(Pocket-lint) - The Google I/O 2022 keynote is now done and dusted. The two-hour-long event was filmed in front of a small audience of developers and live-streamed globally, and it was jam-packed with announcements on AI, Android, and even new Pixel hardware. Here is a recap of the biggest announcements.
What is Google I/O?
The conference, which in past years was a big-scale media event with thousands of journalists and developers in attendance, is a fully online affair that is completely free to watch. Most people are usually most interested in the opening keynote on Day One, as that's when Google's CEO and other notable executives from the Mountain View-based company typically take the stage to announce big software and platform updates across its product portfolio.
Google tends to discuss new features coming to the next major update to Android and innovative software experiences, and it also sometimes unveils hardware.
Long ago, Google also used the conference to wow attendees with impressive students. In 2012, to loud cheers from the crowd of about 6,000 developers and reporters, skydivers jumped out of a plane flying over San Francisco and parachuted into the roof of the Moscone Center - where Google I/O was held that year. During their descent, they showed off the then-new Google Glass and streamed a live video of their jump from the plane.
I/O is much more scaled-back now - in large part due to the pandemic. For the past three years, the conference has been virtual-only.
When was Google I/O 2022?
- Google I/O 2022 dates: Tuesday 11 May to Wednesday 12 May
- Opening keynote: 10:00 PDT on 11 May
The conference was streamed from the Shoreline Amphitheatre from Tuesday 11 May to Wednesday 12 May. The opening keynote started at 10:00 PDT and ended two hours later.
While the I/O keynote will be the most interesting part of the two-day conference for consumers, Google hosts other "sessions" for developers. These are virtual deep-dives go into the nitty-gritty of Google's upcoming software and platform updates. They help developers better prepare their apps for incoming changes.
How to watch Google I/O 2022 online
Google live-stream its I/O 2022 keynote via YouTube. We have embedded it at the top of this page so you can watch on demand.
The Google I/O 2022 site has the conference's agenda and schedule for developer sessions. All sessions will be available for free and on-demand for anyone to watch.
What happened at Google I/O 2022?
Here were the biggest announcements:
While the big focus of I/O 2022 is software and developer news, the company couldn't let the keynote go without announcing some hardware too. The big news is we're finally getting a Pixel 6a, which means all that Pixel 6 goodness, but in a smaller, more affordable package. Pixel 6a will be available to pre-order from 21 July, and available to buy from 28 July.
Google has officially unveiled the Pixel Watch, the company's first-ever smartwatch. The announcement follows years of speculation regarding the Google-branded wearable, with plenty of recent leaks also hinting at the device's design, specs and features. Google indicates the smartwatch will go on sale in fall 2022, though it's not yet clear how much it will cost.
Google sprang another surprise at its I/O conference by giving a solid peek at the previously-rumoured Pixel 7 and 7 Pro smartphones. It confirmed that the phones are headed to a release date this autumn and will run Android 13. More detail is thin on the ground for now. We'll have to wait until later in the year to learn all about the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.
Google confirmed that the Pixel 7 hones will run on its next version of Tensor, meaning they'll again work on its own chipset. Since Tensor is the heart of so many of the Pixel line's excellent photography chops and more, this will be a boon to Google's users or anyone looking to upgrade to a new Pixel.
Google Pixel Buds Pro
Google has officially announced its Pixel Buds Pro true wireless in-ears. Much-rumoured before their unveiling atGoogle I/O, the Pixel Buds Pro come with active noise cancellation,spatial audio, up to 11 hours of playback time, and will be available in four different shades: Coral, lemongrass, fog (light blue), and charcoal.
"Now normally, we wouldn't announce a new product a year before it's ready", said Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh during the show. "But there's so much amazing energy around tablets in the developer community that we wanted to bring you all into the loop." Keep in mind Google released its last first-party Android tablet,the Nexus 7,in 2013.
Pricing hasn't been revealed, but Google described it as a "premium-style" tablet arriving in 2023. It therefore may be priced closer to an iPad than a budget Android tablet.
At the end of its keynote, Google showed off a pair of AR glasses that could do real-time translation. There were no other details, including whether this will be a device people can buy.
Finally, Google announced the return of Google Wallet, a service that's going to latch onto current Google Pay functions and be the home for all your cards - including your ID.
Is that it?
Google’s I/O presentation was packed with smaller AI news, and it has a section of its keynote devoted to security and privacy announcements. Finally, Google went over its plans for Android 13. The upcoming major update to Google's mobile OS is currently in public beta testing, with a public release expected later this year.
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