Google I / O, the company's annual technical conference, starts next week. As usual, all the new things Google has worked for last year will be mainly and centrally. Here's a quick look at what we expect to see.
Android Q: Android is routinely a big talk point on I / O, and this year will not be different. Q Beta is already available on Pixel devices for developers and curious users to test, but expect to see more of what Google plans for the final building when I / O develops next week.
Stadia: Google's upcoming game streams service is something that the company will drive hard this year (especially when accessibility draws near), so we expect to see a lot about Stadia. Hopefully it will contain some of the information so far missing, you know, as pricing and model.
Pixel 3a / 3a XL: These phones have leaked into oblivion already with complete details, packaging, pricing and literally everything else already in the open. But we expect Google to officially reveal them next week, along with immediate availability.
Android TV and Android Automotive: Not only will Q have a big focus, but we will probably see Google talk more about the Android TV's set-top-box OS which has mostly become alive at NVIDIA SHIELD over the past three years. Android Automotive (not to be confused with Android Auto, which is a completely different product), will also get some attention.
Chrome, Smarthome, assistant and more: Although the list above is probably the most important message made on I / O, Google will probably mark upcoming features in Chrome, talk about its smarthome products (including it recently leaked Nest Hub Max) and of course Google Assistant.
In other news, Spotify wants podcasts in your playlists, Verizon sells Tumblr, Mozilla bans some extensions and more.
- Spotify tests playlists with podcasts: How do you want a personal playlist that also includes several minutes of people talking between songs? That's what Spotify tests by throwing short podcasts in personal playlist mixer. It just seems so strange. [TechCrunch]
- Tumblr can't take a break: Yahoo had it and did nothing with it, so sold it to Verizon. Verizon did nothing about it, and now they are trying to sell the platform off. I have five on it if someone else wants to join me. [The Verge]
- Mozilla prohibits Firefox add-ons with obfuscated code: As of June 10, any Firefox add-ons that do not meet specific criteria – including full access to the source code – will not be allowed in their store. [ZDNet]
- Pokemon comes to the playground: You can now release Pikachu, Charizard, Mr. Mime and Jigglypuff in your world with the new Detective Pikachu Playmoji package for Google Playground platform on compatible Android phones.
- Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart and Solitaire make it to HoF: The National Museum of Play has announced 2019's inductees in the Video Game's Hall of Fame, with Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, Microsoft Windows Solitaire, and Colossal Cave Adventure all do the clip. [Engadget]
- A guy swallowed and AirPod, and it still worked: Unfortunately, this dude fell asleep with his AirPods and once accidentally hit it. I don't even see how it's possible, but hey, that's not what is important here. What matters is that it still worked. [9to5Mac]
Have you seen Sonic the Hedgehog trailer? Lots of people have, and many people are not happy with how Sonic looks. Movie director James Fowler admitted that people were not happy and promised to fix it. Here is hoping for shorter legs and less strange teeth. As a side Jim Carry as Robotnik looks amazing – especially the battle at the end. I'm in this movie just for that. ! [CNET]