Google I/O 2014: What to expect as Google increases its focus on 'connected' tech

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Uvo is also supposed to have an app store, but it currently stands empty. Meanwhile, rivals Ford and GM already have small herds of car apps. We expect Google to announce more developer support for car apps at I/O, and we expect some of them to work with Glass.

Babble/Google Voice merger

Wait—this still hasn’t happened yet? Google graced us with Hangouts last year, but we’ve yet to see all of Google’s communication services meld together. Hangouts remains limited to SMS/MMS, video, and instant messages, but a fully unified messaging platform would also include services like Google Voice, Gmail, Google+, and maybe even Google Translate.

This “grand unification of Google communications products” supposedly falls under the project name Babble, and we’re not sure where it stands. Lately, Google has been disengaging Google+ from its other services, after all. On the other hand, rolling Google Voice into Hangouts makes a lot of sense, and could provide a wonderful benefit to nearly all Android users. Let’s hope Google uses I/O to announce something related to Google Voice, because it’s an excellent service that hasn’t seen much love lately.

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