Since the Covid-19 pandemic swept through the globe last year, Google, like many other software giants, placed a temporary halt to its annual I/O developer conferences. Instead of repeating the step, Google will take I/O to the digital world this year, hosting the company’s first online-only developer conference.
The event will start on May 18 and last two days, finishing on May 20. While it is targeted more towards developers than ordinary users, everyone can attend online if they so choose.
However, if you want to make the most of the case, Google suggests that you “Register” for it using your Google account. This will give you access to AMA sessions, “personalised material” (whatever that is), seminars, and the opportunity to engage in live Q&A sessions.
The final I/O calendar will be released later this month, but we know Google will have a diverse range of material this year. There will be the regular developer and consumer-focused keynotes, all of which will be jam-packed with new product launches, as well as more technical, hands-on sub-events for developers.
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) April 7, 2021
This will include Interactive Sandboxes (a hands-on way for developers to test out new Google features or products) and Technical Sessions, which will show developers how to use the company’s newest technologies in their use cases.
If you’re curious what to expect from this year’s I/O announcements, we don’t have any definitive responses. More leaks and teases will begin to appear closer to mid-May, but for the time being, all is hazy. Looking back in time, though, we can see that I/O activities nearly all highlight tech announcements.
As a result, a complete reveal of Android 12 is almost certain. It’s quite likely that we’ll see any new hardware announcements, but we wouldn’t get our hopes up because those just happen on rare occasions during I/O presentations (see Google Home and the Pixel 3a in 2016 and 2019).
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