Google IO hero 2021 2
Google IO hero 2021 2

Those who are passionate about smartphones know that there are two major conferences for app developers around the world: Google I / O and WWDC [that’s right, Samsung!]. According to the 2021 calendar, this year’s edition of Google I / O starts tomorrow with the keynote led by Sundar Pichai, Google and CEO of Alphabet. Keep reading this article to find out what to expect from the event.

Google I / O 2021: How to follow the event online

In 2021, Google I / O will be online and free, which means we won’t have the traditional meeting between developers that last happened in 2019 when we couldn’t even imagine living in a pandemic world. The Google Developer Conference, taking place May 18-20, features discussions with Google experts as well as first-hand information on the latest products for developers.

The famous Google I / O keynote takes place at 10 a.m. (PDT) and, as we saw last year, shouldn’t take place live as it was previously recorded and broadcast live worldwide via YouTube. In this presentation, we’ll find out everything you can expect from Google in terms of Android and other products in 2021.

  • What: Keynote address on Google I / O 2021.
  • When: tomorrow, May 18, at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. BST / 7 p.m. CEST / 10:30 p.m. IST / 2 a.m. JST, May 19/3 a.m. AEST, May 19.
  • Where: Online only and for free.
  • How to see: via YouTube or here NextPit via the embedded video below:

Google I / O 2021: What Can You Expect?

1. First beta of Android 12

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Let’s start with the icing on the cake: the first beta of Android 12! / © NextPit

Android 12 has been in development since February of this year. Well, at least the developer preview has been available since then. Traditionally, Google uses the I / O phase to reveal the main features of the next Android versions and of course the first beta. Version 12 shouldn’t be any different.

Features already known include new features related to one-handed mode, nearby WiFi, new media formats, using apps in pairs, widget conversations, new emojis, and even more customization of the operating system.

We’ve tested some of these new features in the upcoming OS release, and we’re really looking forward to the release of the first beta of Android 12 during the Google I / O keynote. Or rather, in the hours after the keynote.

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The first beta of Android 12 should be announced during Google I / O. / © Android developer

Since many manufacturers have already confirmed which models should get Android 12, take a moment to read the update list for the next version of the Google operating system.

2. “Whitechapel”: Google’s new and exclusive mobile processor

Something that can be really interesting in terms of Google (and Apple’s example) is related to rumors that the Big G is developing its processor for cell phones. Code-named “Whitechapel”, the new SoC could package the company’s next flagship, the Pixel 6.

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This strange device could be Google’s next flagship! / © RendersbyIan, Jon Prosser

According to the information on the website 9to5Google The chipset should be released in the fall. In addition, the Google processor is being developed in collaboration with its largest partner, Samsung.

In addition to “Whitechapel”, the chip is also known as “GS101”, where “GS” stands for “Google Silicon”. [any resemblance to Apple Silicon is mere coincidence].

Among the news announced tomorrow, we may have the first official reference to this SoC.

3. Pixel Watch and Wear OS

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Is the wait for a new Wear operating system over? / © NextPit

Since Google bought Fitbit, we’ve been waiting for the moment to get updates on both the company’s wearable software – wearables – and new hardware. So far we haven’t had anything new regarding this acquisition and Google I / O 2021 seems like the ideal time for Google to show whether or not this market will continue.

The company recently released Gboard for use as a keyboard for its Wear operating system. There’s no better time to make a big announcement related to Google’s wearables like the already rumored Pixel Watch.

Incidentally, when you think of the portable device market, Apple’s hegemony only grows. In the second quarter of fiscal 2021, the company’s Wearables, Home and Accessories division achieved record sales of $ 7.8 billion. According to the website MacRumorsthe Apple Watch continues to be very popular with new users. In the last fiscal quarter alone, 75% of Apple Watch buyers had never invested in such a device.

4. Pixel Buds and Pixel 5a 5G

Two hardware, two leaks signed by Google. Right, in April Big G’s social media managers decided to launch a new line of Pixel Buds headsets on Twitter. Fortunately, people are with 9to5Google took a screenshot of the tweet and we know it is the “A series” which is a likely affordable category for the search giant’s headphone range:

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New Pixel Buds A-Series Leaked By The Company Itself! / © 9to5google

I’m the proud owner of a USB-C Pixel Bud and I like the headset and virtual assistant integration that is not the same on my Bose headset. The audio quality seems to me to be very similar to Samsung’s AKG headphones, and in all honesty, I really want to test these little beauties if Google actually launches the cheaper version of the Pixel Buds during I / O 21.

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This can be the new Google Pixel 5a / © Voice / Montage: NextPit

And still in relation to the A series, we have the possible announcement of the Pixel 5a 5G, which is also leaked by Google itself. After the company confirmed the device’s existence, it announced some of the new device’s camera features on its own blog! As usual in the series, the device should have the same cameras as the Pixel 5, but with simpler hardware.

5. Google Assistant and Smart Devices

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Google Assistant on mobile and smart devices: We expect news in both industries. / © DenPhotos /

After all, Google I / O always brings news about the Google Assistant, which is becoming more and more integrated into the company’s software and partner ecosystem. This year we’re celebrating 5 years of the Google Assistant, and the company has already stated in a post or blog that we will have product announcements for Assistant during the I / O:

Expect what happened in Assistant over the past year, new product announcements, feature updates, and changes to the tools.

We don’t have much to say about it right now, but we do expect we will bring a new smart device to market. We will know more about it tomorrow!

Which of these possible announcements are you most looking forward to? Will you be participating in Google I / O 2021? Let us know in the comments below.


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