Posted 07/18/2013 at 11:58 AM
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Could we be set to see something new from Android this month? On Wednesday (17 July 2013), Google began sending out very vague invites to the press inviting them to breakfast on July 24. In typical hush-hush cryptic fashion, the invite simply read, “Please join us for breakfast with Sundar Pichai.” However, that is enough to indicate some kind of new mobile news will be unveiled.
Sundar Pichai is the head of Google’s Android division, taking over the reins after former boss Andy Rubin who stepped down back in March and, rather than serving up large portions of eggs, we’re likely to see some new developments related the mobile operating system, and possibly Chrome, which is also under Pichai’s direction.
Naturally, speculation has begun as to what Google plans to reveal at the event in San Francisco. Of course, with little information to go on, what will be shown off is anybody’s guess, although a new version of Android is where the smart money is going. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean was widely expected to make an appearance at Google’s I/O conference in May, but as we know, that didn’t happen. Without an update for five months, version 4.3 is surely imminent.
A new version of Jelly Bean on its own, though, is not likely to generate too much excitement around the breakfast table, especially with rumors of a more highly anticipated Android 5.0 “Key Lime Pie” in line for a 2013 launch. Therefore, we may see the release of new hardware to accompany it, in the form of a second generation Nexus 7 and maybe even a new Nexus 10.
Another hot rumor is of a Moto X customizable smartphone, which will be manufactured right here in the U.S. Motorola has recently started promoting the phone, so a release date shouldn’t be far away and I wouldn’t want to rule it out, even if 24 July does seem a little early.
If you want to see what it is Google are cooking up, the whole event will be streamed live on YouTube at 9:00 AM next Wednesday, so grab some breakfast and tune in.