Typically, Google moves between each year of I / O to focus on hardware or software news, and this year brought more devices than we did since 2018. Now that the main note is closed, we can confirm some rumors of the last months: the Pixel 3A is real, like the Nest Hub Max smart screen filtered. There are also a lot of announcements about what will come from Android Q when it officially arrives to consumers later this year and some updates soon to the Google Assistant.
These are some of the highlights.
The Pixel 3A and 3A XL goes on sale today
The cheapest pixels are official with the Pixel 3A and 3A XL that, yes, come with headphones connectors. (Furious applause) The phones start at $ 399 and come with the advanced features of the camera by which the line of pixels is known, which include features such as Night Sight, Super Res Zoom and portrait mode both in the back and in the back. front of.
So, what is the lowest price? The Pixel, which is less expensive, loses premium features such as waterproofing and wireless charging. And while Google offers free Google Photos storage in the cloud, the quality charged from Pixel 3A devices will be limited to high quality rather than full resolution.
The new pixels will be offered in three colors: black, white and black. purple – and will be offered at major companies such as Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint (in particular, not AT & T!), and will be sold in 13 other countries starting today.
The Nest Hub Max is a smart screen with a camera
Google announced that the Google Home line will now be renamed under the umbrella of Google Nest, and announced a new product for the line: the Nest Hub Max for $ 229. The device is essentially a combination of the Nest camera, Google Home Hub and Google Home Max, which offers a security camera, smart screen and speakers in a single device.
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 show personalized results among family members, and the company notes that processing is done locally, so facial data is not transmitted through the web. The Nest Hub Max will arrive later this summer.
Android Q beta 3 drops: Dark Theme, a new digital comfort mode, Smart Answer
You can download the latest version of Android Q beta today, which now offers Dark Theme for each standard Android Application. We saw this in the beta version of Android Q, but we could not turn it on or off. Now, you can select the colors of the inverted application manually or activate it using the battery saving mode. The executive editor of The Verge Dieter Bohn, had the opportunity to test this, and says that the colors are a true black, not a dark gray, that could help further reduce battery power.
Following last year's launch of Digital Wellbeing, Google is adding a new feature called Focus Mode. Instead of the Wind Down mode that dims the screen, the Focus mode allows you to select particular applications that you want to avoid using over a period of time and only turn them off. Families will also be able to quickly link accounts between parents and children, so that parents can configure application limitations to see which applications their children spend the most time on.
messaging applications for parties: similar to what Google had initially tested with an independent response application. You can also offer suggested actions, such as opening Google Maps when you see a message about daily trips or directions.
Android will soon offer live subtitles on all videos
Google brings Live Caption to all videos. When you watch a video, whether it's on your camera roll, in an app / on the web, or even in video chats, Google can soon start adding subtitles to what is said right below. The company says it is designed 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 low or while on a call.
Live Caption is also being added to phone calls, adding a live transcript of the current conversation to help those who are hard of hearing clearly understand what is being said.
The goal of the Main Project Line is Get faster Android updates
As of Android Q, Google will start publishing software updates directly through the Play Store instead of waiting for phone manufacturers or providers. Called Project Mainline, Google says the new update system will be offered in "modules" that help address specific parts of a device, such as "media components" for camera errors, for example. That should also prevent an error update from spoiling other parts of the device that it is not meant to touch.
Google Maps gets Incognito mode
As part of Google's effort to try to minimize location and search tracking, Google Maps soon gains an incognito mode for more private searches. This will be available for both the web and the application, and will take place just a week after the company announced that it will allow users to automatically remove their location, website and application activity between periods of three to 18 months.  Photo: Vjeran Pavic / The Verge
Google Lens Update
Google Lens is receiving some updates from last year, such as the possibility of contextualizing a restaurant menu or information on a sheet of paper. This year, Google says that Lens can search for exact dishes on a menu and display photos of that dish according to Google Maps information to show you how it looks before ordering. You can also point the camera at the receipt to display a calculator that allows you to add a suggestion and then divide the invoice or a signal in a foreign language to listen to a text to speech translation live. Passing the Google Lens on the magazines with which Google has been associated can also give life to the images, like a recipe in Bon Appétit Magazine .
Google says that these updates will be released later this month and the translation will be offered in more than "a dozen languages."
The duplex is coming to the web
The most important news of I / O last year, Google Duplex, was presented as a last minute idea this year, dodging concerns about AI that can make calls from human type in his name to not be able to speak in a future version for the web. In an early demonstration, Google says that Duplex can now get your information and browse the web to book other things, such as car rentals and movie tickets. Instead of just confirming a reservation for you, users can scan the completed forms automatically to approve what Duplex has written before moving on.
All this was integrated into a segment on how Google Assistant will become smarter in general, helping users respond to messages, write emails (even subject lines), insert images into messages or get directions for personalized results ( mom's house) using only her voice. It will also be available in the driving mode soon (not to be confused with Android Auto) to continue running while browsing Google Maps. Soon you can make the Google Assistant stop talking or alarms at full volume by simply saying "Stop" instead of the full message "Hello Google."
All these voice functions were teased and came to "new Pixel phones later". year, "so interpret that cryptic statement as you like.
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