Google I/O, the company’s annual conference for developers, is a week away. It starts on Wednesday, May 11 and runs through Thursday, May 12. Last year at, Google showed off , its new video-chat tech and . We don’t know exactly what’s in store for this year’s conference, but we have our eye on all the new technology Google might introduce next week.
Rumors are flying about the, a possible and , Google’s presumed follow-up to its Android 12 operating system. Though it’s all speculation, it’s safe to say Google has some big announcements in store for I/O 2022. Here’s what you need to know before the conference.
How to watch Google I/O 2022 live
Google I/O will be free to watch live at io.google/2022, and the event will also be recorded and available to stream afterward. In the meantime, you can register for a free Google developer profile if you’re interested in getting email updates about the conference and keeping track of the events you’ll attend virtually.
What we expect Google to announce
It’s highly probable that Google will give us a look at the next Android mobile operating system,. By the time I/O begins, the new Android OS will still be in the midst of beta testing, but we’ll likely learn some key details at the conference. The Android Developers Blog has already shown us a number of new settings and features, plus improvements on Android 12’s Material You design framework. ahead of its wide release, which is expected later in August or September.
Three years ago at I/O 2019, Google introduced the first budget “A” version of its Pixel phone: the tech leaker Jon Prosser says the actual launch will be delayed until July 28 for most markets.) According to , the 6A might get , along with a 6.2-inch OLED display and a punch-hole front camera.. Then, for the next two years, Google pushed the and releases from May to August due to pandemic-related delays. Rumors suggest that Google might resume the original “A” release schedule for 2022, debuting the 6A at I/O this year. (However,
Though Google already owns Fitbit and buildsin partnership with Samsung, this year’s I/O event could see the company finally dive into the smartwatch waters once and for all with the rumored Pixel Watch. includes a potential Wear OS interface, a minimalist design, health-tracking features and three different versions. , showing the Pixel Watch in gold, gray and black options with 32GB of storage.
Pixel Fold and Android 12L developments that support foldable phones
Android 13 isn’t the only Android OS update we could see at I/O this year:, a version of Android 12 adapted for tablets and foldable phones (like Samsung’s ). Speaking of which, . Maybe we’ll get a glimpse during I/O.
Changes for Google Stadia
It’s possible that the Google-owned cloud gaming platform Stadia could make an appearance in some form. Rumors suggest that Google will offer Stadia’s streaming tech to other companies, including Peloton, under the name “Google Stream.” If this proves true, we just might see a rebranding announcement at I/O.