While Apple, Microsoft and the like have endeavored to bring their respective developer conferences online. Google made the executive design so that I / O was completely scrapped last year. It was a bit strange, but the show continued through news-related blog posts.
While we’ll have to wait another year to darken the doors of Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheater, the company has chosen to go virtual for the 2021 version of the show. Understandably. Google apparently has a lot up its sleeve this time.
Last month, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet, teased some key news on the tech giant’s investor call, noting, “Our product releases are returning to a regular cadence. We are particularly pleased that our developer event – Google I / O – is back this year, all virtual and free for everyone from May 18th to 20th. We’ll have major product updates and announcements, and I invite you all to tune in. “
According to the sound of next week’s event, Google will be back in shape for just about everyone after a difficult year. So what can we expect from the developer-oriented event?
Android 12 is of course the big thing. From a software development standpoint, it’s a linchpin for the Google ecosystem and has pretty much always been the focus of the event for good reason.
The developer version of Google’s mobile operating system has been on the rise for some time, but it offers surprisingly little insight into the features that may be coming. That’s either because it’s a relatively minor upgrade in that regard, or because the company chooses to leave something to the imagination before an official reveal.
What we know so far is that the operating system is getting a design upgrade. Beyond that, however, there are still many question marks.
The Google Assistant is likely to have some serious stage time too, along with some updates to the company’s ever-growing Home / Nest offerings. It is uncertain whether this will mean, for example, new smart displays on Nest speakers. Remember, hardware is far from a given. After all, the big pixel event usually takes place in autumn. However, June is an ideal middle ground during the year to brush up on some other lines.
The most likely candidate for new hardware (if any) is a new version of the company’s fully wireless earbuds, which the company accidentally leaked once or twice. The Pixel Buds A are supposed to have faster pairing, and if their name is any clue, it’s a budget entry.
Speaking of which … earlier this year, Google made a rather unorthodox announcement confirming that the Pixel 5a 5G is on the move. The company denied rumors that were widely swirling around the Pixel line, telling Biomedarticles in a statement that “Pixel 5a 5G will not be canceled. It will be available in the US and Japan later this year and announced in line with the launch of the A-Series phone last year. “Given that the 4a arrived in August, we could well jump the gun here. Considered as a broader daylight saving time frame, however, this is not completely ruled out here.
Wear OS basically felt like a follower forever. Rebrands, overhauls, and endless hardware partners have done little to change that fact. Note, however, that this will be Google’s first major event since the Fitbit acquisition was completed. So it seems like a no-brainer that the company is looking to get strong with their wearable / fitness game. And hey, it was only rumored this week that Samsung might take over the operating system after years of customizing Tizen.
Things start on Tuesday morning May 18 at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET with a big keynote.