What to expect from Google I/O 2012
By Nigel Chew
27 June 2012 – With Google I/O less than 24 hours away, the company will have an opportunity to one-up both Apple and Microsoft for the next few days, with the introduction of an update to Android as well as the much talked about Nexus tablets. That is not all of course, and here are some of the highlights you should expect from the event:
Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean)
Do expect Google to do in depth into the latest version of Android, and with rumours not being able to pinpoint exactly what the new features are, be prepared for a surprise. Speculations include Google’s very own voice-activated digital assistant, codenamed Majel. It of course, will be competing head on against Apple’s Siri.
The possibility of a Jelly Bean-powered Nexus tablet was hinted about a month ago, with Google taking its flagship line to new frontiers. Reports have been claiming that the new 7-inch device will feature at least a quad-core processor and priced around USD 250 (RM 750) or less.
Google may well unveil a new cloud computing platform as a challenger to Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Services such as Instagram and Dropbox are already reliant on EC2, so it will be interesting to see what Google brings to the tablet.
We might also have a closer look at Project Glass, Google’s augmented reality project, although its co-founder has confirmed that it will not be out till at least 2013.