Google’s I/O conference is set to take place starting on 15 May 2013 and will begin with a three hour-long keynote.
The conference this year is expected to yield some surprises and new and exciting gadgets. Rumoured to appear at the keynote are new versions of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, details on the next family of Nexus devices, more information about the company’s “Babble” messaging service and some details on Android 5.0, also known as “Key Lime Pie” (getting really creative with dessert names here). But on the top of gadget fan’s minds is Motorola.
Motorola Mobility’s last commercially successful Android phone was the Razr in 2011, touted as the then-thinnest phone in the world. Between 2007 and 2009, Motorola posted losses amounting to $4.3 billion. Seeing no financial aid in sight, Motorola split up in January 2011 into Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions, the latter which makes network equipment for cellular and corporate data networks.
Google purchased Motorola Mobility in August 2011, snatching up the cellular and tablet divisions as well as all of Motorola’s pertinent intellectual property and the set-top box and modem departments. The merger completed last year on 22 May 2012.
Rumors on the internet point to Google offering an entire range of phones under the Motorola brand with stock Android UI, essentially making the entire family part of the Nexus chain. With Motorola’s expertise and experience, Google may finally be able to launch its own line of phones and compete directly with the likes of Samsung, LG, HTC, Huawei, and Acer.