The Google I/O annual developer congress and county fair is by tradition a grab bag actually. The 2012 I/O will be held tomorrow starting at 9.30 am. Wednesday’s keynote will not be different from the past, Google’s product portfolio often leans towards something unexpected. New ideas keep appearing and vanishing so fast especially with competition getting stiffer from Microsoft and Apple. This year’s I/O has lots of goodies for everyone. The most interesting this year will be:
a) The Google Nexus Tablet
There have been news that Google is making its own tablet, the Google Nexus tablet. This is not true, Google just blesses a new tablet from Asus. The tablet, which was displayed by NVIDIA’s head Jen-Hsun Huang during the 2012 CES, has a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a 7 inch display. Although at that time NVIDIA announced that the tablet would be available for $249, there are indications that Google will subsidize it to $200 to compete with the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook.
b) Android Jelly Bean upgrade and Chrome OS
As I covered in my previous post, one of the most anticipated news during this years’ I/O conference is the release of Google Android Jelly Bean OS upgrade. End users expect lots of goodies and improvements in the next operating system reported to be Android 4.1. The upgrade is expected to be huge and will have Chrome OS as the default web browser, it will have a ton of added features including a voice assistant.
c) Improved Google Play
Google made a promise that it was working on improving Google Play Market which is currently in a mess. What Google Play needs is an overhaul to improve its sorting and filter capabilities and introduction of more HD movies and a better music store. Google play will also needs to be more productive and handle the large quantities of content and filter out junk and spam.