Google has confirmed that Google’s annual I / O event will return with a fully virtual event from May 18-20.
The company is scheduled to pull back the curtain Android 12, in addition to announcing the latest features for Chromebooks, Google / Android TV, as well as premium apps like Google Assistant, Search, Chrome, Maps, YouTube, Gmail and many more.
Android 12 has already been released in prime developer previews, but we expect to learn a lot more about the 2021 operating system during the main event hosted by Google’s top executives and engineers.
It is also possible that we will see hardware at the event, with the mid-range Pixel 5a maybe landing, and even a new pair of Pixel Buds, which were leaked to the Google Store earlier this week. We can also see new devices from the company’s smart home Nest, which includes thermostats, cameras, smart speakers and screens.
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The company isn’t announcing anything today, so we’ll have to wait until May 18 to see what’s in store at this year’s Google I / O conference.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Google has made the decision to hold a virtual event without developers, media or members of the public in attendance. Given the progress made with vaccines and therapies, it is hoped that 2021 will be the final year for virtual events, but for now the decision is welcome. Last year, Google I / O has been completely canceled, so progress is definitely made.
The announcement was confirmed by Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai on Twitter, who says the event will be free for everyone this year.
U Google I / O website explains: “Connect with developers from around the world at this year’s Google Virtual I / O for thoughtful discussions, hands-on learning with Google experts, and a first look at our latest developer products.” The company also offers an interactive coding game for people to understand, to reveal dates.