Google I/O 2019: Everything to expect from the big event
Google I/O kicks off tomorrow i.e. May 7 in Mountain View California, where Google will host a bunch of sessions centered around some new software, AI breakthroughs, and web technology. The opening keynote is scheduled at 10:00 am PDT (10:30 pm in India) where the tech giant will announce some new hardware as well. Here's a roundup of everything to expect.
Google Pixel 3a series
Google is expected to launch its widely leaked mid-range Pixel phones, the Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3a XL. The phones will look like their more premium counterparts but with plastic bodies. Other features include full-HD+ displays, 12MP rear cameras, and mid-level Snapdragon 670/Snapdragon 710 processors. In India, the phones are likely to go official on May 8 and will be available via Flipkart.
Nest Hub Max
Google is also expected to launch Nest Hub Max, the second iteration of its smart display. The device is said to feature a 10-inch screen along with a built-in Nest camera and stereo speakers. The Nest Hub Max, expected to be priced over $150, will essentially serve as a security monitor while allowing support for Duo video calls and YouTube streaming.
Google will showcase its next version of Android mobile software, the Android Q. Until now, the tech giant has released two beta versions of Android Q which bring better privacy and permissions controls, improved sharing shortcuts, support for foldable devices, and several tweaks to notifications panel. Notably, a system-wide dark mode and a desktop mode are also expected to make it to Q.
What else to expect from Google I/O 2019
Alongside the new hardware and software, the tech giant will host sessions on Stadia, Material Design, Machine Learning, Chrome, Google Maps, Assistant, Android TV and more. The event will come to an end on May 9. On the last day, there will be important events focusing on Android security, Chrome OS apps, and building apps for the next billion users.