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 invest about what would possibly 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 saved tightly beneath wraps. Nonetheless, we are able to make some guesses.

Android 12

Properly, 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 embrace things 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 trying 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 perhaps the Pixel Watch

Google lastly appears to be being attentive to Put on OS, its oft-neglected smartwatch software program, which makes us suppose the corporate could be readying some kind of huge replace.

At this level, we’re fairly certain Google is engaged on a brand new smartwatch of its personal, maybe one that may lastly supply a strong different to the Apple Watch. Leaker Jon Prosser claims to have seen pictures of the gadget 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 remember. The truth that there are rumors Samsung is returning to Wear OS (and abandoning Tizen, thank goodness), provides extra gasoline to this fireplace.

Google Assistant information

Updates to Google Assistant have arguably been essentially the most notable bulletins at I/O the previous few years. The Assistant is, in spite of everything, one of many bits of software program Google is investing essentially 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 when it comes to the Assistant, however one possible replace is one thing codenamed ‘Guacamole.’ This characteristic will allow you to speak to the Assistant while not having to say ‘Hey Google’ for sure instructions, comparable to answering or declining calls.

This one isn’t a rumor a lot as a leak; many Android customers, together with yours actually, 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 (perhaps)

If you happen to have been holding out hope for Google’s newest funds smartphone, you’ll in all probability need to be affected person some time longer. Google truly confirmed in April that the Pixel 5a is on the best way, however on the time it stated “will probably be accessible later this yr within the US and Japan and introduced in keeping with when final yr’s a-series cellphone was launched.

Emphasis ours. Sadly, the Pixel 4a was introduced in August of 2020, so it appears possible 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 (perhaps)

That is one other gadget that we all know is on the best way, contemplating Google itself already leaked it publicly. Twice. Rumors have advised the gadget can be a funds different to the prevailing Pixel Buds and abandon swipe controls to hit that cheaper worth level.