Here’s what to expect from Google I / O 2021

Google I / O 2021
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Google I / O, the company’s big developer conference, is back after being canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The I / O 2021 keynote will kick off this Tuesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. French time and it is likely that the event will be rich in information on Google products.

This year the event is online-only, for obvious reasons, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some big announcements. Not much has been confirmed so far, but thanks to a combination of leaks, rumors, and the past, we have a good idea of ​​what to expect.

In the official description of the keynote, Google is surprisingly timid about what could be announced: ”  Find out how we persevere in our mission to organize information from around the world and make it universally accessible and useful  .” But, one can make some educated guesses about what might be presented at the event.

Android 12 at the heart of the speech?

Google often uses its Google I / O keynotes to exhaustively detail its next major release of Android, and we’d expect the same for this year’s release, Android 12.

Google has already released a few preview versions of Android 12 for developers, which mostly brought a lot of small tweaks and features for developers. But at the I / O, Google is likely to reveal some of Android 12‘s greatest features for the user – including some significant UI changes that are rumored to be in the works, like widgets. stacked and a new lock screen with bigger clock text.

Google I / O 2021

Updates to Google services?

Google also likes to take advantage of I / O to present major updates to its services and software, and this year’s event is unlikely to be any different. In previous years, we’ve seen Google use I / O to advertise things like Google Maps’ incognito mode, new Google Assistant voices, or even the Google Duplex demo, where Assistant called a hair salon. to make an appointment. Google may have plans to unveil some equally exciting new features.

Material announcements?

We already know the company is working on a new model of its Pixel Buds wireless earbuds – thanks in large part to a few big leaks from Google itself – and maybe they’ll make their debut (again) at the I. / O.

We have multiple leaks about these headphones, and the nickname “A-Series” seems to indicate that they will be a more affordable model of the company’s truly wireless headphones, in the same way, that the cheaper Pixel models are identified. with “A” names like the Pixel 4a. And speaking of “a” smartphones.

Google I / O 2021
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Google officially announced the Pixel 5a 5G in April in response to a rumor that the smartphone had been canceled, but it’s unlikely we’ll see it at Google I / O this year. The Pixel 4a, 4a 5G, and Pixel 5 were all announced in early August last year, so it looks like we could wait around that date to see an official reveal of the upcoming mid-range smartphone. from Google.

The launch of its chip?

Rumor has it that Google is developing its custom chip (SoC) for future Pixel smartphones, the company’s first, and maybe Google will discuss what this drastic change could mean for Android developers and potential buyers of it. a Pixel I / O smartphone.

The so-called “GS101″ chip could have a ”  3-cluster configuration with a TPU (Tensor Processing Unit)  “, which could improve performance for machine learning applications and could also include a built-in Titan M security chip. And we might first see the chip on board two new Pixel smartphones that will debut this fall.

A Google-designed SoC could bring major performance benefits to the company’s Pixel lineup, like what Apple does with its custom A-series chips in iPhones.

Surprises?

While Google has a reputation for being unable to keep its biggest products a secret, there’s always the possibility that the company has new and surprising things in store for this year’s I / O. See you tomorrow.

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