The keynote address at Google’s Developer Fair I/O begins today at 7 PM. The event, which will be moderated by the company’s boss Sundar Pichai, can be viewed live as a stream on YouTube. This should last for about two hours.
The keynote is the most important individual event at the multi-day developer fair. Google will then hold further lectures and workshops on individual topics such as Flutter and Google Cloud. The company has published the schedule on its website,
Google I/O: Wear OS and Android
As a developer fair, I/O traditionally focuses on software topics. This year too, it will be about Google services like Search, Maps, Mail and productivity apps. The keynote speaker will also discuss Android 13, the upcoming version of Google’s mobile operating system. Version 13 has been tested in various developer previews since the beginning of the year, and the first beta was recently released. Among other things, Google has changed the questions for privacy settings so that apps no longer have to ask for permission more often, for example to be able to access the camera or microphone.
Google’s Wear OS 3 watch operating system may also become a topic at I/O. Google introduced this new version of its Wear OS system at last year’s I/O. Wear OS 3 was created in collaboration with Samsung and integrates the functions of the South Korean Tizen system, which was simultaneously scrapped in favor of Wear OS. As of now, the new Wear OS version has hardly arrived on watches, and Google Assistant’s Fitbit watches of the same name still run with its own OS.
Pixel Watch and Pixel 6a
With these software platforms, Google can offer the tools that run them. The company is working on the flagship smartwatch Pixel Watch for Wear OS. Chances are good that this clock will be shown on I/O. An Exynos chip from Samsung has been traded as a smartwatch processor for months. The Exynos W920 is considered a hot candidate for the Pixel Watch. This is the current smartwatch top model from Samsung and is also found in the Galaxy Watch 4. Many leakers suspect that the Google Watch will cost between $300 and $400.
This year the Pixel 6a is also expected to be a new and probably cheaper version of the Pixel 6. Accordingly, a variant of the current Pixel cell phone should also be equipped with a Google Tensor chip and be based on the Pixel 6. Design. However, whether it will actually be shown on I/O or not is open. A variant of the Pixel phone comes out every year, but not usually at I/O: the Pixel 3a is the last smartphone Google introduced at its developer conference. Google revealed the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5a on different dates.
One Report by 9to5Google Google also says that it is working on a new version of its Nest Hub smart display, which could potentially be announced at I/O with new assistant features. Accordingly, the new Nest Hub may come equipped with a detachable display so that it can be used as a tablet as well.
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