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Google Mobile Event August 12th, What Could they Be Announcing?

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Invites are being sent out for a Google Mobile event to take place this Thursday, August 12th. They will be “unveiling a couple of cool new mobile features,” but little is known beyond that. So what could be so exciting that it warrants a press conference? I’m honestly at a loss, though we could be seeing some more of the functions showcased at Google I/O that didn’t quite make the initial Froyo cut. Your guess is as good as mine.

What could Google possible be announcing?

[via Gizmodo]




  • Wello

    Please let it be Market desktop browser.. although that wouldn’t be a mobile feature

  • kamoc

    google music?

  • Khalid

    It’s mobile-related and a selling-point for Android.

  • Ganesh

    I think they’re going to give us Droid Incredible some advice… possibly something like “You should spend your time working to fix life’s problems instead of constantly checking your phone’s system update section to see if Froyo made its way there.” Just my thought. More realistically probably a google tablet? Which may eventually be the N1 of tablets (available for sale then primarily used by developers).

  • 513

    Paid apps for more countries ?
    Market in the browser ?

  • Ace Curry

    GINGERBREAD!

  • http://www.trackaroo.com Jeff

    New web based Android Market that was demo at Google IO? Push apps to your phone, more country support, carrier billing. It’s been almost 3 months since then. And we did just accept a new market agreement.

  • Wello

    I would definitely want more countries enabled for paid apps! Sweden is one of the top cutting-edge technology countries in Europe and I still have to pirate apps! I want to buy apps dammit!

  • ari-free

    slideme.org has paid android apps. Not sure why google can’t

  • http://www.komodocontacts.com ryan

    Facetime for ANDROID!! You heard it here first folks.. video chat in google talk on ANDROID!

  • Jonathan Drake

    Upgrades for old phones?! One can dream… or switch back to the iPhone *shudders*

  • http://jessey.net/ Simon Jessey

    I am hoping that Google will roll out Android←→Desktop media syncing, per the company’s acquisition of Simplify.

  • SteveE

    Ganesh – I gave up. After 2 full days I gave up. I am flashing mine tonight. Just too frustrated.

    I would say gingerbread, music, or tablet. Most likely one of the first two as tablets are already out or coming out.

  • Dan

    I think that they will admit they messed up and give everyone free bumpers for their phone… oh, wait…. ;)

  • historialweb

    NEXUS TWO?

  • historialweb

    and GINGERBREAD!

  • Rachel

    Google Jedi. Telepathic communication add-on for Droids. ;P

  • Wello

    Maybe apps will support tablet sizes and tablets will get Android Market :)

  • Jnl813

    2 things:

    Chrome for Android

    and an official app for Video Chats from Google.

  • 513

    Chrome for Android ?
    What do you mean ?

    The browser ? Cause it’s already webkit based.

  • Wello

    Android already has Chrome Lite if you can call it that.

  • Charles in Vancouver

    Google Mobile team, not Android team. This means it will have to do with apps Google wrote for mobile devices. Although this usually means Android, it could also mean something across multiple platforms.

    Frankly I’m hoping for editable Google Docs on mobiles :)

  • KC

    gingerbread

  • Justin

    VOIP for Google Voice would be legit.

  • Shai

    android market? merchants from more countries payed apps support??????????? err :\

  • http://twitter.com/aaronhutchinson Aaron

    Let’s hope it isn’t something like
    “O HAI HERE IZ DRIOD2 O & BTW WE R SELING 200,001 PHONEZ EVRI DAY H3H3!!!!!”

    Google Music & wireless media sync to android would be IMMENSE

  • Jared

    Paid apps for more countries and something else maybe.

  • dars

    issue 3902 solved and responses to all the people who starred the issue?

  • onlyever

    I’m hoping for:
    1.Market improvements
    2.Google music service
    3.Something we haven’t seen yet
    I guarantee it won’t be:
    1.Gingerbread
    2.Phone updates
    3.A nexus two or tablet or any hardware
    (:

  • macs

    Could be chrome os

  • Wello

    @dars You mean the VPN for Android thing?

  • Go Oilers

    Gingerbread – sick new UI, built in task manager, less power consumption, updated android market.

