While Apple, Microsoft, and the like were scrambling to bring their respective developer conferences online, Google made the executive design scrap I/O outright blog posts.. It was a bit of an odd one, but the show went on through news-related
While we’ll have to wait another year to darken the doors of Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheater, the company has opted to go virtual for the 2021 version of the show. Understandably so.has a lot up its sleeves this time.
Last month, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai teased somegiant’s investor call: “Our product releases are returning to a regular cadence. We are particularly excited that our developer — is back this year, all virtual and free for everyone on May 18th-20th. We’ll have significant product updates and announcements, and I invite you all to tune in.”
From the sound of it, next week’s event will findto form following a rough year for just about everyone. So, what can we expect from the developer-focused event?
Android 12 is the biggie, of course. From a software development standpoint, it’s a lynchpin to Google’s ecosystem, and for a good reason, it has always taken center stage at the event.
The developer version of Google’shas been kicking for a while, but it has offered surprisingly little insight into what features might become. That’s either because it will be a relatively minor upgrade as far as these things go or because the company is choosing to leave something to the imagination ahead of an .
We do know so far that the operating system is getting a design upgrade. Beyond that, however, there are still a lot of question marks.
is likely to get some serious stage time, coupled with some updates to the company’s ever-growing Home/Nest offerings. Whether that will mean new speakers is uncertain. hardware is anything but a given. The big Pixel event, after all, generally comes in the fall. That said, June is an ideal mid-market during the year to refresh some other lines.
The likeliest candidate for new hardware (if any) is a new version of the company’s fully— which the company has accidentally leaked out once or twice. The A are said to sport faster pairing, and if their name is any indication, it will be a budget entry.
Speaking of which… earlier this year, summer time frame, it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility here.confirming that the Pixel 5a 5G is on the way. Denying rumors swirling around the Pixel line generally, the , “Pixel 5a 5G is not canceled. It will be available in the U.S. and in line with when last year’s a-series phone was introduced.” Given that the 4a arrived in August, we could jump the gun here. However, taken as a broader
Wear OS has felt like an also-ran forever. Rebrands revamp, and endless hardware partners have done little to change that. But remember that this will be Google’s first major event since closing the Fitbit acquisition, so it seems like a no-brainer that the company will want to come on strong with its wearable/fitness play. And hey, just this, a rumor broke that Samsung might be embracing the operating system after years of customizing Tizen.
Things kick off Tuesday morning, May 18, at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET, with a big keynote.