Google IO 2021 – What to Expect in Google IO 2021

The Google IO 2021 is almost here. In 2020, there was no Google IO event due to the covid 19 pandemic. Though there were rumors that there will be an online Google IO event, but that didn’t happen.

That aside, the rumor of the online virtual event will be held in 2021. This article is a guide on the essential information you need related to the Google IO 2021.

Google IO 2021

Some may ask what the Google IO is. This is a yearly developer conference where Google makes announcements of its latest software, hardware, and other updates for existing apps and services.

Just like every other year, the keynote and another part of the event will be live-streamed. And due to the all-virtual nature of the event, it will be live-streamed for free.

Another event was allowed to be streamed only by paid attendees. You can click on this link to check more about the Google IO 2021.

When is Google IO 2021?

This year’s Google IO will take place on a Friday, which is the 18th of May, 2021. The show’s first part will be a keynote from Sundar Pichai and other Google directives. It will be done at 10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET). And that’s when all the major news is dropped.

Features of Google IO 2021

As it is been known, the Google IO 2021 is an event to feature out all new software and hardware as well as updates to old products. So, we should be expecting to hear some good stuff.

Here are some few things you can expect in this event:

Android 12

These will be the latest Android updates for all android users. The release of the Android 12 version will include an Android 12 beta update before the main one is released.

There are lot of previews of the Android 12 online, but Google will launch the first beta software in the Google IO 2021. Though there will be bugs on the beta version, but it will come in handy before the main version is available.

Google Pixel 5a

The chance of this mobile phone being launched at the Google IO 2021 is of 50-50%. Google initially launched the original “a” series device at the 2019 Google IO.

With covid 19 affecting all of the human activities, Google might not be ready to launch the device this May. But even though this device isn’t launched this event, it will be launched before the year ends.

Google Pixel Buds A

Google launched the second-gen version of its Pixel Buds in 2020. And this acted as its first entry into the incredibly competitive true wireless earbuds space.

Now, rumors suggest Google could launch a less expensive variant of the Buds that would land as the Google Pixel Buds A.

It is very likely Google would launch these new earbuds at I/O. In fact, Google already spilled the beans on this product with an errant listing within a publicly accessible email.

Of course, that doesn’t assure us that we’ll see them during Google I/O. But they’re very likely coming quite soon.

It’s not yet clear which features of the $129 Pixel Buds Google might eliminate to bring down the value of the Pixel Buds A. There might likely be a new green colorway for the earbuds, though.


Rumors abound that Google could launch its first-ever custom mobile processor this year, likely within the upcoming Google Pixel 6.

Although we almost certainly won’t see a Pixel 6 announcement at Google I/O. It’s possible Google could take the wraps off the processor itself, codenamed “Whitechapel”.

Considering a mobile processor is pretty technical and would need attention from developers to achieve success. It makes perfect sense for Google to announce it at I/O. However, this is often Google’s first stab at something like this, so it’d save the announcement for a fanatical event.

Whitechapel is anticipated to be a co-development from Google and Samsung, with Google providing designs and Samsung providing hardware.

Rumors point to Whitechapel being a more capable chipset than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G within the Google Pixel 5. Don’t expect it to be toe-to-toe with the Snapdragon 888 or Apple’s A14 Bionic, though.


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