Google’s biggest conference of the year is going virtual – here’s how to watch all the announcements

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai at the company’s I/O developer conference in 2018.

  • This year’s Google I/O developer conference is a virtual event with major announcements planned.
  • Google CEO Sundar Pichai will deliver the Google I/O Keynote at 1 p.m. ET on May 18.
  • We expect to see Google’s Pixel 5a smartphone, new Pixel Buds, and new Android features.

Google I/O, the tech giant’s annual developer conference, will be a virtual event this year with CEO Sundar Pichai delivering the keynote address at 1 p.m. ET on May 18. Google I/O will run from May 18 to May 20 with a series of panel discussions and speakers organized for developers and Google customers.

While the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of Google I/O in 2020, the event has typically been a site for product announcements and demonstrations of Google’s latest tech innovations.

What to expect at Google I/O 2021

Early leaks indicate that Google could be ready to unveil the Pixel 5a, the more affordable version of its flagship smartphone, as well as a budget-friendly version of Google’s Pixel Bud wireless headphones.

We also expect Google to demonstrate new features coming to Android and apps like Google Maps with its next major software update.

At Google I/O 2019 the company showed off some impressive Google Assistant and augmented reality features that were incorporated into Android 10. Google announced the first previews of Android 12 in February 2021 and the update will likely arrive in September.

How to watch Google I/O 2021

Google I/O is a virtual conference this year, starting with a keynote address at 1 p.m. ET on May 18. Programming will continue online from May 18 through May 20, with different sessions planned for developers and non-professional viewers.

You can stream sessions for free online via Google’s site with registration, and select events will also be available to watch on YouTube.

Registration for Google I/O is free and uses your Google account. Once logged into the conference portal, you’ll be asked to provide your personal information and whether you identify as a developer. You can add panels to your schedule through the Google I/O website and create your own timeline for the three-day event.

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