Google is known for using cryptic puzzles as a way to announce the date of its annual Google I/O developer conference. Google I/O 2020 is set to take place between May 12 and May 14. Google announced the date just an hour after releasing a puzzle to tease its next annual developer conference. Google is likely to introduce Android 11 preview at the I/O conference alongside unveiling the Pixel 4a as the successor to the Pixel 3a that was unveiled at I/O 2019. Android 11, which is supposed to be the next version after last year’s Android 10, would include features to enhance mobility experiences. Much like last year, the company is also expected to share new features and updates for its vast portfolio of apps.
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) January 24, 2020
CEO Sundar Pichai, (who was appointed as the CEO of both Alphabet and Google), shared a tweet post on early Friday revealed the dates of Google I/O 2020. Pichai underlined that the developer-focused conference will be held at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, from May 12 to May 14. The company might also release new hardware, including an update for the Pixel 3a series which was showcased at the event last year.
Historical records suggest that Google at its I/O conference in May would showcase Android 11 preview, which will be codenamed Android R until launch. The rumour mill has also hinted at the development of the Google Pixel 4a that would be the successor to the Pixel 3a and debut during the I/O 2020 keynote.
Aside from the new Pixel phone, I/O 2020 may become the stage for Google to launch its new Nest connected devices. The company is likely to announce updates to its Nest Hub family.
Specifically for developers, Google announced Kotlin as the preferred programming language for Android app development at I/O 2019. We expect some updates to that language support at this year’s conference. Developers would also get a new Android Studio version and some new development tools.
Google last year made some privacy-focused promises that didn’t convince experts. Nevertheless, the company could try its luck again this time and make some new promises.
Products such as Google Chrome, Maps, Search, and YouTube are also likely to receive some new updates at I/O 2020.