Google I/O conference
starts in just a few minutes, so we compiled a couple of things to
watch for during
and throughout the event.
1. An iTunes Competitor
The Internet giant
to reveal a music streaming service for its Google Play and YouTube
users. Sources say that Google had set up an agreements with
Sony Music Entertainment
Warner Music Group
) Universal Music Group. Watch out,
2. Newer, Even Smarter Maps
The company is also likely to announce the new version of Google
Maps. The new sign-up page of the service
briefly went live earlier
, revealing a number of added features. The new Google Maps will
boast a "smarter search box," incorporate imagery from Google
Earth, and it will feature new flight searches and visual route
comparisons, among other options.
3. Android Updates -- Not
The third thing to watch for would be traditional Google I/O
Android OS announcement updates - or a lack thereof.
Its Android platform -- the most popular mobile OS with more than
750 million devices worldwide -- has long been expected to get an
update codenamed Key Lime Pie. However, this might not be the case,
as the new head of Google Android, Sundar Pichai, recently
said in interview with Wired
, "It's not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new
products or a new operating system."
Watch out for more news on both the hardware and software sides;
it's very likely that the public will learn something new about the
Google Glass project (pricing, perhaps?) and about a number of
smaller updates to other services.
will host more than 5,500 attendees in San Francisco from May 15 to
May 17. It's the central Google event for developers and the
company has announced a number of new products, technologies, and
initiatives at I/O events since its launch in 2008.
At I/O 2012, Google unveiled its first tablet Nexus 7, updated
Android (4.1, codenamed Jelly Bean) and also introduced Google Now.
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