Google I/O 2019 Highlights: Pixel 3a with flagship level camera launched alongside better Google Assistant and more

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New Delhi | Updated:May 08, 2019 12:18:56 am

Google I/O India timing is 10.30 pm IST, which is 10 am PT in USA

Google I/O developers conference kicked off at 10.30 pm IST where CEO Sundar Pichai is speaking on major products the company has been working on in his keynote. While Android was again the subject that the event was mostly about, there was a new showstopper this time. Google has launched the much-anticipated Pixel 3a smartphones at the I/O 2019. Not only the new watered-down Pixel devices are essential, they boost the company’s smartphone portfolio especially in volatile markets such as India that has seen OnePlus outselling Samsung in short time.

Google I/O 2019: Where to watch live stream in India, timing, and top expectations

The Google I/O 2019 was being live streamed on Google Events page, YouTube, and even Twitter, so if you have been enthusiastically waiting for the event you can catch the updates live. Alternatively, FE Tech is covering the event live in this blog, so make sure you don’t scroll away. The event started at 10.30 pm IST sharp on May 7 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.

So far, there have been a huge round of rumours giving away all the details on the new Pixel 3a devices. They will have lower-specced processors, likely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, packed inside that makes for the pricing, which has also been rumoured to be in the ballpark with OnePlus. Apart from a few specifications, the Pixel 3a will retain hardware elements such as the camera. According to the leaks, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will have a 12.2-megapixel rear camera at the back while there will be an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Pixel 3a will have all the camera features usually seen on premium Pixel devices.

Apart from the Pixel 3a phones, Google is likely to shed more light on Android Q alongside releasing its third beta version. There will not be any official announcement on what Android Q will commercially be called, if we go by Google’s tradition. Moreover, Google Assistant, Google Photos, Google Lens, and some other Google apps will see new features coming this year. Google Stadia, the gaming platform that was launched earlier this year, is also expected to have its pricing announced at the keynote.

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Highlights

    00:16 (IST)08 May 2019

    That's a wrap. Google I/O has just started for the developers who will collaborate with the company over many aspects of app development.

    00:14 (IST)08 May 2019

    Google's AI For Good is expanding to more countries in partnership with their respective governments to employ AI in the betterment of the citizens and save lives in case of natural calamity.

    00:11 (IST)08 May 2019

    Google is helping India and other countries to help goverments detect floods and cyclones early.

    00:04 (IST)08 May 2019

    Google is now talking about machine learning and AI

    00:04 (IST)08 May 2019

    The Pixel 3a starts at $399 in the US but in India, it starts at Rs 39,999

    23:52 (IST)07 May 2019

    Google announces Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

    23:51 (IST)07 May 2019

    It's time for Pixel.

    23:51 (IST)07 May 2019

    The Nest Hub price has been slashed to $129 and coming to India

    23:50 (IST)07 May 2019

    Google's Nest Hub Max costs $229 and will ship "later this summer."

    23:48 (IST)07 May 2019

    Nest Hub Max will let you manually disable microphone and camera on the speaker so that it doesn't record anything on its own.

    23:46 (IST)07 May 2019

    Google has launched the Nest Hub Max with a larger display than the Nest Hub.

    23:45 (IST)07 May 2019

    So going forward, Google Home will be called Nest Home, Google Home Hub will be called Nest Hub and more.

    23:45 (IST)07 May 2019

    Google is now letting you know what data Google Home speakers collect and how they process it.

    23:44 (IST)07 May 2019

    Google is bringing all the audio and camera devices under the Nest brand.

    23:41 (IST)07 May 2019

    Rick Osterloh is now the stage to talk about HARDWARE

    23:41 (IST)07 May 2019

    Android Q Beta is now available on 21 devices from 12 OEMs including Pixel phones

    23:40 (IST)07 May 2019

    With Android Q, parents can set timers on their children's phones.

    23:40 (IST)07 May 2019

    Digital Wellbeing is getting a Focus Mode that will allow you snooze certain distracting apps to stay focused on what you are doing.

    23:34 (IST)07 May 2019

    Android Q finally has a dark theme that will be common to all the apps on the phone.

    23:34 (IST)07 May 2019

    Smart Reply on Android Q will work on all messaging apps on the phone. Powered by on-device learning, Smart Reply can suggest nifty things.

    23:32 (IST)07 May 2019

    Live Captions does not need Internet to work. Google is leveraging its voice recognition data that it shrank to just 0.5GB from 100GB.

    23:31 (IST)07 May 2019

    The Live Captions feature is now being detailed as a part of Android Q demo

    23:30 (IST)07 May 2019

    Android Q supports 5G natively with over 20 carriers working actively with Google

    23:30 (IST)07 May 2019

    Android Q has App Continuity that we first saw on the ill-fated Galaxy Fold devices.

    23:28 (IST)07 May 2019

    Security and privacy are the central theme for Android Q.

    23:28 (IST)07 May 2019

    Finally, it's time for Android Q. There are over 2.5 billion active Android devices in the world.

    23:25 (IST)07 May 2019

    Google is launching Project Euphonia to help people who have ALS or other speech disorder speak.

    23:23 (IST)07 May 2019

    Google's Live Relay will read the text aloud for people who are hard of hearing.

    23:21 (IST)07 May 2019

    Google is rolling out Live Captions that will enable captions on any video or podcast. It doesn't have to be a YouTube video, it could be any video or audio file played on the phone.

    23:20 (IST)07 May 2019

    Google's Gboard keyboard now uses Federated Learning that helps it figure out the next words without having to learn the words the user types

    23:16 (IST)07 May 2019

    Two-factor authentication becomes easier as your Android phone is now the Security Key on all phones running Android 7.0 or higher

    23:15 (IST)07 May 2019

    Google Maps is getting an incognito mode along with other apps such as Chrome

    23:08 (IST)07 May 2019

    Google Pixel 3a next on the list.

    23:08 (IST)07 May 2019

    Pichai is back on the stage.

    23:07 (IST)07 May 2019

    Google Assistant can now stop timers, alarms by just your voice in English-speaking locales on Home and smart displays.

    23:06 (IST)07 May 2019

    As soon as the Google Assistant enters Driving Mode, everything goes voice-controlled. It rolls out to all Android phones with Google Assistant starting this summer.

    23:05 (IST)07 May 2019

    Google Assistant now has a dedicated Driving Mode that can be triggered by saying "Hey Google, let's drive"

    23:04 (IST)07 May 2019

    Google Assistant is getting Personal Refrences to customise the search results according to your personal information such as your mother's location

    23:02 (IST)07 May 2019

    Google Assistant will offer suggestions on search terms tailored as per your choice. It's called Picks for You and will be available in recipes, podcasts, and events.

    All eyes will be on the Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, and Android Q as they make their official debut at the Google I/O 2019 in California today
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