I haven't been able to buy a Google I/O ticket (servers crashed) and it doesn't look like Google wants to invite me with a press badge (thus far), but here are my Google I/O May 15-17th 2013 expectations. I've not always been exact in my Google I/O predictions, see 2011 and 2012. Here's what I'd announce at this point if I was running Google:
1. Google Smartwatch. (approx same "Wearable UI" as Google Glass) $199 BT 4.0.
2. Exynos5410/Tegra4/S800 Chromebooks launched. (prob 13.3" $299, preferably with Pixel Qi 20-hour battery life).
3. Android 5 unveiled. intro "Full Chrome" on Android, Android Extension for Chrome OS too (that's what I call "the merger"). Android 4.3 may get released at I/O with Android 5 release for months later.
4. Andy Rubin announced chief of new Google Internet of Things and Google Robots department (this is the new Google X project)
5. Google TV now part of Android 5. all HDMI/MHL turns any Android device to full Google TV UI, even HDMI throughput and IR blaster can be supported on most phones/tablets with adapter.
6. Google Gaming now serious. launches $99 Google Home Entertainment Console. It's ARM Cortex-A15 with Mali-T678 GPU. Most Android games now mapped for TV controller game play. Exynos5410/Tegra4/S800 too.
7. Google Glass public release in 3 months for $499. $299 version by end of the year. Early Glass Explorers get choice of $1000 credit in Google Play Store or they get 2 extra Google Glass to give to friends/family.
8. Moto X Phones launched. $99/$199/$299 (540p-dual/720p-quad/1080p-octo) (maybe T4i/S600/T4) with no contract on T-Mobile in USA. unlocked worldwide. Waterproof, unbreakable, sunlight readable Pixel Qi LCD ultra long battery life.
9. Google Book launched. $99 WiFi e-reader with Google Books, Android E Ink front-lit based.
10. Google Play Subscriptions launched. $20/month for unlimited text/audio/video/apps (authors/devs can opt-out, users can pick any category separately at $5/month each, worldwide day-1). Overnight Google Play becomes by far biggest content platform worldwide.
11. Google+ 2.0. Now + gives personalized recommendations across web.
What am I forgetting? php/mysql wordpress/phpbb free hosting on Google App Engine? New YouTube monetization? White Space Global Google Voice (with launch of White Space modem in Moto X Phone)? The Cheaper $99 Nexus 7 Lite (RK3188 based)? Upgraded Google Arduino platform on ARM Cortex-M3? Google ARM Servers announcement for cheaper/better/cleaner cloud?
You can comment here or in my Google+ thread.
YouTube is the worlds coolest website in my opinion. World's biggest in bandwidth usage. Super awesome/impressive. Thanks Google for the bandwidth and for the video storage! Here are 11 of my ideas (that I've been posting for years) for how YouTube can make 10x more money per view for themselves and for people like me who upload the videos, which I think would be good:
1. Let every YouTube Partner get donations like non-profits do. Integrate Kickstarter like functionality in YouTube channel "fund this video project, here are details what we would like to film" and show if goal is reached, donators can advertise their website/company if they want next to donations value.
2. Display Google Shopping Buy Now links under video and at end of video when the video is about a product that is for sale online, thus enable 4% commission built-in (quadruples revenue overnight I'd guess) Partner can opt-out or manage each video by evt selecting specific product from Google Shopping to list if that is not clear enough for Google based on title, description, search etc. Let Partner evt pick favorite web stores to list in priority, for example Amazon, Adorama, Newegg, Buy.com and BHphoto for US viewers, and others can be selected for other regions of the world.
3. Let viewers pay some monthly price perhaps $5/month or $10/month for an unlimited ads-free YouTube experience, simply remove advertising and set 1080p as default but only for the people who pay for YouTube. (doubles revenue overnight I'd guess), can also include netflix/hulu/amazon prime style contents, but unlocks ads on all YouTube Partner content by default. Partner can opt-out if they prefer. YouTube subscribers can evt get prioritized bandwidth in certain situations. Maybe there is a high-end 1080p encode, or premium 4K stream bandwidth when available.
