On May 7th – 9th, 2019, Google held their annual conference, Google I/O. Of the many things that go on at this conference, the most interesting to us is product announcements. Generally, most of the products that are announced have been rumored already and have been written about for weeks. Now that products are finally being announced officially, here’s our Google I/O event recap.
Nest Hub Max
Every Google Smart Display that has been released has impressed – the Nest Hub Max is no different. The added features of a 10 inch screen and the camera make this even more impressive then it’s predecessor – the Google Home Hub Max (now rebranded as the Nest Hub and lowered in price from $149 to $129). Maybe the best part of this announcement is the price point – $229. This price is lower then the Lenovo Smart Hub at $249, and the same price as the Amazon Echo Show.
Pixel 3A and 3A+
With Google’s flagship phones now hitting a price point of $899 and $999, the introduction of a mid-range Pixel is a welcome announcement. There are the standard trade-offs for a cheaper phone – including a slower processor, non-waterproof casing, and no wireless charging. That being said – the camera quality and software features still keep this as one of the best phones, if not the best, on the mid-range market.
New and Improved Google Assistant
The Google Assistant has already become, in my opinion, the best digital assistant on the market today. The demonstrations that were performed during Google I/O show a huge step into the future. The new Google Assistant will be less dependent on the cloud, making responses from the assistant up to 10x faster then before. The Google Assistant will be able to respond to multiple requests in rapid succession, without hesitation.
What are your thoughts on the Google I/O Event Recap? Is there something that I missed that you are excited about? If so, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to reach out to me on any medium you’d like.