What Google didn’t announce at I/O 2013

May 15, 2013
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Google I/O is going on full steam right now, and Google has just finished up the keynote full of announcements. So is there anything that Google didn't announce this morning? Absolutely. There is plenty that was expected that wasn't announced, but there's also plenty that wasn't announced that is probably new we'll be spotting all week long. For now, lets talk about what didn't happen.

The Google IO event this year was full of good things, details, news, and announcements. This year it wasn't about those headline announcements such as Jelly Bean, the Nexus 7, Google Glass skydiving into the stage, or anything else. Instead it was all deep developer friendly features. We knew this year would be all about developers, but we didn't think that was said with such a literal meaning.

Where's Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or Key Lime Pie

Google didn't announce a single drop of news or details regarding the next iteration of Android. Something that has been a highlight and main part of Google I/O for multiple years in the past. We've been seeing reports and rumors regarding Android 4.3 Jelly Bean - not Key Lime Pie - and surely it's in the testing phase from Google.

Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie has been heavily debated and talked about, or whatever the next version of Android will be called. Sadly, we didn't get a drop of information today. Google confirmed today that Android has been growing at a huge rate. So fast in fact that it has doubled in one year, and there is now over 900 million Android activations. Oddly they didn't announce a new OS update for their biggest platform. Odd to say the least. I could go on about Android 4.3/5.0 for a long time, but you guys all know as much as us. No Key Lime Pie, probably not until October. Android 4.3 could be coming soon though, as an incremental update.

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With numbers that high, nearly 50 billion app downloads, and counting Google doesn't need to push out updates as fast as they have in the past. This confirms previous reports that Google will move to yearly upgrade cycles. Which makes sense now that Android is fast, stable, and the number one Mobile OS in the world. It's depressing we don't have a tasty new update to enjoy and talk about, but all the improvements made to Android today are still equally exciting.

Nexus devices or hardware
We've been reporting on an improved second-gen Nexus 7 for more than a few weeks now. There's obviously a Motorola XFON coming soon, and there was also reports of a Nexus 4 with LTE. Sadly there was absolutely zero new hardware here at Google I/O. Well, if the Galaxy S 4 without TouchWiz is considered new hardware. Many were expecting hardware, but Google didn't bring any to San Fransisco.

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Instead, Google gave out their impressive Chromebook Pixel to all the developers and attendee's, and announced a Samsung GALAXY S 4 Google Edition with stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Yes, 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. So the only new hardware, is actually the Galaxy S 4 with stock Android, a version of Android that's been available for some time. The unlocked developer friendly GS 4 Google Edition hits late next month for $649, and that's the only piece of hardware that is new.

Google TV and Nexus Q

We were expecting some details about Google TV this year, since it didn't have much of a presence last year. Sadly all we've learned, not at Google I/O, is that today Google TV is getting updated to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Google TV doesn't appear to be very important to the folks at Google at the moment, and neither is the Q. The Nexus Q was announced last year but was quickly canceled before ever making it to market. Many thought Google would reveal a revamped Nexus Q, but it also was missing in action.

Google Glass
Google's new Project Glass wearable computing technology needs no introduction. Last year however the introduction was done here at IO 2012 as Google skydived right onto the roof and into the Moscone Center. With such a huge entrance last year we were expecting something similar today. Not only did Google have no huge showing of Glass, they didn't mention it once. Not once. There's plenty of Glass Explorers wearing the shades, and plenty of staff too, but the keynote didn't share any new details.

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If you were expecting some crazy new improvements to Google Glass, today won't be the day that happens. It was recently updated to XE5 for the OS, and those updates will continue to push to explorer edition units, but we haven't learned anything new yet at IO. I was seriously expecting a huge showing, so that's a bit disappointing. Although Larry Page did tell Robert Scoble that he didn't appreciate the shower picture that's been making the rounds. That was worth a laugh or two.

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The secrets of Google's latest mobile OS update, new hardware, Nexus 5 and more will have to wait. As you can see in the image above they still have a few things hiding behind some unmarked boxes. There's plenty going on this week for Google I/O, tons of developer sessions and more so stay tuned as we bring you the latest. We'd love to hear your thoughts on Google I/O. Did it meet your expectations? Or is the lack of new hardware/software enough for you to be disappointed? Let us know!


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  • Cezar C

    Extremely Dissapointed. Although what they are probably saving it for another time. If i had to bet the farm I would say no more than 6 weeks after WWDC

  • John

    Sooo dissapointed. Im upgrading my moby in the next couple of months in the UK. I also want a tablet. So was hoping for a nexus 4+ or 5 wirh decent storage, maybe 4G. I dont really want a 5″ Screen. Tablet wise i was looking for an 8″ nexus with
    HD screen & be able to use it make calls from my 3g. But nothing. Great software wise, rubbish hardware wise :-(Unless they will announce something later at I/O

  • Donny johnson

    I think its a good thing. Google doesn’t need to update to please those who can’t relax and enjoy what they have. Most phones are on ICS so why keep coming with upgrades. Let the rest have a chance to catch up because jb4.1.2 is more then enough to last for months to come.

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      I for the most part agree here. Bring a few more incremental updates while MFG’s catch up

      • Cezar C

        A year to fall behind is nothing to sneeze at. If the next time we see a new Android bump is at next years I/O then it better be Android 5.0. Apple’s iOS 7 is rumored to be quite a evolution. Google better think this through…

      • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

        We’ll see Android 4.3 Jelly Bean probably within the next month or two, and possibly KLP during the holidays. The Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 both were actually released during the holiday months. So that will probably be when Google drops the next piece of hardware

  • Myke

    This is a smart move actually. No new android version means a lot of devices out there will catch up and getting 4.2.2., and that’s a lot less fragmentation in let’s say next 6 months.

    • http://jimeagle.com James Eagle

      While true, that is not a good reason to not release updates.

  • http://samwouters.eu/ sam wouters

    Hope they save it for the end of Google IO, because no new Android version now is double sided. A relax period is indeed not so bad, so manufacturers can push the latest Android version on their devices. At the other side, iOS7 is rumored to be more polished, using widgets, even better on usability,… so it can become an even greater competitor of Android on user experience and usability. Also, releasing upgrades for older devices takes a lot of time for manufacturers to test it on all their devices worldwide and they like more that users buy a new phone in stead of updating an older one. So, it would be better that manufacturers find a good way that it’s possible to follow the latest Android versions. Something, for example, in the same way like Google and Samsung will release a Galaxy S4 with vanilla Android. And in such a case their would be no problem that Google releases every year a new Android version.

    • Jason Kelleher

      They would be smart to save it for the release of the XFon. New releases of Android tied to Google Hardware would be an effective way to isolate Samsung.

  • SoWhy

    Disappointed – I wanted to hear about the next generation Nexus tablets because I wanted to buy one in the near future

  • stucrmnx120fshwf

    True Nexus 4 got the CPU, RAM right, but significant advances have been made in screen and GPU price performance, Apple and Microsoft won’t just be sitting on their hands.