    Nexus 2 – 1.5Ghz, 16gb built in memory, 1gb ram, 4.0 inch SLCD screen, 4G compatable, 10.1mp camera, 1.3mp front facing camera, louder speakers, and reception when held with left hand

    Google Music

    Nexus Tablet – 2Ghz, 8inch SLCD, 2Ghz ram, 32Gb+ memory, front facing camera, Flash, Gingerbread,

  • MVtom

    More hype, less substance.

  • Jared

    You know, don’t forget, it could be something ad-mob related??? remember, it wasn’t that long ago that google bought them out? That seems to fall under the umbrella of Google Mobile, rather than just a strictly android related announcement. :-)

  • Jamm

    They are announcing the purchase of TMO. Which they will rename Skynet which sadly kills off humanity. =(

    I honestly am calling a TMO purchase

  • Jared

    I hope they remembered to invite Steve.

  • Daniel S

    Integrated non-tied-to-Verizon Skype, perhaps?

  • ari-free

    ok why are there for 36 posts about something that nobody knows what is going to happen?

  • CalypsoArt

    Probably to let us know how the Google-Verizon deal “will be better for consumers and users and improve the web.”

  • SharonW

    Coincidence that they’re announcing this on the same day the Droid 2 is coming out? I think not. Definitely a tie-in and probably why Verizon waited so long to announce the D2. I’m 90% sure it’s going to be Google Music and, in conjunction with the D2, Motorola’s media sharing software called “Family Room.”

  • Anthony

    I wish they would buy Tmobile and rename the company Gmobile. Realistically though, they are simply announcing google music with streaming from your pc to phone.

  • Dalm

    Ultra-zoom Google Face View

  • ari-free

    ok I’ll bite:
    the announcement that adobe flash for android is now out of beta

  • cwrig

    That they have cancelled WAVE but they didnt fire that German guy.

  • cwrig

    > the announcement that adobe flash for android is now out of beta.

    Oh gosh; that might just be it. I hope google doesnt hook too much energy onto flash. I think flash might one area old Steve Jobs is right about.

  • ari-free

    ummm no. Especially since I use flash practically every single day.

  • Davis

    @charles from Vancouver _ gdocs is a free app that does that. Maybe you mean a native one? that would be nice but I don’t think the 3rd party one lacks features

  • dars

    yeah @Wello.. that would be a nice announcement.. better than any other new stuff they bring over.. I mean without having to get root and all that.. and the “response to the audience” part would also be fine, either official or unofficial.. :)

  • Jean

    Please, NEXUS TWO!!

  • destardi

    Google Books and Google Music

  • Bob

    video chat seems lame, it seems a copy of Apple. I dont think it is that. Mostly streaming music

  • Bob

    video chat seems lame, it seems a copy of Apple. I dont think it is that. Mostly streaming music

  • Bob

    I hope this is another game changing stuff like google navigation they announced at last event. Wow waiting for it.

  • G11

    After their “Net Neutrality” partnership with Verizon … I’m bracing for the worst to be honest: like an exclusive contact with Verizon similar to AT&T that will hammer us non-verizon customers.

  • SwampFox

    I can’t believe I got fooled into clicking on this “story”… are there any tech blogs that leaves out sensationalist shit like live wallpapers that aren’t really a security threat, or ‘trojans’ that aren’t really trojans at all, or posts about absolutely nothing?

  • Dougau

    They acquired the KIN from Microsoft! LOL!!

  • http://twitter.com/willsours Will S

    Maybe to announce Verizon bought them? Or at least bought their principals and integrity? Probably not, but lately Im questioning their moves. I think maybe theyre just withholding for strategic purposes (hopefully). As for the 12th…

    I think Flash will finally come out of Beta. Along with a simultaneous release of Froyo for multiple devices announcement. Streaming services and cloud storage a strong possibility. I imagine they’ll also be showing off alot of Froyo features most people most people don’t know about (or just forgot about), on a device that’s actually real, available, and not just coming with a software update at some point next year.

    Hopefully they announce Blur sucks as well.

  • Sulli

    That Apple will now run Android…

    My guess Music, Games, VOIP or Security Issues

  • Paul

    Could it be Google Me?

