google: What to expect at Google I/O 2022: Android 13, Pixel 6a, Pixel Watch and more – Times of India
Traditionally, Google divulges revelations about its software and what’s in store for developers. However, there have been occasions when Google also announces new hardware products for consumers, which could even include a new phone, maybe a watch or much more.
From new software announcements to hardware reveal, here’s what to expect from Google at I/O 2022.
How to attend Google I/O 2022
The Google I/O 2022 is again happening online this year and is free to attend for everyone, but first, you need to register yourself on io.google/2022. The keynote is scheduled for 10:00 AM PDT (10:30 PM IST) on May 11. Those interested can watch the live broadcast on YouTube.
Android 13: The next big update for Android phones
Every year, Google announces a new version of Android, and this year it will be announcing the Android 13, which is expected to be a not-so-major upgrade over the Android 12. However, it might bring some improvements over the former. As for the features, the Material You is expected to get more colourful, enhanced notifications, a private photo picker, improved QR code scanner, among other minor but important features. We expect to hear more about the changes Android 13 will bring on May 11.
Pixel 6a: The new Pixel phone
For the last few years, Google has been announcing an affordable version of its Pixel series smartphones, and this year it is time for us to get an affordable Pixel 6, unsurprisingly dubbed as Pixel 6a. But here’s the thing, Google doesn’t usually announce smartphones at I/O. However, according to Youtuber and tipster Jon Prosser, Google might finally announce a new smartphone, the Pixel 6a, at this year’s I/O. But, again, it is not expected to hit the shelves until July.
What do we know about the Pixel 6a? It is said to look a lot different from its predecessors and adopt a modern Pixel 6 like design. It is expected to come with a 90Hz OLED panel, a Tensor chip, and a triple camera setup.
Pixel Watch has been in the news for quite some time now, and it even had an iPhone 4 moment – leaked in full public glare at a restaurant – a few weeks ago. With such prominent leaks, it will be interesting to see what Google has in store with its first in-house smartwatch. It is rumoured to come in two different sizes and four colours, and we are expected to learn more about it at Google I/O later this week.
Pixel Buds Pro
The latest addition to the lineup of our expectations is the Pixel Buds Pro. It made its way to the news last week, and apparently, it is expected to come “soon,” but we don’t know how soon is soon. And we also know that it might be coming in four colour options, namely Real Red, Carbon, Limoncello, and Fog. We might get to see the Pixel Buds Pro later this week, but we suggest taking this with a pinch of salt.
New Nest Hub with a detachable display
A few weeks ago, a report suggested that Google is working on a new smart display with a detachable tablet form factor, set to release this year. As you might think, the detachable display can be detached from the dock, serving its purpose as a tablet and can be docked again to the base speaker to be used as a conventional Nest Hub. There is no word on the exact launch date, but it could be released at I/O 2022.
Could Pixel Fold be Google’s one more thing at I/O 2022?
There is very little to no chance that Google will reveal the much rumoured foldable Pixel at I/O this week. However, we could glimpse the Pixel fold or foldable Pixel, whatever you prefer calling it. Maybe Google could show us how it has optimised the Android 13 (or Android 13L) for foldables, teasing its own foldable if it is destined to arrive this year.
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