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Google I/O 2012 Rumor Roundup

Google I/O 2012 Rumor Roundup


Google I/O 2012 Rumor Roundup

Google I/O 2012: What We Know So Far

Started in 2008, Google I/O is a developer-focused conference held annually by the company in San Francisco, California. The conference serves to demonstrate new technologies while allowing developers to learn coding from the "Googlers". That's not all - developers are also invited to meet with Sandbox partners who've built businesses using Google APIs.

Usually held over a two-day period, Google I/O 2012 has been extended to three days, from 27th to 29th June. The Android mobile operating system has been one of the major themes highlighted in past conferences, and this year is likely to be no exception. Fortunately, Android fanboys and girls alike who are not physically present at the event can watch live video streams of its two keynotes via developers.google.com/io. Alternatively, you can access the live stream from your Android tablet or smartphone via the official Google I/O 2012 mobile app. The time slots for the two keynotes are as follow:

  • First keynote: 27 June, 9.30 a.m, PDT (28 June, 00:30 a.m, Singapore)
  • Second keynote: 28 June, 10.00 a.m, PDT (29 June, 01:00 a.m, Singapore)

To prepare yourself for what's going to happen at Google I/O 2012, here's a summary of the rumors that have been floating around the web. Treat this as the starter before the main course.
 

Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean




The next iteration of one of the world's most popular mobile operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, is tipped to be launched at Google I/O 2012, less than seven months after the introduction of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Here's what we have heard about the upcoming update so far:

Google Nexus Tablet

Rumors about Google unveiling its own tablet started late last year when Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, revealed that the company has been planning "to market a tablet of the highest quality" within the next six months. Since the announcement, a series of reports on the details of the Google Nexus tablet - including manufacturer of the tablet, the specs, and its availability - has been circulating on the Internet.
 

Manufacturer: ASUS or Samsung?
 

Platform: Jelly Bean or Ice Cream Sandwich?
 

Hardware Specifications and Pricing
 

  • A benchmark result posted on Rightware's Power Board labelled a tablet device as Google ASUS Nexus 7 with the following specs: a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core 1.3GHz processor, and a screen resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels.
     
  • Gizmodo Australia obtained leaked documents that the Google Nexus tablet will come with a 7-inch screen, a 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, Jelly Bean, and two storage options (8GB and 16GB). It is also stated to be NFC-enabled. Furthermore, Gizmodo's sources cited the screen resolution to be 1280 x 800 pixels, and the display type to be IPS. The tablet purportedly sports a 1.2-megapixel front facing camera. The 8GB model will be priced at US$199 while the 16GB model will be going for US$249.    
     
  • Quoting sources close to the tablet project, The Verge reported that "Google pushed back the planned release so that it could tweak the device". The Google Nexus was initially reported to enter production in April and ship around June with a retail price of US$199. With allegations that the Google team had plans to make some design changes, the tablet is now rumored to come with a higher price tag of US$249, and will arrive in July instead.

Google I/O 2012 News Highlights
Google Nexus 7 Surpasses Kindle Fire's Battery Performance

Google Nexus 7 Surpasses Kindle Fire's Battery Performance

NEWS / 04 Jul 2012

In true fashion, iFixit got their hands on Google's Nexus 7 tablet and completely tear the device down, revealing that the tablet is better than its Kindle Fire competitor in terms of battery performance.

Google Chrome Tops Apple App Store's Free Apps Chart

Google Chrome Tops Apple App Store's Free Apps Chart

NEWS / 29 Jun 2012

Not long after Google announces the availability of both Chrome and Google Drive apps for iOS devices, the former has already topped the free apps chart for iPhone, while reigning second for the iPad.

Chrome for Android Comes Out of Beta, Pre-Installed with Google Nexus 7 (Update)

Chrome for Android Comes Out of Beta, Pre-Installed with Google Nexus 7 (Update)

NEWS / 29 Jun 2012

Google's Chrome for Android is now ready for prime time, provided you have an Ice Cream Sandwich device. Chrome is also the default browser for Android Jelly Bean devices. Update: Looks like Google is bringing it to iOS devices too.

