It’s that time of year again: Google is ready to make some announcements, and what better way to do it than using its famous Google I/O platform. The conference is about to start and we are ready to see what new features may be announced for Android 13, if we finally get to see the Pixel Watch (not left in a restaurant) and if Google will show the new Pixel 6a.
How to tune Google I/O 2022
While Google I/O is technically a developer event, Google makes it easy for the general public to tune in, no matter who they are or where they live. You can find the live stream here on Google’s YouTube pageas well as a Live stream American Sign Language here. The company’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, will take the stage at 10am PT (1pm ET) on Wednesday, May 11, so be sure to tune in by then to catch the whole show.
What will Google announce at Google I/O 2022?
The company hasn’t made any official announcements ahead of its big unveiling, but based on reliable rumors and leaks, we’ve got an idea. what to expect.
First off, we hope to get our first official look at the Pixel Watch, Google’s first smartwatch. That said, we generally know what it is, since a prototype was left in a restaurant (like Google’s iPhone 4). If Google reveals the Pixel Watch tomorrow, we expect to see a rounded smartwatch with interchangeable bands running Wear OS 3, a joint venture between Google and Samsung. Wear OS 3 should offer a more customizable experience compared to something like Apple’s watchOS, complete with widgets (called “tiles”).
Continuing on the hardware front, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Pichai announce the Pixel 6a at I/O. Google’s latest mid-range smartphone should offer the same performance as the flagship Pixel 6, while using the cheaper camera hardware found in the Pixel 5a. Sadly, this could be the first mid-range Pixel device to lose the headphone jack. If so, the list of smartphones that still sport the 3.5mm port it will shrink even more.
However, the focus of the event will surely be on the software, specifically Android 13. The latest version of the Android operating system is currently in beta testing, and currently doesn’t offer many new features. That said, Google will likely delay any major announcements until tomorrow, after which we should see some fun new changes in future Android 13 betas.