Google usually jumps between every I / O year to focus on hardware or software news, and this year brought in more devices than we got from 2018. Now that the keynote has been finalized, we can confirm a few rumors of the past few months: the Pixel 3A is real, just like the leaked smart screen of the Nest Hub Max. There is also a whole series of announcements about what will come out of Android Q when it will be officially available to consumers later this year and some updates will soon be available for the Google Assistant.
Here are some of the biggest highlights.
The Pixel 3A and 3A XL are for sale
The cheaper Pixels are official with the Pixel 3A and 3A XL which, yes, come with headphone connections. The phones start at $ 399, and they come with the advanced camera features that the Pixel line is known for, including features such as Night Sight, Super Res Zoom and portrait mode on both the front and back facing shooters.
So what does the lower price indicate? The less expensive Pixel lacks premium functions such as waterproofing and wireless charging. And while Google offers free Google Photos storage in the cloud, the quality uploaded from the Pixel 3A devices is limited to high quality instead of full resolution.
The new Pixels are offered in three colors – black, white and purple – and they are offered by major providers such as Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint (especially not AT&T!) And are being sold in 13 other countries.
Nest Hub Max with a smart display and a camera
Google has announced that the Google Home line will now be converted under the umbrella of Google Nest and announced a new product for the line: the $ 229 Nest Hub Max. The device is essentially a combination of the Nest camera, Google Home Hub and the Google Home Max and offers a security camera, a smart display and speakers in one gadget.
The most interesting thing about the device is that, unlike the Home Hub, it now has a built-in camera. The camera can also perform face recognition to get personalized results between your family members, the company noticing that processing is done locally, so no face data is sent over the internet.
Android Q Beta 3 Drop: a new Digital Welling Mode, Dark Theme,Smart Reply
You can download the latest Android Q-beta today, which now offers Dark Theme for any standard Android app. We saw this in the early Android Q-beta, but we couldn’t turn it on or off. Now you can manually select or enable the colors of the inverted app with the battery saving mode. Dieter Bohn, executive editor of the Verge, has had the opportunity to try it out, and he says the colors are really black, not dark gray, which may help to further reduce battery power.
After last year’s release of Digital Wellbeing, Google adds a new feature called Focus Mode. Instead of the Wind Down mode that makes the screen gray, you can use Focus Mode to select certain apps that you want to avoid over a certain period of time and only disable them. Families will soon be able to link accounts between parents and children, so parents can set those app restrictions to see which apps their children spend the most time on.
In Q, Smart Reply is also offered in third-party messaging apps – similar to what Google initially tested with a stand-alone Reply app. It can also offer suggested actions, such as opening Google Maps when it sees a message about commuting or address
Android will soon offer live subtitles for all videos
Google brings Live Caption to all videos. When you watch a video, whether it is on your camera roll, on an app / internet or even video chats, Google will soon be able to add subtitles to what is said directly below. The company says it has built this for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, but some people can also use this when they watch videos in public and want to keep the volume down or during a call.
Live caption is also added to phone calls, with a live transcription of the current conversation added to help those who are hard of hearing understand clearly what is being said.
Project Mainline aims to provide you with Android updates faster
From Android Q, Google will release software updates directly through the Play Store instead of waiting for phone manufacturers or providers. Google is called Project Mainline and says the new update system is offered in “modules” that help address specific parts of a device, such as “media components” for camera errors, for example. This should also prevent a bug update from ruining other parts of the device that are not intended to touch
Google Maps gets the incognito mode
As part of Google’s attempt to minimize location and search tracking, Google Maps will soon get an incognito mode for more private searches. This is available for both the internet and the app and it comes just one week after the company has announced that it will allow users to delete their location, web and app activity automatically every three to 18 months.
Google Lens update
Google Lens receives some updates from last year, such as being able to contextualize a restaurant menu or information on a piece of paper. This year, Google says that Lens can search for exact dishes on a menu and display photos of that dish based on Google Maps information to show you what it looks like before you order. You can also point the camera at the receipt to call up a calculator that you can use to add a tip and then split the bill or a foreign language character to hear a translation from text to speech live. By keeping Google Lens above magazines with which Google has entered into a partnership, images can also come to life, such as a recipe from Bon Appétit Magazine.
Google says these updates will be rolled out later this month and that the translation will be offered in more than a dozen languages”.
Duplex comes on the web
Last year’s biggest I / O news, Google Duplex, came across as a side issue this year, avoiding concerns about the AI that can make human-like calls on your behalf by making it impossible to talk about an upcoming version for the Web. In an early demonstration, Google says that Duplex can now retrieve your information and navigate the internet to book other things, such as car rental and cinema tickets. Instead of just confirming a booking for you, users can scan the auto-complete forms to approve what Duplex has written before continuing.
All of this was packaged in a segment about how Google Assistant generally only gets smarter, allowing users to reply to messages, write emails (even subject lines), insert images into messages or get directions to personalized results get using only your voice. It will soon also be available in driving mode (not to be confused with Android Auto) to continue working while navigating on Google Maps. You can make Google Assistant stop talking or alarms soon by simply saying “Stop” instead of the full “Hey Google” prompt.
All these voice functions were plagued because they came to “new Pixel phones” later this year, so interpret that cryptic statement as you want
Published by Android training in Chandigarh