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Google I/O 2022 live blog: Android 13, Pixel 6a and all the news in real time

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

While we don’t know for sure what it will look like or what its specs will be, we have a pretty good idea due to a slew of leaks over the past few months.

The biggest of these a few weeks ago came when a Pixel Watch prototype was allegedly left in a restaurant. Yes really. Assuming the images are genuine, it appears to be an attractively curvaceous smartwatch with an almost bezel-less design and a few hardware buttons on the side.

An Android phone running Google Maps - representing how to disable location tracking on Android

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If you want a stealth candidate for a Google product to be in the news at I/O, look no further than Maps, one of the software giant’s most popular programs. Maps has made frequent appearances at I/O keynotes over the years, as the crowd seems to be excited about a useful app gaining even more functionality.

Off the top of my head, the latest I/O keynotes have seen Maps add Google Assistant, adapt an incognito mode and work on AR-guided navigation in Live View. What could be planned for 2022? Your guess is as good as mine, but I’m predicting something that leverages all the data Google collects about people and places to power new Maps features.

There’s a hardware rumor that I don’t think will materialize for Google I/O 2022 that involves the so-called Imminent launch of the Pixel Buds Pro.

A few weeks ago, leaker Jon Prosser said that the Pixel Buds Pro were due to debut soonand even listed some colorways the wireless headphones would appear in. Prosser didn’t specifically mention I/O in his tweet, but at the time, the developer conference seemed early enough to do the trick.

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There’s only one problem with that line of thinking – we haven’t heard many details about the headphones themselves. And that’s usually as good a sign as any that a launch isn’t happening anytime soon. The more rumors you hear about a product, the closer you are to a launch, at least in my experience.

Then again, given my experience with tech predictions, don’t be surprised if Sundar Pichai hits the Google I/O stage today with a pair of Pixel Buds Pro.

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As for the potential powers of the Tensor, I touched on this topic a few weeks ago when I wrote about the Pixel 6 features I hope to find in the Pixel 6a. Let’s just say that Magic Eraser – the one-click tool to remove unwanted objects and people from photos – was the most successful.

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In my opinion, there are two intriguing things about the Pixel 6a, which may or may not show up on Google I/O today. For starters, what will adding the Tensor chip to the Pixel 6a allow the budget phone to do? And how does the Pixel 6a compare to the Samsung Galaxy A53?

The answer to the first question probably helps provide the answer to question #2. If it were to arrive now, the Pixel 6a appears at a time when it’s the Samsung phone that can claim to be the best value for money among Android handsets, at least if our Galaxy A53 vs. Pixel 5a face to face is something to pass. The Pixel 6a has its work cut out to topple the A53, and Google’s usual photography expertise won’t go any further.

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My colleague Jordan Palmer has spent a lot of time with Android 13, and he goes into today’s keynote hoping that Google solves a thorny issue – 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 Android’s ills lies in Apple’s approach to the same problem with its iPhones.

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Google I/O is traditionally Android’s release party, with Google showcasing its next software update during the I/O keynote and kicking off a beta process that will culminate in the release of the next version of Android towards the end of summer.

Android 13 may well launch in the same time frame later this year, but you can already get the first beta version of this software update, provided you have a Pixel phone. Still, we expect Android 13 to get a big showcase during today’s keynote, especially if Google wants to talk about features that haven’t yet caught the eye.

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