Google I/O 2013: the best guesses on what's coming

Are there any good guesses as to what Google will reveal in mid-May? Yes and no.

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Here’s another rumor, source from the amazingly, almost wonderfully inaccurate Digitimes: that the next Nexus 7 will feature a crisper screen and be released at Google I/O. Meanwhile, the bezel on the next 7 is supposedly smaller; this, despite detailed attention and praise for the book-like bezel shaping on the 7 at its reveal at Google I/O 2012.

I don’t expect a next-generation Nexus 7 to be released, given out, or shipped from Google I/O 2013. But it could be underway, and available soon after.

Android 5.0, “Key Lime Pie,” to be showcased

Yes, definitely. Google I/O is the best place for Google to display the capabilities, new features, and compatibility of Android versions, as developers have a few days and many in-person discussions with which to mull over a new Android. And it’s about time for a new Android, given the smaller 4.2 update to Jelly Bean at almost exactly halfway between I/O events.

And because I’m starting to get serious about updating The Complete Android Guide to cover the newest versions of Android, there will almost certainly be a complete change in many core functions of the phone. That one’s speculative, but trust me: I have deeply placed and well-informed sources in my own cynicism factory.

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