Google I/O, the annual developer conference keynote will start on May 18 at 10am PT. The last year’s Android annual event was canceled because of the Covid-19 crisis. This time the tech giant has opted for an online-only event this time. The Google I/O 2021 event will commence on May 18 and continue till May 20.
Google/Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and other executives are expected to be present at the event and show off Google products for this year.
How to watch the Google I/O 2021 livestream in India?
Google I/O 2021 annual hardware event will start on May 18 at 1 PM ET (10:30 PM IST). The virtual-only event will be live-streamed on Google’s official YouTube channel. You can also watch it from the video embedded below:
What to expect from Google I/O 2021 event?
As of now, Google has not mentioned anything on what all we could expect at its I/O 2021 event. CEO Sundar Pichai, however, suggested during Google parent Alphabet’s earnings call in late April that some “significant product updates and announcements” would be a part of the virtual conference.
Android 12 update:
Android 12 could be the biggest announcement of the I/O 2021. Tipster Jon Prosser recently shared a video of what seems to be slides of the Android 12 presentation. There will be a new user interface for Android 12, and a new colour-changing UI. The video also showed a new media widget, stacked notifications, an analog clock widget, a brightness, and snooze toggle. Google is also said to redesign the volume slider and add a battery saver toggle.
Google might receive features using which one can summon Google Assistant using the power button on Android phones. This could be similar to how iPhone users on the new models can activate Apple’s Siri.
Google is also expected that Android 12 will come with improved privacy UI that will alert when the camera, microphone, or location is in use and an app hibernation feature to offer optimised storage. The new OS will also answer developer concerns about Google’s commission via its Play store in-app payments by enhancing the experience for third-party app stores.
It is rumored that Google might unveil the Pixel 5a, the Pixel 4a successor, at the event. The phone might feature slim bezels with a thick chin, a hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera. It might also feature a 6.2-inch FHD+ OLED display and include a 3.5mm audio jack, stereo speakers. The Pixel 5a is tipped to sport a dual-camera setup and get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Google Whitechapel custom processor:
Google has been rumored to be working on its custom processor called ‘Whitechapel’ since last year. This upcoming silicon chipset is said to have been built in partnership with Samsung. XDA Developers report suggests that the GS101 chips or Whitechapel SoC will feature a “three cluster setup with a TPU (Tensor Processing Unit)” for machine learning applications.
New Wear OS:
Google is also expected to come up with new features for Wear OS, formerly called Android Wear. The changes could be designed to compete with the Apple’s watchOS and may include some special fitness features.
Google is expected to surprise the audience with a few other ‘product secrets’ including a new Google Chromecast, new Assistant voices, and Google Duplex demo. Other than that Google is likely to announce its new Pixel Buds true wireless headphones as well. The supposed Google Pixel Buds A series announcement was tweeted earlier this month, however, the company deleted the post from their Twitter account.
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