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Inside Scoop: Google I/O predictions: Google gamingWe're just hours away from finding out what Google has in store for its big developers conference. (Sorry, no parachuting with Google Glass this time.) CNET's Dan Farber and Seth Rosenblatt have the Inside Scoop on Google I/O 2013 and clues that point...
-We are on the cusp of Google I/O which is Google's big event in San Francisco at the Moscone Center, to bring developers and fans, and to see what's new. I'm Dan Farber from CNET and I'm joined by our Google correspondent Seth Rosenblatt. Seth what do we expect that will be new from Google at this event? -Sure. Well, let's recall last year's event where they demoed the then new Goggle Glass with an extreme sports demo. They had some guys jumped out of a dirigible. And wing suit down, and parachute down to the roof of the Moscone Center. It was high drama. Nobody knew what was happening. It was all done over Google plus Hangouts. -The whole package-- -It was-- crazy is the word that I think you could use to describe-- -So are they gonna go crazy again this year with some major-- -I don't think that's gonna happen. -Yeah. -I think that was-- I don't know if it was a one-time thing, but there's no way to really top that. And this year they're not even going to try. I don't think. We do know that they will be giving away some swag as they have in years passed and that's why we'll probably include at least one android device. It's not really clear from the rumors whether it's going to be a new version of the Nexus 4 or whether it's going to be an entirely new phone. We do know that there will not be a revamp of the Nexus Q. These strange little media ball that they debuted last year and bombed just as badly as Google Glass sword. -What about the Motorola acquisition? Isn't there supposed to be some new Motorola phones-- -Uh huh. -a Motorola X? -Uh huh. -There are. They've been rumored. There's been no indication of that's going to be one of the giveaways or one of the announcements. It would be a great time for Google to do that because for the past 12 months, people have been scratching their heads going, "Why on Earth did Google buy Motorola? What have they done with them?" It's been a very uncertain acquisition for the company. -Now android is-- I don't-- something like 7 [unk]-- 50 million phones out there-- -Uh huh. -something like that. -Something like that, yeah. -Is the operating system, there's something called Key Lime Pie. Is that going to be shown at this event? -We think that there's going to be Key Lime Pie shown at the event, but it could also be simply a minor point update to the current version of android which is called Jelly Bean. So we could be getting Android 4.3 or we could be getting Android 5.0 which is Key Lime Pie. -What about Google and its competition with the iPad-- all the different kinds of Nexus-- -Uh huh. -tablets? -The android running Nexus 7 tablet could receive an update as well. One of the problems with speculating about Google is that they could really take things in so many different directions because they have their hands in so many different pies. Not just Key Lime. -Now that's a good one. What about gaming I've-- -Uh huh. -heard that there's a rumor going around that multi-clear gaming is something that Google is now going to get into. -Yeah. This is probably the worst kept secret about this year's Google I/O. If you look at the schedule, there are gaming developing-- development events all over the schedule. There's definitely some of kind of android play gaming thing coming. We don't know exactly what form its going take. But it looks like a massively multi-player online gaming network will be coming to android. -And do you think that there would be doing a console of any kind or just gonna stick with the kind of hardware they have now? -That's a great question. We have no idea. They could be doing a console. Google really surprised everybody last year with Glass, with the Nexus 7, with the Q even, even though it was a failure. So they could be doing an android focused hardware console. They could also just do something where that allows current android phones and tablets that our there to be turned into the console itself. -Google now has been a big hit as you just said-- -Uh huh. -and it's on iOS, it's on android-- -Uh huh. -did you see it moving to the desktop? -Absolutely. A few weeks ago, Google surreptitiously released an add-on only in Russian, that turned Google now into your Chrome's homepage. Something like that could very well be coming. It won't surprise me if they announced it. Google now has been a huge success for the company. People have responded very well to the card's lay out. And it won't be-- it won't surprise me to see more card style action in other Google's services. -So what's coming up tomorrow Wednesday when Google I/O opens? -Well, we've got some CNET TV editors doing a pre-game before the live blog, and at 9:00 AM we are launching our annual live blog of Google I/O. This year it's a 3-hour keynote format as opposed to separating the keynote over 2 days. So it's going to be a long one, but it should be a lot of fun. -Thanks, Seth. -Thank you, Dan. -For CNET, I'm Dan Farber. Thanks for watching.