Just as one tech event ends, another immediately looms on the horizon, and this time we have the Google I/O 2024 announcements fast approaching. The Google I/O 2024 date was announced three days ago, and the developer conference is officially scheduled for May 14, 2024. This is close enough to keep us guessing at the possibilities while still giving us enough time for a few more rumors to leak and keep us invested. Regardless of whether you like what Google has to offer tech businesses that have their fingers in many pies tend to shift the course of the market in unpredictable ways. For this reason, the Google I/O 2024 Android updates and product releases could set the stage for upcoming tech launches as well. 

One of the expected Google I/O 2024 Android updates is the unveiling of Android 15. The I/O event is traditionally used to launch upgraded versions of their software among other things, so we could see the company follow suit this year as well. The Android 15 update will be important for Pixel customers no doubt, but it will inevitably make a big difference to other smartphone users too. The Android system forms the basis for a large majority of smartphone brands so all future smartphones will then have to ship with compatibility to the latest OS in order to stay relevant. 

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Google I/O 2024 Announcements For Android 15

The Google I/O 2024 announcement for Android 15 will be followed by a developer-focused release, and there will be a few months of delay before the public gets to experience it themselves in Beta mode. For example, the Samsung One UI 7.0 update will hinge on the changes in Android 15, and there will be a chain of updates that will follow Google’s upgrades. So if the Google I/O 2024 Android updates see a late Q3 debut, then Samsung’s One UI 7.0 in beta will be available in Q4. 

What are some of the Google I/O 2024 expectations regarding the Android 15 features? We know it’s called Vanilla Ice Cream and the logo has a newly redesigned space theme. The predictions include better camera compatibility for third-party apps, support for virtual MIDI 2.0 devices, better health information management on a single platform, and improved battery life and overall performance of the device. According to Android Police, we will see lock screen widgets make a comeback and you might even be able to save app pairs for those that you frequently need to open together. This could be a very simple but significant addition to the Android interface. 

If you appreciate your privacy, you might like the inclusion of a “Private Space” feature, much like the Secure Folder on Samsung devices. Bluetooth LE Audio standard support might finally be available for a better connection to your wireless earphones. Security features and advanced Play Protect phishing prevention are other expectations of the Google I/O 2024 Android right now. 

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Google I/O 2024: Rumored Products

For lovers of the mid-range tier of devices that don’t cost a kidney, the Google I/O 2024 announcements will certainly have something worthwhile for you. The Pixel 8a is rumored to be one of the product launches slated for the upcoming event. It will come equipped with the Google Tensor G3 chipset and there could be slight redesigns in terms of size and a shift away from sharp corners. Early renders from the likes of SmartPrix show that the camera layout and overall structure will remain largely untouched. 

Analysts and leakers have hypothesized that the Google I/O 2024 announcements could also include a brief glimpse of the Google Pixel Fold 2. The initial renders we’ve seen of the device are a little unusual, however, with increased specs comes increased appreciation so we’re looking forward to learning more about the device’s capabilities. The Google I/O 2024 details could include a heavy focus on AI. Google’s Gemini AI and its younger sibling, Gemma, will get some time in the limelight so the company can try to redeem itself after recent controversies over the faltering ability of its AI. The recently discussed SIMA gaming AI by Google’s DeepMind should also get a shoutout at the least.

There is no news on the launch of an updated tablet or smartwatch so far, but it might be too soon to tell what Google has planned for either device. 9to5Google did find some citrus-themed hardware codenames, Clementine and Kiyomi, which could allude to an upcoming tablet launch but that’s all we have in terms of rumors. If Google is planning on launching a sequel to the Pixel Watch 2, we’re more likely to see it released in October—we may not hear too much about it during the Google I/O 2024 announcements this time. 

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For a Google I/O 2024 date reminder, you can sign up for the online developers conference on the website. The in-person event will take place in the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA, but there are only a limited number of guests who get invited to attend the event directly. You can also go try out the fun little puzzle the company put out on the website along with the announcement, just in case you’re getting bored of twiddling your thumbs while you wait.