4. YouTube should offer automatic "upload all my videos to YouKu" for Chinese audiences, until China finally at some point allows their people access to YouTube. Which may happen at any moment, but for now, please just let us easily clone everything to Youku. And a wordpress plugin to auto display the youku instead of youtube when website visitors are in China would be good. If you do this, maybe you'll accelerate the Chinese Government un-blocking youtube simply because they'd be impressed you'd offer that kind of service. If not a service by Youtube, please link us to third parties who can hook up and automatically do this kind of thing.
5. Enable p2p video subtitling and subtitle translations. YouTube Partners can decide how much of a share of revenue to evt pay to volunteers who spend time improving the automatic subtitles and automatic translations of those subtitles. Thus when "manual subtitles" are available for video, that can be highlighted and displayed instead of the automatic one. And each can be improved collaboratively, subtitlers/translators get paid based on how many people view their work and evt how good it's rated, let people rate those subtitles and translations of subtitles. The link to subtitle and to translate subtitles should be visible by everyone "improve subtitles" and "improve translated subtitle", people can set which languages they understand in YouTube viewer settings to automatically display correct subtitles and buttons to "improve french subtitles here" or to hide that button if people are not interested to participate. All videos with for example over 100 thousand views may thus get better manual subtitles in many languages submitted by viewing public.
6. Offer p2p video titling/describing service. People can volunteer to watch yet unlisted videos as soon as a YouTube channel uploads them, and people can collaboratively submit manual titles/descriptions/tags for each video, which the YouTube upload can approve to be used to make the video public.
7. Auto-post YouTube uploads to WordPress blog, including management of WordPress categories when the YouTube video is being uploaded and eventual other default texts or code to add before or after video. Same for scheduled publishing.
8. Explain what time of day is best to publish video to get optimal view count based on channel statistics, suggest YouTube uploader schedule publishing to those times.
9. Improve YouTube Editor it needs to be near as good as Pinnacle/Sony Vegas/Avid/Final Cut etc. Let us edit with voice-overs, music, more stable frame precision, better flexibility/stability.
10. Offer p2p video-editing. People can spend time to offer suggested shorter edits of each video as alternative shorter versions of the video. Thus people watching who don't have time, can switch to shorter user-submitted and upload-approved shorter version of video when that one is available. Allow also p2p video-editing to combine evt several videos into one, can be limited from playlist if YouTube upload decides to, or can be channel-wide. Also the edits must be approved by uploader before those can be listed somewhere in a "user submitted edits" section on the channel. YouTube uploader can decide how much to share evt revenue from edits with the editor.
11. Massively improve content recommendations algorithm. Let me enter a gree/red full screen mode. It must show me content YouTube knows I will like, let me Thumbs up each video with the space bar and let me evt skip video with right button. Thus remote control can be built with a big green thumbs up button and a red skip button (evt a red skip and dislike rating button also). People must be able to lie back in sofa and start some impressively awesome automatic playback of YouTube's personalized recommendations of content. Each view must be absolutely awesome. Viewer must be able to type in area of interest, search query or pick from previous areas of interest that YouTube can detect, for example now I'm in the mood for tech videos, and at another point I'm in the mood for comedy videos, with evt tags like Android within technology and tags like Louis CK within comedy. For example. Build recommendations engine on YouTube that can reliably replace TV. When people watch YouTube in family or with friends, everyone has to be constantly impressed by each video shown. A mic in room can eventually record laughs as indicator to how good the content is and to attempt at continuing to show such cool content. Recommendations engine can automatically pick user submitted shorter edits instead of the full videos if it's measured that the certain shorter edits are better than some of the original longer videos.
You can comment here on in my Google+ thread.
