A great philosopher once said that you can’t always get what you want. If you try sometimes, you get what you need. Android got what it needed at I/O this morning in the form of some polish, but there were a few notable absences from the running order. Here’s what we missed out on at I/O.
New Phones And Tablets
Hope you’re happy with the Google Nexus 6 and Nexus 9: that’s what you’re stuck with for a little while longer.
If you were holding out for this sort of an announcement this morning, you probably need to be more patient.
Google only released the Nexus 6 back in October. Based on previous release cycles, Google will probably leave it out there until at least this October before we see a replacement. Same with the Nexus 9 tablet.
Hey, at least we got Cardboard, right?
Given that Google recently released reference models for its Android TV project, as well as the Nexus Player in Australia, we weren’t very likely to see this either.
Having said that, there’s still nothing wrong with the Chromecast, and it’s still nice and cheap for all your home streaming needs.
We heard a little bit about Google’s self-driving car push at I/O. Google revealed that the new prototype is coming soon and that its current models had driven for thousands of miles without getting into a crash.
Despite the tease, we weren’t given commercial release dates, pricing or any other technical information.
Google Glass 2.0
After Google officially killed Glass late last year and reorganised a few business units around to develop the second version, we were kind of hoping to see some progress on that.
Looks like we’ll be waiting a while for that one too.