Android chief: Google I/O to focus on helping developers, not launching new products

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Since its inception in 2008, Google I/O was meant to be a conference for developers to come and get help with developing for the latest and greatest in web and mobile technology. That focus has never waned, with jam-packed developer workshops and sessions gracing the schedule each year. However, Google has shown a penchant for launching new products at the show the past few years, with keynotes often indulging us about the latest version of Android or a new Nexus device.

It looks like that might not be the case this year. New Android headmaster Sundar Pichai wasn’t afraid to start nipping a bit of the rumor mill in the bud ahead of the event kicking off this Wednesday. He said the event would be less about launching new products and more about helping developers get more in tune with the likes of Android and Chrome OS.

This doesn’t necessarily mean we can’t expect anything new — we’d at least expect word on the next versions of Android and Chrome — but it sounds like Pichai wants to try and curb some disappointment ahead of time. To be specific, some product launches we thought might be happening at I/O have recently been rumored to come at a later date.

Word is we won’t see the Motorola X Phone Google has had a hand in developing, nor will we see the Nexus 5 we expect LG to craft (the timing on that last one would be off anyway — the last Nexus phone launched only half a year ago). Recent murmurings have suggested Google would be launching a refreshed version of the Nexus 7, but nothing is certain right now.

We’re excited regardless, and we’re sure Google I/O won’t disappoint even with Pichai’s reservations. We’ll be hitting the ground running to cover the show for you starting this week Wednesday, so be sure to circle back and rest easy knowing we’ve got you covered.

[via Wired]

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  • Havoc70

    So what he is saying is I/O is no longer important to anyone but a developer, how nice.

    • Guest

      The initial purpose of I/O was to benefit developers. It’s us consumers that have begun to assume that it has to directly benefit us to some degree.

    • Mitchel White

      What it should be

    • Sean Royce

      What I’m saying is you’re an idiot.

    • mattj78

      A developer conference of importance only to developers. Whatever next?

    • Charles Sweeney

      Directly important to devs as it should be and indirectly important to the rest of those out there that use anything Android as it’s the devs that make the apps/games we all use and play. So, it is important to anyone whether they realize it or not.

    • RitishOemraw

      Was it ever any different?
      A minor nexus 7 and floppy nexus Q release and that’s it.
      I/O is about software, not hardware….besides the new version of android and small peaks into the future it has always been about developers.

      moto x announcement never made any sense to be during i/o…nor that of the nexus 5 (seeing as EVERY nexus phone AFAIK was announced separately)

  • Smitty

    I’m sure there will be something for everyone, I don’t think anyone really expected to see a new Nexus phone at I/O this year.

  • Wesley

    All that money for a ticket and no new devices, major letdown :(

    • Thomas Finn

      people like that … ugh, this is why I don’t have a ticket.

    • Crimsonshadow774

      Sell your ticket. You obviously didn’t deserve it in the first place.

    • Matthew Miranda

      Agree and to the Dbags that think they are “developers” shut it. Fun new stuff is why you go. If you wanna write code watch from home and learn for free

  • outkastz

    If only they’d sell me a ticket.

  • Nadim Visram

    I feel like his comments are misleading. Why ruin the surprise of I/O if an X Phone or Nexus 4 LTE will be announced?

  • scoter man1

    Just gimmie my 1080p Nexus 7, and you can do whatever you want.

  • Mimsyborogove923

    I’m so ok with this. If I was actually going I’m sure I’d be disappointed about not getting more goodies, but being an Android developer myself I’m always happy to see more work put into assisting developers. I think this will be especially important for Glass, since the main issue most of the reviews have had with it is that it’s kind of low on functionality, and the remedy for that is developers, well, developing.

    Hopefully it will end up being a delicious treasure trove of videos.