Here's when we expect Google to unveil the Pixel 4a and fully detail Android 11

Here's when we expect Google to unveil the Pixel 4a and fully detail Android 11
Google is known for giving its hardcore fans plenty of advance notice on major events and product announcements, and this year's I/O developer conference is no exception. The 13th edition of the annual event inaugurated back in 2008 is confirmed to take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California between May 12 and 14.

Unless you're a professional (or aspiring) software developer, you should mostly care about the start date of the Google I/O 2020 conference, though, as that's when we expect all the "real", consumer-oriented action to happen. We're talking first and foremost about a new version of Android, which will probably make its debut in an initial beta form a couple of months prior to May 12. 

Android 10, for instance, saw daylight as a beta under the preliminary name Android Q on March 13, getting fully fleshed out, vastly improved in terms of stability, and expanded from Pixel phones to more than a dozen other devices made by various other companies on May 7. So, yeah, if you're excited about potentially taking Android 11 for a spin before the masses on non-Pixel phones, you should go ahead and mark the May 12 date in your calendars.

More importantly, however, there's a very good chance some cool new hardware will find its way up on the Shoreline Amphitheatre stage for an official May 12 announcement. While this is historically a software-centric event, Google has broken with tradition a number of times over the years, most recently with the Pixel 3a and 3a XL launch last year. Given the popularity of these mid-range models, we fully expect a Pixel 4a we already know quite a bit about to break cover at I/O in less than four months.

Other possibilities include a long overdue upgrade of the 2016-released Google Home smart speaker, yet another Wear OS refresh (maybe joined by the mythical Pixel Watch), and various other breakthroughs across fields as diverse as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, image recognition technology, IoT, mapping, email, and so on. Bottom line, you should definitely keep your eyes peeled for a May 12 livestream to be shared at a later date. 

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Pixel 4a
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 10

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2 Comments

3. tokuzumi

Posts: 2036; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'm hoping Google offers some huge discounts for users trading in iPhones. I have an old 6s I could donate to the cause. Last year, I traded in a 6, and got a huge payday from Google for it.

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I've still got the Pixel 2, and while I can't complain about the performance, I'm just longing for something new. Maybe the Pixel 4a will be a good option for me.

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