  • http://code.google.com/p/floatingimage/ Mark Gjøl

    Google recently changed the distribution agreement in very specific points relating to the purchase of apps. ( http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2010/07/adjustment-to-market-legals.html ) Their reason for this was new and exciting ways to sell apps, so I believe there might be at least a possibility that this is related to that.

  • jon

    @Historialweb.

    Fuck.

    Yes.

  • Maj

    i think they’re going to announce the new payment option along that was hinted in the recent adjustment to market legals along with new changes to the market itself and maybe officially announce their new app protection system to help fighting apps pirating

  • Bob

    Maj,
    that would be boring and besides some cool features have been hinted at, that is something customer centric. Those two features have nothing cool about them.

  • need to twat a lot?

    ability to sell apps in Canada. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!

  • need to twat a lot?

    NEXUS TWOO with gyroscope and autostereoscopic display!

  • Ben

    google is unfortunately dead in 5 years. Googles biggest enemy is facebook. Google simply misunderstood social and let facebook get away and now facebook has the largest platform on the planet. And facebooks enemy is Apple. Apple has the most lucrative platform on the planet and only Apple stands in the way of facebook era. Google could have spent more time creating a cloned social product like facebook or spent more time improving orkut or something like that. Instead it created a cloned iphone which was shoddy and which has very less mass acceptance. Now they are trying to save themselves by selling out to verizon so that verizon continues to promote android as well as IPhone equally well. Sad but true. Google looks dead and now they have made Apple their enemy as well. Google real enemies were Microsoft and Facebook and now instead of concentrating on their real enemies are busy playing catchup to Apple(who is now determined to kill Google and who was a former ally of Google as well) all the time.

  • Reap

    Announcement of no more 1.5 devices!

  • http://code.google.com/p/floatingimage/ Mark Gjøl

    Bob – Not boring at all to the huge amount of countries that are still stuck with free apps. That would be very exciting, actually!

  • Zach

    Whatever it is i’m excited…

  • DJ Lance Rock

    GINGERBREAD… featuring X-ray vision and time travel.

  • Big E

    I love Froyo on my N1 but bring on the GINGERBREAD!

  • wat

    @Ben: Google dead in 5 years? Hahaha.

    You’re either a troll or ignorant. Android is gaining huge momentum and despite being free, they will make money off of it. They do not need their own hardware in order to compete since they will make money off of the Android OS, whether it be through advertising alone or through other ways as well.

  • su2lly

    Yes, Google will be dead in 5 years and the monkeys that fly out of Bens butt will deliver us the next great search web site.

  • Jeremy

    The ability to change your marketplace email address? That would be HUGE!! Please, Google? You promised us last Valentines Day…

  • ari-free

    It is now official. Netcraft has confirmed: Ben is dying.
    You don’t need to be the Amazing Kreskin to predict Ben’s future. The hand writing is on the wall: Ben faces a bleak future. In fact there won’t be any future at all for Ben because Ben is dying. Things are looking very bad for Ben. As many of us are already aware, Ben continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

  • Jared

    Yeah, I think Ben is quite misinformed :-P

  • MarvinAndroid

    Ben is in fact… on crack. (And maybe meth.. and most definitely LSD). Poor Ben.

  • aabill

    Google will be announcing that they have hired Ben as their new chief marketing strategist.

  • http://www.mo-call.com Ving

    I have read the major announcement will be Video Calling, which has been around for years and I don’t see it taking off. I’m from Europe and video calling has been available for a number of years and hasn’t taken off.

    Source: http://www.neowin.net/news/google-mobile-event-to-be-held-thursday-android-video-calling-to-debut

    I guess Android have to keep up with Apple in terms of features.

  • Sulli

    I would not be surprised if they announce in the not too distant future that the Android OS….Google TV….has become the base OS for the PS3.

  • Sulli

    I had though about installing Android as my “other OS” on the PS3 but interestingly enough Sony removed the option in March about a month before the partnership with Google TV was announced

  • Andrew

    Could be Google pushing out their chrometophone feature to the market?

  • Jim Davies

    Engadget have an article that may well be related… timing it to release on the same day as Google having this event… surely not a coincidence?

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/11/exclusive-sony-ericsson-to-introduce-android-3-0-gaming-platfor/

  • Chuck

    World Peace