Google I/O starts today: Android 12, Pixel Buds and everything we're expecting

From CNET: Google I/O kicks off in just a few hours, and even though it's a developers conference, we're still expecting to see some major product announcements. We're expecting more details on Android 12 and possibly Pixel hardware. The company skipped I/O last year due to the pandemic, so there's a lot to catch up on.

Google I/O is entirely virtual this year and free for everyone to attend, running May 18 through 20. The opening keynote starts at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on May 18. Google has also published an official schedule for keynotes and breakout sessions. To sign up for Google I/O, you just need to sign in to your Google account and register for the event.

Android 12 could bring the biggest visual change to the operating system in years. Leaked screenshots emerged earlier this year showing a new interface, widgets and privacy features.

We've been hearing rumors about a Pixel Watch for years. Could Google I/O finally be the event to showcase Google's first branded wearable? A leak in April from Jon Prosser showed a circular watch likely powered by a new version of WearOS. The renders show a watch without a bezel around the screen, no physical buttons, interchangeable watch straps and indications the watch will have a heart rate sensor.

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