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.
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everyone is tripping
oh god they turned off the lights as we’re leaving
Nice work folks. I need some coffee.
Hands on time!!!
Hands on time Greg?
Sounds like we’re wrapping up
It’ll ship “later this year”, before the holidays
The keyboard will be $149
Tablet will be $499 or $599 for 32gb or 64gb respectively
The keyboard and the tablet are sold separately! bummer.
More voice, more voice. This might be the device you leave on the coffee table (if you have one)
It sort of feels like they’re quietly killing the Chromebook right now, even if not outright
It has four microphones built in, allowing for voice actions from across the room
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
When closed, the tablet itself charges the keyboard inductively. The keyboard will last 2 months on one charge
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.
When you need a keyboard again, it just slides right back into place
When the keyboard isn’t in use, you can attach it to the back of the tablet to get it out of the way.
If you’ve used the Pixel’s keyboard, the Pixel C’s keyboard is said to feel quite similar.
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.
The Pixel C screen is 10.2 inches
The “C”, by the way, stands for convertible
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
Let’s get the Surface jokes out of the way now.
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
We’re recapping the previous Pixel; the high-res screen, the USB C connection, etc.
Sounds like we’re moving onto the Pixel, Google’s built-as-an-example-of-the-best Chromebook
That’s it for Chromecast/Chromecast Audio stuff.
Chromecast Audio goes up for sale today, also at $35
The pricepoint on these things make it a no brainer IMO
Chromecast audio will support multi-room. It’ll come “later this year” via over-the-air update.
You’ll be able to mirror audio from Android devices or Chrome on your computer to your speakers
Like YouTube on the Chromecast, Chromecast Audio will be able to handle shared/group playlists
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.
Spotify is picking up Chromecast and Chromecast Audio support in “the coming weeks”
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
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.
Wellllll, we’ll see about that. They haven’t said if it does multi-room yet!
“Chromecast Audio already works with all of the top audio apps that work with Chromecast today”
We’ve transitioned into talking specifically about Chromecast Audio
not sure why you’d want a color chromecast since it goes behind the tv, but whatevs.
It’ll be up for sale in Google Play, Best Buy, and Walmart
The new Chromecasts will go on sale today in 17 countries at $35
Chromecast will be able to pull in your Facebook and Flickr feeds as backdrops
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
Chromecast games can support multiple players, each with their own controller
Chromecast games will be able to use all of the phone’s sensors — the gyro, accelerometer, touch, etc.
Next up: Games. They’re casting a game to the screen, whilst using the phone as a controller
angry birds go is so ridiculously fast on a new nexus phone and new chromecast
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.
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
A new capability, called “Fast Play”, will start caching and pre-loading the app to Chromecast as soon as you open an app
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.
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.
The devices tab — where all the Chromecasts on your network are listed — can now pause/control all Chromecasts on your network.
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.
OMG U CAN MAKE A PHONE CALL AND PLAY MUSIK
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.
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
Until now, the Chromecast app has been pretty much exclusively for configuring your Chromecast
“Today, we’re excited to announce a completely redone Chromecast app for Android and iOS”
It plugs in over 3.5mm, but RCA/Optical support is mentioned
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
“Chromecast Audio is a small device that plugs into an existing speaker and streams audio from your favorite Cast-enabled apps”
Next announcement: Chromecast Audio
They show a graph comparing wifi performance; the new Chromecast smokes the previous generation.
An algorithm will always use the “best WiFi signal for the ever changing attenuation in your home”
The HDMI cord is also built-in, no more extra wires.
“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!
It’s circular to house 3 separate antennas. It’s a genius design.
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.
first: the New Chromecast
“Today, we’re also very happy to announce 2 new Chromecast products”
“Today, we’re excited to announce that we have sold more than 20 million Chromecasts globally”
It’ll also come “this fall” to sports apps from NBA, MLB, and more. Details are light there; sorry sportsfans.
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.”
As rumored: this announcement is about hooking into speakers
We’re recapping how Chromecast works: your phone is your remote, and you send stuff to your TV from the apps you already use.
It’s time to take your TV over.
That’s it for Google Photos! Next up: Chromecast
Casting will come to Google Photos on Android this week, and iOS later.
Photos that haven’t been backed up are clearly marked with a crossed-out cloud; you can still cast those photos, regardless.
“I can even cast an animated GIF!”
YEEEEEES! YEEEEESSSSS my life is complete everyone go home
Third feature: Google Photos is finally getting Chromecast support. This has been a point of frustration since Google dropped photos from Google+
This feature will start rolling out on Android later this week.
Name labels are kept “private to you” — so this (seemingly) isn’t Google’s way of tying names to faces behind the scenes.
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”
We’re diving into how Google Photos handles searching amongst massive libraries (and the machine learning voodoo that goes into identifying people)
So that’s the first feature: shared albums. It’ll launch “later this year”
You can also now subscribe to an album that has been shared with you, notifying you whenever new photos are added.
