Google’s new Android boss Sundar Pichai, who recently took over Andy Rubin’s role within the company, recently sat down for an interview with Wired in which he discussed the company’s Google I/O developer conference this week. Pichai said that the focus this year will primarily be on Android and Chrome OS developers, and not so much consumer-based products as it has in the past. This doesn’t necessarily mean we won’t see a refresh of Google’s Nexus products, that’s still possible, but it doesn’t sound like we’re going to see the sort of hardware updates we have in the past.
“Any hardware projects we do will be to push the ecosystem forward,” Pichai told Wired, noting that we’ll still see a follow-up with what the company has typically done with its Chromebook and Nexus family of products. Still, he noted that Google is “going to focus this I/O on all of the kinds of things we’re doing for developers,” and that it’s “not a time when we have much in the way of launches of new products or a new operating system.”
So while we might see new Nexus tablets and a new Nexus smartphone, it’s more likely we’ll see other projects. Such as Google’s improved Hangouts with cross-platform messaging, Google Play Games and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean instead of Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.