Here’s what we expect from Google I/O and how you can log in from Australia

On Thursday morning, Google will hold its I/O Developer Conference, and in true halfway around the world fashion, it’s a bit early for us. 3 am to be exact.

By the time you wake up we’ll have news on what’s been announced, and bookmark this page as we’ll update it with a summary of everything Google announced while you were sleeping.

What is Google I/O?

Google I/O is the search giant’s developer-focused conference. This is where Google teases what it’s working on. He tends to use this address to reveal what’s going on behind the scenes.

Can I watch?

Yeah! If you register for the event, you can even join the sessions to get developer-centric insights into what’s coming to a Google phone, smart home device, or other gadget near you.

Everyone else will get the gist of what they need from the Google I/O keynote.

How to login to Google I/O

Previously, you had to physically travel to the San Francisco Bay Area after entering your name into a lottery system, and only if you were a developer or journalist. But in these still virtual times, all you have to do is register with your Google account to let the company know you’re attending their developer conference “virtually”. If you want to play with the interactive games on the Google I/O homepage, you will also need to register for a developer profile.

The Google I/O 2022 keynote will also be streamed live on Youtube starting May 11 at 10 a.m. PT – this translates to May 12 at 3 a.m. AEST

What we expect from Google I/O

Expect to hear more about what’s new in Android 13 and if anything happens to Wear OS. We’ll also hear from other parts of Google’s business, like what it’s doing behind the scenes with the algorithms that improve its devices, and what it really plans to do with that smart display in your kitchen.

A bit of Android 13

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Technically, we already know a bit about the Android OS sequel, and the first consumer beta is available to try out some Pixel devices. Google has been teasing the new release since the first developer preview arrived in Februaryso the presentation during its developer keynote is likely to focus on certain details.

We already know Android 13 will be a gradual update to the ecosystem, with a focus on increasing privacy and trying to make other parts of the software more transparent. There are more kill switches for things like notifications and accessing your media files, plus better support for Bluetooth LE and foldable screens. Thursday’s keynote should also hopefully give us a more detailed timeline on when Android 13 will hit phones and tablets everywhere.

A new budget smartphone

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Pixel 5A. Image: Google/Gizmodo Australia

At this time of year, Google typically gives way to its Pixel A series. While Google I/O isn’t primarily a hardware event, the company often takes the opportunity to offer a glimpse of what’s going on in the pipeline, just as it has done in years past. After all, hardware is a showcase for software.

The software is also what makes the Pixel A series worth its budget price. For around $700, you can get the same smart built-in Pixel camera and Google Assistant capabilities found in Google’s more expensive phones. the rumor mill been whirling about this model arriving around developer conference time. And since we saw the debut of the Pixel 3A at Google I/O 2019, we’ll likely see a reveal here too.

Porter and a Pixel Watch

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Image: Google/Gizmodo Australia

At last year’s I/O, Google announced it was revamping its wearable platform. This was great as Samsung revealed it would come on board and ditch the proprietary version of its software it used on its older generation of watches.

But it’s been a while since then, and now there’s only a little hope on the horizon. There have been no major releases of Android wearable devices since the Galaxy Watch 4. The promised features on the Samsung Watch, namely access to the Google Assistant, are still in the works. Without forgetting that there is only a session for Wear OS across the Google I/O calendar.

Everybody wants it Pixel Watch happen. We also want that to happen, so we can stop chasing leaks and unreleased watches left in Restaurants. Despite all the supposed evidence of its existence, that doesn’t mean Google I/O will be where it debuts. But it sure would be nice after all the hype.

A smarter Google home

Image: Google/Gizmodo Australia

The connected home is an important part of Google’s gadget ecosystem, but Google I/O tends to focus more on new smart home capabilities rather than hardware. We’ll likely hear about new features and integrations, and how Google is trying to make its home control app a bit more robust. Hopefully, we’ll also find out more about the interface it’s preparing for the leaked Nest Hub, which is supposed to act as a centralized smart home controllerclose to unprecedented Samsung Hub. We might also hear why Google is integrating FitBit results into your Nest Hub smart display.

The return of Google Wallet

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Image: Google/Gizmodo Australia

We had viral tweets last month stating that google wallet would make a comeback, justified by a batch of newly updated icons. The idea is for Google to rebrand its Google Pay landing page, where you can access things like membership and loyalty cards, transit passes and plane tickets. It would be interesting to see if Google reveals what else it does to its payment platform, given that there is a whole developer session on this point.

There’s buzz about the Pixel Buds Pro

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It’s not far off that Google might introduce another pair of headphones, especially after a major AI push. The company is known for displaying its algorithms at its annual developer conference, so why not show off a pair of headphones that could show off its new spatial audio capabilities?

It’s the buzz around town, anyway. And with the acquisition last year of Audio Dysonic 3Dit will be interesting to see what Google does with the technology and whether it improves its flagship headphones in the process.

Expect some augmented reality

Cardboard. Image: Google/Gizmodo Australia

Google has been oscillating for a few years between virtual reality and augmented reality, especially since it sidelined his virtual reality headset. Thanks to last year’s developer conference, we know that some of its augmented reality efforts have gone into Starline Project, the conference booth is like you’re really there. But we hope to know more about Project Iris at this year’s Google I/O, and what the development environment for the so-called AR headset that will launch in a few years will look like.

Nevertheless, a confusing technical demonstration of Google I/O

Google I/O wouldn’t be complete with a completely unbalanced tech demo. After all, it’s the company that once brought an executive in through the roof of a convention center when it introduced Google Glass.

Although shenanigans are a little harder to find with a virtual event, given Last yearit’s confusing TheMDA demonstration, we expect something to puzzle us.

Check back on Thursday and we’ll update this article with a recap of everything announced.


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