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The day is finally here! The rumor mill has been whispering about a massive Google announcement for weeks, and we’re live on the scene.

So what’s coming? According to whispers, we’re bound to see everything from a new Nexus 5 and Nexus 6, to a new Chromecast, to new details about Android Marshmallow. Tune in for details straight from the event!

The event is scheduled to start at 9 A.M Pacific.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:17 am

Okay we’re all good. Thanks again for tuning in!

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:16 am

everyone is tripping

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:16 am

oh god they turned off the lights as we’re leaving

Drew Olanoff September 29, 201510:16 am

Nice work folks. I need some coffee.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:16 am

Hands on time!!!

Drew Olanoff September 29, 201510:16 am

Hands on time Greg?

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:16 am

Sounds like we’re wrapping up

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:15 am

It’ll ship “later this year”, before the holidays

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:15 am

The keyboard will be $149

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 201510:15 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:15 am

Tablet will be $499 or $599 for 32gb or 64gb respectively

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:15 am

The keyboard and the tablet are sold separately! bummer.

Drew Olanoff September 29, 201510:15 am

More voice, more voice. This might be the device you leave on the coffee table (if you have one)

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:15 am

It sort of feels like they’re quietly killing the Chromebook right now, even if not outright

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:14 am

It has four microphones built in, allowing for voice actions from across the room

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 201510:14 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:13 am

The screen on the Pixel C is 2560×1800, and 500 nits brightness. It has an Nvideo Tegra X1 (Maxwell) GPU, with 3GB of RAM and stereo speakers

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:13 am

When closed, the tablet itself charges the keyboard inductively. The keyboard will last 2 months on one charge

Drew Olanoff September 29, 201510:13 am

I mean, it’s pretty, but I’m not sure if I want one. I have an iPad that I don’t use, as well as an Amazon Fire HD.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 201510:13 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:13 am

When you need a keyboard again, it just slides right back into place

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:12 am

When the keyboard isn’t in use, you can attach it to the back of the tablet to get it out of the way.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:12 am

If you’ve used the Pixel’s keyboard, the Pixel C’s keyboard is said to feel quite similar.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 201510:12 am

Drew Olanoff September 29, 201510:11 am

The key here is that the Pixel C runs Android, NOT ChromeOS. Not sure why it doesn’t run both (i’d love to do that) Also, square roots and stuff.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 201510:11 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:11 am

The Pixel C screen is 10.2 inches

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:11 am

The “C”, by the way, stands for convertible 

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:11 am

There’s no kickstand, and no complicated mechanism with limited tilt — the hinge seems to have a damned impressive range of motion for something like this

Drew Olanoff September 29, 201510:10 am

Let’s get the Surface jokes out of the way now.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 201510:10 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:10 am

They’ve just announced the Pixel C — it’s an Android device that looks like a Pixel Chromebook. It’s a laptop by default, but the screen can detach from the keyboard to be used as a standard tablet. Everything attaches magnetically

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:09 am

We’re recapping the previous Pixel; the high-res screen, the USB C connection, etc.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:09 am

Sounds like we’re moving onto the Pixel, Google’s built-as-an-example-of-the-best Chromebook

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:08 am

That’s it for Chromecast/Chromecast Audio stuff.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 201510:08 am

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 201510:07 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:07 am

Chromecast Audio goes up for sale today, also at $35

Drew Olanoff September 29, 201510:07 am

The pricepoint on these things make it a no brainer IMO

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:07 am

Chromecast audio will support multi-room. It’ll come “later this year” via over-the-air update.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 201510:07 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:07 am

You’ll be able to mirror audio from Android devices or Chrome on your computer to your speakers

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:06 am

Like YouTube on the Chromecast, Chromecast Audio will be able to handle shared/group playlists

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:06 am

They demo Chromecast Audio with Lean On by Major Lazer. Everybody goes nuts; the room is now a rave. not really, its mostly just me. but i heart this song.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 201510:05 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:05 am

Spotify is picking up Chromecast and Chromecast Audio support in “the coming weeks”

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:05 am

Guest mode, introduced a few months ago, will still work with Chromecast Audio. People who aren’t on your Wifi, but are nearby, can connect to your Chromecast Audio

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 201510:04 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:04 am

It works just like Chromecast does, within an app. Put Chromecast Audio on your network, tap the Chromecast button in the app, and push to a speaker.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:03 am

Wellllll, we’ll see about that. They haven’t said if it does multi-room yet!

