What to Expect from I / O, the Google Developer Conference

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It seems that after the Facebook F8, the developer conference season has officially started and Google is not far behind. This May 7, the technology giant will make I / O, its annual event for developers at the Shoreline amphitheater in Mountain View (California, United States).

Google announced that its virtual assistant would be programmed to schedule appointments through calls, so it could become the main protagonist of the event.

Last year the conference revolved around software news and updates. However, this year it seems that Google will slightly distance itself from its usual line and will dedicate much of the event to giving more details about its releases and improvements in hardware products. Specifically, the conference will focus on the following key points:

-The future of Google smartphones: The arrival of Pixel 3a and XL

It would be no surprise if the developers came across the official Pixel 3a and XL announcement. The new Google smartphones have been named on the Google Store page and are frequently mentioned by company executives. In addition to this, in April, Google published an announcement that on May 7 "something big" would arrive in the Pixel universe.

These advances signal the arrival of the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, smartphones that claim to offer a cost-effective alternative to high-end Google devices. Recent leaks have indicated that the phones will not have many variations with respect to its predecessor, the Pixel 3.

In terms of hardware, the new devices will have a 12 megapixel camera and a Pixel Visual Core system that offers depth and higher quality to the images taken with the camera. In addition, the new Pixel will feature the same two-tone design with contrasting buttons.

In this sense, the design of the new devices is almost identical to that of the latest models. However, it seems that the real change will take place in the internal aspects of mobile phones.

Apparently, Pixel 3a will use mid-range processors like Snapdragon 670 and will feature a 5.6-inch screen and 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, similar to that used by its high-end namesake. However, the Pixel 3a XL will feature a better processor, the Snapdragon 71o, and a slightly larger screen, at 6 inches and a 2,220 x 1,080 resolution.

Coupled with this, it seems that the new versions will also include an audio port for headphones, which Google had eliminated in the rest of its devices.

At the moment, more details about Pixel phones are unknown. However, the company is expected to make its official launch during the summer. In addition, the devices are expected to be priced lower than the current Pixel 3, approximately between $ 500 and $ 700.

Next Hub Max, the device for smart homes

After the departure of Google Home Hub, a control panel for smart homes, Google has wanted to expand its development in the sector with the creation of Next Hub Max, a second control device that could be launched during I / O.

The new device will feature a 10-inch screen and a security camera with sound and motion sensors. This latest addition will allow users to use Next Hub as a security mechanism as well as a platform for making video calls. In addition, Next Hub Max is rumored to feature improvements in sound and speaker hardware.

Either way, it's hard to know if Google will finally announce the product at the conference. However, since its name has already appeared on the Google Store website, it is believed that the device will go on sale throughout this year and will surely have a higher price than the Google Home Hub.

The possible launch of Android Q

As every year, I / O will be the place for the launch of new software and, this time, Android Q is expected to be the main protagonist. In 2019 Android Q was released in beta, and since then the software has served as a first approach for developers.

The beta version has allowed the identification of certain updates that include a stricter privacy control for apps, on-screen shortcuts for sharing content with contacts, and control panels that appear when the app requires the user to activate certain functions.

Q will also offer a pop-up chat system while using other apps and will have support for folding mobile devices.

Along with these updates, Google is rumored to have also been working on Android Q code to enable a dark mode theme, and even a desktop mode that allows users to configure their mobile as a computer.

Likewise, the company could also be working on a security mechanism that is activated with facial recognition, with an operation similar to that of Apple Face ID . Either way, these additions may not be officially released, however Google is believed to have considered them during the development of Q.

Also, the official launch of Android Q could run until the end of this summer, but it is believed that Google will launch a beta version for the general public, in the same way that it did with Android P, its previous software.

Stadia and artificial intelligence

Google's game streaming system, Stadia, could be one of the main protagonists of the event. Google is believed to be developing VR devices that are Stadia-compliant, so this announcement could easily be one of the topics to be covered in I / O.

After the announcement that Apple would launch a platform for video games, this could be the opportunity for Google to offer improvements or innovations in the software, taking advantage of its namesake for iOS.

In addition, the company may introduce innovations in artificial intelligence and its computational learning system. Specifically, Google will direct its efforts to the development of Google Assistant, its popular virtual assistant, with the use of artificial intelligence.

Last year, the company announced that its virtual assistant would be programmed to schedule appointments through phone calls, so this new system could become the star of the week.