Google I/O 2012

Google I/O kicks off Wednesday morning at Moscone West in San Francisco, and we're all looking forward to a giant bucket of awesome getting dumped on our heads from the good folks from Mountain View. It's the biggest show of the year for Android lovers, one where we see what may be coming up, what is under development, and how it all works together. Because Android and Chrome have grown so popular, and other platforms like Google TV are seeing growth as well, I/O has been bumped to three days instead of the two day events we've seen in the past. We still get our two big keynotes (some of the best in the industry) but we get another full day to meet with developers and designers, as well as dive into the developer sessions. We think it's going to be a great conference, and we'll be there to keep you abreast on everything Google and Android. Hit the break and let's talk about what we expect to see at Moscone West.


Google I/O keynote

A lot of the big news will come from the two keynotes on days one and two. (At 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, and 10 a.m. Thursday, Pacific time.) It's when the folks in charge of the different Google products get a chance to tell us what's been happening and what they have planned. We expect to hear a lot of talk about search, enterprise computing, Gmail and other products, but we've got an idea that some things will stand out more than others thanks in large part to Internet buzz. There will be Google TV news, and we think it will be big (hopefully with great hardware). We also expect to see more about Android at Home, and maybe even some music playing hardware will be part of it.

Keynotes are also where we get to see the new product hardware, and we're looking forward to a couple things that make a big noise across the tubes. And we can't forget the software updates, because everyone thinks we'll be seeing a new version of Android here as well. We've broken out what we think will make the biggest splash into separate sections.

Chrome and ChromeOS



We focus on Android around these parts, but it's hard to ignore Chrome. It's one of Google's biggest and fastest growing projects, and the guys and gals working on it have every right to be proud of what they've done. And since they have to be part nerd, they also want to show it off in some uber-geeky ways. 

Google will tell us everything we want to know about the latest Chrome version, what to expect in the next phase of development, and how it all will work with the ChromeOS hardware. Hopefully we get a chance to see some demos of the new ChromeBooks and ChromeBox, and a deep look into the direction ChromeOS is heading. We all use Chrome, so after the Android goodness this will be our favorite part.

ChromeOS hardware


Nexus talk


Android Central

We've heard rumors, we've seen supposed leaks, and every one of us here is certain Google will announce a 7-inch Nexus tablet sometime this week. Some folks think we'll be seeing other models as well, but our bet is just the 7-incher and a slew of features and news that makes it worth buying. We've said it before and we'll say it again -- the secret to Android tablet success is not to release yet another tablet. Google has to announce or release a compelling reason to choose Android tablets. We know they can do it, we think they know they have to do it, and we're earnestly waiting to see it.

The Interwebs also seem pretty certain they will be handing these things out to attendees, so expect a lot of news about them if that turns out to be true.



What better way to have a mess of new Android features to make consumers want a 7-inch Nexus than to do it with a new version of Android?  The collective mind of the Internet says we'll see Jellybean released as Android 4.1, and it will be a minor increment to the current version. That sounds completely reasonable, because at this point all the OS itself needs is some polish. The APIs are what will make or break Android as it goes forward. Android 4.1 will likely have a bunch of new ones, but more importantly be written with amazing new APIs to come later. We think we'll see features that will come to Jellybean as it progresses with point releases, and they will blow our doors off.

Alex and I have also bet a frosty beverage over Jellybean -- he thinks it will be released this week (and ship on the 7-inch Nexus), while I think we just get to see a preview. I hope Alex is right, and will be happy to buy him a glass of something delightful when I'm wrong. We shall see.

Project Glass

Project Glass

We'll get to see and hear a little bit about Project Glass at IO 2012, but don't expect anything we don't already know. Like self-driving cars, this one is still in its infancy and we only get to see it because it's just too damn cool not to show off. In a perfect world each attendee would get a pair that fully work and the units are ready to sell, but we think this is still in it's project phase. You can bet that we'll share everything Google wants to tell or show us about Project Glass, but don't expect it to be a big part of the festivities.

Developer sessions and code labs

Developer Sessions

This is the meat of Google I/O, and for everyone but members of the press, the main reason to go. Google I/O is not about free hardware or schmoozing with Googlers we all know and love (although we have to admit that part's cool, too), it's about developers getting ideas and tools to write the best damn apps they can write. 

