Google IO, Google's annual keynote was held from the 7th to the 9th of May. There were several key announcements on Google's hardware and software updates and there's quite a lot to get around. We've got you covered with our roundup of some of the key announcements.
Google announced that 2 new phones, the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL, would be going on sale immediately. It's a slightly toned-down version of their flagship device, but more affordable as well. It retains some of the premium features of the Pixel 3 from 2018, such as water resistance, as well as the camera tech and sensor. The new phones will also come with AR-enabled Google Maps. Users will be able to lift their phone cameras up and see directions superimposed over the real world.
Unlike the phones, this is a device that is getting its features updated. Last year's 7-inch Home Hub is being updated to a 10-inch device. That's not all. It's also getting improved speakers and a 6MP camera that enables personalized alerts through face recognition with some more security related features. This is set to go on sale the coming summer.
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Users can now also download the Android Q beta. Among the features introduced, is the Dark Theme which has been rising in popularity in some apps like Twitter and Reddit. Android Q will have a Dark theme applicable for every standard Android App. This is also a feature that contributes to saving battery power. Among the other updates made are the introduction of Focus Mode as well as the Smart Reply feature.
Google is also bringing a Live Caption to all videos. Whether it's in your camera roll, the web, or even on an app, there'll be an option to play subtitles for them. It instantly eliminates our troubles looking for subtitle files for our favourite Movies and TV series. The company says it's built this for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, but some people might also use this when they're watching videos in public and want to keep the volume low or while they're on a call.
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Apart from the above major announcements, a lot more topics were discussed during the keynote. While Google Duplex was a headline maker last year, this year it was limited to a bit of an afterthought. It was announced that Duplex will be coming to the Web. Google Lens is also set for more updates and more notably, Google Maps will be getting an incognito mode enabling private searches.
As ever, we can't wait to see the performance post all these promising updates.