Google I/O, the most important annual event held by the tech giant will be held in virtual format from May 18th to 20th. In these developer meetings, the company will announce its latest software developments, although there may also be some hardware-related announcements like the Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro.
“Tune in to find out how we are promoting our mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” reads on the official website for the event where people can tune in and watch the live stream. While this message does not reveal much about the event, there are some rumors going around the internet when it comes to what’s going to be the main focus.
According to rumors, the main highlight of the I/O event is probably, (like every year) going to be the announcement of a new android version, in this case, Android 12. In this sense, it is expected to know all the details about Android 12 during this event while some details have already been leaked in a recent couple of weeks.
Depending on preview versions that some developers and designers have had access to, design changes such as the option to modify themes automatically based on the wallpaper you have on your device can be expected. It could also include a game mode that will optimize hardware depending on the games you play on your device.
Other changes rumored are the improvement and expansion of gesture navigation controls by making them easier and more consistent. In turn, changes to stacked widgets and a new lock screen with larger clock text are also rumored.
Moreover, the company is known to be working on a new model of its Pixel Buds wireless headphones, which is expected to be presented at the event. One of the biggest rumors so far is that Google is developing a custom chip design (SoC) system for the upcoming Pixel, the company’s first-ever in-house chipset.
This can definitely change the Android marketplace landscape and make Pixel phones more favorable from both a hardware and software perspective. They are also, supposedly collaborating closely with Samsung.
The only thing that was confirmed so far is that there will be new smart home product announcements at this event. So when it comes to hardware, the news is likely to come that way.
Considering ads made in previous years, the company is expected to announce new features in its Virtual Assistant that is becoming smarter and smarter and it’s safe to say the best virtual assistant currently. Similarly, new features may be landed on Maps, the Google browser and search engine, Drive, and their Meet video calling service.