What we’re anticipating from Google I/O 2021

As a result of we’re nonetheless within the midst of COVID19, Google I/O goes digital this yr, — it was canceled final yr — livestreamed totally free to all. The corporate’s developer convention begins on Tuesday, Could 18, with the keynote occasion set to kick off at 10 AM PT/ 1PM ET.

With that date quickly approaching, it’s time to take a position about what may make an look, and what we’re unlikely to see.

This yr, there haven’t been that many leaks forward of time, which makes me hope the corporate has one thing juicy that it’s stored tightly beneath wraps. Nonetheless, we are able to make some guesses.

Android 12

Nicely, this one isn’t a shock. We hear a couple of new model of Android yearly, and the corporate has already launched severalbetas of its upcoming OS.

Although the corporate has teased some options, these have primarily been developer-oriented objects. These embody issues like adjustments to the notification panel and enhancements to the picture compression. However we’ve additionally seen hints that Google is planning to introduce a bunch of helpful new options, together with a long-overdue one-handed mode and an built-in theme system.

We’re anticipating to see one of many greatest design overhauls to Android shortly, so we’re wanting ahead to seeing what Google has to supply. The corporate additionally tends to launch a public beta model of its OS quickly after I/O, so keep tuned for that as properly.

Put on OS updates and possibly the Pixel Watch

Google lastly appears to be taking note of Put on OS, its oft-neglected smartwatch software program, which makes us suppose the corporate may be readying some type of massive replace.

At this level, we’re fairly certain Google is engaged on a brand new smartwatch of its personal, maybe one that may lastly provide a strong different to the Apple Watch. Leaker Jon Prosser claims to have seen photos of the machine already.

That stated, we’re not completely certain it’ll make an look at I/O, although that’s nearly as good a time as any. If Google plans to introduce main adjustments to Put on OS, it’s going to need builders to bear in mind. The truth that there are rumors Samsung is returning to Put on OS (and abandoning Tizen, thank goodness), provides extra gas to this hearth.

Google Assistant information

Updates to Google Assistant have arguably been probably the most notable bulletins at I/O the previous few years. The Assistant is, in any case, one of many bits of software program Google is investing probably the most effort in as AI developments arrive at a breakneck tempo.

We haven’t heard an excessive amount of about what to anticipate at I/O by way of the Assistant, however one probably replace is one thing codenamed ‘Guacamole.’ This characteristic will allow you to discuss to the Assistant without having to say ‘Hey Google’ for sure instructions, akin to answering or declining calls.

This one isn’t a rumor a lot as a leak; many Android customers, together with yours really, noticed the Guacamole characteristic present up of their Assistant settings. The one query is whether or not it’ll make its debut at I/O, and my cash is on ‘sure.’

Pixel 5a (possibly)

When you have been holding out hope for Google’s newest finances smartphone, you’ll most likely must be affected person some time longer. Google really confirmed in April that the Pixel 5a is on the way in which, however on the time it stated “it will likely be obtainable later this yr within the US and Japan and introduced in step with when final yr’s a-series telephone was launched.

Emphasis ours. Sadly, the Pixel 4a was introduced in August of 2020, so it appears probably we’ll have to attend a good bit longer for extra information. The Pixel 3a was introduced at 2019’s I/O, however coronavirus seems to have tousled the timing for future fashions.

Pixel Buds A-series (possibly)

That is one other machine that we all know is on the way in which, contemplating Google itself already leaked it publicly. Twice. Rumors have recommended the machine might be a finances different to the present Pixel Buds and abandon swipe controls to hit that cheaper worth level.