Drew Olanoff September 29, 201510:03 am

Goodnight, Sonos.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 201510:03 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:03 am

“Chromecast Audio already works with all of the top audio apps that work with Chromecast today”

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:02 am

We’ve transitioned into talking specifically about Chromecast Audio

Drew Olanoff September 29, 201510:02 am

not sure why you’d want a color chromecast since it goes behind the tv, but whatevs.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:02 am

It’ll be up for sale in Google Play, Best Buy, and Walmart

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 201510:02 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:02 am

The new Chromecasts will go on sale today in 17 countries at $35

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:02 am

Chromecast will be able to pull in your Facebook and Flickr feeds as backdrops

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 201510:01 am

Drew Olanoff September 29, 201510:01 am

theres a few other games coming up by the end of the year: Angry Birds Friends, WGT Golf, Monopoly Here and Now, Mini Motors WRT and Driver Speedboat Paradise

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:01 am

Chromecast games can support multiple players, each with their own controller

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 201510:01 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:01 am

Chromecast games will be able to use all of the phone’s sensors — the gyro, accelerometer, touch, etc.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 201510:00 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 201510:00 am

Next up: Games. They’re casting a game to the screen, whilst using the phone as a controller

Drew Olanoff September 29, 201510:00 am

angry birds go is so ridiculously fast on a new nexus phone and new chromecast

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:59 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:59 am

Apps can also try to predict what you want to watch, and start pre-loading that video — so as soon as you tap play, it’s ready to go sans buffering.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:59 am

Open Netflix on your phone, for example, and your Chromecasts will load Netflix in the background so it’s immediately available without the traditional loading process

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:58 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:58 am

A new capability, called “Fast Play”, will start caching and pre-loading the app to Chromecast as soon as you open an app

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:58 am

It aggregates data from all of your Cast-enabled apps. Searching “X-Files”, for example, returns a page that lets you pick a source to play from, be it Netflix, Amazon, or Google Play.

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:58 am

the idea here is that you don’t know what you want to watch, or where it is. search or get suggestions based on the apps you HAVE already.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:57 am

The devices tab — where all the Chromecasts on your network are listed — can now pause/control all Chromecasts on your network.

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:56 am

like i’ve been saying, the phone is the best controller. why would anyone want to learn how to use a new remote or joystick. meh.

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:56 am

OMG U CAN MAKE A PHONE CALL AND PLAY MUSIK

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:55 am

He taps a listing in the Chromecast app for “Black Sails”, a Showtime show. It tosses him right to the relevant place in the Showtime app.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:55 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:54 am

It’ll now bring in an index of content from all the Cast-enabled apps on your phone, allowing it to serve as a search/content discovery engine

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:54 am

Until now, the Chromecast app has been pretty much exclusively for configuring your Chromecast

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:54 am

“Today, we’re excited to announce a completely redone Chromecast app for Android and iOS”

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:53 am

Turn dumb speakers into smart ones.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:53 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:53 am

It plugs in over 3.5mm, but RCA/Optical support is mentioned

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:52 am

It looks quite similar to the other 2nd gen Chromecast — but rather than being flat and glossy, it has a series of circular grooves that make it look a bit like a vinyl record

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:52 am

“Chromecast Audio is a small device that plugs into an existing speaker and streams audio from your favorite Cast-enabled apps”

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:52 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:52 am

Next announcement: Chromecast Audio

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:52 am

They show a graph comparing wifi performance; the new Chromecast smokes the previous generation.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:51 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:51 am

An algorithm will always use the “best WiFi signal for the ever changing attenuation in your home”

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:51 am

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:51 am

The HDMI cord is also built-in, no more extra wires.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:50 am

“The small size of the Chromecast lets it hide behind the TV without cluttering your living room. ”

It actually plugs and hangs by its cable, rather than jutting out from the port. Curious!

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:50 am

It’s circular to house 3 separate antennas. It’s a genius design.

