash.

  • EC8CH

    No no no. Not “computer”… its “CUM-PEW-TA”.

    Make it so.

    • michael arazan

      When I think the name computer, it reminds me of star trek 4 when scotty is trying to talk to the computer and mccoy gives him the mouse and scotty keeps trying to activate the voice function saying computer into it. And then the engineer tells him to just use the keyboard and he says how quaint. The scene for the chemical combination for making the transparent aluminum

  • jak_341

    Is it me, or there a LOT less interest and coverage of I/O than previous years? Even the big tech sites aren’t covering it. The Apple Developers conference drew every major tech blog and site. Google just isn’t doing this.

    • teleclimber

      It hasn’t even started yet. jeez.
      engadget, the verge, cnet, gizmodo all have I/O “what to expect” or live-blog announcements on their home pages right now.

      • Glen

        Will also be covered by TWIT:

  • psynpo

    I hope google takes on iphone with there siri like program

  • Keith0606

    interested in the nexus tablet but it appears that there will be no bluetooth. If that is the case I’m out on that one. I can deal with No SD, 16GB of space, no rear camera, even no hdmi but no bluetooth = no go.

    • capecodcarl

      Wow, I really hope that isn’t true. That would kill it for me as well since I need Bluetooth to tether to my phone for Internet access. My workplace blocks “rogue” access points so WiFi tethering doesn’t work, but Bluetooth does.

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        How do they block a “rogue” access point?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Buck/100003482949493 Joe Buck

      seems like its missing alot huh,why is everyone so hyped up over something like this,? i think nexus is just another name for cheap or striped, one would think a nexus device would get the best of everything

  • Brent Stewart

    Gonna tune in as always. But at this point not too much for me to be excited over. Not gonna see JB officially on my phone (sorry, shouldn’t have to root/flash to get a friggin update much less a timely one) so will have to wait till next year when my contract runs up for that. And lost nearly all interest in the Nexus 7 tablet when I learned it will most likely NOT have expandable memory and will only come in 8 and 16g models (I might have let the lack of SD go if they had a 32g unit for $249 or less).

  • Aardvark99

    If they could get Majel Barrett’s voice somehow into the siri-clone… nerdgasm. Not that i’d be able to, I’ll be stuck with s-voice.

  • http://twitter.com/fatalysis Erwin Araos

    “We are sort of expecting availability to also be announced at the unveiling, with a launch time frame of some time in early July (so just a few weeks away).”

    Any predictions on whether or not Google will start taking tablet orders on their Nexus page tomorrow? I want this NOW!

  • JoshGroff

    OMG, THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH…

  • teleclimber

    I mostly hope they will announce some meaningful change to the way they do things so that you can buy a selection of Android phones that are Android phones and that get updated promptly, not Android-HTC-Verizon-Blockbuster-Let’sGolf-that-never-gets-updated-once-it’s-8-months-old phone.

    • JoshGroff

      If it weren’t for bloatware, carrier delays, and testing, we might actually receive timely updates. As shown by the VZW G-Nex, skins aren’t the only thing slowing us down, and the time added by skinning is minimal compared to the other factors.

      • https://plus.google.com/110773438514346746273/ tjhrulz

        Maybe Google needs to get the carriers in on that update pact

        • JoshGroff

          Google needs to tell the carriers where to shove their bloatware.

          (although, I think that’s the point of them selling the Nexus devices unlocked through the play store, so we can actually get those delicious updates we so desire.)

          • michael arazan

            Google holds the cards owning Moto, verizon’s pet peeve. I”d think Google could throw a little weight around with verizon.

  • RedPandaAlex

    The Chrome OS update with freely resizable windows is already available. Offline Docs editing, however, is not yet.

  • http://www.kovdev.com/ koveleski

    I am excited to see what is presented. No expectations other than knowing that there will be some awesome topics covered.

  • Greyhame

    Would love to hear some news on Google collaborating with developers to really push the ante in the android tablet space, along with that nexus tablet news. The Kindle Fire, while it is a respectable tablet, should by NO MEANS be android’s best selling tablet.

  • derek connolly

    Really hoping to see “majel”. its the only thing I’m jealous of IOS for.

    • moelsen8

      i dunno, i played with siri once on my friend’s iphone. it was underwhelming, and he agreed he doesn’t even use it after the first few days of having the phone. voice assistants are still more of a parlor trick than anything useful.

  • Gardafflebag

    I/Ope we get to see some awesome new stuff!

  • Boola

    How did you and Tim wind up getting tickets?

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      They probably got press tickets.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I think you underestimate the “Droid-Life” Brand.

  • SH

    Hopefully they give you a free phone, with a better screen. That screenshot looks terrible!

    • tyguy829

      Its a macro taken with a real camera…that google io logo is actually just a single icon on a phone screen. Guessing either the gnex or gs3.

      • SH

        Sarcasm…..

        Some people take these comments too literal.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Really interested in what will be coming to Jelly Bean… Especially since ICS was the first step in a new direction. And the Tablet of course, hopefully we get pricing, a date, and pre-orders tomorrow.

    • Liderc

      I have to imagine Jelly Bean will be minor, and definitely looking forward to the Nexus tablet. Hopefully we can buy it in the next few weeks.

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        There is no way JellyBean can be the game changer ICS was. It completely changed the way I use my phone. Almost like what was I paying for a smart phone previously for, but not quite.