Google I/O 2022 is live: how to watch the Android 13 presentation and more

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Google I/O is less than two hours away. It will kick off at 10:00AM Pacific (1:00PM Eastern) with an opening keynote during which all sorts of exciting news will be delivered. But Google I/O isn't only a conference for developers. Google traditionally uses the event to announce new hardware, software, and updates to its apps and services, which is news any tech fan would appreciate. So let's see what we expect Google to reveal at Google I/O 2022.

Although there haven't been many leaks around this year's Google I/O, we expect Google to make at least a few exciting announcements during Google I/O 2022, including an overview of...

Android 13

We expect that Google will publicly show Android 13 at I/O 2022. After all, the tech giant announces a new version of Android at every Google I/O conference. It has also released the first Android 13 beta, with new beta versions to come each month until the official Android 13 release this fall.

Android 13 could bring a slew of new features

Because Android 13 will possibly have many new features, we will just highlight only a few of them here. If you want to learn more about the new features Android 13 could bring, visit: Android 13: Everything you need to know.

With Android 13, apps may have to ask for permission to display notifications after installation. Yes, at the moment you can prevent an app from sending notifications, but they are turned on by default when you install it.

It is also rumored that Android 13 could allow you to choose a different language for a particular app, without changing the global language settings.

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Android 13 may also be able to notify you when it detects that an app is excessively draining your battery in the background. The notification will appear once every 24 hours if the draining continues. The newest version of Android may also come with a Phantom Process Killer, thus preventing background apps from hogging up the phone's CPU.

Google Pixel Watch

The Google Pixel Watch is something that has been rumored for years. It was first rumored that it would come in October 2021, but it got delayed. The reason, back then, was the global chip shortage crisis.

First, we had our hopes raised that Google would announce its Pixel Watch at this year's Google I/O. The chance of this happening grew further last week after an actual Pixel Watch prototype was found in a bar and subsequently leaked.

But in a tweet from March, leaker Jon Prosser stated that Google will only tease the Pixel Watch at I/O. Instead, the tech giant could officially announce its first-ever smartwatch with the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro in October. We'll know what the deal is soon enough.

What to expect from the Google Pixel Watch?

From a recently taken photo of a Pixel Watch compared to a Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, we can see that Google's upcoming smartwatch has a round shape with a round display. Although the Pixel Watch looks smaller, the screen size is almost identical to that of the Watch 4 Classic.

It has been rumored that it may have an Exynos W920 chip, which is the same chipset that Samsung's Galaxy Watch 4 has, or a different chipset that might be marketed as Tensor silicon.

Another rumor suggests that the Google Pixel Watch will contain 32GB of storage, the same as the Apple Watch and twice as much as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series. Also, we expect to see the Google Pixel Watch running Wear OS 3.1. A tweet from leaker Evan Blass shows a picture from an interactive tutorial for Pixel Rohan, which is the code name for the Pixel Watch, and below the name, we see Wear OS 3.1. However, we don't know yet if Wear OS 3.1 will differ much from the current Wear OS 3, which is only available on the Galaxy Watch 4 and 4 Classic.

According to rumors, the Google Pixel Watch will come in three colors: Gray, Black, and Gold. As for the price, we expect to see the watch positioned between $300 and $400.

Google Pixel 6a

It is extremely likely for Google to announce the budget Pixel 6a at this year's Google I/O. Google has already unveiled phones from the "a" series during its developer conferences. Also, according to leaker Jon Prosser, Google will officially announce the Pixel 6a at this year's Google I/O. He also added that the Pixel 6a’s release in most markets has been pushed to July 28th.

What do we expect the Google Pixel 6a to have under the hood?

There is a high probability that the Google Pixel 6a will come with the same Google Tensor chipset as the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro. In Geekbench records, the Pixel 6a processor had very similar performance to the Pixel 6. Also, we expect to see only 6 GB of RAM in the Google Pixel 6a.

Other possible specs for the Google Pixel 6a are:
  • 6.2-inch OLED display with 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution and 60Hz refresh rate
  • 12.2MP primary Sony IMX363 imaging sensor
  • Secondary ultra-wide-angle lens with 12MP Sony IMX386 sensor
  • 8MP front camera with IMX355 sensor
  • 4,800mAh battery
  • 30W fast charging
  • 128GB storage
  • 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.7mm dimensions

We may see new Google Pixel Buds

Google has already made a few attempts to enter the earphone market, but it never quite managed to compete with other manufacturers, like Apple, for example. But this could soon change.

According to leaker Jon Prosser, Google may soon release new earbuds named Pixel Buds Pro. Sadly, He didn't say much else besides the earphones' possible colors, which are Real Red, Carbon, Limoncello, and Fog. But judging by the "Pro" name, we expect these earbuds to be able to compete with other "Pro" earphones like the Galaxy Buds Pro, Beats Fit Pro, and AirPods Pro.

We sincerely hope Google will announce the Pixel Buds Pro at the event tomorrow. The company, after all, doesn't have a specific event at which it announces its latest earphones, and let's not forget that it introduced its budget Pixel Buds A-Series via a blog post. So, you never know how and when Google will announce its new Pixel Buds.

What topics do we expect Google I/O 2022 to cover?

Recently, on Twitter, Google posted a poll asking users to vote on which updates they are most excited to see at this year's Google I/O. The company provided four options:
  • Security Updates
  • Messaging Updates
  • Cross-Device Updates
  • New Partnerships

The Material Design team also posted a poll asking users which of the following topics Android fans were looking forward to seeing at I/O:
  • Variable type fonts
  • Design and accessibility
  • Chatting with our team
  • All of the above

These polls were likely meant to tease the public and hint at what topics we may expect at Google I/O 2022.

How to watch Google I/O 2022

Tomorrow, Google I/O will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. As a spokesperson from Google stated, "This year's event will be broadcast in front of a limited live audience and is completely free and open to everyone virtually."

You will be able to watch the event directly on YouTube. But for your convenience, we have embedded the live stream video directly into this article. So, Tomorrow, at approximately 1 pm Eastern (and 10 am Pacific), come to PhoneArena and read all about the latest Google products and Android 13 features. Don't worry if you won't be able to watch the live stream of Google I/O 2022; the conference will be later available to watch on demand.

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