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Google I/O 2012: Rumor Round-Up

By Sidney Wong - 27 Jun 2012

Google I/O 2012: Rumor Round-Up

Google I/O 2012: What We Know So Far

Source: Google Developers

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

Source: Phandroid

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

Source: Gizmodo Australia

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.

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