Google I/O is the company’s annual developers conference. It’s where Google explains what is next for Search, Android and their Gadgets, like the Pixel phone.
This is me picking up my media badge. A lot of people attend the event, which spans 3 days in Mountain View, just steps from Google’s headquarters.
The event takes place at an amphitheater where they normally hold concerts and special events.
One cool thing about being in the media: we get to go in and grab a seat before everyone else. The keynote is on this stage, which is the most important part of the event for the tech press.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai and other company leads take the stage to explain the big new features and gadgets. Here he is.
Privacy is a big theme in tech right now. Google says Incognito Mode is coming to Google Maps. When you turn it on, the places you search for and navigate to won’t be a part of your Google History.
Google loves to use AI, or Artificial Intelligence, to solve problems. The next version of Android, nicknamed Q, will have a feature called Live Caption. You can turn on captions for any video you’re watching on your phone. Even videos in your photo library. All the transcription happens in real time and on your device. It even works in Airplane mode.
Android Q is also getting a Dark Theme, which will use less battery.
The Google Home Hub is getting renamed to Google Nest Hub. They also introduced a bigger version of the smart display speaker with a video camera on it. It can function as a security camera for your home and you can video chat on it using Google Duo. You can watch my full hands-on with the Google Nest Hub Max here.
Google took a jab at Apple with this slide that shows how much better the Pixel takes pictures in low light. But look closely, it’s “Phone X,” not iPhone X. Sly.
Google unveiled a new $399 phone called the Pixel 3a. It’s probably the new best budget phone out there. Great software, design and amazing camera. You don’t get waterproofing or wireless charging though.
After being in the amphitheater for 3+ hours, that’s it for the main presentation. Cue the crazy lines to exit and grab some food!
First stop: I check out the new Pixel 3a. It has a headphone jack!
Then I head over to talk to Sameer Samat with Android. He explains some of the cool ways Android saves you time over “other” mobile operating systems. Pretty sure he’s talking about iOS.
Next, I check out the new look for Android Auto. It’s a fantastic redesign that makes it easier to access your apps. Also, maps now pops up instantly when you plug in your phone and whatever music or podcast you were listening to automatically resumes. Finally!
Now, I talk to Yossi Mattias about all the cool ways Google is using Artificial Intelligence to solve lots of problems. I ask him to explain AI in the simplest terms possible. He says it’s basically about teaching a computer to recognize a pattern and then being able to figure things out on its own after that. If you ever wondered what “the cloud” looks like, that’s it behind him.
Now, I have some free time so I walk around and check out some of the breakout areas. Here, you can talk to Google product managers and see what they are working on. I didn’t realize there were so many cool looking smartwatches running Google’s software.
Lots of folks take pictures with the Android mascot.
They also like to take pictures with the big I/O sign at the entrance.
Often, the most popular stuff to see have big lines to wait in. This is to check out a new version of Android running in a car.
That’s it! I don’t have a picture, but I did take some time to log my interviews and write my TV segment for KTLA. While my editor edits it, I take a little time out with a Pamplemousse La Croix. Watch my Google I/O segment Wednesday morning on KTLA!