Last week— now it’s Google’s turn. The company’s stream Wednesday follows its in August. That event , and the Pixel 4A 5G. They were launched today, along with a new Chromecast and a , the Nest Audio. There were few surprises, however, other than the Hold for Me phone feature, which puts those awful you’re-on-hold-forever calls in Google Assistant’s hands.
The Pixel 5 announcement,, has been leakier than ancient plumbing (or perhaps, , the “leaks” are part of Google’s marketing strategy).
Google’s latest flagship adds 5G
IFA events are a remarkable experience, as anyone who has attended one will likely tell you. Meticulously planned and held in exciting European locales, IFA gives journalists and tech analysts alike a chance to see what the superstars of the tech space have been working on. Of course, all of that was before COVID-19 came knocking on the world’s door. While the formal IFA press conference in April was canceled, like many other high-profile industry events, I was glad when the organizers of IFA 2020 announced they would be holding a virtual/physical event in early September.
Even with the unorthodox format, there were some newsworthy announcements made at the event—particularly from a smart home standpoint. Here’s my take on what I consider to be the top three.
Neato shows its innovation in the high-end robotic vacuum space
Due to its aggressive marketing and wide range of price points, iRobot’s Roomba