Three weeks after Apple treat us to its WWDC 2014 keynote it will be time for Google’s I/O event to kick off, and while we hope to be treated to some interesting announcements, all we have for now is pure speculation. It is okay to speculate what could be announced at Google I/O 2014, but we would love to know what things you expect from the June 25 and 26 event?
During last year’s event we had expected Google to announce an update to Android along with a few other services, but the updated version of Android was saved for a later date. It is for this very reason why we wonder why there are now rumors that Android 5.0 could make a showing at next month’s Google event.
Google I/O 2014 predictions are very funny because more often than not they are based on pure rumor, and we do have a knack to bring fuel to the fire, such as the first prediction, Android 5.0.
There seems to be a general consensus among Android users that the 5.0 update is very much needed, even though a huge percentage of Android devices have yet to receive the latest version, 4.4.2 KitKat, such as the international version of the Galaxy S3.
As for Android 5.0 features, we would love to see improved crossed platform messaging, along with a host of new smartphone inspired apps, as the LG G Watch will be released around the time of this year’s Google I/O. The native Android dialer is in need of a refresh, but what else would you like to see?
The prospect of the Nexus 10 2 making an appearance at Google I/O 2014? There seems to be an ongoing debate as to weather the 2014 Nexus 10 Edition will be unveiled during next month’s Google event, and we have a hard time believing this to be true.
If we look back to last year, the only hardware release at Google I/O 2013 were a stock Android version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 becoming available on the Play Store. 2012 saw the release of the original Nexus 7, and so there have been a couple of hardware releases but it isn’t the main focus.
We really need to see the launch of the 2014 Nexus 10 because it could help fend off the iPad Air, but it looks highly unlikely to make an appearance at Google I/O this year.
Whatever happens, Google needs to deliver a few surprises at its I/O event next month, maybe it could be the 2014 Nexus 7 or even the rumored Nexus 8?