Today is a big day for Google. The search engine giant, which turned 18 this year is hosting a special event in San Francisco, which is going to kick start at 9.00 am PST, around 9.30 PM IST tonight.
During the event, Google will unveil a host of new products and is expected to make a number of big announcements in the world of software and hardware products. Apple has already concluded its 2016's big launch, and it is time world get to see what Google is hiding under its kitty.
Here are 5 things you should know about this year's much awaited Google event.
Google Pixel Smartphones
It is now a well-known fact that Google is getting away with its popular Nexus branding and will launch the new smartphones under ‘Pixel' moniker.
HTC is rumored to be the hardware manufacturer behind the Pixel phones, which will ship with Android 7.1 out-of-the-box.
Google Pixel series is rumoured to come equipped with the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chipset, while the bigger and powerful Pixel XL is expected to house a tweaked version of Snapdragon 820 - the Snapdragon 821.
Besides, the smartphones will have the latest high-end Android features, such as fingerprint readers, high-resolution displays, fast charging and powerful cameras.
Google’s new Chromecast
Chromecast has always been a huge success for Google and the company is expected to unveil the next generation Chromecast device tomorrow. The new product, possibly called Chromecast Ultra will feature 4K streaming capabilities is expected to be priced around Rs. 4,800
Google’s Virtual Reality dream- the Daydream VR
Google had disappointed many by not revealing the VR headset at the 2016 Google I/O Keynote. Today is the day the company is expected to showcase the product, which as per Google would redefine the Virtual Reality space.
The Daydream platform is designed for the future phone-based VR devices and includes a new viewer hardware, VR-friendly controllers, and a fresh set of apps that will take advantage of it.
The search engine giant is also expected to launch the rival to Amazon Echo. Termed as Google Home, the intelligent wireless speaker was first showcased at the I/O developer conference held in May, and works as a smart-home device to play music and follow a number of commands to answer your queries. All thanks to the smart software- Google Assistant.
Andromeda- the marriage of Android and Google Chrome OS
We might also witness the unveiling of Andromeda, the merger of Google's Android and Chrome OS that will start a new chapter in the world of mobile products from the search engine giant.
Andromeda is supposed to bring uniformity and will work on phones, tablets, and even laptops and 2-in-1s.
Google will host a livestream of the big event on YouTube and on the official Google Search channel.