Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) is hosting a "breakfast" event on Wednesday morning with Sundar Pichai, senior vice president and the head of Android and Chrome at Google. Google will live stream video of today's event starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT, and we've embedded the live stream below.
During the live stream, Pichai is expected to unveil the newest revision of the Android mobile operating system (OS), version 4.3, as well as a new Nexus 7 tablet from Google. Pichai may also introduce updates to Google Now and Voice Search for Android and Chrome. Pichai may also use the time to announce a television interface called Chromecast.
Watch the live stream from the Google event here:
A quad-core second-generation Nexus 7 tablet was expected at Google I/O, but did not make the cut. The new Nexus 7 might have a few things missing from the current model, including front and back cameras and LTE 4G radios for mobile data. Find a full list of (unconfirmed) Nexus 7 specs here, along with other surprises expected from today's Google event.
Android 4.3: New Version Of OS
Android 4.3 is expected to have built-in support for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), a version of the wireless software that uses short bursts of information followed by a “low energy” state. Bluetooth LE, also known as Bluetooth Smart, will allow low-power gadgets to run longer with minimal battery usage. The International Business Times has a rundown on Bluetooth Low Energy and how it works available here.
Changes to the Android camera app, the phone's dialer and WiFi are also expected. For an in-depth review of the updates expected in Android 4.3, click here.
Updates to Chrome OS, Chromebooks
Pichai might also use time during the event to talk about the updates to the Google Chrome OS, a beta for which (29.0.1537.32) was released on Friday. Devices running Google's Chrome OS, known as Chromebooks, now have a more “immersive” full-screen view that hides the shelf and toolbar. The beta update to Chrome OS also syncs wallpaper across different devices, an updated app launcher and the ability to pin apps to different shells via drag and drop.
Chromecast, whatever it turns out to be, is reportedly related to televisions and will be available on several Google Chromebooks.
Are you looking forward to the Google event today? Which Google products are you hoping to see unveiled or updated? Let us know in the comments section below, and remember to tune into the live stream starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
Thomas Halleck is a tech reporter for the International Business Times, covering Google, wearables, product reviews and mobile news....