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What To Expect At Google I/O 2014

Since 2008 Google has been hosting an event that focuses on developers and how they can use the company’s technology in web, mobile, and enterprise application.  Last year’s Google I/O focused more on the Android system with this year expected to do the same but with several new things to be announced. This year’s event will run from June 25 all the way to the 28th and as early as now we have a roundup of the things we should expect during the event.

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Android 5.0

It’s no secret that Google is working on the successor to Android 4.4 KitKat and the perfect venue to announce it is during this year’s event. Android 5.0 or Android 4.5 comes with a redesigned UI and has better integration of services. Some people are calling this Android Lollipop since “L” follows “K” and the current version right now is KitKat. Anyway, there’s also a chance that Google may not announce this at all during the event since the minor update to KitKat hasn’t even been released yet. If it doesn’t get revealed at this year’s Google I/O then we might be seeing a September or October timeframe for the official announcement.

Wearables

Wearables are becoming quite popular these days as they complement smartphones. Google is still expected to promote its Google Glass device during this year’s event. Just recently the search giant announced its “Glass at Work” program which focuses more on the medical application of this device. The company may announce when the consumer version of the device will become widely available.

Another big news in the wearables department is the announcement of the details on Android Wear. We already know that this is going to be the platform to be used by wearable devices and we are expecting that the company will disclose the UI and APIs for developers. We might even see some products to be unveiled such as the LG smartwatch and the Moto 360.

Google Fit

When Apple announced its HealthKit at WWDC 2014 a lot of people expected Google to come up with its own version. Anonymous sources say that the search giant will soon launch Google Fit which will challenge Apple’s HealthKit. Google’s version will make use of wearable devices to measure a user’s biometrics data which will be then aggregated and sent to the cloud.

Android TV

Google isn’t giving up the fight on the TV front. Although its Google TV was not successful the company is planning to push a new technology called Android TV. This platform will allow consumers to easily stream shows and movies as well as support Android apps and games.

Devices

Google may give us more detail on what Android Silver is and how it differs from the current Nexus devices. We might also see more demonstrations of how Project Ara and the modular phone concept works.