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May 16, 2010

Predictions for Google I/O

Google I/O, the developer conference that will be held next week in San Francisco, is the perfect occasion for announcing product launches. Here are some of the most likely announcements:

* Android 2.2 (FroYo) with built-in runtimes for Flash and AIR, JIT compiler, application auto-updates and more.

* The first Android TV. Bloomberg reported last month that Sony partnered with Intel and Google to produce TVs with Internet access.

* Verizon's Android tablet. "Verizon Wireless is working with Google Inc. on a tablet computer, the carrier's chief executive, Lowell McAdam, said Tuesday, as the company endeavors to catch up with iPad host AT&T Inc. in devices that connect to wireless networks," reported Wall Street Journal.

* Google Buzz API, useful to create applications that allow you to post Buzz updates and read the latest messages from your friends. "Over the next several months Google Buzz will introduce an API for developers, including full/read write support for posts with the Atom Publishing Protocol, rich activity notification with Activity Streams, delegated authorization with OAuth, federated comments and activities with Salmon, distributed profile and contact information with WebFinger, and much, much more," mentions Google Buzz's dev guide.

* Google Latitude API, which would make Google Latitude a platform for location-based apps.

* Open-source version of VP8, the flagship video codec of On2, a company recently acquired by Google. Even if the final version is not yet ready, Google is likely to announce that the codec will be open-sourced.

What do you expect from Google I/O?

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