What to anticipate from Google I/O 2021

Google I/O 2021 kicks off on May 18th and it’s certain to be a packed occasion. This is the primary I/O convention Google has held shortly, after the corporate cancelled the 2020 occasion as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

This yr, Google determined to take I/O on-line and is inviting anybody to hitch and watch nearly. The convention will run from May 18th to twentieth, however a lot of the huge information will doubtless drop at 10am PT/1pm ET on the 18th with CEO Sundar Pichai’s opening keynote.

As in earlier years, I/O will focus closely on the developer facet of issues, however that doesn’t imply there gained’t be any huge information. With that in thoughts, listed here are some issues we anticipate to see on the occasion:

Android 12


We’ll nearly actually get some Android 12 information, particularly since I/O is a developer convention. Going by earlier I/O occasions, Google usually showcases some huge new options that can ship with the following main Android replace. Typically, these bulletins come alongside smaller conferences the place builders can be taught extra in regards to the new options and find out how to construct for them or implement them of their apps.

There’s additionally an excellent likelihood Google will announce the Android 12 beta. Again, the search big beforehand used I/O occasions to announce the beta model of the following Android replace. Android 12 is at the moment accessible as a Developer Preview, however the transfer to beta ought to make it way more accessible to anybody eager to attempt it out.

Finally, I’d anticipate Google to spend a while speaking about design given a number of the significant visible tweaks we’ve seen within the Android 12 Developer Preview to date. It could possibly be an replace to the corporate’s Material Design framework, or a brand new design framework completely — that is still to be seen.

Google Assistant and different merchandise

Next-gen Assistant on Pixel 4

Updates and new Assistant options are virtually a given at Google’s I/O convention. The firm introduced Assistant at I/O 2016 and nearly all the time places a major concentrate on new options and modifications coming to it. Given how Google appears to replace Assistant little by little (and tends to order some options for Pixel telephones), I’d anticipate any Assistant bulletins to have some exclusivity and sure no set launch date.

In the identical vein, we may see some bulletins associated to Google Duplex, a service that may place calls and make reservations in your behalf. Google first demoed Duplex at I/O in 2018. Since then, Google slowly expanded Duplex into different international locations, including Canada in 2020.

Other Google tasks like Lens will doubtless see bulletins, in addition to Google’s core providers like Maps, News, Search, Gmail, Workspace and extra.

New telephones, earbuds and different {hardware}

Finally, there’s a small, small likelihood we’ll see some new Google {hardware} on the occasion. The search big has already confirmed the Pixel 5a 5G, but in addition famous that the cellphone can be “announced in line with when last year’s a-series phone was introduced.”

In different phrases, Google will announce the 5a 5G across the similar time it introduced the 4a 5G. Google first teased the 4a 5G in August 2020 alongside the Pixel 4a launch, however it didn’t truly announce the cellphone till September. Given these occasions, and what Google stated, it’s unlikely we’ll see the 5a 5G at I/O (however you by no means know).

Speaking of a-series gadgets, we may additionally see Google’s rumoured Pixel Buds A. We don’t know a lot in regards to the Buds A apart from they’ll doubtless be a extra reasonably priced model of the Pixel Buds and should lack gesture controls. Hopefully, we be taught extra in regards to the Buds A at Google I/O 2021, however the firm might plan to announce them alongside the Pixel 5a 5G as a substitute.

Pixel Watch renders

Finally, Google would possibly share updates about a number of different merchandise, like sensible residence gadgets, Stadia, Wear OS and extra. I’d say Wear OS updates are probably the most possible given rumours of a Pixel Watch launch later this yr, however general, I don’t suppose we’ll see a lot of those.

One different consideration is Google’s rumoured ‘Whitechapel‘ chip. According to reports, the chip will ship as part of the Pixel 6 (or whatever Google calls the next flagship Pixel). I doubt we’ll be taught something about it at I/O, however because it’s a developer convention and builders must know issues about {hardware} to construct software program for it, there’s an opportunity Google will speak about it.

Of course, most of that is primarily based on hypothesis. We may see all of the above, or none of it — we gained’t know for positive till Google begins saying stuff at I/O. To comply with together with the bulletins as they occur, be sure that to comply with MobileSyrup on Twitter and Facebook, or go to the web site throughout the I/O occasion.

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