Google I/O kicks off May 7 in Mountain View, California, where Google will be hosting a keynote and a million other sessions at the Shoreline Amphitheater. The keynote starts at 10am PT, and we’ll be there to cover everything announced at the show. But before we hop on a plane and fly down to Google HQ, we’ve prepared a likely list of things we anticipate Google will announce. If you want to know where the larger Google-verse is about to go, here are the rumors, expected updates on previously announced things, and notable schedule tidbits to keep an eye on at I/O 2019.
Table of Contents
- The mid-range Pixel
- Can the Pixel 3a survive in the cutthroat value market?
- Seriously, “Google Nest” products?
- Android Q Beta 3
- Walking back scoped storage
- Changes to gesture navigation
- Smart notification actions
- The Privacy Dashboard
- APEX—Updating system-level components through the Play Store
- APEX manager
- Live boot, for Android?
- Many compatible Beta 3 devices
- Android for feature phones?
- Updates on Stadia and Android Automotive
- See you May 7!
The mid-range Pixel
Google’s teaser #1.
When it comes to entry-level smartphone pricing, Google gets the title of “Most Expensive Smartphone Lineup on Earth.” Google wants to be a smartphone manufacturer, but its cheapest phone, the Pixel 3, starts at $800. Most other manufacturers have a range of smartphones starting as low as $100 and going up from there. You can even enter the iOS ecosystem for just $449, where Apple will still sell you a new iPhone 7.
At Google I/O 2019, Google will take a baby step toward offering a real smartphone lineup by launching something other than a premium smartphone: a mid-range Pixel is coming, and supposedly there will be two devices, called the “Pixel 3a” and “Pixel 3a XL,” with identical designs. Hardware has been absent from Google I/O for several years, but these devices are pretty much a lock to debut at Google I/O—Google has already sent out a teaser for May 7.
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