With Google I/O just about ready to begin, naturally a big part of what we are going to be seeing over the next few days will be related to the conference. Before it begins though, Sundar Pichai has recently spoken to Wired and the discussion touched on everything from challenges to the dominance of Samsung, the merging of Chrome and Android and of course, Google I/O. Just to clarify though, it still doesn’t look like the two Google operating systems are going to be merging anytime soon.
In fact, Pichai has said that in the short term they have Android and Chrome and that they “are not changing course.” Touching on the short term aspect here, he did also mention that “the picture may look different a year or two from now.” Basically, it sounds like there are no immediate plans but that they are not ruling a merge out completely. While having two operating systems seems to bring a fair amount of attention when it comes to Google, other companies don’t seem to have the same issues. Pichai touched on Apple and how he believes “very few people” ask why Apple has iOS and OS X. In that respect it seems to make perfect sense.
Shifting over to the challenges. This touches on the bit about him only having recently taken over. His challenges, aside from getting started in the position, seem to focus on the long term of Android. In this regard, Pichai spoke about how they can keep the open nature of Android and still “help improve the whole world’s end-user experience.”
While we have heard (and seen in countless reports) about the dominance of Samsung. This one is simple, Pichai has said that Samsung is a “great partner to work with” and went as far as showing his personal GALAXY S 4. While those topics are all interesting enough, lets shift over to what is likely on the minds of many Android fans at the moment — Google I/O.
Basically, it is is looking like 2013 may bring some differences as compared to previous years. In fact, Pichai said rather simply that “it’s going to be different this year.” Further comments touched on how we are going to see more of a focus on developers and less of a focus on new products and new operating systems. And for better or worse, this year will keep the focus on both Android and Chrome.