What to expect at Google I/O 2012?

The Google Annual Developer Conference, Google I/O 2012 is on from 27 till 29 and the day inches closer, Android fans awaiting eagerly for what might turn out to be a really exciting event with some new device launches and new software. These are of course rumors which have been doing rounds for some time now. But let us have a roundup of what Android fans can expect in Google I/O 2012.

First up is the Nexus 7, the purebred Android tablet from Google. Just like the Nexus One, which Google revealed in 2009, the Nexus 7 is expected to offer a pure Android experience on a tablet. There is no shortage of Android running tablets in the market but however, most of them are forgettable. They lack that ‘something’ which will set them apart from the crowd. The Kindle Fire has been the only Android tablet which has seen success due to its competitive pricing strategy and its unique user interface in spite of it being an Android OS. So, Google’s Nexus 7 is expected to be the flag bearer Android tablet.
As far as the specs go, it is expected to be a 7”, 768×1,280-pixel screen resolution tablet powered by a 1.3GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor with Nvidia’s ULP GeForce GPU. And it might be the first table to have the Google Chrome browser as the default browser. Pricing is expected to be around that of the Kindle Fire.

Coming to the operating system that the Nexus 7 might use, we come to the other major announcement that we might get to here in the Google event. The Android Jelly Bean OS. The Ice Cream Sandwich might turn out to be OS v4.1 rather than v5.0 as previously expected. If we do see the release of Android 4.1, Nexus 7 will undoubtedly the first tablet to run it. Google is also expected to release 5 nexus smartphone with Android v4.1 later this year.

Finally, coming to the event itself. For the first time, Google will be broadcasting the event live on YouTube so you won’t miss the event and get all the announcements first-hand.

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