More soon.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:50 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:50 am

If you’ve seen the pics that leaked a few weeks back, that’s the one: it’s a lil’ circle, rather than a stick.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:49 am

first: the New Chromecast

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:49 am

“Today, we’re also very happy to announce 2 new Chromecast products”

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:49 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:49 am

“Today, we’re excited to announce that we have sold more than 20 million Chromecasts globally”

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:48 am

It’ll also come “this fall” to sports apps from NBA, MLB, and more. Details are light there; sorry sportsfans.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:47 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:47 am

One lil tid bit that gets a passing mention: “Starting today, showtime will bring all of its content to Chromecast. SlingTV support is coming soon too.”

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:47 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:47 am

As rumored: this announcement is about hooking into speakers

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:46 am

We’re recapping how Chromecast works: your phone is your remote, and you send stuff to your TV from the apps you already use.

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:46 am

It’s time to take your TV over.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:46 am

That’s it for Google Photos! Next up: Chromecast

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:45 am

Casting will come to Google Photos on Android this week, and iOS later.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:45 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:45 am

Photos that haven’t been backed up are clearly marked with a crossed-out cloud; you can still cast those photos, regardless.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:45 am

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:45 am

ANIMATED GIFSSSSSSSSS

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:44 am

“I can even cast an animated GIF!”

YEEEEEES! YEEEEESSSSS my life is complete everyone go home

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:44 am

Third feature: Google Photos is finally getting Chromecast support. This has been a point of frustration since Google dropped photos from Google+

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:43 am

This feature will start rolling out on Android later this week.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:43 am

Name labels are kept “private to you” — so this (seemingly) isn’t Google’s way of tying names to faces behind the scenes.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:43 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:43 am

Google Photos already identifies people who pop up in your photos a lot. You can now give each person a name, allowing you to search for people by name — or to search for things like “photos of mom and bill”

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:42 am

We’re diving into how Google Photos handles searching amongst massive libraries (and the machine learning voodoo that goes into identifying people)

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:42 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:41 am

So that’s the first feature: shared albums. It’ll launch “later this year”

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:40 am

You can also now subscribe to an album that has been shared with you, notifying you whenever new photos are added.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:40 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:39 am

Each uploaded photo has a small label identifying who took a given photo at a glance — it sounds small, but that’s actually something a lot of these group-photo-taking services get wrong.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:39 am

You’ll be able to invite people to add photos to your albums — particularly handy for when you and your family (or friends) are at the same event.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:38 am

Google Photos is getting shared, collaborative album support.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:37 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:36 am

“Today, i’m excited to announce 3 new features for Google Photos”

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:36 am

“Photos play a powerful role in bringing families together. There’s nothing like that feeling of reminiscing over an album. Four months ago, we launched Google Photos; in the time since launch, people have already uploaded over 50 billion pictures and videos”

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:36 am

Next up: Google Photos

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:35 am

It’ll launch “later this year”

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:35 am

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:35 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:35 am

For $14.99 per month, 6 people can be on one family plan, each with their own recommendations and playlists

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:34 am

“This is why we have two Google Play accounts, and we listen to music independently. For family like ours, i’m excited to announce Google Play Music Family Plan

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:34 am

“When I was in New York, I fell in love with hip hop. Biggie. Wu tang. But my husband.. he loves stuff like the Smiths and the Cure”

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:33 am

She’s recapping Google Play’s recently launched family sections, and how Google Play hearts families.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:33 am

We’re jumping into details about Google Play – I have a feeling this one will be a quickie too

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:32 am

Oh, that’s it for Android Wear, actually — no huge new news there.

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:32 am

Android Wear commercial!

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:32 am

She jabs at Apple Watch. “It has an always on display. So… unlike some watches, you can tell the time… all the time.”

