It’s almost that time of year that Google fans everywhere gather for the annual I / O developer conference. This is where we hear of new Android and Chrome OS news and sometimes we see hardware announcements as well.
After the cancellation of last year’s conference, Google continues to comply with the COVID-19 security guidelines with the 2021 edition of Google I / O. The developer conference is practically taking place from May 18th to 20th and is free for everyone. You can safely expect to hear news about Android 12, and maybe a few minor things about the Pixel 5a and / or the Pixel Buds A.
So the countdown to next month’s Google I / O begins! Here’s what we know so far in Google I / O 2021.
Google I / O 2021: Android 12
The star of the show is likely to be Android 12. Google is previewing new features, APIs, betas, and everything that Android developers get excited about. Most Android fans will want to pay attention to the keynote that the conference starts with, as that is where Google usually highlights what it is doing with the next version of its software.
What we know about Android 12 we spent some time on the two developer previews that Google released for Pixel. Not only is there a lot under the hood in terms of improvements and additions, but the biggest change is the new notification UI.
Over at the moment Install the Android 12 Developer Previewyou can get a taste of what’s to come. The beta software includes new animation and transitions for the notification shadow, and it looks pretty good.
Rumor has it that Android 12 could also contain a themed system, something Android fans have wanted for years. Basically, you can apply preset color palettes to the entire system. And if app developers support this, this color scheme can apply to other apps as well.
Other key changes to Android 12 include a dedicated one-handed mode built into the operating system itself (other phone manufacturers have implemented their own), face-based auto-rotation, more responsive notifications, and the possible return of double tapping on the back of the phone.
Google I / O 2021: Pixel 5a
So far, we’re pretty sure that the Pixel 5a is coming this spring. Several leaks have emerged in the past few months, including renders surrounding the new budget phone that carried its predecessor, the Pixel 4a.
We think the Pixel 5a will continue the legacy of the 4a by delivering one of the best camera experiences for less than $ 400. It comes with the cleanest Android experience available, the no-frills Pixel experience that Google is loved for.
We’re not sure which system-on-chip the Pixel 5a will use, although we’d envision either the Snapdragon 732 or possibly last year’s Snapdragon 690 that offered a low-cost 5G modem. The Pixel 4a was successful because of its value for money, and we can’t imagine Google wanting to break what worked.
Google I / O 2021: Pixel Buds A.
This is a recent development, but we expect to hear about it Pixel buds A., a new pair of truly wireless earbuds from Google. These were accidentally leaked by Google itself in a noticeable dark green color.
While we don’t know much about a schedule for these earbuds, we think Google I / O is a great time for the company to introduce the new product. It would make sense to do this alongside the Pixel 5a.
We hope the nickname “A” means that these new Pixel Buds are cheaper than their predecessors, yet have compelling features.
Google I / O 2021: Chrome OS
Right now, we don’t know what Google will reveal about its Chrome OS plans. Previous I / O conferencing has provided us with Android apps that run on Chrome, Linux integration, and a lot more so we can’t list everything. Especially since there was no I / O last year, we think there will be a lot of Chrome OS / Chromebook news this year.
Outlook for Google I / O 2021
We didn’t get Google I / O in 2020 due to the earlier days of the COVID-19 pandemic, so the company has a lot to catch up on this year. As mentioned above, Android 12 is likely to be the star of the show, although we’re sure we’ll hear about Chrome OS too.
But don’t be surprised if Google removes the Pixel 5a and Pixel Buds A. Given that we believe the new budget phone will hit the market sometime in June, we hope Google will talk about it at I / O.
So mark your calendars for May 18-20 as it will be some busy days.