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Google I/O 2021 | Android 12 and what else to anticipate

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The Alphabet-owned firm had already launched just a few developer previews of Android 12, which has an Emergency SOS characteristic replace.

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Last 12 months, the search large cancelled its builders’ convention as a result of raging pandemic. After a little bit over a 12 months into the pandemic, the California-based firm has stated it can host a digital Google I/O on May 18.

The occasion will concentrate on a number of merchandise, together with Android, Pay, Assistant, Play and Maps platform, and can run by May 20. In its official keynote description, Google has requested builders to tune in to know the way the corporate is furthering its mission “to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

While Google I/O is a builders’ convention, there could possibly be some main product bulletins for shoppers as properly, together with updates on Android 12 and Pixel Buds as they’ve been within the works for a while now.

The Alphabet-owned firm had already launched just a few developer previews of Android 12, which has an Emergency SOS characteristic replace. Android Police famous that, within the new construct, individuals simply must quickly press the ability button 5 occasions to set off a countdown to put an emergency name.

Pixel, Wear OS and Whitechapel

In previous few years, there was growing rumours a couple of Pixel Watch, however that will not be a part of the Google I/O occasion as that is Google’s first occasion put up its Fitbit aquisition. So, a brand new {hardware} from the search large might preclude or dent sale of health trackers made by the wearable firm.

Also, Google only in the near past introduced Fitbit Luxe, a slimmer and sleeker model of the health band Inspire 2. This means the corporate might share one thing on integrating Fitbit with its broader Google ecosystem by way of Wear OS.

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Staying on {hardware} updates, the occasion might not embrace a Pixel 5A 5G telephone launch due to the worldwide chip scarcity, which is affecting producers globally. In April, Google quashed rumours that it scrapped the 5G telephone mission and stated it could launch the mid-tier Pixel 5A later this 12 months, Cnet reported.

The occasion might presumably reveal its personal chip, codenamed as Whitechapel. The search giant-made chip might energy a Pixel 6, 9to5Google stated. In a Q3 2020 earnings name, CEO Sundar Pichai responded to an analyst’s question on Google’s method to telephone and {hardware} saying the corporate is “doing some deeper investments in hardware” and that it could take “two or three years to come together.”

It’s nonetheless early to anticipate an Apple-style M1 chip from Google, however there are indicators that the search large is engaged on constructing personal chipsets to energy subsequent era smartphones.

This 12 months’s Google I/O is not going to have a companion app. People can discover all of the classes and on-line experiences by way of the Google I/O website and inside I/O Adventure. The occasion will kick off at 10 PM Pacific Time on May 18th.

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