Android has it's own track and all three days are full of sessions. Too full in fact, and since GoogleClone isn't ready yet we'll all have to miss a couple. Thankfully, between the three of us we'll be able to cover them and pick out the goodies you guys need to know about. Here's the list of all things Android at Google I/O.

Day One 

Day Two

Day Three

You can see, Google I/O is all about the developers. Everything is covered, from developer tools to marketing, and done by the folks who know how to do it. If you're a developer you really need to try and attend at least once, but luckily this year all the sessions will be streamed for those who can't attend. For those who don't develop, and have little or no desire to sit through 60 minute sessions by nerds for nerds, we'll be there to cover all the highlights.

We're really looking forward to this week, and can't wait to bring you all the news!


Reader comments

Google I/O 2012 is this week - here's what we expect to see


I can’t wait to see what products or software enhancements come from this event…I’m due to upgrade from my HTC EVO 3D to WHATEVER on 1 July 12. I’m thinking about the HTC EVO LTE or the Samsung SIII, however, if something major is announced here that I like, I will hold off on my upgrade…come on Google bring it to the table baby…

I am in the exact same boat -- Sprint, EVO 3D, upgrade due on July 1st. I'm personally bouncing back between the GNex and the GS3, and even though the GS3 has generally better internals, I like the look of the GNex better, and if Jellybean is announced, especially with that leak recently about the GNex being the first phone with Jellybean...I may just have to go back to the Nexus program.

As for the EVO 4G LTE, I've read the reviews, I know it's a good phone, and my last 5 have been HTCs (G1, MT3G, N1, MT4G, E3D), but after the EVO 3D I think I just need a break from HTC. Plus, and this is entirely personal preference, but I hate Sense. Never used Touchwiz, but I'm gonna root and run AOSP anyway, so whatever. I know that would overrride Sense, too, but see, after taking forever to get a decent EVO 3D AOSP rom (currently using agrabren's CM9), I don't wanna risk that again with the EVO 4G LTE.

As much fun as it was to get all the stuff last year, they really need to cut back on that so people (like me) who wanted to go again and learn more won't get shut out of tickets in 20 minutes. Regardless though, they did a very good job recording the sessions so I'm looking forward to that this year as I watch from home.

I don't think Jellybean would be released (though I hope against it). One of the theories I have is we haven't yet seen the 'unveiling' of the Jellybean statue (or whatever it is called) in the Mountainview gardens. Usually they put up a statue more than a week before the OS is officially released.

I'm not expecting Jellybean (or whatever other jelly) to be RELEASED in the I/O event. I only expect it to be ANNOUNCED, aka made official.

More then anything I want to hear more about project glass. That is the future what with so many states banning the use of cell phones. Even changing tracks is unsafe. Glass is the future of interacting with a system while driving.

Tbh I would think Google Glass would also be highly dangerous while driving unless it had safety features to only allow use at red lights and traffic jams (then everyone would pull away from lights a lot slower as they aren't paying attention) I'm one of the people who is all for just not doing other things while driving and focusing on the task at hand, not crashing or being crashed into by idiotic drivers who shouldn't be on the road in the first place.

I have to disagree, I think Glass could potentially be the safest way to interact with an "in-vehicle" system. Already there are luxury car makers that are starting to integrate heads up displays on the windshield or in the instrument cluster; glass would be even easier to view information at a glance than your speedometer and tach are today. At issue would be how you work within the Glass environment but for viewing information it could be the best thing yet to use in a vehicle. All this of course highly depends on the fidelity of the Glass viewing screen but it could be great.

Then you shouldn't drive with people either in your car, radios and CD drives shouldn't be included either, nor should GPS's either. You are 100% correct that these things are a distraction. Everything is. Some things are more of a distraction then others, and some people are better at dealing with some distractions then others. (Note: Better, not god like. A distraction is a distraction.)
For mapping, I don't know about you guys but I would rather have a HUD then having to glance down/over to see where I'm going. You are still paying attention to the road, but its no worse then having something catch your attention in the rear view mirror. Now reading an e-mail? I believe the term hell no would be appropriate?