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.
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.
Google Photos is getting shared, collaborative album support.
“Today, i’m excited to announce 3 new features for Google Photos”
“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”
Next up: Google Photos
It’ll launch “later this year”
For $14.99 per month, 6 people can be on one family plan, each with their own recommendations and playlists
“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“
“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”
She’s recapping Google Play’s recently launched family sections, and how Google Play hearts families.
We’re jumping into details about Google Play – I have a feeling this one will be a quickie too
Oh, that’s it for Android Wear, actually — no huge new news there.
Android Wear commercial!
She jabs at Apple Watch. “It has an always on display. So… unlike some watches, you can tell the time… all the time.”
Next topic: Android Wear
That’s it for the Nexus stuff
Both phones will work with Project Fi, Google’s efforts to build their own carrier-of-sorts that runs on top of other carriers.
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
All Nexus pre-orders will come with a 90 day trial of Google Play Music, and a $50 credit to the Google Play store
499 for 32GB
549 for 64GB
649 for 128GB
$379 for 16gb
$429 for 32 gb
The 5X and 6P will go up for pre-order today in US, UK, Ireland, and Japan
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.
It’ll ship to Nexus 5, 6, 7 and 9, and the Nexus Player.
Marshmallow OTA will ship to existing Nexus devices starting next week
“When the screen is off, the battery lasts 30% longer than with previous generation Nexus devices”
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.
“With Marshmallow, we think we’ve made the [biggest battery life improvements] to date”
Google’s voice stuff is better than Siri by far. They’ve been training this thing for years and years and years.
“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?”
Android 6.0 will have considerably more voice actions; developers will be able to build conversational voice actions right into their apps.
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.
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
Yay for uninstalling preloaded apps!
Android Marshmallow will have fewer preloaded apps out of the box, though no specific number is given. However, Preloaded apps can now be uninstalled
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fast charging with USB type C. Shows you how long it’ll take to charge. That’s a super nice feature.
He’s recapping some of Marshmallow’s already announced features, but is about to dive into brand new stuff
Next topic: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
It’ll be integrated into 1Password, Venmo, Mint, and a bunch of other third party apps right out of the gate
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.
On its false reject rate, “it almost never fails”
It recognizes a finger in under 600 ms.
Next topic, Nexus Imprint — the new Nexus’ fingerprint reader. It’ll “open up fingerprint recognition to our entire Android ecosystem”
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.
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.
“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
Ohhai Smartbursts. Sounds live live photos
The 6P will be able to record at 240FPS
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
It’ll use IR lasers for super fast auto-focus
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
These phones are absolutely gorgeous and are probably the first ones that iPhone users will take a second look at from Android world.
We’re diving into how the new cameras handle photography — specifically indoor photos.
It’ll feature “Nexus Imprint”, which sounds like a fingerprint reader
The 5X, too, will have USB Type-C charging
It’ll have a 64 bit processor of unspecified clockage
The battery has been increased by nearly 20%, to 2700mAh
It’ll have a 5.2″ screen, while weighing just 136 grams
Also coming: The Nexus 5X.
6P will run Android Marshmallow, and like all Nexus devices, gets updates directly from Google
(Phew! After some WiFi issues, we’re back online. Sorry for the delays folks!)
We’re being promised the “best camera of any Nexus” — not a hard thing to say, as cameras have always been the Nexus’ downfall
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.
Nexus 5X and 6P coming!
First big topic up: Nexus!
Google Play is now over 1 billion 30 day active
Sounds like we’ll also be hearing about Chromecast — he’s just briefly touching on things right now. No solid details just yet.
First bit of news: We will, in fact, be hearing about a new Pixel today
He’s recapping their entry level Android One program.
Sundar: In countries like Indonesia and Vietnam, Android has doubled in its usage
Sundar: Android now has 1.4 billion 30 day active devices
“We’re here this morning to talk about products; specifically surrounding computing”
Sundar Pichai is taking the stage
lights are down, here we go
Lights dimming, here we go!
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.
And it’s 9am. Let’s goooooooooo!
the music is pretty chill tbh. bluegrassy.
That picture reminds me I meant to shave. OH WELL. 2 more minutes before the event starts.
Also, someone took a photo of me taking that photo, so that exists on some live blog somewhere. I’m on the Internet!
Cameras hate me.
Man we are way sexier than the Apple liveblog team, which also includes Greg.
Also, it’s national coffee day, so celebrate it up everyone!!!
And we’re five minutes away from seeing a massive refresh of all of the treats.
No Sundar yet, but we spotted Bradley Horowitz and I scared the crap out of him by accident.
Hardware and Chill
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!
Shout out to whoever named their WiFi network “ChubbyBunny”
10 minutes to go before the show begins!
Also, Frederic is drinking the coffee that I wish I had.
It’s a new venue for us, so pardon the dust as we deal with WiFi connectivity chaos and whatnot. So far, so good!
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”
Testing, testing — this thing on?
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