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:31 am

Next topic: Android Wear

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:31 am

That’s it for the Nexus stuff

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:31 am

Both phones will work with Project Fi, Google’s efforts to build their own carrier-of-sorts that runs on top of other carriers.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:30 am

They’re also debuting something called Nexus Protect, which brings 2 years of mechanical damage, and 2 years of protection from accidental damage

It’ll cost $59 for 5X, $89 for 6P

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:29 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:29 am

All Nexus pre-orders will come with a 90 day trial of Google Play Music, and a $50 credit to the Google Play store

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:29 am

6P pricing:
499 for 32GB
 549 for 64GB
 649 for 128GB

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:29 am

5x pricing:
$379 for 16gb
$429 for 32 gb  

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:28 am

The 5X and 6P will go up for pre-order today in US, UK, Ireland, and Japan

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:28 am

The Nexus 5X and 6P will go on sale on the Google store — that’s the only vendor mentioned thus far, and no date has been given yet.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:27 am

It’ll ship to Nexus 5, 6, 7 and 9, and the Nexus Player.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:27 am

Marshmallow OTA will ship to existing Nexus devices starting next week

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:26 am

“When the screen is off, the battery lasts 30% longer than with previous generation Nexus devices”

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:26 am

He’s recapping doze mode, which we’ve heard about previously. When you haven’t moved your phone, it’ll sync data and whatnot less frequently. 

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:26 am

“With Marshmallow, we think we’ve made the [biggest battery life improvements] to date”

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:25 am

Google’s voice stuff is better than Siri by far. They’ve been training this thing for years and years and years.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:25 am

“Okay Google, listen to NPR”

Google Now responds: “Here’s the latest news. Do you want to resume where you were, or catch up on the latest news?”

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:24 am

Android 6.0 will have considerably more voice actions; developers will be able to build conversational voice actions right into their apps.

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:24 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:24 am

He’s doing a quick demo. We see a whatsapp conversation.

“Lets meet at Cascal for dinner tomorrow”, reads the chat.

He holds the home button; details about Cascal (reservations, hours, etc) pop up automatically.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:23 am

Google Now On Tap, their context sensitive functionality (so you can ask questions about what’s currently on screen), will launch with the 6P and 5X

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:23 am

Yay for uninstalling preloaded apps!

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:22 am

Android Marshmallow will have fewer preloaded apps out of the box, though no specific number is given. However, Preloaded apps can now be uninstalled

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:22 am

They’ve “greatly simplified” the permissions process for installing apps; apps will now ask for permissions when they actually need them, rather than at install.

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:22 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:21 am

The app drawer now has a search bar at the top — while the top row of icons will show apps that you usually use around this time of day.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:21 am

Marshmallow will feature new window animations, built with Material design in mind. Notifications now slide in and out from above, and can be tossed away with a quick swipe.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:20 am

There’s a tweaked lock screen with faster voice actions, and an indicator that lets you know if the phone is in fast charging mode.

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:20 am

Fast charging with USB type C. Shows you how long it’ll take to charge. That’s a super nice feature.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:20 am

He’s recapping some of Marshmallow’s already announced features, but is about to dive into  brand new stuff

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:19 am

Next topic: Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:19 am

It’ll be integrated into 1Password, Venmo, Mint, and a bunch of other third party apps right out of the gate

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:19 am

The sensor is located on the back of the 6P, allowing you to place your finger on the back of the device in a rather natural way.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:19 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:18 am

On its false reject rate, “it almost never fails”

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:18 am

It recognizes a finger in under 600 ms.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:18 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:18 am

Next topic, Nexus Imprint — the new Nexus’ fingerprint reader. It’ll “open up fingerprint recognition to our entire Android ecosystem”

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:17 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:17 am

It can do things like detect when the phone has been picked up or set down, and shift power to the screen accordingly. If it hasn’t moved in a while, it’ll drop into a lower power mode.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:17 am

The Nexus 5S and 6P use something called the Android Sensor Hub to offload processing activity from the CPU to dedicated chips to boost efficiency.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:16 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:16 am

“We’ve also added a new feature to the 6P called Smart burst. Hold down the record button, and it’ll record a burst at 30FPS”

He specifically mentions GIFs as the file format

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:16 am

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:15 am

Ohhai Smartbursts. Sounds live live photos

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:15 am

The 6P will be able to record at 240FPS

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:15 am

We’re comparing photos between the latest flagship devices (iPhone 6S, previous Nexus, etc), particularly at sunset. As you’d expect for photos shown in their own demo, the 6P takes the best photo:) These photos look great

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:14 am

It’ll use IR lasers for super fast auto-focus

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:13 am

The 12.3MP camera , with its 1.55 micron pixel sensor, is 92% more efficient at gathering light than the past generation Nexus. In other words: better pictures at lower light

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:13 am

These phones are absolutely gorgeous and are probably the first ones that iPhone users will take a second look at from Android world.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:13 am

We’re diving into how the new cameras handle photography — specifically indoor photos.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:12 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:12 am

It’ll feature “Nexus Imprint”, which sounds like a fingerprint reader

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:12 am

The 5X, too, will have USB Type-C charging

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:12 am

It’ll have a 64 bit processor of unspecified clockage

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:12 am

The battery has been increased by nearly 20%, to 2700mAh

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:11 am

It’ll have a 5.2″ screen, while weighing just 136 grams

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:11 am

Also coming: The Nexus 5X. 

