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New head of Android says Google I/O will be about services this year, not devices or operating systems
Sundar Pichai, the new head of Android, has said that Google will focus on "all of the kinds of things we're doing for developers" at Google I/O this year. During an interview with Wired, the head of Android, who is also at the wheel of Chrome, has said that now isn't the time that Google has "much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system".
Pichai talked about a bunch of subjects, touching on Android updates, Google's relationship with Samsung, Facebook Home and the challenges of managing two operating systems:
- On the relationship between Chrome and Android: "Android and Chrome are both large, open platforms, growing very fast. I think that they will play a strong role, not merely exist. I see this as part of friendly innovation and choice for both users and developers."
- On Facebook Home: "It's exciting that Facebook thought of Android first in this case. Android was intended to be very customizable. And we welcome innovations. As for the specific product, my personal take on it is that time will tell."
Google I/O is just weeks away, and now the Mountain View-based everythings giant have posted their session schedule for the conference. Google I/O takes place over three days, and will cover multiple Google products and services.
The sessions include Android, Chrome & Apps, Google+, Google Cloud Platform, Google Maps and YouTube. I'm sure we'll see some products unveiled, where I'm hoping for a new Nexus smartphone, and the teased Nexus 11 tablet. Here's hoping to a better look at Google Glass, and hopefully the next iteration (and hopefully next-gen) Android.
There's been talk that the next piece of Android to arrive won't be Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie" but another iteration of Jelly Bean, which will arrive as Android 4.3.
Not only will Nintendo not be holding a press conference during this years E3, but Valve won't be, either. It's not like Valve had a huge history of hosting events, but with Steam Box being talked about, most thought we'd see some action at E3 2013.
ValveTime posted the above tweet, a screencap from an e-mail from Valve's vice president of marketing, Doug Lombardi. Lombardi states that Valve will be not exhibiting at E3 this year, and leaves it at that.
Acer's first global launch for the year is happening in New York City on May 3, where the company are going to have a demonstration on "how Acer is designing the best touch experiences in the industry."
This could really be anything, from a new Windows 8-based product, or an entirely new smartphone or tablet we haven't heard about yet. Acer are one of the stronger Microsoft partners, so we should expect a Windows 8 PC - or maybe this could be the world's first tease of Windows Blue?
Registrations for Microsoft's upcoming BUILD conference are now open, with the first 500 registrations scoring a nice $500 off of the price of admission. The BUILD conference will take place on June 26-28 at The Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.
The three-day event will see sessions held on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Blue and a bunch of other topics. The Redmond-based software giant are also hosting a hackathon that starts the night before, at 7pm. Attendees can work by themselves, or team up to build apps from scratch using Windows, Windows Phone or Windows Azure, where they can win prizes.
We should also see the Windows 8 update codenamed Windows Blue to be shown off at BUILD, with the unveiling of the update to Windows 8 reportedly set to be the only public preview of the OS before it is ready for public consumption later in the year.
Our latest poll had over 4,300 people who answered, "What are you most likely to buy? (new CES 2013 products)".
We saw rather mixed results with the most votes by a small margin going to the option of a new 4k UHD television. In second place, again by a small margin, was Valve's upcoming Steam Box.
In a split third place, we saw a new desktop computer and new upcoming smartphone, were also popular options.
Taipei Game Show 2013 - Yesterday we hit the halls of the Nangang exhibition center for Taipei Game Show 2013. It was a little sad to see that the show was smaller than usual with big names such as Microsoft and Nintendo not in attendance.
Other big names such as Razer, Sony and Tt eSPORTS were at the show and were excited about the event. Talk around the show floor had some concerned about the smaller size of the event this year. Nevertheless, it's not a trade show that TweakTown attends without what I guess now is considered as the obligatory booth babe video.
So, for your viewing pleasure... check out the embedded video above. Even booth ladies were down this year. And for our female audience, we tried for you, but there were no male models at the show, at all. Next time!
CES 2013 - This year's Consumer Electronics Show has started off with a bang, which we began our coverage with NVIDIA's CES 2013 Special Event.
NVIDIA started off with a limp, but began to gain steam as the night went on. We heard about how powerful the PC industry is, and how cloud computing is the current, and next big thing. NVIDIA GRID was shown off, which sports more than 200 TFLOPS of power thanks to the 240 NVIDIA GPUs inside, where CEO of NVIDIA stated that it had the power of around 720 x Xbox 360s. NVIDIA also showed off their new Tegra 4 SoC which is seriously powerful - sporting a quad-core processor and 72 GPU cores. Lastly, we also heard something that came out of the blue - Project Shield, a portable gaming device. You can read more on our coverage from the NVIDIA CES 2013 Special Event right here.
While waiting to get into the NVIDIA CES 2013 Special Event as well as myself waiting to watch the live webcast, get ready for some huge announcements from NVIDIA. What could we see?
I'm sure NVIDIA will take the stage and hopefully show off some next-gen Tegra 4 SoC gear, or maybe a tease of an upcoming new product we haven't heard of yet? Keep coming back as we're going to be reporting this live as it happens.
Google have just told the world to save a date for their Google I/O 2013 developer conference which will be operating over May 15-17 at Moscone West in San Francisco next year. The location may be the same, but the conference has moved into the month of May.
This year's Google I/O conference was in June, where we saw Android 4.1 Jelly Bean unveiled, the addition of movies, TV shows and magazines to the Google Play Store, the unveiling of the Nexus 7 tablet, the Nexus Q and most of all - Project Glass. I hope we get to see more of Project Glass, a lot more.
Considering the 2012 Google I/O conference sold out in a crazy 28-minute click-fest, registration will most likely be just as hectic this year when registration details for the 2013 conference get announced in February.