How to watch Google I/O 2022 (and what to expect)

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It’s that time of year again: Google is ready to make announcements, and what better way to do so than using its famous Google I/O platform. The conference is about to begin, and we’re ready to see what new features might be announced for Android 13, if we can finally see the Pixel Watch (do not left in a restaurant), and whether Google will introduce the new Pixel 6a.

How to login to Google I/O 2022

While Google I/O is technically a developer event, Google makes it easy for the general public to tune in, no matter who they are or where they live. You can find the livestream here on Google’s YouTube pageand a American Sign Language Live Stream Here. Company CEO Sundar Pichai is due to take the stage at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET) on Wednesday, May 11, so be sure to tune in by then to catch the whole show.

What will Google announce at Google I/O 2022?

The company hasn’t made any official announcement ahead of its big presentation, but based on reliable rumors and leaks, we have an idea of What to expect.

First and foremost, we’re expecting our first official look at the Pixel Watch, Google’s first smartwatch. That said, we generally know what it is, since a prototype was left behind in a restaurant (like Google’s iPhone 4). If Google reveals the Pixel Watch tomorrow, we expect to see a rounded smartwatch with interchangeable bands running Wear OS 3, a joint venture between Google and Samsung. Wear OS 3 should offer a more customizable experience compared to something like Apple’s watchOS, with widgets (called “Tiles”).

Continuing on the hardware front, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Pichai announce the Pixel 6a at I/O. Google’s latest mid-range smartphone is expected to offer the same performance as the flagship Pixel 6, while using the Pixel 5a’s more budget-friendly camera hardware. Unfortunately, this might be the first mid-range Pixel device to lose the headphone jack. If yes, the list of smartphones still sporting the 3.5mm port will decrease even more.

However, the event will focus on software, especially Android 13. The latest version of Android OS is currently in beta testing, and currently offers few new features. That said, Google will likely hold back on major announcements until tomorrow, after which we should see some fun new changes to future Android 13 betas.


Evelyn C. Tobin