Google I/O 2019
Similar to Build 2019 hosted by Microsoft, Google held their annual developer conference in early May. Not surprisingly, the biggest takeaways from Google I/O this year were based around the Android operating system.
One of the biggest announcements was Android Q, Google’s newest flavor of Android. This third beta version has a few new features. It is compatible with 21 different smartphones (the first two beta versions were released to Pixel devices only). It will support different accent colors, adjustable notification clearing, secret desktop mode and a native screen recorder among other features. Android will also now support foldable devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Fold. It will also natively support the 5G network. Android Q also supports Family Link which lets you control a child's screen time, and Live Caption that creates subtitles for audio and videos automatically.
Another very interesting reveal from Google concerning Android was Project Mainline. With this new technology, Google can bypass phone carriers to push critical updates to devices and even target specific systems such as the camera or screen. This allows Google to shorten time required to distribute critical security updates to users without having to rely on the phone carrier. Mainline aims to deploy these updates without inadvertently degrading the phones performance.
Google also announced Google Stadia, a cloud-based gaming service. It has its own controller with a Google Assistant button and is compatible with Chromecast and Chrome browser on nearly any device. The service is meant to compete with Apple Arcade, a new streaming service from Apple.
The Google Home Hub is being renamed to the Nest Hub and a larger 10-inch version is on the way. The larger version will have a camera that can detect someone walking by and pull up relevant calendar events and notifications to the screen. It’ll also notify you if it doesn’t recognize the person walking by the device.
With E3 right around the corner you can bet there will be more Google related news developments coming soon. Stay tuned.