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Google I/O 2022 kicks off May 11 – Android 13, Pixel 6a and everything else to expect

Expect Android 13, and maybe some device unveils.

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Google has set the date for this year’s Google I/O, which starts on May 11. It’s another mostly-online event, with a “limited live audience” for the main keynote.

The big star of every I/O keynote is the latest version of Android. This year it will be Android 13, which is already being sent to developers. Expect to see more details about specific features, and previously-unknown updates.

The upcoming Google Pixel 6a handset might turn up at I/O. Google used the developer conference to unveil both the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL back in 2019. The Pixel 4a, 4a 5G, and 5a were all announced in August or later; so perhaps an end-of-summer release is more likely for the Pixel 6a.

We’d like to see a successor to the high-end Pixel Buds, but with it being this close to the conference without leaks, it doesn’t look likely.

What is likely is lots of Wear OS news. The only smartwatch running the latest version of Wear OS came out last year. I/O would be a great time to announce more third-party Android smartwatches, and maybe even the Pixel Watch.

We’ll likely see some more Chrome OS news, as well. More details about Steam coming to Chromebooks would be cool to see. We’d also like to see deeper integration with Android.

You can register for Google I/O here. It’s free and fully online.

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