In short: Today, Google is set to kick off its annual I/O Developers Conference with a keynote at the Shoreline Amphitheater in its hometown of Mountain View, California. While these events are mostly focused on developer tools and technologies, we are also usually interested in consumer-focused news. The Android 13 beta launched last month, and it’s clear that Google will spend some time detailing the new features during the keynote.
The event will go virtual again due to ongoing concerns about Covid-19. We were told that only a few Google employees would work alongside select partners. However, this is normal as the main performance will be streamed live on YouTube.
— Google (@Google) April 27, 2022
In terms of hardware, we get our first official look at the Google Pixel Watch. Recently, a non-functional prototype of a round-shaped device with a physical crown was found in a restaurant. The finder was unable to get it to boot, other than the Google splash screen, probably due to a security feature to prevent leaks.
A budget version of the Pixel 6, dubbed the Pixel 6a, could also arrive after recently passing through FCC. Google unveiled the original Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro at its Fall October 2021 launch event. A recent survey found that neither the Pixel 6 nor the iPhone SE sold very well.