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Google I/O 2013 Rumors: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

google i/o, android 4.3There are dozens of rumors surrounding the Google I/O 2013, the annual Google developer conference. Mere weeks away, the conference shows some of the new projects Google is working on. Google I/O is from May 15 — May 17 2013. Here are some of the rumors we’re hearing about Google I/O.

1. We May Not See Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie
google i/o, android 4.3In some of the most disappointing rumor that’s came out, rumors indicate we may not see Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, the highly anticipated Android software update that was expected to be introduced at the conference. It’s a little weird though if we don’t see Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie; Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was introduced at I/O last year. Hopefully, the delay is became Google is prepping a fantastic new feature.

2. We Will See An Android Update Though
google i/o, android 4.3Don’t worry, there will be an Android update though. According to sources close to the development, Android 4.3 is being prepared and will be a relatively large update. It may have a new feature as well, though our source declined to say what it would be. Other websites confirm the existence of Android 4.3. GSMArena confirms that other websites, including Android Police and Android Authority, have been noticing traffic originating from devices that are running Android 4.3.

3. The Keynote Speech Has Been Cut
google i/o, android 4.3Last year, Google introduced Google Glass — one of the most fascinating and groundbreaking pieces of technology in recent memory — at Google I/O during the Keynote presentation. Usually, they it is spread out over two days, but this year, it was fit into one, three hour, segment. What does that mean? Well, it implies that we can expect a low-key Google I/O this year.

4. The Delay With Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie Says Something
google i/o, android 4.3But what? It means Google is behind on the development of either Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, and new flagship smartphone, or both. There are a few rumored devices Google may be working on, including the Google Nexus 5 and the Motorola X. But, it would be weird for them to release a software update without attaching it to a new device. Last year, they released Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the Google Nexus 4. Even Apple does something similar; they announced iOS 6 at WWDC 2012 last summer, but waited to release it with the iPhone 5.

5. We May See Some Minor Devices
google i/o, android 4.3Google I/O won’t be completely boring though. You can expect a few new devices, including some new Chromebooks, according to TheDroidGuy:

Besides the major releases and announcements, Google’s bosses are likely to take the San Francisco stage for a bunch of other more minor unveilings. A couple new Chromebooks could be introduced in May, as well as new versions of software products like Chrome, G Drive, Docs, Gmail and so on and so forth.

Though it won’t exactly be minor, I think a Glass announcement is in store too, likely the official announcement of the gizmo as a consumer product and maybe its slating for a commercial debut later this year.

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