Jeremy Abbett talks about using Google APIs, being creative at making new things with the technologies available. We talk about Google+, hardware hacking "making digital physical/tangible", using arduino, sensors, Google Glass and many other things.
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Is this the Pixel Qi Google Chromebook for long battery life and outdoor usability? 12.85" 2560x1700 resolution touch screen? ARM Cortex-A15 preferably big.LITTLE, is this a Texas Instruments OMAP5 powered or does Samsung provide Google with an Octa Exynos5 for Chromebook already?
What do you think the price is going to be? My guess is $100 for non-touch non-Retina version and $200 for touch Retina version. The goal to basically make the ARM Powered Chrome OS the number 1 OS for laptops/desktops worldwide.
The Wall Street Journal has an article out talking about the Google X Phone project and its technical challenges. I think that Google Motorola has a lot of work to do. Here are some of the projects that I expect Google to be investing in at Motorola to move Android forward in terms of R&D hardware spending, how Google may be trying to control and influence worldwide components supply for the next months and years of mobile devices development:
1. Dominate worldwide sub-$100 phone market. Target the sub-$200 Android phone market too. Target all world countries, not just rich countries. This is how Motorola "easily" can get to scale and thus get to control smartphones components supply.
2. Design devices that merge Android with Chrome OS and Google TV. That means re-engineer and re-think Motorola's Laptop Dock, Desktop Dock, Entertainment Dock, when you dock Android 5 thus switches to Chrome OS or Google TV depending on what you want on the external display.
3. Design flexible phones using rubber-like and leather-like materials. As soon as flexible screen suppliers are ready (not just Samsung's flexible AMOLED), have designs ready to use the new form factors.
4. E Ink phones, be it like the Motorola Fone released in 2006 with an E Ink display, the new E Ink phones use Android. Can be E Ink only Android phones and Android phones where just the backside is an E Ink display.
5. Integrate DLP pico projector technologies in new phone concepts that project something like a 20" touch-screen display onto any table. Thus design kick-stands, mirrors, lenses that facilitate that.
6. Google Glass, headmounted computing is going to be the new normal next year. Optimize the Motorola headmounted computer to fit every usage, design it so everyone wants to use them.
7. Wearable computing. Android Bluetooth wrist watches, Bluetooth headsets that merge into clothing for voice calls. Make every user feel like they are James Bond.
8. Mass market White Spaces modems and routers, small and low power enough to be included in every new Android smartphone and tablet. Cheap enough so that every ADSL/Cable/Fiber connection install a White Spaces router to quickly cover the whole world with free wireless broadband for everyone.
9. Mass producing Pixel Qi LCD based smartphones, tablets and laptops, for sunlight readablility and to extend battery life significantly.
10. New $100 ARM Powered Tablets for productivity. New $100 ARM Powered Laptops for productivity. Google and Motorola can take over some of the role of the One Laptop Per Child. These new devices are for the worlds children to use to make the world a better place.
- Motorola "X Phone" Rumored As 2013 Android Heavyweight (pocketnow.com)
- Google and Motorola building their own 'X-Phone' according to reports (androidcommunity.com)
- Google and Motorola finally working on "X Phone" and tablet (phonearena.com)
- Google and Motorola working on the "X Phone" to take on Apple and Samsung (mobilesyrup.com)
- Motorola And Google Are Working On An 'X Phone' According To WSJ Rumor That Kind Of States The Obvious (realzahed.wordpress.com)
- Google said to be building powerful "X" phone with Motorola (phandroid.com)
- Google, Motorola plotting a so-called 'X Phone' to take on the iPhone and Galaxy S III (bgr.com)
- Google Prepping "X Phone" To Compete With Apple (valuewalk.com)
Google acquired Wildfire a few months ago. Wildfire is one of the leaders in social media marketing for all the worlds big and small brands. 30 of the world's top-50 brands use wildfire for their social media marketing campaigns. For example when Coca-cola does something on Facebook, there is a good chance that they are using Wildfire's software and solutions.
