Google I/O 2022 live blog: Pixel 6a, Pixel Watch, Android 13 and all the news as it is

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Pixel Fold concept design shows a look similar to the Pixel 6

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It has long been rumored that Google is working on a Pixel fold device to take on Samsung’s best foldable phones, and it’s possible we could catch a glimpse of Google’s first foldable today. Or at least we could learn about new foldable phone software features in Android 13.

In the meantime, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is expected to debut in August, and some new ones today Galaxy Z Fold 4 renders have appeared showing the design from all angles.

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TechDroider has a quick recap on Twitter of what to expect at Google I/O 2022 today, and it matches what we’ve heard. This includes the launch of the Pixel 6a phone and a possible tease of the Google Pixel Watch. So even though the watch is first shown today, it may not ship until the fall.

The tweet also says we could see Android 13 Beta 2 rolling out and a build of Android 13 for non-Pixel devices. However, we recommend that you load the beta version on your primary phone.

Google Pixel 6a vs iPhone SE 2022

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As the Google Pixel 6a debuts, it will inevitably be compared to the new iPhone SE 2022. And that’s because both Google and Apple will compete for the best cheap phone on the market. Well, the best cheap phone under $500.

Us Pixel 6a vs iPhone SE 2022 preview shows you how these phones are doing so far based on rumors and our iPhone SE 2022 reviewโ€  Apple’s phone is a pint-sized powerhouse, but the Pixel 6a should have a much larger screen (6.2 versus 4.7 inches), an ultra-wide camera (the iPhone SE only has one), and a smoother 90Hz screen.

Stay tuned for more info.

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What better way to pass the time between now and when the Google I/O 2022 keynote kicks off than a small pinball machine? The developer Flutter teamed up with Firebase to release it #IOPinballโ€  This Google I/O game can be played by anyone, and it even plays well on my MacBook Pro.

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Since Google’s Wear OS 3 is expected to get some stage time today at Google I/O 2022, you might be wondering if your Android watch can run the software. Our Kate Kozuch put this together handy Wearing OS 3 smartwatch suitability guide so you can check.

Google Pixel Watch Leak

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That prototype leak was just one of many surrounding the new Pixel Watch; keeping up with them has been almost a full-time job for the past few months.

Luckily, you don’t have to scroll through hundreds of articles to know what to expect, because we’ve got the 5 biggest rumors about Google Pixel Watch so far in one handy primer.

Pixel Watch Prototype

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The Google Pixel watch is a strong contender to be unveiled today at I/O 2022, ending the long wait for the company’s first wearable.

While we’re not sure what it’ll look like or what the specs will be, we’ve got a pretty good idea due to a large number of leaks over the past few months.

The biggest of these, a few weeks ago, came when a Pixel Watch prototype was reportedly abandoned in a restaurantโ€  Yes really. Assuming the images are real, it appears to be an attractively curved smartwatch with an almost bezel-less design and a few hardware buttons on the side.

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If you want a stealth candidate for a Google product to break the news at I/O, look no further than Maps, one of the software giant’s more popular programs. Maps has appeared regularly at I/O keynotes over the years as audiences seem to be getting excited by a handy app that’s getting even more features.

Off the top of my head, the past few I/O keynotes have Maps added Google Assistant, tweaked an incognito mode, and incorporated AR-guided navigation into Live View. What’s on tap for 2022? Your guess is as good as mine, but I’d predict something that uses all that data Google has collected about people and places to fuel new Maps capabilities.

There’s one hardware rumor that I don’t think will come out before Google I/O 2022 and it’s the so-called upcoming launch of the Pixel Buds Proโ€ 

A few weeks ago, leaker Jon Prosser said that: the Pixel Buds Pro would debut soonand even mentioned some colorways in which the wireless earbuds would appear. Prosser didn’t specifically mention I/O in his tweet, but at the time, the developer conference seemed fast enough to fit the bill.

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There’s only one problem with that mindset: we haven’t heard many details about the earbuds themselves. And that’s usually an equally good sign that a launch isn’t going to happen anytime soon. The more rumors you hear about a product, the closer you get to a launch, at least in my experience.

On the other hand, given my experience with tech predictions, don’t be surprised if Sundar Pichai heads to the Google I/O stage today with a pair of Pixel Buds Pro.

Screenshot Google Pixel Event Tensor chip

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As for potential tensor forces, I tackled that topic a few weeks ago when I wrote about the Pixel 6 features I hope to find in the Pixel 6aโ€  Let’s say Magic Eraser – the one-tap tool for removing unwanted objects and people from photos – scores the best.

galaxy a53 and pixel 5a in hand against brick background

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In my opinion there are two intriguing things about the Pixel 6a, which may or may not appear on Google I/O today. For starters, what can the budget phone do by adding the Tensor chip to the Pixel 6a? And how does the Pixel 6a compare to the Samsung Galaxy A53โ€ 

The answer to the first question probably helps to answer question #2. Should it come now, the Pixel 6a appears at a time when it’s the Samsung phone that can claim to be better value among Android handsets, at least as ours. Galaxy A53 vs Pixel 5a face-off is everything to go by. The Pixel 6a has its job to do to topple the A53, and Google’s usual expertise with photography will only go so far.

pixel 6 pro vs iphone 13 pro max: both phones lie face down on a hardwood floor

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My colleague Jordan Palmer has spent a lot of time with Android 13, and he’s addressing today’s keynote in hopes that Google will tackle a thorny problem โ€” exactly what third-party apps can track about you on Android.

if you read Jordan’s Android 13 Wishlistyou’ll find that he thinks the solution to what’s wrong with Android lies in Apple’s approach to the same problem with its iPhones.

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Google I/O has traditionally been Android’s coming-out party, with Google showing off its upcoming software update during the I/O keynote and kicking off a beta process culminating in a release of the next version of Android by the end of this year. the summer.

Android 13 may launch later this year in the same time frame, but you can already get the first beta of this software update, provided you have a Pixel phone. Nevertheless, we expect Android 13 to get a big showcase at today’s keynote, especially if Google wants to discuss features that haven’t received much attention yet.

Good morning and welcome to Tom’s Guide’s Google I/O 2022 live blog. We’ll keep you updated on all the latest news from the conference, so bookmark this page and check back often.

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