Earlier today, the Google Developers Twitter account shared the latest interactive puzzle which provided a date and time for I/O 2022 to take place. It took a few hours, partially because the puzzle was split into four different pieces, but it’s finally been solved.
Google I/O 2022 will officially take place on May 11-12 and will return to the Shoreline Amphitheater, which is just a stone’s throw from the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. The company also confirmed that I/O will see a limited return to some type of normalcy as there will be a limited number of in-person attendees.
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) March 16, 2022
Unfortunately, it seems that we’re in store for another virtual event, as the company has confirmed that in-person attendance will be limited to Google employees and partners. Thankfully, Google will be hosting all of its various keynotes and sessions online for everyone to watch. This also means that registration for Google I/O is completely free, so you’ll be able to keep up with everything that’s going on, from wherever you are.
According to the Google I/O 2022 FAQ page, registration will begin sometime this month but did not provide specifics. Additionally, you don’t need to be a developer in order to “attend”, as it’s just the same situation as last year’s I/O where Google debuted Android 12’s Material You, so you can just sit back from the comfort of your couch (or computer chair) and watch. There are also mentions of an “I/O Adventure” on the FAQ page, where developers and registrants will be able to enjoy “interactive experiences including virtual demos”.
There’s a lot on the docket for Google’s 2022 developer conference, where we will learn more about what Android 13 will bring to the masses when it arrives later this year. We’re also hoping to hear more about Wear OS, perhaps even Google opening the platform for more manufacturers so that Samsung is not the only option if you want the latest that Wear OS has to offer.
In terms of hardware, we aren’t exactly what to expect yet. Previous rumors suggested that the Pixel 6a and the fabled Pixel Watch would make their debuts at I/O 2022. However, recent leaks claim that the original dates have been pushed back to chain-supply limitations due to the ongoing chip shortage.