Android update today as Google IO takes place today
There’s a very big week ahead for Android users with Google expected to announce its next swathe of new features coming to the popular platform.
The firm’s yearly I/O conference is taking place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, from today and expect some huge news to be announced.
Along with software updates we’re also expecting some updated hardware to revealed and there could be more news about the US technology firm’s Stadia games service.
So, if you are a Google and Android fan here’s some of the updates we are expecting to see revealed later today.
Android 9 Pie will soon be updated with the release of Android Q.
A limited number of Android fans have already begun testing the beta version of Android Q but expect to hear more from the US technology firm about an official release and confirmed features.
Some of the things we already know about Q is that it will feature improved privacy tools and there will be in-built support for foldable phones.
Perhaps one of the most exciting new additions is something called “bubbles”.
The concept behind this new feature is that it will present certain app functions, such as text messages, within a small circular icon that can be moved around the user’s display and opened at will.
Android Q will include a feature called Bubbles
The functionality works similar to that of Facebook Messenger’s Chat Heads.
Google has insisted bubbles will “help users prioritise information and take action deep within another app, while maintaining their current context”.
Speaking about the feature, Google said: “Bubbles are great for messaging because they let users keep important conversations within easy reach. They also provide a convenient view over ongoing tasks and updates, like phone calls or arrival times.
“They can provide quick access to portable UI like notes or translations, and can be visual reminders of tasks too.”
A number of other notable features in Android Q include a more efficient share sheet, simpler Wi-Fi connectivity and the possibility of a system-wide dark mode.
Android Q update could be announced later today
Today’s announcement might not just be about software as numerous rumours have suggested that Google will also reveal new hardware at today’s event.
The main news could be the launch of two new Pixel phones called the 3a and 3a XL which may arrive with decent specs at a much lower price.
In fact, it’s thought both phones will get Google’s brilliant Pixel 3 rear camera which currently offers one of the best experiences on the market.
Although not confirmed it’s likely that fans will be able to tuck the 5.6-inch 3a in their pocket for under £400 and the larger 6-inch XL may cost under £500.
We’ll find out full details later but this could be good news for those wanting to own a Pixel device on a smaller budget.
Another new addition to Google’s lineup of gadgets may include a refreshed Home smart speaker with a display.
Last month 9to5Google issued a report, citing a “reliable source” familiar with Google’s plans, claiming the firm aims to rebrand its Google Home Hub to the Google Nest Hub.
Such a claim arrived shortly after Google leaked what appeared to be a forthcoming product dubbed the “Nest Hub Max” on its own connected home page.
Android Police was the first to spot the outing for the hardware that appeared to discuss some of its best features.
Overall, the hardware appeared to be a new, larger, smart display from the firm.
Although the leak appears to suggest the Google Home Hub is set for a name change, it is worth noting such a claim has not been officially confirmed.
Google shook the gaming world earlier this year with the launch of its new Stadia console which will allow gamers to play the latest titles.
The new service was announced during the tech giant’s GDC Keynote, with it offering up a vision of the future.
Google is boasting that gamers will be able to play AAA games on their Chrome browser, making it possible to access games on phones and low-grade laptops.
The service will all be run through Google’s centralised servers and a network of low latency data centres.
Google will even release a new special controller for Stadia which will not require a console to run.
Google Stadia will support 4K gameplay at 60pfs, even boasting that 8K will be possible in the future.
Express.co.uk will be bringing you all the news from Google’s I/O event so check back for full details from 6pm tonight.