Google I/O: What to expect and how to watch
Google I/O, the company's annual developer's conference, will kick off Thursday 12 May, and we're expecting plenty of big announcements.
Google I/O will take place in a digital-only format this Thursday to Friday. Like Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference, I/O is an opportunity for Google to give developers the inside scoop on what's coming up in the world of Google software and hardware. And the rest of us are also able to tune in and soak up all the news.
Here's what you need to know about Google I/O.
When is Google I/O?
Google I/O will get started with the keynote address on Thursday 2 May, at 3am, and will continue well into Friday.
How to watch Google I/O
The keynote address of Google I/O will livestream on Google's Youtube channel. If you have some understandable objections to waking up at 3am, you can simply rewatch the address at that same link in the morning.
If you're a developer yourself, you can register with your Google account here to attend a full host of activities across the event, including more in-depth information sessions and interactive games.
What to expect
Here are some of the key reveals tipped to occur at Google I/O 2022.
While Android 13 is available in beta form on select Pixel devices, Google I/O should provide some more specifics on what we can expect from the new OS, including new privacy measures and a release timeline.
Google’s Pixel lineup could return to the Indian market with the upcoming Pixel 6a https://t.co/RvJrfXHogY
— XDA (@xdadevelopers) May 9, 2022
There are significant rumours surrounding a new Google budget smartphone, and Google I/O has never been strictly a software event. In fact, the Pixel 3a was unveiled at Google I/O 2019. So value-loving tech geeks should begin to get excited.
Pixel Watch and Wear OS
Speaking of the rumour mill, the Pixel Watch has been talked about so much it's difficult to remind yourself Google hasn't even acknowledged its existence yet. We hope that will change at Google I/O 2022. And since this is primarily a software event, Google's Wear OS should receive some spotlight as well.
Pixel Buds Pro
Leaker extraordinaire Jon Prosser is insistent that Google Pixel Buds Pro are heading our way. It's been somewhat rough sledding for Google's ventures into the world of headphones and earbuds, and Google I/O would be a great opportunity for it to build hype and give developers a head start on building software to maximise the new buds.
Google software updates
While hardware is what gets people really excited, Google I/O is a developer's conference through and through, so expect software updates to take centre stage. You can take a look at I/O 2022's program here. As you would expect, incoming changes to the likes of Google Pay, Chrome OS and Google Assistant are prominently featured.
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