Google I/O starts today: Another tablet rumor and links to our favorite sessions

Google I/O 2012

Today, An Asus executive has told Reuters that Google is working on a small, cheap tablet to rival Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which has risen to become the second most popular tablet outside of the iPad. This is only the latest in many reports that Google will unveil a $200 7-inch “Nexus 7” tablet at Google I/O today (9:30am PT). A Gizmodo rumor even had a picture of the Nexus tablet, which looks plain and black, much like the Fire.

“It’s targeting Amazon. The Kindle is based on Google’s platform but with its own service, so Google has to launch its own service, too,” the executive told Reuters.

Though Google already has its own Google Music store, YouTube video rental service, and Google Play, Amazon won many customers over by integrating its services into the Kindle Fire in an overt, straightforward way. It’s possible that Google is planning to redesign some elements of Android to better promote its own services, as it has done on its Google.com website in the last year.

Still, it seems odd that Google is targeting Amazon, which has roughly 4 percent of the tablet market (as of early 2012) when Apple is sitting on 68 percent. Is it that hopeless to take on the iPad directly? Moves like this will continue to give Apple a perceived advantage.

Google I/O 2012 starts today

In any case, we will find out what Google has in store for Android in a couple of hours when Google I/O 2012 kicks off. We believe it will unveil the Nexus tablet and Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean,” though we’re not sure what features or surprises either of those developments will bring. It could be impressive. Microsoft was in a big rush to unveil its Surface tablets last week. This could be the reason.

There are a number of sessions going on today, tomorrow, and Friday. All of them are streamed live on the Google I/O 2012 homepage. Below are some of the sessions that look interesting to us. All times are PT. 

Day 1 (today)
Product Review

The Motorola One Action’s wide-angle camera is the bane of vertical videos

Motorola’s latest phone is called the Motorola One Action, and it wants to end vertical videos once and for all. The unique action camera lets you film in portrait orientation, yet still captures landscape footage.
Mobile

New Samsung patent shows a device with two folds and a huge display

A new Samsung patent has been discovered, and it shows a device with two folds -- essentially meaning that the device would be able to fold out twice, revealing a huge display. It may be some time before we ever see a device like this.
Deals

LG’s flagship G7 ThinQ smartphone is now $300 less on Best Buy

The LG G7 ThinQ may not excite you in terms of design, but its robust set of features certainly will. What makes it even more attractive is Best Buy’s $300 discount, dropping its price to a healthier $450.
Mobile

The best Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus screen protectors for that massive display

With an enormous 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus looks incredible, but it really needs protection. Here are the best Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus screen protectors you can buy.
Deals

Snag this fantastic unlocked Samsung Galaxy A9 for $100 less on Amazon

Samsung has given the public a wide range of phone models that span from the dirt cheap to the high-end. One of its mid-tier offerings is the Galaxy A9, a premium looking phone with lots of nifty features. Get it for $347 on Amazon.
Mobile

Go monochrome with some of the best black-and-white photo apps

Despite the ubiquity of color images native to digital cameras and smartphones, the emotion and drama of black-and-white photography maintain their allure. Here are a few of our favorite monochrome shooting and editing apps.
Mobile

These fraudulent Android apps were downloaded 8 million times

According to a new report from security research firm Trend Micro, a hefty 85 Android apps have been caught serving fraudulent ads that take over the user's screen -- and those apps have been downloaded 8 million times.
Mobile

Motorola One Action says goodbye to annoying vertical videos

The new midrange Motorola One Action features an ultra-wide-angle lens that means you can take horizontal video while filming vertically. Here's everything you need to know about the Motorola One Action.
Deals

Looking for a good cheap phone? Get the Samsung Galaxy A10 for $145 on Amazon

Samsung's A-Series lineup features phone models from the low-end to the mid-tier. One of its cheaper ones, the Galaxy A10, is perhaps watered-down specs-wise but still boasts enough workable features that make it recommendable.
Home Theater

OnePlus is working on a range of 4K TVs ⁠— here’s everything we know so far

It's no secret that OnePlus is working on a range of 4K TVs. Heck, we've known that since CEO Pete Lau announced the endeavor in 2018. But more details have emerged since then. Here's everything we know about the OnePlus TV.
Deals

Grab the terrific Samsung Galaxy A50 phone for $126 less on Amazon

Samsung is mostly known for its premium Galaxy S and Note Series phones, but it also manufactures cheaper phones through the A-Series. An example is the Samsung Galaxy A50 which not only looks great but also boasts a lot of features.
Mobile

Best alternatives to Google’s preinstalled Android apps

Want to get away from Google's preinstalled Android apps, such as Gmail, Google Calendar, and Maps? These are the best alternatives to the apps that come with your phone, which are pretty great, but not for everybody.
Computing

Tired of choosing between Windows and Mac? Check out these Chromebooks instead

We've compiled a list of the best Chromebooks -- laptops that combine great battery life, comfortable keyboards, and the performance it takes to run Google's lightweight Chrome OS. From Samsung to Acer, these are the Chromebooks that really…
Mobile

Looking for love or just some fun? Cozy up with the best dating apps of 2019

Everyone knows online dating can be stressful, time-consuming, and downright awful. Check out our top picks for the best dating apps, so you can streamline the process and find the right date, whatever you're looking for.