Google I/O


Google I/O is right around the corner, and that spells excitement for every Android geek in the world. Looking forward to all of the new releases and advancements in Android, but not only Android. Google I/O is known for having some of the most amazing advancements in technology from around the world. Like the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), hosted by Apple, it promises to be one of the most exciting events of the year. This year many are expecting Google to unveil some new gadgets, whereas in 2013 the focus was mainly on development and applications, and 2012 saw the release of Google Glass and the Nexus 7. So hopes are high this year for the company to release something like the rumored “Nexus 8.”

As the conference closes in, being only about one and a half weeks away, many are looking forward to seeing what additions Google has been making to “wearables,” like Glass. Earlier this month Google made some new partners in the medical field, Wearable Intelligence and Augmedix. These companies will join Google in its new “Glass at Work” program. Google Glass is becoming more popular for medical professionals, and it will be interesting to see what advancement there is to be made with the help of this new device. In addition, it is a possibility that Google may showcase what the consumer version of Glass will look like. Over the two years since its release Google Glass sold in very limited releases as the company continued to perfect the design and usability of the device. Google Glass has also carried a $1,500 USD price tag along with it, which may or may not have been a deterrent considering device sold out every time it was available, but time will tell if Google I/O will be the platform for a more consumer friendly version of the device.

Not one to go down without a fight, Google is preparing to defend itself against “HealthKit,” newly unveiled by Apple at WWDC earlier this month. Google Fit, as the project is called, is rumored to be able to use biometric data collected by Android Wear, and place the information in the cloud. However, there are a number of different possibilities for when this announcement could be made. During the first day of the convention there is a session called “wearable computing with Google,” and another on the second day called “Android and cloud.” Either way getting back into the health game after the failure of Google Health, starting in 2007 and dying out by 2012, is an interesting move. The world is a different place now, and technology has increased the number of angles at which the health industry could be approached.

Finally, not even a week after Amazon had launched its Fire TV, rumors started to fly regarding the possibility of Google having a plan for Android TV. This would not be the first, or even the second time that Google has taken a stab at the home entertainment business. Google TV aside, last year Chromecast was released, which allows users to stream popular media from Netflix, Hulu, and Google Play. No Google I/O is not just for Android fans, it promises a little something for everyone.

Opinion by Phillip Schmidt

The Wall Street Journal
Google I/O