Google had to completely cancel its I / O developer conference last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the company is poised to make some ‘big announcements’ this time around. This year, Google I / O 2021 is free for everyone, and the Mountain View giant announced the event dates earlier this month. Google I / O 2021 is completely virtual, and in this article, we will take a look at the expected announcements at the event.
Google I / O 2021 Dates
To remind, Google I / O 2021 is scheduled to run from May 18 to May 20. You can register for the event right now from the website dedicated to the Google event. After registering, you can attend workshops, AMA sessions, live Q&A during sessions, earn developer profile badges, and more during the event. Aside from this, we could also expect consumer-focused key product announcements at the event.
Look at Google I / O 2021
As always, you can view the Google I / O 2021 keynote from Official Google YouTube Channel. The event link is not available at the time of writing, but we will update this post with the event link when it becomes available. Also, you can stay tuned to the I / O website for specific events.
Expectations for Google I / O 2021 Keynote
With the basics out of the way, let’s take a look at the exciting hardware and software you can expect to be announced at the event:
Android 12 will be one of the highlights of the event. While Google will not roll out the finalized version of Android 12 to Pixel phones shortly after the event ends, you could look forward to the first beta version of Android 12. In the meantime, you can catch up on the best Android 12 features in our article. linked.
In case you’re not aware, Google has already released three developer previews. Going forward, there will be four beta versions in May, June, July, and August, respectively. Android 12 will reach platform stability in August and you could look forward to the stable release of Android 12 sometime in September.
Like last year, we could expect beta builds of Android 12 from OEM partners for specific devices alongside Pixel phones. In particular, this will be the latest major Android update for Pixel 3 and 3 XL. These are the Pixel devices that will get Android 12:
- Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
- Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL
- Google Pixel 4
- Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a (5G)
- Google Pixel 5
Google Pixel 5a
Alright, let’s talk about the Pixel 5a. Next rumors of the cancellation of Pixel 5a, Google stepped up to reveal that the Pixel 5a is not canceled and will launch later this year. In addition, the company also revealed that we could expect the launch of the device to be in line with the presentation of the Pixel 4a from last year. In case you don’t remember, Pixel 4a launched in August of last year.
This is where things get interesting. In an ideal world, Google would have announced the Pixel 4a at I / O 2020, as revealed by the Pixel 3a series at I / O 2019. However, since I / O 2020 did not happen, the launch was carried over to August. Following these, there is a chance that Google could announce the Pixel 5a at I / O 2021, with market availability set for August or even June.
On the hardware front, the Pixel 5a 5G is rumored to include a 6.2-inch Full-HD + OLED display with the same Snapdragon 765 SoC seen on Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. With all that said, one area where there is little to no reason to be excited is availability. A Google spokesperson has already confirmed that the Pixel 5a 5G will be limited to the US and Japan.
Pixel 5a launch in India?
So what about the BIS certification of the supposed Pixel 5a with the model number GR0M2 and that And Telecom Report Sheds Light On Google’s Big Push In India? Well, we’re not sure either. The global chip shortage has likely forced Google to hit the pause button in its ambitious plans to expand its presence in the country. If Google skips the launch of the Pixel 5a 5G in India, that could mean there won’t be a new budget Pixel phone in India this year. That leaves Pixel fans with the Pixel 4a that arrived in India last October. This is clearly not a good time to be a Pixel fan in India, and the situation is far from ideal. Come on google do something.
Pixel Buds A
Google Pixel Buds A are the company’s next truly wireless headphones that are expected to launch at the event. It was rumored to launch sometime in April, and the next best timeline is at Google I / O 2021. Another evidence of its existence is a recent marketing email in which Google accidentally leaked the design of the Pixel Buds A Spoiler alert: They look a lot like the Pixel Buds 2, but with a green hue.
In terms of specs, we don’t know much about the Pixel Buds A. Judging by the ‘A’ in the branding, it could be a cheaper variant of the Pixel Buds. In addition, a recent report from 9to5Google suggests that the Pixel Buds A may lack gesture inputs to control volume. So don’t have much hope for the new Pixel Buds A. We’ll have to wait a bit longer for the true successor to Pixel Buds 2.
Whitechapel chipset ad?
Rumors about Google’s internal SoC codenamed Whitechapel started last year. After a year of silence, a 9to5Google The report earlier this month further detailed Google’s plans to use its own chipset, starting with the Pixel 6 5G. Google appears to have partnered with Samsung Semiconductor’s large-scale systems integration (SLSI) division for the long-awaited Whitechapel chipset.
Speaking of the technical details, according to recent reports, it will be a Octa-core chipset manufactured in Samsung’s 5nm process. It could include two ARM Cortex-A78 cores, two Cortex-A76 cores, and four Cortex-A55 cores. While you shouldn’t expect Google to announce the Pixel 6 at I / O 2021, Google will likely announce the Whitechapel chipset so developers know what to expect and how to prepare when it’s ready.
Wear OS enhancements and new Nest hardware
Now that Google owns Fitbit, we might expect the company to announce improvements to Wear OS and Fitbit OS at I / O 2021. Interestingly, Google could remove ‘SO’ and just call it Google Wear, as revealed in the I / O program. Another possible outcome is the announcement of new Nest hardware products. Another possibility is the rumored Pixel Watch, but even the leaks point to an October release date.
On Alphabet’s Q1 2021 earnings call, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai told investors expect “major product updates and announcements.” Therefore, there is room for a large number of product announcements at the event.
Improvements in the Google Assistant, Stadia
Google generally announces massive improvements to its I / O speech recognition technology, such as the next-generation Google Assistant, Duplex. Google I / O 2021 will be the perfect time for the company to showcase the progress it has made with Assistant throughout the year. The company, however, has already announced some updates to the Assistant, including improved pronunciation accuracy and natural conversations using BERT (Transformers Two-Way Encoder Renderings). We also got a glimpse of what the future holds for Stadia, Google’s cloud gaming efforts.
Google I / O 2021 Expectations
So that sums up our expectations for Google I / O 2021. Which of these announcements are you most excited about? If you had to pick one, it would have to be Google’s in-house Whitechapel chipset and capabilities, closely followed by Android 12. Share your expectations with us in the comments.
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