Google IO 2020: date and keynote predictions

Google IO 2020 dates start subsequent week, and we anticipate some massive bulletins will come out of it. The occasion has sometimes been a showcase for brand spanking new software program options coming to Google platforms, however we’d see a hardware shock or two given all of the rumors we have heard.

Google IO 2020 is once more being held on the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, beginning with a keynote (virtually definitely from firm CEO Sundar Pichai) on Might 7. 

What can we anticipate to return from the showcase? Rumors recommend the Google Pixel 3a will debut, displaying off the alleged leaner-but-cheaper model of final yr’s Google Pixel three smartphone. We additionally anticipate to get an in-depth preview of Android Q, the subsequent model of the cellular OS that’s already seen a number of beta releases.

These are removed from the one issues Google might announce on the occasion. Listed here are all of the rumors we’ve heard about what’s coming. 

Google IO date and time

Google IO 2020 will run from Might 7 to 9 on the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, close to the corporate’s headquarters. 

The occasion kicks off with a gap keynote at 10am PDT on Might 7 and goes from there, with a number of simultaneous small periods, demonstrations and stage shows via the occasion’s three-day span.  See the entire schedule on the Google IO 2020 web site right here.

For these at residence, Google will probably be livestreaming a few of the above (particularly the stage shows) on its  web site and YouTube channel.

Google Pixel 3

Google Pixel 3a

We hope to get our first take a look at the lengthy-rumored Google Pixel 3a, the alleged decrease-value model of final yr’s Google Pixel three smartphone. 

Just like the iPhone XR and Samsung S10e, this telephone is predicted to supply crucial specs and options from the primary flagship at a extra reasonably priced worth level. Meaning, sure, the digital camera and software program, which has stored the Google Pixel three close to the highest of our greatest digital camera telephone record because the handset debuted, together with excessive specs befitting the Pixel line.

Nevertheless it additionally means getting the much less-recognized advantages of a Google flagship telephone at a reduction. This consists of optimization for all of the Google apps and software program. Extra importantly, it means being among the many very first telephones to get upgraded to the brand new model of Android – critically, many telephones haven’t but upgraded to Android 9 Pie

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Android Q

We’ll doubtless get all the small print about Android Q, the subsequent model of the cellular OS that’s already been in beta for over a month. Whereas it in all probability gained’t be publicly launched till later within the yr (maybe concurrently with the Google Pixel four, as has been custom with Google’s telephones), we’d get a take a look at the cool anticipated options at Google IO 2020.

These embrace some lengthy-desired perks rumored to return, like system-extensive Darkish Mode that overrides apps to get that beloved white-textual content-on-darkish-fields look and Face ID-fashion facial authorization. 

Different suspected options put together Android for the subsequent yr of telephones, like help for foldable telephones, extra privateness choices and extra developer instruments.

Image credit: Android Police

Picture credit score: Android Police

Nest Hub Max

Google may need by chance proven off a brand new product in its related speaker line – particularly a tool that is perhaps an upsized model of its sensible-speaker-and-display Google Residence Hub that got here out earlier this yr. Proof suggests it is going to be named the Nest Hub Max. 

Whereas the unique had a 7-inch display, the House Hub Max has a supposedly expanded 10-inch show. This is able to make it much better for watching media, both whereas enjoyable or throughout a process (like a recipe or cooking tutorial). It allegedly packs stereo audio system.

Crucially, this model is alleged to have a constructed-in Nest Cam safety digital camera, which the unique House Hub omitted resulting from privateness (and certain value-chopping) considerations. In any case, it exhibits Google is focused on releasing a extra substantial house assistant and leisure hub – although we do not understand how a lot it’s going to value.

Speech substitution

The occasions record for Google IO 2020 mentions Venture Euphoria, which goals to leverage “Google applied sciences to offer individuals with speech impairments their voice again.” Whereas it’s unclear what this particularly entails, it could possibly be a brand new software program app or a function coming to Android, in all probability powered by machine studying.

As we identified when the information hit, there’s no assure that Undertaking Euphoria will go stay anytime quickly – it might simply be launched as a function coming sooner or later, as Google is wont to do.

Different stuff at Google IO 2020?

Google loves introducing new ideas at IO, however typically they aren’t almost able to be launched immediately. A minimum of one function that debuted finally yr’s occasion is on this record: a mode in Google Maps that introduces AR overlays within the prime half of the display (a la Google Lens) whereas retaining the normal map-and-arrow on the underside.

As we stated on the time, Google didn’t state when this  unified steerage mode would come out – and we’re nonetheless ready. Maybe that is the yr that a ‘StreetView AR’ will get added to Google Maps.

It is solely attainable that Google will contact on its numerous working methods and software program, like Chrome or Android TV. Put on OS is feasible, too, although the corporate simply up to date it so as to add extra ‘Tiles’ mini-app shortcuts.

We might additionally hear extra about Google Stadia, the corporate’s service introduced earlier this yr that streams AAA video games from excessive-efficiency servers. Given how a lot the corporate shared at GDC in March, although, we’d solely see a cursory point out to remind everybody that the service is coming sooner or later later this yr.

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