Following Apple and Microsoft product fall reveals, which saw the likes of the new iPhone XS and the Microsoft Surface Studio 2 unveiled, it’s Google’s turn with the Made by Google 2018 event.
The search engine giant is expected to reveal everything from the new Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL to an updated Chromecast, as well as some potential left-field surprises.
Here is all you need to know about the Made by Google event including when it is, what will be revealed, Google Pixel 3 features and how to watch the event.
Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones are expected to be Made by Google’s main attractions
When is the Google Pixel 3 event?
The Made by Google event will take place on Tuesday, October 9 at 11am ET/8amPT/4pm BST
What to expect at the event?
The Google Pixel and the Google Pixel 3 XL will naturally be the main attractions at the event, with a host of leaks suggesting the new phones will retain the favourite aspects of past iterations, while adding more advanced computational features such as an AI-powered camera.
But smartphones aren’t expected to be the only things on the menu. While a new Google Watch, renamed Wear OS from Android Wear, is not expected to be released this year, a Google tablet called Pixel Slate is thought to make a debut at the event.
The tablet can be attached to a keyboard to function as a laptop. It was first leaked by keyboard accessory maker Brydge’s website.
An FCC filing revealed Google was working on a Google Home Hub screen, which would be a Alexa smart-speaker smartscreen rival.
Other potential products revealed could be the wireless headphones Pixel Buds 2 and an updated Chromecast.
Google Pixel 3 leaked features
With any highly-anticipated product there will be leaks, and while Google’s Pixel has certainly not been short of them, the Pixel 3 has allegedly taken it to the next level, after a seemingly-legitimate Pixel 3 was available to purchase from a Hong Kong mobile phone shop, three days before the Made by Google event.
Engadget’s Richard Lai tested out the Google Pixel 3 XL and discovered a range of new features.
Understandably suspicious at first, Lai believes the phone is the genuine article, saying it’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and has 4GB of RAM, which he suspects will be accompanied by a larger 6GB of RAM version.
It has an iPhone X-like notch and a supposed 6.2 inch OLED display, with a screen resolution of 1,440×2,960 pixels.
The phone features a 12.2 megapixel rear camera and the front now boasts two 8 megapixel cameras, one of which is a wide-angle lens. The phone appears to be running on Google’s Android 9 Pie operational software.
The rear main camera will also boast AI-powered features, with a new modes called Top Shot and Photobooth reportedly using software to select the best photos. This is done by the phone taking a burst of photos before and after you’ve pressed the shutter.
How to watch it
As with most tech giant presentations in recent times, Google will live-stream its Pixel 3 event on YouTube. The live-stream will start at 11am ET/8am PT/4pm BST.
Watch the Made by Google event here.