According to sources, Google may introduce a tablet that will run on their latest mobile software, Jelly Bean, at their upcoming developer’s conference. They may also introduce a service offering computer servers on rent to companies, helping them store data. Google’s I/O event will be held in San Francisco, starting on Wednesday, and will be attended by over 5,000 developers. CEO Larry Page will not be present at the event due to health issues.
Until now, Google has not been able to beat Apple in the tablet market. This could be the reason why Google, in partnership with Asustek Computers, is planning on introducing a tablet which will soon be on sale at their Play store online. This device could give Amazon’s 7 inch Kindle Fire tablet direct competition. It will run on Google’s latest version of Android, Jelly Bean, which is expected to be introduced alongside at the conference. One of the new features offered on Jelly Bean is a voice activated assistant, something similar to Siri available on the iPhone.
There is a chance of Google introducing a service that will allow companies to rent out computer servers, using them to store data, power their business applications which are run internally and support their website. This service is usually referred to as Infrastructure as a Service (laaS). Currently, Amazon Web Services dominates this particular market, generating $2 billion every year, powering systems of several companies including Netflix. With this, Google will be able to well utilize their network of data centers and custom built servers that they possess across the world. Companies are now looking at switching to cloud computing from servers managed on-site.
Developers may also be allowed to create apps that run on Google+, unlike in the past where only limited apps were allowed to run on the network. Apps will also be made compatible with Google Wallet, allowing users to pay their bills and earn discounts through their Android smartphones. With improvements in their Play store, Google will enable developers to respond to reviews posted by customers. Google may also introduce its media-streaming device, a preview of which was provided last year without any mention of offering to put it on sale for users. This device will enable users to stream music in their homes on speakers or online videos on TV screens wirelessly.