The day has arrived! It’s Google I/O 2012 keynote day 1, which has in the past been saved for all of the Android goodness a normal person can handle. Tim and I are here, ready to soak it all in and provide as much meaningful insight as we can to you. The event will be live streamed at 9:30AM Pacific, but we thought that a live blog would be fun so that everyone has a place to to chat about the announcements that will surely be flying around the room. Ready to meet Jelly Bean and the Nexus 7 tablet? We are.
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. (more…)
If you are headed to Google I/O, you will be excited to learn that there is a new update to the official application that took place in Google Play last night. The update, targeted at people who will attend the event this year, includes new push notifications to receive “announcements and the conference schedule from the Google I/O team,” along with the ability to view the whole conference’s agenda. If you plan to watch the conference from home, the application can now be installed to your Google TV and supports full live streams of the conference through it.
Other than a few bug fixes throughout the application, the last update in the changelog is a little bit of a cute mystery:
[The update] Improves spacetime decompression algorithms; 29 total hours per day are now available to Google I/O attendees within Moscone West.
It could be Google being their normal slightly-geeky selves or they could be hinting towards something we’ll be hearing about at I/O. Well, we don’t have to wait much longer. Go grab the update from Google Play now.
Since specs leaked for Google’s Nexus 7 tablet last night, the storage situation has been brought up more times than we can count. Rumored to come in 8GB and 16GB models, many are wondering if the tablet will have a microSD card slot to expand those seemingly minimal amounts of space. The short answer – probably not. (more…)
Is that a picture of the Google Nexus 7 tablet that will be unveiled this week at I/O? According to Gizmodo Australia, it is. They reportedly obtained all of the details of the device through a training document and are as follows:
- 7″ IPS display with 178 degree viewing angles (1280×800 resolution)
- 8GB and 16GB storage options, priced at $199 and $249
- 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor
- 1GB RAM
- Jelly Bean (Android 4.1)
- NFC with Google Wallet loaded
- 1.2MP front camera
- 9 hours of battery life
Sound about right? It certainly matches up to the handful of leaks we had already seen a number of times over the last couple of months. I am a bit surprised to see the $199 version at 8GB instead of 16GB, but to keep the price down, they had to make a cut somewhere. With so much cloud storage floating about, that really shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Who knows, maybe Google will toss in free Google Drive storage to those that purchase this new Nexus.
We will know it all in 3 days.
How exciting, Pinterest appears to be headed for its Android debut next week at Google I/O. How do we know? Well, the official Google I/O app has every woman’s favorite obsession app listed in the Sandbox as a presenter. That basically means that they will have some sort of spot set up on level 2 of the Moscone Center to let everyone take their newest creation for a test drive. Many times, these Sandbox presenters are showing off future releases of apps, however, the listing for Pinterest mentions specifically that the app is “now available for Android.” It’s not yet, but likely will be within the next 2-3 days.
Ladies, how you feeling? Your cupcakes, shirtless men, Louboutins, and celebrity outfits will soon become mobile.
Now that we have confirmation on Jelly Bean being Android 4.1 in the numbering scheme, we should start to talk about what we can expect from it in terms of features. While we are already seeing tech news outlets claim that it is only a minimal update, I’d call that a foolish assumption. For example, the jumps from 2.1 to 2.2 and then 2.2 to 2.3 were massive. If the move from 4.0 to 4.1 was only incremental, Google wouldn’t have created an entirely new name for it. They clearly have bigger plans than some are predicting.
So what are you hoping or expecting Google to announce for JB? Will we see Chrome replace the stock browser? There has to be some minor UI tweaks, right? We have seen the new search bar already. Will we get Majel, Google’s full voice actions system? Pinch-to-zoom in Gmail, finally? More NFC features? File sharing in Google Talk? Native Google Wallet 2.0? How soon can we see 4.1 on a device? Will it launch with the Nexus tablet? Any chance it goes live for the HSPA Galaxy Nexus at IO?
Let us know in the comments what you think.
And I’d say this about settles it. Jelly Bean will be Android 4.1, according to the Google Play listing for the Galaxy Nexus. We had all sort of assumed that 4.1 would be next, but now the question remains, “Will this be outed at Google I/O next week?” If Google is ready to talk about the G-Nex receiving it “soon,” I’d say that we should be surprised if it isn’t unveiled there. (more…)