Google's annual developer conference started yesterday, and the keynote was full of announcements, demos, and some absolutely stunning technologies. Here are some of the best things to date from I / O 2019, from Assistant to Android.
Pixel 3a and 3a XL: As expected, Google officially unveiled the long-acclaimed and affordable Pixel 3a series. Just like the more expensive Pixel 3, it comes in two sizes, the 396-inch 5.6-inch 3a and the 479-inch 6-inch 3a-XL. They are both very much pixel phones and have the same features as their more expensive brothers. Android Police offers an excellent comparison of the values 3 and 3a if you are interested or check the Google Store.
More Android Q Goodies: Android Q-Beta Builds Available Pixel phones for a few weeks, Google has highlighted some new features we have not seen before. For the first time, a long-awaited Dark Theme with Q Beta 3, Focus Mode, enhanced gestures (they are now like iOS now) and will be so much more available. Although the features are good, in Q there is another highlight that does not need to be mentioned: privacy and security. Google said is focus for this release, and it points out that Project Mainline is providing more security updates for more phones.
Assistant and Voice Control: The Most Impressive Demos to Come In yesterday's keynote, everything revolved around assistant and voice control. Google is doing some incredible things in this area. First of all, the next-generation wizard is ten times faster than the current generation because the language model was compressed to 1
However, it is clear that Google has been working overtime on voice model training because the speech recognition demo was the most inspiring thing I saw yesterday. A new initiative, called Project Euphonia, aims to provide better voice communication for speech impaired users. The video demo is downright unreal. Look at that – it's incredible.
These are just a few things that were announced and shown yesterday, but it's a quick look at some of the coolest things. Otherwise, Ryan Reynolds leaked the whole Detective Pikachu movie, there's a new robocall scam with just one ring to watch out for, Apex Legends gets mobile and more.
- Detective Pikachu is online … thanks to Ryan Reynolds: Yesterday, Ryan Reynolds created an account that released the entire Detective Pikachu movie on YouTube. It's a pretty obvious investment and a brilliant marketing move. But yes, you can watch the full movie online if you want. [CNET]
- The one-ring robocall comes for you: There is a new robocall method that does not require you to answer the call, but to call the number. You will receive multiple calls, each lasting only one ringtone, in the hope that you will become curious and return the call. And if you do so, you'll be charged a significant fee – for example, calling a 900 number. It's pretty smart and I hate it. [Gizmodo]
- Apex Legends Mobile: Mobile is the new battleground for games like Fortnite and PUBG, and EA wants to get involved. Apex Legends will come to Android and iOS … someday. [Engadget]
- Speaking of Fortnite, it's a sewer: Fortnite is free to play, but earns money by selling skins. And if you play without buying these skins, you will be bullied and harassed by other players. This is a "force" of children who play to spend money so as not to be caught by other players. Pathetic. [Polygon]
- Hackers picked up a ton of Bitcoin: 7,000 Bitcoin were stolen by Binance's crypto exchange. This is more than 40 billion dollars. [Coindesk]
In other Google News, all Chromebooks released this year will be Linux-ready. These apps have added a to utility to Google's computer system, and it's nice to see that it affects the full range of Chromebooks. This is another step in making Chrome OS a full-featured, robust operating system. Excellent. [OMG Ubuntu]