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:11 am

6P will run Android Marshmallow, and like all Nexus devices, gets updates directly from Google

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:11 am

(Phew! After some WiFi issues, we’re back online. Sorry for the delays folks!)

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:10 am

We’re being promised the “best camera of any Nexus” — not a hard thing to say, as cameras have always been the Nexus’ downfall

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:10 am

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:10 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:10 am

6P Will come in white, aluminum, and a dark grey

Powered by a 64-bit processor; uses USB type C with fast charging; 12.3 megapixel camera.

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20159:09 am

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:08 am

Nexus 5X and 6P coming!

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:08 am

First big topic up: Nexus!

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:08 am

Google Play is now over 1 billion 30 day active

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:07 am

Sounds like we’ll also be hearing about Chromecast — he’s just briefly touching on things right now. No solid details just yet.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:06 am

First bit of news: We will, in fact, be hearing about a new Pixel today

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:06 am

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:04 am

He’s recapping their entry level Android One program.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:03 am

Sundar: In countries like Indonesia and Vietnam, Android has doubled in its usage

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:03 am

Sundar: Android now has 1.4 billion  30 day active devices

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:02 am

“We’re here this morning to talk about products; specifically surrounding computing”

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:01 am

Sundar Pichai is taking the stage

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:01 am

lights are down, here we go

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:01 am

Lights dimming, here we go!

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20159:01 am

Good news! One minute to go and the WiFi is actually staying up! That’s generally a good sign. Fingers crossed, knock on wood, etc etc.

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20159:00 am

And it’s 9am. Let’s goooooooooo!

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20158:59 am

Chris Velazco (TC Alum) being not entirely sure which way to point the camera:

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20158:59 am

the music is pretty chill tbh. bluegrassy.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20158:58 am

That picture reminds me I meant to shave. OH WELL.  2 more minutes before the event starts.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20158:57 am

Also, someone took a photo of me taking that photo, so that exists on some live blog somewhere. I’m on the Internet!

Frederic Lardinois September 29, 20158:57 am

Cameras hate me.

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20158:57 am

Man we are way sexier than the Apple liveblog team, which also includes Greg.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20158:56 am

Team photo! https://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/dsc_0013.jpg?w=680

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20158:56 am

Also, it’s national coffee day, so celebrate it up everyone!!!

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20158:55 am

And we’re five minutes away from seeing a massive refresh of all of the treats.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20158:54 am

Your live bloggers for today are @Grg and @Drew and if our computers explode or he has something awesome to say, @Fredericl

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20158:53 am

No Sundar yet, but we spotted Bradley Horowitz and I scared the crap out of him by accident.

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20158:51 am

Hardware and Chill

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20158:51 am

Basically everyone in the room:

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20158:50 am

They’ve kept the guest list pretty tight this time, particularly compared to Apple’s kind-of-insane event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium a few weeks back. This one is way more low key — which is nice!

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20158:50 am

Shout out to whoever named their WiFi network “ChubbyBunny”

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20158:49 am

I wonder if they’re announcing anything having to do with the home? 

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20158:48 am

10 minutes to go before the show begins!

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20158:48 am

Also, Frederic is drinking the coffee that I wish I had.

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20158:48 am

It’s a new venue for us, so pardon the dust as we deal with WiFi connectivity chaos and whatnot. So far, so good!

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20158:47 am

We’re in a tiny little room in a neighborhood that is probably all afraid of getting kicked out of their places because the “tech is coming”

Greg Kumparak September 29, 20158:46 am

Testing, testing — this thing on?

Drew Olanoff September 29, 20158:46 am

Ohhai!