This fall will go down as one of the busiest seasons for tech giants. Apple has already held its iPhone event and is expected to hold another event to announce Mac and iPad updates. Microsoft is also holding an event soon too, as are Razer and Google.
Google’s event is just around the corner, and we have a general idea of what to expect when the event starts. The event will be streamed for all to watch as Google continues its push into making its own hardware across multiple different product lines.
When and how to watch
- The event will be live-streamed on YouTube
- It has a start time of 8am PT/11am ET on Oct. 9
Google sent out invites to members of the press in early September, announcing a Made By Google event will take place on Oct. 9 in New York City. The event will begin at 8am PT/11am ET, and it will be live-streamed on the Made by Google YouTube channel.
Also: How to watch Google’s Pixel event on Oct. 9 CNET
ZDNet plans to host the video here when it becomes available.
We expect Pixel Phones
- Two phones are expected
- There will be a notch
- Both will run the latest version of Android
Many rumors and leaks have shown off what we expect to be the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. The latest leak of supposed renders shows two phones — the 3 XL with a display notch — running Android 9.0 Pie.
Other improvements include an all-glass back, which makes it possible to finally add wireless charging to the Pixel line. In fact, here’s a video of wireless charging in action on what’s reportedly the Pixel 3 XL:
But not a Pixel Watch
- Despite rumors, Google has said it will not release a Pixel watch this year.
Even with a redesigned Wear OS and a new system on a chip from Qualcomm, designed specifically for Wear OS devices, Google told Tom’s Guide it would not be launching a smartwatch this year. Instead, Google is focusing on helping its hardware partners leverage the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 and the redesigned Wear OS.
- Pixelbook 2 may be announced
- Thinner bezels, possible biometric unlock feature
- Updated internal specs
Last year, Google revealed a high-end Chromebook. The Pixelbook serves as an example of what device makers can do with a Chromebook, assuming selling price isn’t a limiting factor. This year, rumors point to a second-generation Pixelbook being announced.
Updated internals, including Intel’s latest generation of processors, thinner bezels around the display, and perhaps fingerprint or facial recognition have also been mentioned as improvements over the original Pixelbook.
Google Home Hub
- A Google Home device with a touchscreen
- Users can interact with Google Assistant via voice or touch
- Viewing security cameras may be possible
Just this week, renders of an unannounced Google Home device were published by MySmartPrice. The Google Home Hub show a device with a 7-inch display and a speaker behind it, similar to the design of current Google Home devices.
Also: Google Home: A cheat sheet TechRepublic
Similar to Lenovo’s Smart Display, Google Home Hub uses the screen to display information curated by Google Assistant. According to the same report that leaked the photos, users will be able to ask the Home Hub to display feeds from Nest cameras on the screen, as well.
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