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Google I/O begins next week, plus even though may designers conference, it’s likely we will see some major item announcements, including additional information upon Android 12 and perhaps Pixel hardware. The company overlooked I/O last year because of the pandemic, so there’s the lot to catch upward on. 

How in order to watch Google I/O

Google I/O is entirely virtual this particular year and free for everybody to attend, running May 18 through 20. The opening keynote starts on 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET upon May 18. Google offers also published an official schedule for keynotes plus breakout sessions. To indication up for Google I/O, you just need in order to sign in for your Google account and register regarding the particular event

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Here’s everything we anticipate to see at Google I/O.

Android 12 updates

Android 12 could accept the greatest visual change towards the working system in years. Leaked screenshots emerged earlier this particular year showing a brand-new interface, widgets and personal privacy features.

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While the first designer beta released in February had a lot associated with changes underneath the hood, presently there were a few suggestions in the Settings application pointing to a comprehensive redesign along the way. Referred in order to as “Material NEXT” inside a leak from XDA Developers, we may notice changes to the secure screen, notifications panel plus a new theming program.

It’s likely Google can announce the general public beta associated with Android 12 at Google I/O, and we could notice the first official appear at Android’s new color job, too. The time of I/O also approximately lines up with Google’s schedule shown below regarding Android 12 beta produces. 

Read more: Everything else we’re expecting within Android 12.

This is usually Google’s own schedule regarding Android 12 beta produces. 

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Pixel Watch, Pixel Buds A-Series, WearOS

We’ve already been hearing rumors about the Pixel Watch for a long time. Could Google I/O finally function as the event in order to showcase Google’s first top quality wearable? A leak within April from Jon Prosser demonstrated a circular watch most likely powered with a new edition of WearOS. The makes show a wrist watch without the bezel around the display, no physical buttons, compatible watch straps and symptoms the watch will have got cardiovascular rate sensor.

This can also be the first main Google event since obtaining Fitbit. It seems not likely that we’ll see brand new hardware because the Fitbit Luxe had been just announced, but Google could announce broader incorporation of Fitbit within the particular Google ecosystem, as well as within WearOS itself.

Another WearOS rumor from Korean information outlet MT points in order to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Watch four running Google’s operating program rather than Samsung’s own Tizen, which we might listen to more about during I/O.

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Google may have already unintentionally leaked the newest Pixel Buds within an email to Nest users in April, adopted plan an accidental tweet from Google’s own Android account in May. Just such as the “A series” associated with Pixel phones, the Pixel Buds A may cost much less than the original Buds that currently cost $180. The leak also demonstrated a new mint eco-friendly color, and the twitter update said the earbuds can support the new Fast Pair feature for quick Bluetooth device pairing on Android.

It seems highly not likely we’ll view the Pixel 5a announced at Google I/O, given that there’s presently a global chip lack and the company furthermore issued an official statement saying the device would end up being released later within the calendar year to quash rumors associated with its cancellation. The Pixel 4a was released in August 2020, so given that will timing, it seems sensible for Google to save the 5a announcement until later inside the year.

The additional wildcard could be Google’s rumored mobile processor. Codenamed Whitechapel, it could be developed in association with Samsung and help to make its debut within the forthcoming Pixel 6. Again, is actually unlikely we’ll observe that telephone announced at I/O, yet announcing the chip can give some heads-up regarding developers.

See also
  • Google I/O: What to expect and the way to watch
  • Android 12: Everything all of us know
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Google Assistant and smart home products

Google I/O has had a few show-stopping demos in the particular past, like when the particular Google Duplex AI had the natural phone conversation along with a real person in order to make a hair consultation. While we don’t have got any leaks pointing in order to exact capabilities visiting the particular Google Assistant, maybe we’re able to listen to news of the brand new Assistant coming to a lot more Android devices, not simply Pixel phones. 

An official blog post furthermore said to expect brand new features and cool product bulletins in smart home. Google just launched the $99 Nest Audio toward the conclusion associated with 2020, so maybe this could get some brand new features, or we can see a new edition of the Nest Hub Max.

There’s also speculation about a good updated Chromecast, thanks in order to an FCC filing that will appeared in March. 

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