You think the government is going to let you drive with one eye on the road when you have two good eyes? There will be a bill on the table for "3D" glasses soon. lol

It will most likely get banned under the distracted driving laws and not be allowed, Folks that must use there phones while driving will most likely have to wait for a HUD.

Dear Google,

Please show something that makes me believe the death of SageTV wasn't in vain.


I'm excited to see what price they're going to push the 7" tablet at. To compete with the kindle you kinda expect it to be priced at $199, but who knows... I'm sure we'll find out soon! Also, can't wait to see those new t-shirts of me :)

Looking forward to it all. Me and my mate want to delve into the world of developing for Android, more as a bit of fun, but I look forward to all the news (consumer and developer friendly) to come out of Google I/O.

I'm not the least bit excited about this year's I/O. The only thing that would get me interested is if Google announces a way to end the update fiasco for Android that still has less than 10% of users on Ice Cream Sandwich seven months after it was released. And even such an announcement would be something I have to see before I'll believe it, especially if it applies going forward with future versions of the OS.

I agree. To many devices are still waiting for ICS. They really need to get with the OEM's and fix the way devices are updated.

it will be so sad if Jellybean gets release... even if only for Google's own tablet.

many phones are still in the dark ages, running Gingerbread, with no sign of when ICS
updates will arrive.

As much as I love Android, this is one of the major drawbacks of the OS. With my
old iPod Touch and iPhones, I could update to the newest iOS like everybody else.

From my experience, old iOS products don't get updates just like Android phones. Sure, it's not as big a percentage, but there are also less iOS products Apple has to update.

My 2nd gen iPod Touch never even got the final iOS4 update. They don't let 1 generation older hardware get all the features from the latest update all the time. Just look at the iPhone 4 not getting turn-by-turn navigation in iOS6.

There are just three things I am waiting to hear:

1. Google will unveil an app that truly allows me to control all of my hardware from my phone; DSLR included.

2. Google announces that from Day 1 of the show they are taking the mobile fight to Apple; i.e. all phones from Jellybean forward must include an option for the user to be able to get back to a stock build of the os on their phone.

3. Google has allowed Verizon to see the error in their ways and will be selling a variety of Nexus phones that are Verizon approved to run on the network.

It would be nice if they have announcements regarding NFC payments...may be incorporation of new credit card partners into the wallet app, like Visa or Discover, and availability of NFC terminals at more (popular) retail stores.

Chromelicious! While Chrome and Android merge into one? With the power of Android hardware that seems to be where things are headed just like Windows 8 + WP8 and OS X + iOS not that chrome is a desktop OS at all but it is a Cloud OS setting it apart from the competition.

It's... pointless, Android already got browser which let you run use cloud services and throwing Android platfrom to Chrome OS does not pushing this beyond what Asus already do with Android Tablets

There other way to do that, use Linux to run normal X11 envriament which should allow to run normal Linux applications + Windowed Android applications which you can place full screen OS X style :> There one barrier thru, they would need to do distribution for Linux desktop software and those are not so easy to give out in single package as Windows and OS X software.

What I would really like to see, and I know it won't happen, is the direct integration of Google Voice into Android at the OS level with supported API's......*and then I woke up.*

I totally want to see the Droid line revamped. I'd like to see them be huge players in the Android world. The Droid incredible-bull 4g is a let down. I love my DInc and my vigor (Droid incredible HD if y'all remember), and the next Droid Phone should make us forget the DI 4 ever existed (SLCD 2 w/IPS (possible?), s4 snapdragon, higher meg camera, Image Sense, Sense 4.x, 4g (obv), Media Link HD, ICS or JB, Siri competitor, Bluetooth 4, Beam, and at LEAST a 2000 mAh battery. Did I miss anything?

And Android needs to be the first to employ lithium polymer batteries. Things like that would attract more and detract more from Crapple.

What would be equally cool is nexus phones across all providers that are loaded with similar specs. The GSGIII would've been super Bitchin but MHL adapter? Whiff! Otherwise pretty cool.

Cmon, Google/Android/HTC/etc. Let's make Crapple scared of the next thing. Phones are still the future.

Thanks for reading