Ben Gomes talks about Google's launch of the Knowledge Graph, implementing artificial intelligence, clever algorithms to analyse the worlds information to display facts on the right side of a growing number of search queries, including voice search used in Google Now.
Here are my expectations for Google's rumored upcoming Chrome OS laptop/tablet hybrid:
- 12.85" Pixel Qi LCD, Google sponsored, to be available to all other Android hardware makers as a new component. (Plastics based flexible unbreakable LCD for thinner lighter waterproof dustproof unbreakable build)
- Optical lamination allows for outdoor readable capacitive Pixel Qi LCD. Otherwise IR based Neonode touch can work.
- 20 million initial production batch, enough to make a significant mark on the market, next batch can be 100 million units.
- Android 5.0 to support Chrome OS on top of Android. Same for Ubuntu on top of Android. Multi-booting becomes standard feature of Android. It's not really multi-booting, it's enabling to run alternative Linux OSes on top of the base Linux OS of Android.
- $200, available worldwide on day 1. Second batch can be sold for $150 or $100. Schools can get rebates if they order one for every child. Google can subsidize a few of those millions to be used by Children in developing countries through the One Laptop Per Child project.
- 16GB Flash with SD slots and potentially a 2.5" HDD slot.
- 25 hours battery life. 200 grams flat battery dock doubles battery life to 50 hours.
- Swivel screen. Super slim keyboard can hide behind screen for tablet mode.
- ARM Cortex-A15, either OMAP5 with SGX544 or Exynos5 with Mali-T604. Maybe another comparable ARM Processor.
- Modem slot, all types modems available as options, 3G+, LTE, White Spaces, easily user swapable. There is space for an internal usb modem too.
Let me know what you think of this rumored Google hybrid here or at my Google+ thread.
- Google reportedly gearing up to launch its own, 12.85-inch Chrome OS touch notebook in Q1 2013 (thenextweb.com)
- Google reportedly releasing 12.85-inch touch-enabled Chrome OS notebook at the end of 2012 (9to5google.com)
- Google Reportedly Preparing To Sell Self-Branded Chromebooks (techcrunch.com)
- Why Google might market a touchscreen Chromebook (pcworld.com)
- Chrome OS and Android: There can be only one (pandodaily.com)
- Google's Touchscreen Chromebook − Pros and Cons (news.softpedia.com)
- [News] Why Google might market a touchscreen Chromebook (pcworld.in)
- Ubuntu for Android is imminent (armdevices.net)
- How I think that the ARM Powered Chromebook is a big deal for the industry (armdevices.net)
- Is Google Readying a Chrome Touchscreen Laptop? (scooprocket.com)
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! ARM Powered Chromebook launched by Google with Samsung Exynos 5 ARM Cortex-A15 on board, $249!!!
Sundar Pichai at unveil event by ubergizmo (until Google posts the full official event video):
I'll add more videos of it here as bloggers post them!
- Video hands-on with Google's new $249 Chromebook (gigaom.com)
- Google Announces A $249 Samsung Chromebook Powered By Exynos 5 ARM Processor (techie-buzz.com)
- Google offers low-budget ARM-based Chromebook (news.cnet.com)
- Google offers low-budget ARM-based Chromebook (oddonion.com)
- Google Unveils New Ultra-Slim Samsung Chromebook for $249 (mashable.com)
- Hands-on with the new Samsung Chromebook (news.cnet.com)
- Google announces new Samsung Chromebook, available for $249 on Monday (theverge.com)
- Google Reveals New Chromebook For Low Price of $249 (VIDEO) (manolith.com)
- Google launches 11.6-inch ARM-based Samsung Chromebook: $249, ultra thin and light, 6.5-hour battery, 1080p video (engadget.com)
- New Google Chromebook is $249, dumps x86 for ARM (betanews.com)