Android head Sundar Pichai says we likely won’t see much by way of new systems and hardware for Android at Google I/O. This revelation culminates recent rumors that suggest Google has postponed the release of Android 5.0 in order to allow current devices to catch up to current operating systems, in addition to several experts discovering tests for Android 4.3 within their server logs.
In a recent interview with Wired magazine, Pichai divulged that this year’s Google I/O will focus more on the how Google is working with developers to improve what they already have on the market, with much attention on both Android and Chrome.
“It’s going to be different," Pichai said. "It’s not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system.”
While Pichai’s comments are not exactly confirmation about what could take place at Google I/O, many speculate that it means we will not see Android 5.0 unveiled, though there's a high probability seeing another version of Jelly Bean in the form of Android 4.3.
Google notably releases at least one new or updated version of the Android operating system per year and has yet to introduce anything new for 2013. Therefore we are leaning toward seeing another version of Jelly Bean unveiled at Google I/O. Considering what Pichai has said, we may see Android 4.3 as a system heavily influenced by developers. In addition, we may have some backup to rumors that suggest an updated Nexus 7 tablet or Nexus 4 smartphone may be introduced at Google I/O.
“You will see a continuation of what we have tried to do with Nexus and Chromebooks. Any hardware projects we do will be to push the ecosystem forward,” Pichai told Wired.
Rumors about a new Nexus 7 culminated with when KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that we may see a second-generation tablet with updated specs and the same $199.99 price tag as its predecessor unveiled in the near future. Rumors also suggest that instead of a brand new Nexus 5 smartphone, we may see a white Nexus 4 with LTE capability and 32GB of internal storage.
Regardless of the logistics, the Mountain View, Calif., company will likely have something new to show us at its annual conference. So sit tight for just 24 more hours until the next developments from Google are revealed.
Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.