When is the next Google launch event, what new products will Google launch and how can I watch the event live? Here’s all you need to know about the next Google event, coming in 2017.
Google tends to host two main launch events every year, based around its Android operating system, other software solutions and its own-brand ‘made by Google’ hardware.
The first of these events is Google I/O, which usually happens around May each year. The Google I/O conference is where we hear key details about the new version of Android OS for smartphones and tablets. The tech giant also reveals updates to its Android Wear OS, for smartwatches. You’ll also hear about any new apps that Google has developed or is in the process of developing.
Google’s second main annual event is its hardware launch, where we first get a glimpse of any new Google phones, tablets, home accessories and so on. For instance, in 2016 we saw the launch of the Pixel smartphones and the Google Home and Google WiFi home devices).
Here’s all you need to know about Google and Android launch events coming in 2017.
When is the next Google launch event and what will be launched?
The next big Google event is Google I/O 2017. This will kick off on May 17 2017 and will almost certainly be our first look at Google’s new version of Android, dubbed Android O.
We’re also expecting to see updates to the Google Assistant AI, making it even smarter and adding even more functionality. And as mobile VR is set to get even bigger in 2017, we’d be surprised if Google didn’t reveal some more cool apps and features for its DayDream virtual reality platform.
Check out our complete guide to Google I/O 2017 for more info.
How can I live stream the next Android event or watch it afterwards?
Google often offers a live stream of its launch events and Google I/O over on its Google Events website. Just browse to that page on any device with web access and you can watch Google’s keynotes and launch events as they happen.
The Google Events website also offers video streaming from the likes of Google I/O after it’s all over.
If you want to watch Google I/O 2017 live, you should head to the Google Developers YouTube channel. This is where Google usually streams coverage of its conference talks, including the keynote speech and the important talks that follow.
Will Google launch a new phone in 2017?
Yes, you can bet pretty much any vital part of your anatomy that Google will launch a new smartphone this year.
We’ve already seen plenty of leaks and rumours about the Google Pixel 2, as well as the super-sized Pixel 2 XL. In fact, Rick Osterloh, Google’s head of hardware development, confirmed earlier in 2017 that a second Pixel phone would be coming out before the end of the year.
We reckon Google will launch the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL around Autumn time. The originals were revealed shortly after Apple’s iPhone event, so you can expect to see them in October 2017.
Will Google launch a new tablet in 2017?
Google already released the Pixel C tablet at the very start of 2016, and we could possibly see a new Pixel tablet (the Pixel D?) revealed in 2017. Like the Pixel phones before it, the next Pixel tablet should come rocking Android Nougat and the Google Assistant.
What happened at the Google I/O 2016 launch event?
Google I/O 2016 took place between May 18 and May 20 and gave us our first teasing glimpse of Android N, which was later revealed as Android Nougat. Google also revealed some fresh new Android apps for 2016. This includes Allo, the new context-aware chat app, as well as Duo, a new video chat app that’s taking on Skype.
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We also saw Google’s new home assistant device, Google Home, which like Amazon Echo can respond to your voice commands and control your connected devices using the Google Assistant AI. Our first glimpse of Google Assistant came with its new Allo messenger app, now available to download, which can predict what you’re going to say next to save you time.
And finally Google showed off its latest mobile VR tech, Daydream, which will allow Android fans to play VR games and enjoy special VR content.
Check out our Google I/O 2016 round-up for more info on exactly what Google announced.
When did Google last launch some new hardware?
The Pixel mobiles are two seriously premium Android devices, packing the latest version of Google’s OS and exclusive access to the Google Assistant AI. You get the very latest Qualcomm mobile processor, for super-smooth performance, plus a seriously fresh 12-megapixel camera.
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Is this the death of Nexus phones?
Yes, it looks that way. Google has been using the Nexus branding for a good few years now, so chances are it wants to move on and try a fresh new moniker. The Pixel name has been used for a tablet and now two phones, while there have been no new Nexus mobiles revealed in 2016. So perhaps it’s time to kiss Nexus good night.
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