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Android M, wearables and robots expected at Google I/O this week

Sharon Gaudin | May 27, 2015
Will Google show off smart socks, Google Glass 2.0 and self-driving cars?

But Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group, said he's doubtful that Glass will be ready this soon for a primetime showing.

When it comes to wearables, some analysts expect Google to talk about anything from more Android-based watches to smart socks this week. (Hint: There is a wearables session that's promised to ""blow your socks off.")

"Given all of the hype around wearables, such as watches or other types of electronic clothes, I'm sure Google will show off new devices and new OSes so developers can compete with the likes of Apple Watch," Blau said. He expects Google's devices "to take advantage of the ever-shrinking technology that can now be embedded in just about anything we wear."

He also noted that Google is likely to talk about virtual reality.

"I think Google just can't let companies like Microsoft or Facebook with Oculus go on too long without having a virtual reality solution of their own," Blau said. "There are plenty of augmented reality devices that already use Android so it would be great to see them get more support with a specialized OS that specifically addresses their needs."

Google does have a virtual reality session scheduled for the conference.

Analysts also are hopeful they'll see Google talk about its work with autonomous cars and robotics.

"We might also see other applications of this technology, like self-navigating service robots, for example," Olds said.

Over the last several years, Google has acquired at least eight robotics companies, including Boston Dynamics, which made the humanoid Atlas robot , which is being used in the DARPA Robotics Challenge finals next week.

 

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