Although it is possible, it’s unlikely that the Pixel Fold will launch at the Google I/O 2022 event, which is coming in just a few days. Instead, the Pixel 6a seems likely to make an appearance and perhaps a Pixel Watch, along with the usual developer news and more details about Android 13. While Google hasn’t teased any products that are coming in 2022, there are some intriguing possibilities for later in the year.
Google has announced that this year’s developers’ conference will occur from May 11 through May 12, 2022. There will be a live audience in Mountain View, Calif. However, the number of people will be limited. That means the presentation will be oriented toward online viewers primarily. The keynote starts at 10:00 a.m. PDT, and Google’s event program notes that all product announcements are coming on day one, with day two presenting technical sessions that are primarily of interest to app developers and service providers.
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The long-rumored Pixel Fold, Google’s first flexible-screen smartphone, is expected to be released sometime this year. However, Google I/O is days away, and nothing suggests this will be showing up at the spring event. There have been several leaks. However, no actual photos or regulatory filings to indicate it’s coming soon. It’s much more likely that the Pixel Fold will launch in the fall of 2022, alongside the Pixel 7 series. The Pixel Fold is said to be quite similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series, doubling in width when unfolded yet featuring a wider aspect ratio for improved productivity.
Google I/O Surprises
What would be most surprising to arrive at Google I/O would be a new augmented reality wearable. Google bought the AR company North, a maker of lightweight smart glasses, in 2020, and at some point, a refined version is likely to appear with a Google branding. Meta and Apple are supposedly announcing powerful new AR/VR headsets this year, and Google might feel the extra pressure to join in with its solution soon rather than miss out on the first big wave of customers. Another exciting possibility is the announcement of Googe’s first smartwatch, and a device that appears to be a Pixel Watch has been found in the wild, adding weight to this idea.
There’s a good chance of seeing new Nest Hubs at Google I/O since the second generation launched early in 2021 instead of the usual fall release. Additionally, there has been speculation that Google will launch a new Nest hub with a removable screen soon, allowing the device to be used as a tablet when not docked in its base. With the potential for new smartphones, smartwatches, and smart home devices being mentioned and at least some launching soon, Google I/O should be worth tuning in for. The fall event might be even more exciting with a Pixel Fold, Pixel 7, and perhaps even a new AR wearable appearing.