Dear Android enthusiasts, fans of the ecosystem of Google products, rejoice! After tough years, the Google I / O conference is back in perfect shape. For those who don’t know, the annual conference was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, Google decided to hold a small, intimate event to unveil its innovations. However, now that the COVID-19 pandemic is almost controlled in the West, the search giant is back with the staged event. Google I / O 2022 is preparing to be one of the largest so far for Google. After all, the company could use the event to unveil Android 13, a new affordable Google Pixel 6a, and showcase the Google Pixel Watch after numerous delays. If you want to be ready, we are here with a detailed article that brings everything you need to know about the event.
Google I / O 2022: Everything we expect
When exactly will it start?
If you want to schedule the event on your calendar, Google I / O 2022 starts on Wednesday, May 11, at 13:00 ET. The event is scheduled to last several days, but the big products can see their revelation on the first day, which takes place tomorrow.
Glorious unveiling of Android 13
Well, if you own a smartphone from a company other than Google, you’re probably still waiting or have just received the Android 12 update. As a result, Android 13 is far from a reality. However, the slowness of Android OEMs to update their smartphones is not exactly a problem for the search giant. As a result, it will maintain its usual schedule and unveil Android 13 on Google I / O.
Android 13 is not entirely new for Pixel smartphone owners. After all, the company launched a developer preview program more than three months ago. The beta period also started last month. Therefore, most Android enthusiasts already know what’s in the new update. Google’s Android 13 will not revolutionize the operating system. After all, Android 12 has already done this with Material You and Monet. However, the new version will make some improvements to the previous version and will also reveal some features that were not available before.
More details on Monet features
For example, Android 13 will improve the Monet theme engine and make Material You richer. There will also be more customization and speed options. The new update also focuses on privacy and brings artificial intelligence-based navigation controls. There are other enhancements for larger devices and even computers. We expect the new update to finally target Android 13 FreeForm Windows, which has long been neglected as part of developer settings.
Among the small but nice additions, the update will bring better support for Bluetooth LE and a new photo selection tool. The copy / paste and edit controls will also be updated. Google may also reveal which Android OEMs will be able to participate in the Android 13 beta program of the event. We expect the global release to take place sometime in September or October. There is already a list of Xiaomi devices that will qualify for the Android 13 update.
Google Pixel 6a
Google I / O has always been an event focused on software and developers. However, this is a trend to change this and Google is about to follow suit. The company will also take the opportunity to unveil its long-running Google Pixel 6a.
As the name clearly suggests, this is a continuation of the a-series Pixel smartphones at affordable prices. In this case, we will get a more affordable version of Pixel 6. Rumor has it that it will be a slightly smaller version with several hardware cuts to make it more affordable. According to rumors, the phone will have a 6.2-inch Full HD + screen. It is not yet clear whether there is a display with a refresh rate of 90 Hz or only 60 Hz. The phone will not have the same impressive camera hardware, but it will still work wonders thanks to Google’s reliance on software. Rumor has it that he will come up with the best camera in the category.
Interestingly, the phone will bring the Tensor chip, further expanding the availability of Google’s own chipset. The company usually takes the route in August to launch Pixel smartphones, but maybe Pixel 6a comes earlier to change things a bit. This gives users enough time to decide whether to choose this more affordable version or wait for the release of the Pixel 7 series in October.
Google Pixel Watch
Oh, yes, the Google Pixel Watch. This legendary product is finally getting its release or in the worst case just an official teaser. We’re still betting on the first opportunity, yet Google is making some crazy marketing moves to promote this product. Maybe I’m just too much on conspiracy theories, but the Pixel Watch case, forgotten in a restaurant, can’t just be crushed. Google’s products expired long ago, and the Pixel Watch was just the latest target of deep leaks. Maybe this is just part of Google’s master plan to draw attention to the new device.
The carrier has been in the rumor mill for the past 4 to 5 years. But 2022 seems to be the year in which Google will finally launch a product that will push Wear OS forward. To be more precise, the wearable may be the first with Wear OS 4, which will be Google’s latest attempt to make the wearable OS as popular as Android. The company received help from Samsung last year and may have finally found its way to build a solid wearable system.
The carrier will take on the Apple Watch, but has a round dial. There are rumors of multiple wrist sizes and we can obviously see some Fitbit influences here and there. In the end, the search giant acquired the legendary wearable manufacturer. If the Pixel Watch doesn’t appear here, then we can only hope to see it in the unveiling of the Pixel 7 series later this year. However, consumers can still expect a teaser for this product at the event.
There are details about the battery and even the price that hovers around. So there’s a good chance this release will finally happen.
Less likely, but good extras
Pixel Buds Pro
There is no specific information, but the company may also use the event to launch or at least annoy new wireless headphones. There are rumors about the answer of the search engine of Pixel Buds Pro. (Seriously, Google is really trying to do before Apple in the United States).
In addition, there is little chance of a new generation of Pixel Buds A-series more affordable headphones. However, this is very schematic at the moment and you need to absorb it with a pinch of salt. Anyway, if the Pro models are coming, we can expect ANC, a new design and a higher price. Some health-oriented features can also come in handy.
Pixel Fold and Android 12L
There are rumors of a foldable smartphone from Google. The tentatively called Pixel Fold will be available with Android 12L. For those who don’t know, this is a special version of Android 12 with settings for large tablets. We can hear more about the integration with folding devices of the event and the future of software for these products. We don’t really expect Pixel Fold to show its face at this event, but anything can happen.
The device was planned for early 2022, but it seems that Google has so far refused. Anyway, we can expect to hear more by October.
More Google I / O 2022 software updates and products
The search giant will also use the event to reveal more details about Google TV, Chrome OS, YouTube, Maps, Assistant and more. At the same time, we expect to see the launch of new products Nest Home, Chromecast and other solutions.
There are rumors of a Nest Hubt Tablet 2-in-1 and a cheaper Chromecast without 4K support. However, there is currently little evidence of release. However, hope is still in the air. We can also see how the search giant is playing with the AR and VR segments, after all, it’s all about the metaverse.
Google I / O 2022 – The biggest so far?
Google I / O can lead to everything promised in this article. But at the same time, it can end in disappointment for those who expect a lot. It is better to cool expectations and just wait for the event. You can watch it herebut we will cover all the details in Gizchina.