As Google moves its annual hardware event to the East Coast this year and prepares to dazzle New Yorkers with a torrent of Pixel, Chromecast, Pixel Slate, Google Home Hub, Pixel Buds 2 and cloud gaming showcases, you may want to know how you can watch the Google event live. More importantly, you may want to know what hardware products will be unveiled. Here’s the quick version of where to watch it online and what to watch for.
New York City
11 am EST
Livestreamed on Google’s ‘Made By Google’ YouTube Channel
What to Expect:
Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
This leaky product line won’t leave much to the imagination as most of the specs have already been revealed by various sources. Single camera, but likely with software-driven enhancements; notch at the top on the XL variant; USB Type-C charging; and earbuds that resemble last year’s Pixel Bud in-ear model.
The Pixel Slate was codenamed Nocturne or Atlas, according to a video leak (shown below), and is expected to be the follow-up act to the Pixelbook. Expected to come with Chrome OS and possibly a new keyboard and other accessories.
Google Home Hub
The smart speaker with touchscreen is highly anticipated, especially since the new generation Amazon Echo Show will be on sale from October 11 – a mere two days after the Made By Google event this week. FCC filings were leaked earlier, and it looks like a pretty solid product that will demand a greater share of the Amazon-dominated smart speaker segment.
The next-generation Chromecast isn’t much of a upgrade except for Bluetooth support and better support for 5GHz Wi-Fi, but it could be bundled with the Home Mini smart speaker as a “Smart TV Kit”, according to some sources. Unfortunately, Amazon Prime won’t be coming this time, and neither will 4K support.
Pixel Buds 2
The original Pixel Bud (shown above) might now be included in the box with Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, but a new version is expected to be revealed tomorrow. Will they be standalone buds like the AirPods, or will they be band-connected again? We’ll only know tomorrow.
Google tends to surprise its fans with an oddball gadget or two, like they did last year with Google Clips – which only came in February of this year, actually. Let’s see what they’re hiding up their sleeves this year.