Tomorrow is the first day of Google's annual developers conference, I/O. That means we're going to enjoy a keynote speech, where we'll see a variety of people take the stage and talk about the company's latest endeavors. We'll hear more about Android, as well as other elements like Google Assistant, and probably much more.
There's even talk that Google will launch a new smartphone tomorrow.
Two, even! The oft-rumored Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL have been leaked so much over the last several months that there isn't much to be surprised about. We know, for instance, that Google is going to introduce a 3.5mm headphone jack back into the mix with its less-expensive smartphones. Will that be a feature people flock to? Maybe. It will probably come down to the price point.
And availability. Up to this point the Pixel smartphone lineup has lived as a Verizon exclusive in the United States, but it sounds like that may change this year. The Pixel 3a lineup has been rumored for T-Mobile store shelves, too, so that would be a pretty big change.
As such, I wouldn't be surprised to hear that a lot of people are looking forward to the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, ready to pull the trigger on their newest daily driver as long as it's as affordable as the rumors suggest. And as long as it launches under the magenta un-carrier's umbrella.
Google I/O is a solid way to be excited about Android, too, obviously. We'll get to see the company reveal the biggest new features on stage, which will set the tone for the mobile operating system moving forward. The early beta releases of Android Q have given us a good look at what's coming, but that's just a taste. Google probably has a lot more coming down the pipe.
I'm looking forward to seeing what is being added or tweaked to Google Assistant. Not that I use the feature all that often, but I still believe it's one of Google's more exciting services out there. I'd like to see it become even more conversational as we move along, and Assistant is already pretty good at that.
Otherwise, I'm actually hoping to be surprised by what Google announces tomorrow. It should be a pretty exciting keynote. But I want to know what you might be looking forward to hearing about tomorrow. Any key features that you're hoping to see Google add to Android? Are you looking forward to the Pixel 3a? Let me know!