Weekend Poll: What are your favorite Google I/O ads?

Is it new hardware, Android 13, or updates to all your favorite apps?

The Google I/O conference has come and gone, which has us eagerly waiting for the upcoming May. This year’s event has been full of announcements, from new devices through 2023 and beyond to updates to some of your most used apps and services. Plus, we finally got a more in-depth look at Android 13, which is currently shaping up as a worthwhile upgrade from last year’s major redesign. Only one question remains: What ads are you most excited about?

For most people, it’s probably the hardware. The Pixel 6a is on track for a release in late July, bringing some of the best Pixel 6 elements of last year to a lower price point. At $449, Google’s latest Tensor-powered phone is likely the most powerful in its class. Pixel Buds Pro also launches in July, complete with ANC, support for spatial audio, and some fun new colors.


Meanwhile, we got our first official look at the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, along with the Pixel Watch, all ready to arrive this fall. Google’s first wearable got us pretty excited — even with plenty of questions about its performance stuck in the air — while the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro seem like solid improvements to last year’s smartphones.

Google didn’t stop there either. A Tensor-powered tablet is on its way to launch in 2023, and it even teased some incredibly cool augmented reality glasses capable of live translation and live captioning of the world around you. The glasses don’t have an exact release date yet, but it’s a great vision of what’s to come from the company in the next few years.

There was no shortage of news on the software side either. The “Look and Talk” feature of the Nest Hub Max makes avoiding “Hey Google” easy – just look at your smart screen and talk. After several leaks, Google Wallet has finally been announced, bringing all your different cards to the digital wallet space on your phone. Android Auto’s new split-screen mode will arrive before the start of summer, showing navigation, music and notifications all on one screen.

On the services side, Maps gets a new immersive view of a few select cities, allowing you to explore the region like never before. AI-powered summaries come to documents, perfect for anyone who is tired of scrolling through endless documents without a few obvious points. And Google Lens’s multiple searches get their first major upgrade with support for local businesses and sightseeing.

As if that wasn’t news enough, Android 13 Beta 2 has dropped, giving us a look at new animations, a focus on security and privacy, and a big change coming in the back.

These are only the main announcements, so it’s worth looking into all of the Google I/O coverage from this week if you’ve missed any of the news. Of course we want to know your opinion. Did Google’s latest line of devices win your heart? Or are you more excited about app and service upgrades? Select how many you’d like in the survey below, or comment with any ads that weren’t on our list.

What are your favorite ads in Google I/O?

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2022-05-15 14:09:00

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