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Android Headliner: What’s Going to be Big During Google I/O 2014

June 22, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

We’ve already spoken a lot about what we think is going to happen during this year’s Google I/O conference, what we won’t be seeing and we’ve even asked you guys what you want to see during this year’s conference. If you haven’t already guessed, we’re pretty excited for this year’s Google I/O. Why, you might ask? Well, to me and others here at Android Headlines, it seems like we’re in store for some changes during this year’s I/O and a whole new way to use Android as well. Here, I’ going to be talking about what’s going to big during the 2014 conference, what big things we think Google have in store for us.

Android Wear

While not so “big” in the physical sense, Android Wear is going to be a recurring theme during Google I/O this year and for good reason. The ‘Internet of Things’ is here to stay and there’s no fighting it, with this “new” internet comes wearable technology and miniaturization of processors, displays and battery technology has gotten so good that Google can now bring Android to our wrists. Android Wear has already been announced and we’ve gotten some fairly good looks at what Android Wear is going to look like. As a smartwatch wearer myself, I am pretty excited to see just how tightly Android Wear integrates with the main Android platform.

I’m expecting more software and partner announcements than anything else, but we could see some hardware from Android Wear partners, but don’t expect a full blown product launch, no matter how long Android Wear has been in development for, it’s still early days for Google.

Project Hera

I’m perhaps going out on a limb here, but the rumored redesign of Google’s mobile products, not just their icons, is more than likely going to rear its pretty head during the conference. We’ve since seen a new Google+ app redesign and some signs of new design cues in the GMail app. For a long time now, Google has been focusing more and more on design, after all their products are designed to be used by humans, so why not look nice? Google Now introduced us to a new type of subtle, appealing design that’s really quite nice. Project Hera is to be an expansion of this and I’m willing to bet that with this, Android becomes a little less digital and a little more friendly.

From what we’ve heard about Project Hera, we’re expecting icon redesigns and some changes to Google’s core apps on Android. We’re not expecting or even holding out for a new theme for Android, but rather some changes that make more of an effect that you might first think.

Google Play

The Play Store has become a massive part of the Android ecosystem and a sizable money spinner for Google. Over the last few months, we’ve seen music, movies and magazines launch in more countries across the globe and in my eyes, that means another big push is about to come from Google. We’re about to see Google Play become easier to use, provide a wider selection and just generally give Apple and Amazon something to worry about.

Google+

2014 has been a pretty decent year for Google+ and despite a certain tech blog decrying its early death, it’s still going strong and even though its shepherd has departed the Google homestead, we’re pretty certain Google hasn’t given up on Google+. Will we see a big redesign? Probably not, we got that last year. What we’re more likely to see is lots of figures, lots of chest beating and some solid encouragement to businesses that Google+ is the future.

We’ve already asked you what you want to see during Google I/O, but I’d love to hear from you so shout out in the comments!