Nexus 7 2, Nexus 4 & Android 4.3 Update MIA
While some Google I/O rumors were proven to be true others fell flat, namely the rumored Nexus 7 2 tablet, the white Nexus 4 and the Nexus 4 LTE with 32GB of storage space and a new Android update being three of the big name products that skipped this year’s Google I/O in favor of new services.
Prior to today’s Google I/O 2013 keynote, Google was rumored to be bringing a number of new products to market including a follow up to the Nexus 7, new Nexus 4 models and a new version of Android that was thought to be focused on gaming and developers. And while Google did announce a wealth of new services, it did not announce any of those aforementioned products, instead opting to announce a new Samsung Galaxy S4, a device dubbed the Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus Edition or Google Edition, a device that will be arriving this June.
The lack of new Android products comes as a bit of a surprise considering the build up to Google I/O saw a number of big name products rumored for arrival with leaks and analysts pointing to a number of possible announcements, including two that seemed to be all but confirmed for an arrival in the days ahead.
However, with the keynote now over, it’s now clear that Google will be waiting until a later date to announce some or all of these products, if it announces them at all.
Nexus 7 2
One of the device’s that was expected to arrive at Google I/O 2013 was a new Nexus 7 2 to replace the Nexus 7 which arrived at last year’s Google I/O. Several rumors pegged the device for arrival at the event with a number of upgrades over the original including a 1080p display and a faster processor, possibly the Snapdragon 800.
Those hoping for a new Nexus 7 2 were left empty handed as Google decided not to announce a Nexus 7 2 tablet meaning the Nexus 7 will remain the company’s go-to 7-inch tablet and the company’s competitor to the iPad mini.
The fact that it didn’t arrive at Google I/O doesn’t mean that it will never hit shelves. It’s certainly possible that Google has a new Nexus 7 up its sleeve for later this year, perhaps at a date more in line with Apple’s iPad mini 2 launch.
Nexus 4 LTE
There was a rumor circling around about a Nexus 4 with LTE launching at Google I/O with 32GB of storage space. That wound up not coming to fruition with Google instead announcing a new Samsung Galaxy S4 with Nexus features and yes, LTE data speeds.
This of course means that the Nexus 4 will stay on HSPA+ in the United States and elsewhere and the arrival of a Galaxy S4 Nexus likely means that a Nexus 4 LTE with 32GB is unlikely to arrive this year.
White Nexus 4
The elusive white Nexus 4, which surfaced several times over the past few weeks in the lead up to Google I/O, remains elusive as Google neglected to announce it at Google I/O.
With the Nexus 4 getting older, there are slim chances of a white Nexus 4 making it to shelves, but given that it’s just a new color, it could certainly still arrive at some point down the road.
Android 4.3/Android 5.0
Prior to I/O, Google was heavily rumored to be debuting a new version of Android. First, it was thought to be Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Then, more recently, it appeared that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean might have been on tap with some features for gamers and developers. That of course didn’t pan out and Android users were left empty handed with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean remaining the most current version of Android.
Does that rule out Android 4.3 for later this year? It certainly doesn’t. And it certainly does not rule out Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Google last year announced a new version of Android, Android 4.2, alongside the Nexus 4 and we could see the company to wait until later this year to debut Android 5.0 to compete with iOS 7, Apple’s new operating system.
Those looking for any big developments with Google TV or the emergence of a new Nexus TV with LG, the latter of which had been rumored in the past, came up with nothing as well as Google instead focused on many of its other services including Google Maps and Google Music.
Whether or not the company has a Nexus TV up its sleeve for later this year is unknown.
And finally, while many consumers likely hoped that Google would do something with Google Glass, it’s wearable technology, the device was notably absent from the keynote.
We did hear from one Google Glass developer during a question and answer with Google co-founder Larry Page, but nothing much came of the question and its response.
Those looking for future Google Glass plans, including release date and applications will likely have to wait until later in the year for a yet-to-be-determined event.