• It has on device (secure) 2D facial recognition (Nest Cam 127° FOV, auto zoom/framing/motion tracking) to enhance the privacy of individual users (Face Match up to six faces) and for a security camera (needs Nest Aware subscription). It has a switch to disable it and shows a red LED
  • A 10-inch HD 1280 x 800, 16:10 touch screen
  • Two full-range speakers and a woofer (2.1)
  • Two far-field mics and switch to disable them
  • Supports hand gestures – raise/lower volume, next track etc.
  • Chromecast device so it will display Google Photos, YouTube and other video content.
  • Google Duo support for video calls
  • And design cues are the same as the Google Home hub

You can read more here.

Android privacy

Before we get into the slippery slope of privacy, we ask the question, “What does Google do with our information?”

The short answer is that if a product is free, the product is you. Google, like everyone else, monetise this to present highly targeted advertisements through its search function. Google is a closed loop – it allows advertisers to select the demographics they want to reach, and Google does it without revealing the user’s details to the advertiser. This is the opposite of most social media that sells user’s data to advertisers.

Google AI also uses the data (let’s call it your profile) to make life easier. By knowing more about you, your likes, dislikes etc., it can do more. It may be that you like pink sweaters so it will steer you towards these. Or it may be having access to your calendar to help schedule your day/week etc.

And on a far greater humanitarian scale, it uses aggregated data to predict trends, where new hospitals, schools, roads, trains and planes are needed.

Google is open on the data it collects and where it collects it from. But you should have complete control over how your data is used, and that is what the company is aiming for.

Google states:

You should be able to understand and manage your data—and make privacy choices that are right for you. That’s why easy-to-use privacy features and controls have always been built into our products. At I/O, we announced several additional privacy and security tools across our products and platforms:

One tap to Google Account. As the number of Google products has grown, we’re making it even easier to find these controls in just one tap across more products including Search, Maps, YouTube, Chrome, the Assistant and News. Your Google Account gives you one place to access your privacy and security settings.

Auto-Delete. A new control that lets you limit the time your Location History and Web and App Activity data will be saved—3 or 18 months. Any data older than that is automatically and continuously deleted from your account. This new control is available today for Web & App Activity and coming next month to Location History.

Incognito. Since launching more than a decade ago, Incognito mode in Chrome has given you a choice to browse the internet without saving your activity to your browser or device. As our phones become the primary way we access the internet, we thought it was important to build Incognito mode for our most popular apps. It’s available in YouTube and coming soon to Maps and Search.

Also, Android Q has stronger privacy settings that are ‘upfront’ and transparent allowing users to see what permissions apps have and to vary them granularly. Why should a weather app have access to phone, contacts, camera etc?

You can read more here.

Family

Family Link will be a part of every Android Q device. Look for it under the setting “Digital Wellbeing and parental controls”. New Family Link features include:

Time limits on the apps kids use: Since not all screen time is created equal, parents will soon be able to set app-specific time limits to help kids make better choices about how they’re spending time on their device.

Giving kids bonus screen time. And while parents love that they can set a bedtime or daily screen time limit, sometimes kids just need a few more minutes to finish up what they’re doing on their devices. Soon, parents will be able to give kids bonus screen time directly from their own device.