LET THE SPECULATING COMMENCE! Yes, Google has released an agenda for Google I/O, its annual developer conference, which contained some rather juicy information which has quickly disappeared. But the internet never forgets. It's the Week in Google.
Android M has been mentioned in the agenda. It was soon removed, but we can now be fairly sure that we're about to get a major version bump announcement at Google I/O.
Some speculation will naturally stem from the new features that are going to be unveiled, but most will focus on what tasty dessert treat will be adopted for 'M'.
We've speculated on Mars, maple syrup and marshmallow, and now intend to stop debating and wait and see. Although we will stick our necks out and say further Chrome Android integration.
Elsewhere, there's also a promise that the Project Ara team, the group in charge of module-based devices, is going to unveil a wearable to "knock your socks off". Either it's jet-powered ejector shoes, or they have a lot to live up to.
Several sources have also pointed out that the HTC-built Nexus 9 has come down from a rather steep £319 to £199 via special offers at several retailers. The INQ wonders whether this is because something new is coming.
Back in the present, and there's a new version of the Google Play store out for Android with some minor tweaks including reviews from trusted sources being made more visible in the listings.
Google Play Books gets a nudge of its own, but there's a general feeling that we're in lockdown now ahead of big changes over the summer.
One new arrival worth noting is the Timeful organiser and habit-nagging app, which Google has bought for an undisclosed sum.
The announcement reads: "We're excited about all the ways Timeful's technology can be applied across products like Inbox, Calendar and beyond, so we can do more of the work for you and let you focus on being creative, having fun and spending time with the people you care about."
Google+, the ginger stepchild of social networking, continues to be endlessly tinkered with. This time it's Collections, a way of organising your posts by interest and topic. A bit like if Pinterest was a Filofax. It's out now for web and Android with iOS to follow.
The advent of subscription (i.e. ad-free) YouTube is expected soon, and it's worth noting that YouTube Kids is showing the source code for Chromecast support, and YouTube Creator Studio has finally been given the Material Design treatment.
Expect lots of spit and polish in the coming weeks ahead of a big announcement. Maybe at I/O, maybe before.
Finally this week, following the arrival of Google Maps for Loch Ness, comes the mapping of Madagascar. It's not the full island (that would be impossible) but it does allow you to go on a trek of one of the trails without the need for malaria tablets or a huge rucksack. No sign of any penguins.
That's the future-looking Week in Google. More next Thursday. µ
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