Today, Google will take center stage in San Francisco to release a bevy of new hardware, from smartphones, to a smart home speaker, to a new streaming dongle and possibly a VR headset.
But this happens every year around this time, right? But what’s special in today’s event is that it’s for the first time Google will be unveiling hardware developed and designed entirely in-house. Till last year, Google partnered with the likes of Huawei, LG, HTC and Samsung to make harware. But with the move to making devices in-house, Google will join the ranks of Apple and Microsoft to take control of the hardware, the software and the services powering the devices.
You can watch the hardware launch on the web from here or on YouTube. In India, the event starts from 9:30pm.
Of course, the main highlight of the event will be the Pixel phones, the first smartphone carrying Google’s moniker.
The Pixel and Pixel XL phones will be powered by the newly released Snapdragon 821 processor and will come in either 32GB or 128GB storage variants. Google will also release a new updated version of Android, Android 7.1 Nougat.
Expect the phones to come installed with Google Assistant, the AI-powered Siri competitor announced in I/O 2016. We have exclusive information that with the Google Assistant, dubbed ‘Google Magic’ will give the devices the ability to do just about everything using nothing but voice-based commands, including booking a cabs or movie tickets.
But don’t be surprised if Google throws curveballs in the form of a 4k Chromecast streaming dongle, or the Daydream VR headset or may be even the Google Smart Home speaker.
It is also possible that Google may unveil the Andromeda OS, the fusion of Android and Chrome OS.
For now, everything is a possibility. Tune in at 9:30 pm to catch all the action live.