Google is planning something. Well, lots of things. Thanks to security that some colanders would consider a bit too leaky, we have a very good idea of what those things will be.
Here we’ll outline everything you can expect to see at tonight’s Google event, along with one thing we’re on the fence about and another that’s a definite no-show.
How to watch Made by Google 2018
Look just under this line of text. Google is outsourcing streaming duties to its subsidiary YouTube, so that’s easy.
The Made by Google 2018 event kicks off at 11am EDT, which is 4pm BST. Set your watches, and come back here for showtime. Bring snacks!
What are we going to see at Made by Google 2018?
Okay, hostage to fortune time. There’s a chance everything we think we know about the Pixel 3 is wrong. This started out as an entertaining conspiracy theory, but has actually now been pushed by Google itself:
Of course, this could be an elaborate double-bluff, but at the very least it’s keeping us on our toes.
So with that in mind, here’s what we *think* we’re going to see. We’ve ordered in some humble pie, just in case.
Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
Even if the Pixel 3 doesn’t look like the leaks that have been showing up everywhere – including the back of a taxi – a new phone is practically certain. From Nexuses to Pixels, Google has released phones every year since 2010, and since 2011 they have been announced in September, October or November.
Here’s what we’ve been promised. The Pixel 3 is supposedly a 5.5in device with a 2:1 display, while the Pixel 3 XL is a 6.7in beast with a large notch. On the inside, both will pack Snapdragon 845 processors and 4GB of RAM.
You can read more about the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL here.
Leaks are one thing, but a retailer accidentally selling a product early is something different altogether. A Redditor was able to buy a new Chromecast from Best Buy early, even though it wouldn’t scan.
What’s actually different is more of a mystery, as the Reddit user found the device wouldn’t work without a new version of the Google Home app. So we’ll have to wait until later for confirmation, although the box still says 1080p.
You can read more about the Chromecast 3 here.
Google tablets aren’t anything new, as anyone who owns a Pixel C will know. But the Pixel Slate is something different altogether: the first tablet to run the same Chrome OS that Chromebooks run, rather than the slightly awkward fit of stretching Android to tablet form.
One leak suggests a speedy Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM. If that’s true this will be a very fast tablet indeed – and it won’t come cheap.
Read more about the Pixel Slate here.
What about people who don’t care for tablets? Well, the Pixelbook 2 is also possible as a companion device.
Details are very thin on the ground on this one, but we still think it’s likely. Even if it’s just a slight specs bump on the previous model.
Read more about the Pixelbook 2 here.
Google Home Hub
Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo Show is likely to be the Home Hub: a 7in touchscreen device with Google Assistant that will answer your questions not just with voice, but with pictures and video too. The big advantage over the Echo Show? It will support YouTube, which currently isn’t part of the Echo’s capabilities due to a long-standing and not at all immature dispute with Amazon.
We’re pretty confident on this one, due to leaks showing official-looking documentation. You can read more about it here.
What we *might* see at the Made by Google 2018 event
Pixel Buds 2
We weren’t crazy about the first-generation Pixel Buds when we got our hands and ears on them last year, but we have high hopes that Google will fix the niggles with a second generation.
And that generation might be revealed tonight. We’re about 50/50 on it due to a lack of leaks, although there is a rumour that something of this shape could be included with the Pixel 3 phones themselves. Watch this space.
You can read more about Pixel Buds 2 here.
What we definitely won’t see at the Made by Google 2018 event
For a while, an official Google wearable looked a nailed-on certainty. But now Google has officially revealed that a Pixel Watch is not a 2018 product.
“To think of a one-size-fits-all watch, I don’t think we’re there yet,” said Google’s Miles Barr in an interview with Tom’s Guide. “Our focus is on our partners for now.”
You can read more about the Pixel Watch rumours here.