August 8, 2022
Google I/O 2021: How to watch livestream, key times, what to expect?

The Google I/O 2021 livestream is set to begin on Tuesday, May 18. The search giant has decided to virtually host the annual event this year after canceling its last year’s edition due to the coronavirus outbreak. Historical records show that while Google I/O aims for developers to build new apps and stuff based on Google’s technologies, I/O keynotes have become a consumer show. Google could follow that pattern and host this year’s keynote with announcements ranging from a new Android OS version to Wear OS and some new updates to Google Assistant. California-based company Mountain View may also unveil its new Pixel smartphone at the keynote, though it will be available for sale in some markets later this year.

How to watch Google I/O 2021 livestream in India and around the world, timings

Google I/O 2021 will take place from May 18 to May 20, and will begin with a keynote address which is scheduled for 10am PT (10:30pm IST). The keynote speaker and the entire three-day event will be livestreamed through Google’s social media channels. You can also watch it live from the video embedded below.

Upon registering for the event developers will be able to watch live sessions and participate in virtual workshops that will begin to follow the keynote address. There will be special sessions on topics such as Android, Google Play, Progressive Web Apps, Google Assistant, Chrome OS, Google Pay, ARCore, Material Design and Smart Home. Google has provided details about the sessions and workshops a Dedicated I/O Website,

What to expect at Google I/O 2021

Like its previous moves, Google has maintained silence on what we can expect at its I/O 2021 event. CEO Sundar Pichai, however, suggested Some “important product updates and announcements” will be part of the virtual conference call during Google parent Alphabet’s earnings call in late April.

Android 12

Android 12 I/O could be the biggest announcement of 2021. Google has already released three developer previews of the operating system, which it announced earlier this year as updates to Android 11. Details available on Grapevine have suggested that Android 12 may come with features like a redesigned notification panel and a new conversation widget on the homescreen to notify users about messages and calls from contacts. The new version is also expected to include features including AVIF image format support and an improved picture-in-picture experience for videos.

Google is also expected to include an app hibernation feature on Android 12 to improve privacy and offer optimized storage. The new operating system will also respond to developer concerns about Google’s commissions through its Play Store in-app payments by enhancing the third-party App Store experience. In addition, Google can enable summoning of Google Assistant using the power button on Android phones. This may be similar to how iPhone users on newer models can activate Apple’s Siri.

better google assistant

Google Assistant is also likely to receive some major updates, which are expected to be announced at this year’s I/O event. Google has informed On their developer blog that some “new product announcements” and “feature updates” are coming to the show. A new, colorful interface has also been revealed in some leaked screenshots.

Additionally, Google Assistant is likely to receive some features specifically aimed at enhancing the smart home experience. However, Google is not expected to announce any new smart home products at the event.

new wear os

This year’s Google I/O is also expected to bring some new features to Wear OS, formerly known as Android Wear. The changes could be designed to counter Apple’s watchOS and could include some special treatments for fitness enthusiasts. Google already has Fitbit which can help improve Wear OS with new fitness features. The changes could also make room for Google’s in-house smartwatch to be called the Pixel Watch and take on a premium design to take on the Apple Watch. Furthermore, Samsung is speculated to drop its Tizen operating system and unveil its Wear OS-based smartwatch, which could be announced at the Google I/O 2021 event.

hardware announcements

Google generally avoids listing hardware announcements at its I/O shows. However, it is likely that the company may unveil its Pixel Buds A-series truly wireless (TWS) stereo earbuds and Pixel 5a smartphone at this year’s event. Details about the Pixel Buds A-series earbuds were accidentally leaked by Google earlier this month. The company also confirmed the existence of the Pixel 5a 5G through a statement that suggested its launch in August. But Google may unveil the phone at the keynote.

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