Google I/O 2019 is for its Google developers community. But developers are always hungry for new toys, so Google did not disappoint.

Google I/O 2019 attracts more than 7000 people. This year’s conference focused on helpfulness, user privacy, security, and AI for social good. The two-day event covers Android, Stadia game streaming, Chrome, Android for Cars, Deep machine learning and its impacts on AI.

AI was a focus of Google I/O 2019 because it is becoming so much a part of our lives.

From OK Google to smart devices designed to free up your time. Conversational AI (the next big step) is helping us in an increasingly ambient way with our daily lives.

But also applying ML and AI to positively impact some of the world’s biggest humanitarian and environmental challenges. Through a pilot program in India, a Google team has been able to predict the path of a flood and can warn communities via public alerts.

Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL

Google’s aim is a flagship class phone delivering all that entails at around half the price. Did they succeed?

  • Price – 5.6-inch for $649 and 6-inch for $799 inc free delivery in Australia from www.google.com, JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, Harvey Norman and Vodafone.
  • OLED FHD+ 18.5:9 with Dragontrail Glass (a competitor to Corning)
  • 10nm Qualcomm SD670, 4GB LPDDR4x, 64GB eMMC, Adreno 616 GPU
  • Battery – 3000/3700mAh, 30 hours typical use and 18W Qualcomm 4+ fast charge
  • Camera Rear – 12mp, f/12.8, 1.4 μm, Dual Pixel phase detection autofocus, OIS and EIS, 76°, [email protected], dual LED flash, Night Sight, portrait mode, digital bokeh, colour pop, Unlimited Google Photo cloud storage
  • Camera Front – 8MP, f/2.0, 1.4 μm, fixed focus, 84°, [email protected]
  • Wi-Fi AC, BT 5.0 (aptX/HD), NFC, GPS, Google Cast (not Miracast)
  • Cat 11/5 600/75Mbps, 3CA, LTE: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/32/38/40/41/66
  • eSIM
  • Google Assistant and edge squeeze activation
  • Just black or white with largish bezels
  • Android 9 and three years of updates
  • Website here
Google I/O 2019

You are not losing much over a full Pixel 3/XL.

  • Polycarbonate body versus Glass/frame
  • no IP rating
  • Single front camera
  • No Pixel Visual Core
  • No Wireless charge
  • You gain a 3.5mm jack and a larger battery

Overall the camera has been proven in the Pixel 3, but the loss of the Pixel Visual Core using the Qualcomm Spectra Dual camera ISP instead will mean its photos are not quite as post-processed.

The Qualcomm SD 670 is perfect mid-market chip and in many ways the equal of the Qualcomm 835. GadgetGuy will be reviewing this soon.

iFixit strips Pixel 3a stark naked and gives it a 6-out-of-10 repairability – great

iFixit says the Pixel 3a breaks the rules – a polycarbonate back panel, no wireless charging, visible bezels, a headphone jack, and a top-notch camera in a budget phone. Is there a method to Google’s madness?

Google I/O 2019

It has gone back to Samsung OLED after some minor issues with the LG panels in the Pixel 3/XL. The camera is its pièce de résistance – serious camera quality for a budget phone. The loss of the Pixel Visual core – its Pixel 3 secret camera sauce, seems to be compensated by the Qualcomm SD670 DSP and ISP.

Both phones are well made, in certain respects a throwback to the good old days for repairability and present excellent specifications for the money.

The teardown is here, and a video teardown of the Pixel 3a XL is here.

Google Nest Hub Max

Coming soon (possibly late July) this is the Google Home Hub rebranded as its Google Nest Hub Max with a new 10-inch screen and camera – to take on the excellent Lenovo Smart Display (GadgetGuy highly recommends this, but we also have a Google Home Hub in the bedroom, and it’s great too).

The rebranding to Nest is to help focus more on smart home automation products. By the way, if you buy a product that is fully Google Home compatible you can look forward to easy installation and control from the Google Home app – sweet.

Google I/O 2019

We don’t have a lot of tech information yet, but we do know