Google I/O 2022: how to follow the conference and what to expect?



Google’s annual developer conference will be held in a few days. It begins on Wednesday May 11 and ends on Thursday May 12. Last year at I/O 2021, Google showed off Android 12, its new Project Starline video-chat technology, and major Wear OS updates. We don’t know exactly what this year’s keynote has in store for us, but we have our eye on any new tech that Google might highlight.

Rumors are swirling about upcoming Google Pixel phones, a possible Pixel Watch, and Android 13, Google’s rumored sequel to Android 12. While this is just speculation, it’s safe to say that Google has some big announcements in store for I/O 2022. Here’s what you need to know ahead of the conference.

How to watch Google I/O 2022 live?

The Google I/O conference can be followed for free live at io.google/2022. The event is available on the company’s YouTube page:

In the meantime, you can sign up for a free Google Developer Profile if you want to receive email updates about the conference and follow the events you’ll be attending virtually.

What Google should announce

Android 13

It’s highly likely that Google will give us a preview of the next Android mobile operating system, Android 13. By the time the I/O conference kicks off, this new version will still be in the middle of beta testing, but we’ll likely learn a few key details. . The Android Developer Blog has already shown us a number of new settings and features.

Pixel 6a

Three years ago, at I/O 2019, Google showed off the first “a” version of its Pixel phone: the Pixel 3a. Then, for the next two years, Google pushed back releases of the Pixel 4a and 5a due to pandemic-related delays. Rumors suggest that Google could resume the original release schedule for 2022, bringing the 6a to I/O this year. However, Jon Prosser says the actual launch will be delayed until July 28 for most markets. According to leaks from industry insiders, the 6a could get the powerful Google Tensor chip from the 6 and 6 Pro, along with a 6.2-inch OLED display and a hole-punch front camera.

PixelWatch

Although Google already owns Fitbit and is building Wear OS in partnership with Samsung, this year’s I/O event could see the company step into the smartwatch realm with the Pixel Watch. Rumors surrounding this smartwatch include Wear OS interface, minimalist design, health tracking features and three different versions.

Pixel Fold and the development of Android 12L that supports folding smartphones

Android 13 isn’t the only Android OS update we might see at I/O this year: Google hinted at Android 12L, a version of Android 12 suitable for tablets and folding phones (like the Galaxy Samsung’s Z Fold 3). Speaking of which, Google is expected to launch its own folding phone (a Pixel Fold?) later this year. We may get a glimpse of it at the I/O conference.

Changes for Google Stadia

Google-owned cloud gaming platform Stadia may make an appearance in some form. Rumors suggest that Google is offering Stadia’s streaming technology to other companies, including Peloton, under the name “Google Stream”. If that turns out to be true, we might see a rebranding announcement at I/O.

CNET.com article adapted by CNET France

Feature image source: James Martin/CNET

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