Within fewer than 22 hours till Google I/O 2022, the Android team revealed an overview of what they would announce at the developer conference today.
"Which update are you most excited to see on May 11–12?" tweeted the Android account today. It offered four choices:
The current leader is "Cross-Device Updates," which harkens back to the "Better Together" announcements made at CES 2022 in January. Wear OS was used to unlock your Chromebook, Android phone, or tablet, while Fast Pair and Nearby Share were brought to Windows PCs. I/O could be an occasion for Google to reveal launch specifics or new integrations.
"Messaging Updates" comes in second, with Android's Hiroshi Lockheimer overseeing Google Messages, the Phone dialer software, and Duo. This follows Google's announcement in March that Android's default SMS/RCS client is receiving or has received the following: Google Photos integration, categories, and nudges, as well as "show iPhone reactions as emoji."
"Security Updates," presumably alongside privacy, is a constant tentpole for every Android update, but "New Partnerships" is a bit of a mystery. It could be referring to app and service arrangements, given there are few young OEMs out there.
The Material Design team had a similar tweet today. It already announced Roboto Flex last week, while a Material You update is surely on the table.
✨ Material Design is coming to #GoogleIO! ✨— Material Design (@materialdesign) May 9, 2022
What are you excited about?