Nexus 7 Google Tablet and Android Jelly Bean Announcement Expected Today At Google I/O Conference

Google is expected to announce a new tablet and version of Android today.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 27, 2012— -- Apple and Microsoft both had their turns to show off their latest software and hardware this month; today it is Google's turn.

Google executives will take the stage at the annual Google I/O Developer's Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, where they will show off the latest versions of Google software, including Android and other services.

Google's next version of its Android operating system is expected to be one of the major points of conversation. Like earlier Android versions, this one is named after a dessert -- Jelly Bean. Ice Cream Sandwich, the current version of Android, was announced last November. Before Ice Cream Sandwich, there was Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Google put out a statue of a bowl of jelly beans at its Silicon Valley campus yesterday.

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While there haven't been many details to spill out yet about Jelly Bean, Google is likely to announce a tablet to go along with the new operating system. Rumored to be called the Nexus 7, the tablet is said to have a 7-inch screen, a fast quad-core processor, and a very affordable $199 price. The tablet is expected to go head-to-head with Amazon's Kindle Fire. These rumors have been widely reported, and most recently the Wall Street Journal corroborated the reports.

While there have been lots of Android tablets released, none have been as successful as the iPad. It is expected that the Nexus 7 will ship in July and that Taiwanese manufacturer Asus is making the tablet itself. Microsoft's Windows 8 Surface tablets, which were announced last week, aren't expected until later this year.

But Google isn't only expected to talk about Android and its tablet strategy. The search giant will discuss its maps platform and other services like its Cloud storage solutions, including the new Google Drive. Apple recently ditched the Google Maps in iOS 6; it has created its own 3-D mapping for the iPad and iPhone.

Over 5,550 thousand developers will be at I/O this year. A Google spokesperson also said that the mini-kitchens at the Moscone Center will stock 1,455 pounds of snacks for the three day event. ABC News did see a Jelly Belly truck pull up in front of the conference center yesterday.

ABC News will be live at the Google I/O keynote starting at 12:30 p.m. EST/ 9:30 a.m. PST. Stay tuned for our continuous coverage throughout the day.