Comment: Google I/O lacked that one big thing

It was a fine but far-from-explosive keynote at the tech giant’s annual get-together as the company keeps its future hardware plans close to its chest for now

Google held off on launching its first Fitbit devices or the Pixel 6 at its annual get-together. Picture: Getty

Sundar Pichai greeted the virtual attendees of I/O, Google’s big annual get-together, from a garden. The chief executive of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, had an audience, a small one, all spaced on lawn chairs.

Sporting a groomed pandemic beard, Pichai naturally led his address with a focus on the work Google is doing to aid with pandemic relief, particularly around information distribution.

The first big announcement was the decision to introduce Meet, Google’s video-conferencing app, ...