Google IO is Google's annual developer conference. Although primarily targeted at developers, there are always announcements that are of interest to the general public.
This year was no different. Some of the key announcements of note include new Pixel phones, the rebranding around Google Home, and a new device added to the line up, Android Q (the next version of Android and Google Maps to get an Incognito Mode.
New Pixel Phones
Joining the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, are two new Pixels. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Yeah someone in the marketing department could surely have come up with better names, but these are two new "mid range" phones - meaning cheaper than the Pixel 3's, Galaxy S, etc, but still with decent specifications.
Both new phones are available in Australia, and enjoy the same camera technology as their more expensive flagship relatives. The same camera technology that recent reviews with comparisons to the current iPhone X series, and Galaxy S10 still list as being the best cameras available on smartphones today. If taking photos on your phone matters to you, then a Pixel phone is what you should be carrying (based on numerous reviews). The Pixel 3a line up however doesn't include things like waterproofing and wireless charging which is on the Pixel 3 lineup, and uses slower processors and less memory.
Our pricing for buying outright is currently -
Pixel 3a - starting at $619
Pixel 3 - starting at $1,199
Pixel 3a XL - starting at $749
Pixel 3 XL - starting at $1,349
The phones are also available on plans via Telstra and other carriers.
The Google Home lineup was merged with Nest (who Google own) and a new device - the Google Nest Hub Max.
The lineup now includes -
The newest addition has a larger 10" screen and includes a camera, in comparison to the existing Google Nest Hub which has a 7" screen and no camera.
If you are interested in any of the products, reach out to us to see how we can help.
The next version of Android was announced. Presently it uses the codename of Q. Android releases are named for deserts, so perhaps this one will be Quiche?
Some of the early features announced include -
The initial phones that will receive the next version are the Google Pixel phones, Essential Phone, and Nokia phones, along with any other phones sold as running Android One. Beyond that, expect announcements from the other manufacturers later this year as to whether their phones will get the updates. This is why at BGR Development, based on getting regular security updates and Android releases, we only recommend Google Pixel, and Nokia phones for Android.
Google Maps will get an Incognito Mode. This is similar to Incognito Mode in Chrome and aims to reduce location and search tracking in Google Maps.