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The biggest news out of Google I/O | TECH(feed)

Computerworld | May 14, 2019

At last week’s Google I/O conference, Google announced a slew of upgrades to its existing products. On today’s episode of TECH(feed), Juliet runs through some highlights of Google I/O announcements, including updates to Android OS and (spoiler alert) a brand new Pixel phone.

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Hey everyone welcome back to tech feed. I’m juliet beauchamp and today i’m diving into some of the highlights from google i-o last week. Stick around.

During the keynote speech at google’s annual developer conference last tuesday, c-e-o sundar pichai announced a variety of upgrades and changes to existing google products. There were changes to chrome, nest, google assistant, android and the google pixel. If google makes it, it seems likely that there’s upgrades coming soon. All of these changes have generated a lot of buzz. And some changes echo the privacy theme that many tech companies have adopted recently. Notably, facebook’s developer conference last week took on the theme of user privacy following a series of data scandals. But enough about facebook. Let’s dive into some of the announcements from google i-o.

First up, let’s talk about the new android q features. A long-awaited and hyped up feature of this new o-s will be dark mode. Yes, finally, you can scroll through your phone without a glaring white background. Another cool feature is live captioning--now, any video you watch on an android--including videos you record yourself--can be captioned in real-time. And relating back to that privacy theme, android q has a dedicated privacy tab in settings. There’s also new gestures to navigate around and in between apps. They might take some getting used to, but rest assured they’re said to be easier than current gestures.

Another huge announcement from google i-o is the pixel 3-a. And this is big. Google’s new mid-range pixel phone brings a lot of classic pixel traits, like camera quality. But compared to google’s flagship pixel and the flagship phones of competitors like samsung and apple, the pixel 3-a is priced pretty modestly. The pixel 3-a costs three hundred ninety nine dollars and the pixel 3-a xl costs four hundred seventy nine. When you compare that to the one thousand dollar-price samsung galaxies or iphones, the pixel 3-a seems like a steal. For more detailed reviews about the 3-a though, check out links below.

And coming along with that pixel 3-a is a revamped and incredibly smart google assistant that processes data locally instead of sending it to a data center. That means google assistant will be faster and you’ll have the ability to use it offline. Plus, pixel 3-a comes with google’s promise of three years of security updates. Other big news from google i-o focuses on this privacy theme i mentioned earlier. Chrome will limit third-party cookies, which means users will be tougher to track on the web. Plus incognito mode will be coming to google maps.

Okay. That was a lot of information. Hope i didn’t lose you. And if i did--well, we have some links in the description that dive deeper into each of these topics.

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