Google I / O, the company's annual tech conference, begins next week. As usual, all the new things Google has been working on over the past year will be in the foreground. Here is a quick look at what we expect.
Android F: Android is routinely a big issue at I / O, and this year will not be any different. The Q-Beta is already available for testing on Pixel devices for developers and curious users, but expects more from what Google plans for the final builds as I / O progresses next week.
Stadia: Google's upcoming game streaming The service will greatly accelerate the company this year (especially as availability approaches). We therefore expect a lot from Stadia. I hope this will include some of the information that was missing so far ̵
Pixel 3a / 3a XL: These phones have already been forgotten, with complete details and packaging, pricing, and literally everything else that's already outdoors. However, we expect Google to officially unveil it next week and make it immediately available.
Android TV and Android Automotive: Q is not only heavily focused, but Google will probably talk more about Android TV. The set-top box operating system that has been largely kept alive by NVIDIA SHIELD over the last three years. Also Android Automotive (not to be confused with Android Auto, a completely different product), will also attract some attention.
Chrome, Smarthome, Assistant, and More: The above list is likely to be the most significant In announcements at I / O, Google is likely to draw attention to upcoming features in Chrome, including smarthome products (including the recently leaked Nest Hub Max) and talk about Google Assistant, of course.
In other news, Spotify would like to add podcasts in their playlists, Verizon sells Tumblr, Mozilla prohibits certain extensions and much more.
- Spotify tests podcast playlists: How would you like to have a personal playlist that includes songs for several minutes? That's what Spotify tests by throwing short podcasts into personalized playlist mixes. It just seems so funny. [TechCrunch]
- Tumblr can not take a break: Yahoo had it and did nothing with it, then sold it to Verizon. Verizon has not done anything, and now it's trying to sell the platform. I got five of them, if anyone else wants to go with me. [The Verge]
- Mozilla bans Firefox extensions with obfuscated code: Effective June 10, any Firefox extension that does not meet certain criteria, including unrestricted access to the source code, will no longer be allowed in their store. [ZDNet]
- Pokemon Comes to the Playground: With the new Detective Pikachu Playmoji Pack for the Google Playground platform, you can now launch Pikachu, Charizard, Mr. Mime, and Jigglypuff on compatible Android phones in your world.
- Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart and Solitaire make it to the HoF: The National Museum of Play has announced the inclusion of 2019 in the video game Hall of Fame with Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, Microsoft Windows Solitaire. and Colossal Cave Adventure make the cut. [Engadget]
- A man swallowed and AirPod, and it still worked: This guy fell asleep with his AirPods and accidentally swallowed one. I do not even see how that's possible, but hey, that's not important here. The important thing is that it still worked. [9to5Mac]
Did you see the Sonic the Hedgehog trailer? Many people have, and many people are not happy with what Sonic looks like. The director of the film, James Fowler, admitted that people were not happy and promised to fix the problem. We hope for shorter legs and less funny teeth. Incidentally, Jim Carry looks fantastic as a robotnik – especially the trick at the end. I am only in this movie. [CNET]