Google Drive Brings Offline Editing and iOS Support in Latest Release (Update)

Google Drive Brings Offline Editing and iOS Support in Latest Release (Update)

NEWS / 29 Jun 2012

Google Drive was announced in late April this year. In the space of two months, the cloud storage solution has received several essential enhancements, and even support for iOS devices at this year's Google I/O event.

Google Glass Shipping Next Year for Developers

Google Glass Shipping Next Year for Developers

NEWS / 28 Jun 2012

Actual units of Google's augmented reality glasses have been revealed by Google co-founder, Sergey Brin, who also provided details as well as the expected availability of the product. Hit the jump for more.

Google+ Turns One, Revamped with New Features

Google+ Turns One, Revamped with New Features

NEWS / 28 Jun 2012

Google+ hits its one-year mark, and is now revamped with a new "Events" feature, Google Calendar integration and will also appear on Android tablets and the iPad soon.

Google I/O 2012: Nexus Q Social Streaming Hub

Google I/O 2012: Nexus Q Social Streaming Hub

NEWS / 28 Jun 2012

Move over Apple TV, as Google took the wraps off the Nexus Q at the Google I/O event. Dubbed as a "social streaming media device", the Nexus Q is able to stream multimedia content from the cloud via Android-based mobile devices, and more.

Google I/O 2012: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Detailed

Google I/O 2012: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Detailed

FEATURE / 28 Jun 2012

With the first Google I/O 2012 keynote over and done with, here are the updates that would be coming to your Jelly Bean-infused device come July and beyond. Check out what's new after the jump.

Google I/O 2012: Google Nexus 7 Unveiled

Google I/O 2012: Google Nexus 7 Unveiled

FEATURE / 28 Jun 2012

Google has officially unveiled its Nexus-branded tablet, the Nexus 7. Manufactured by ASUS, the Google Nexus 7 is the world's first tablet to be powered by a quad-core processor. It is also the first device to use Chrome as its standard web browser. Hit the link to find out more about the new tablet.

Google to Livestream I/O Keynotes on June 27-28, 2012

Google to Livestream I/O Keynotes on June 27-28, 2012

NEWS / 26 Jun 2012

Google has announced that live video streams of its two keynotes will be made available online, with the first one commencing on June 27 at 9:30 a.m, PDT (June 28, 00:30 am, Malaysia) and the second one on June 28 at 10:00 a.m, PDT (June 29, 1:00 am, Malaysia).

Google Nexus Tablet Leaked  (Update)

Google Nexus Tablet Leaked (Update)

NEWS / 25 Jun 2012

Google's new Nexus Tablet, a collaboration with ASUS, has been leaked ahead of Google I/O, complete with price, specifications and Android OS version.

Google I/O 2012 App Available on Google Play

Google I/O 2012 App Available on Google Play

NEWS / 25 Jun 2012

Google has released a companion app for Android users for its upcoming I/O 2012 event, allowing users to sync events and sessions with their calendar, and better follow and participate in #io2012 discussions on Google+.

First Google Nexus Tablet Reportedly Delayed Till July

First Google Nexus Tablet Reportedly Delayed Till July

NEWS / 09 Apr 2012

Sources close to the Google Nexus project mentioned that the company has pushed back the planned release of the tablet to July, according to The Verge.

Google’s Upcoming $199 Nexus Tablet To Pressure Vendors to Slash Prices (Update)

Google’s Upcoming $199 Nexus Tablet To Pressure Vendors to Slash Prices (Update)

NEWS / 04 Apr 2012

With Google entering a relatively new low-cost tablet segment, tech pundits are expecting the Nexus tablet to apply significant pressure on other major Android vendors, Digitimes reports.

ASUS Rumored to Build Google Nexus Tablet

ASUS Rumored to Build Google Nexus Tablet

NEWS / 06 Mar 2012

ASUS is said to be working with Google on a Nexus-branded 7-inch tablet. Not only will the tablet be priced competitively at US$199, it will also be powered by NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.