As a result of we’re nonetheless within the midst of COVID19, Google I/O goes digital this yr, — it was canceled final yr — livestreamed at no cost to all. The corporate’s developer convention begins on Tuesday, Might 18, with the keynote occasion set to kick off at 10 AM PT/ 1PM ET.

With that date quickly approaching, it’s time to take a position about what would possibly make an look, and what we’re unlikely to see.

This yr, there haven’t been that many leaks forward of time, which makes me hope the corporate has one thing juicy that it’s stored tightly below wraps. Nonetheless, we will make some guesses.

Android 12

Nicely, this one isn’t a shock. We hear a few new model of Android yearly, and the corporate has already launched a number ofbetas of its upcoming OS.

Although the corporate has teased some options, these have primarily been developer-oriented gadgets. These embody issues like modifications to the notification panel and enhancements to the picture compression. However we’ve additionally seen hints that Google is planning to introduce a bunch of helpful new options, together with a long-overdue one-handed mode and an built-in theme system.

We’re anticipating to see one of many greatest design overhauls to Android shortly, so we’re wanting ahead to seeing what Google has to supply. The corporate additionally tends to launch a public beta model of its OS quickly after I/O, so keep tuned for that as effectively.

Put on OS updates and perhaps the Pixel Watch

Google lastly appears to be taking note of Put on OS, its oft-neglected smartwatch software program, which makes us assume the corporate is perhaps readying some form of large replace.

At this level, we’re fairly certain Google is engaged on a brand new smartwatch of its personal, maybe one that may lastly supply a strong various to the Apple Watch. Leaker Jon Prosser claims to have seen photos of the machine already.

That stated, we’re not completely certain it’ll make an look at I/O, although that’s nearly as good a time as any. If Google plans to introduce main modifications to Put on OS, it’s going to need builders to remember. The truth that there are rumors Samsung is returning to Put on OS (and abandoning Tizen, thank goodness), provides extra gas to this hearth.

Google Assistant information

Updates to Google Assistant have arguably been essentially the most notable bulletins at I/O the previous few years. The Assistant is, in any case, one of many bits of software program Google is investing essentially the most effort in as AI developments arrive at a breakneck tempo.

We haven’t heard an excessive amount of about what to anticipate at I/O when it comes to the Assistant, however one doubtless replace is one thing codenamed ‘Guacamole.’ This function will allow you to speak to the Assistant without having to say ‘Hey Google’ for sure instructions, corresponding to answering or declining calls.

This one isn’t a rumor a lot as a leak; many Android customers, together with yours actually, noticed the Guacamole function present up of their Assistant settings. The one query is whether or not it’ll make its debut at I/O, and my cash is on ‘sure.’

Pixel 5a (perhaps)

When you have been holding out hope for Google’s newest price range smartphone, you’ll in all probability should be affected person some time longer. Google truly confirmed in April that the Pixel 5a is on the best way, however on the time it stated “it will likely be obtainable later this yr within the US and Japan and introduced according to when final yr’s a-series telephone was launched.

Emphasis ours. Sadly, the Pixel 4a was introduced in August of 2020, so it appears doubtless we’ll have to attend a good bit longer for extra information. The Pixel 3a was introduced at 2019’s I/O, however coronavirus seems to have tousled the timing for future fashions.

Pixel Buds A-series (perhaps)

That is one other machine that we all know is on the best way, contemplating Google itself already leaked it publicly. Twice. Rumors have advised the machine might be a price range various to the prevailing Pixel Buds and abandon swipe controls to hit that cheaper worth level.