Google has sent out invitations to its annual Google I/O 2022 developer conference, but what can we expect from Sundar Pichai and the rest of the team for Android, Wear OS and more?
Last year saw an I/O resurgence after the pandemic forced Google to cancel its 2020 event entirely. However, the show has only returned in online form, and while this year’s event has been billed as “live,” it is once again not open to the public, with only Google employees reportedly in the Shoreline Amphitheater.
Registration is open and registration is free, and the main performance and all subsequent sessions will be streamed on YouTube. Google I/O is scheduled to take place through May 11 as well as 12 Maythis year.
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai)
March 16, 2022
I/O 2021’s opening keynote focused on the release of the first public beta of Android 12, as well as the introduction of the newly updated Wear OS 3, which has yet to hit smartwatches other than the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch. 4 Classic, all those months later.
These two areas are expected to remain key during the 2022 keynote and we’ll have our first real chance to see what Android 13 brings to phones (and tablets) later this year, potentially more on Android 12L at the same time and update on the progress of bringing Wear OS to more hours.
Software updates aside, there’s hope for at least hints of upcoming hardware: a plethora of Pixel Watch leaks suggesting an imminent debut, along with ongoing rumors of a foldable Pixel Fold and a more affordable Pixel 6a.
The Google-owned Fitbit has also been strangely quiet lately, and with the promise of “premium Wear-powered smartwatches” made on last year’s I/O by co-founder James Park still unfulfilled, there’s a chance it’s finally here. time for a new tracker.
We’ll update this feature as soon as it’s revealed ahead of Google I/O 2022, and recap everything announced once the event wraps up in May.