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Google I/O 2021 kicks off on Tuesday, May 18th, and there’s a whole lot to be excited for this year. What are you interested in?

We’re just hours away from Google I/O 2021’s big keynote and there’s a whole lot to be excited for this year. While most announcements are left in mystery, we can expect announcements for a ton of Google’s consumer-facing products. What are you most excited for?
Up on the schedule for I/O 2021 is everything from Android 12 to Google Assistant and everything in between. One of the big topics were expecting to see covered is Android itself, which is likely set to debut a huge new visual redesign. Related to that redesign is the potential of a big update to Googles Material Design. Android 12s announcement could also bring some news around Android TV and Google TV, but as we noted during the developer previews, version updates to those platforms dont generally have much of an impact.
As far as new hardware goes, were not expecting much. Theres a greater than slim chance well see the debut of the Pixel Buds A-Series, but the Pixel 5a seems very unlikely at this point. Google could hint at Whitechapel to prepare developers, but they may opt to keep the secret instead. Nest definitely has plans for 2021, but an I/O appearance seems unlikely beyond the possibility of software bits.
Of special interest this year seems to be Wear OS, the smartwatch platform that Google has been heavily neglecting over the past couple of years. Theres been quite an uptick in activity from Google around the platform as of late, with the arrival of Gboard for Wear OS, the opening of the platforms Tiles feature for third-party apps, and more. Just today, we spotted a teaser from Google regarding a new version of Wear which will be talked about more at I/O. This also comes around rumors that Samsung is preparing to ditch its Tizen platform in the upcoming Galaxy Watch 4 series with Wear OS in its place.
Our Abner Li has an excellent breakdown of everything were expecting to see at Google I/O 2021 here.
Personally, Wear OS is certainly whats got me most excited for I/O this year, but its far from the only thing well see. What about you? Whats got you most excited to tune into the Google I/O livestream and our live coverage? Vote in the poll and drop a comment!
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