Android chief: Google I/O to focus on developers, not products

What is in store for developers at this year's Google I/O?


Android chief Sundar Pichai says that this year's annual developer conference will bring the focus back to developers rather than its products.

Google's annual developer conference, taking place this year at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco between May 15 and 17, is a well-publicized springboard for the tech giant to launch new products and services.

Last year, the Google Compute Engine infrastructure service, the Nexus 7 tablet, and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)  were introduced , among others.

This years' show is expected to be big — especially considering the introduction of Google Glass and the newly-confirmed Chromebook Pixel laptop.

Speaking to Wired, Andy Rubin's replacement said that this year's Google I/O will be focused "all of the kinds of things we're doing for developers, so that they can write better things" for the Android operating system and Chrome.

Pichai noted that the focus will remain on these two operating platforms, which are both large, open and are experiencing expanding growth. Due to this, the executive believes that focusing on development and innovation will ensure the operating systems will play a "strong role" in the future, rather than "merely exist."

Although users care more about the applications and services they use rather than their operating system, choice is considered a key factor — especially in a world of multiple screens and gadgets — and so development for both systems will be crucial over the next few years.

The future of Google-branded hardware will be a continual process, and Google intends to further refine what it tried to do with Nexus and Chromebooks. As expected, any hardware research and development will be centered around promoting the Android ecosystem.

The Android operating system is now on over 750 million mobile devices worldwide. When asked what the biggest challenge will be as the new head of Android, Pichai responded:

Without changing the open nature of Android, how do we help improve the whole world's end-user experience? For all your users, no matter where they are, or what phone or tablet they are buying or what tablet they are buying.