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Google is hosting an online event next week, but it's not for the Pixel 4a

Instead, Google will probably announce a bunch of smart home stuff.

Published onJune 30, 2020

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  • Google is hosting a virtual summit on July 8.
  • It’s a developer event dedicated to the company’s smart home ecosystem.
  • Could we see new smart home hardware? Probably not.

Google might be getting ready to launch the Pixel 4a, but before it does that, the company is hosting a virtual “Hey Google” smart home event July 8. Google hasn’t revealed much about the upcoming developer event, but we expect to hear a lot about Google Assistant and the smart home devices it powers. Could we see the new streaming dongle from Google? Well, the event would be a good opportunity to launch something like that, but we’re really not sure if Google will unmask it just yet.

Meanwhile, the keynote address at the virtual Google smart home event will be given by Michele Turner, Director of Product Management at Google’s smart home division. It’s a 45-minute talk so we expect at least a few important announcements from it, maybe even some new hardware. However, if you look at the schedule, hope for new Google devices will diminish quickly. Turner will mostly be talking about Google’s smart home API and Google Assistant integration.

Also read: What is a smart home and why should you want one?

The keynote will be followed by a Google partner panel with representatives from LG, Vizio, Ikea, and other companies. There will also be a bunch of watch-on-demand sessions available for developers who want to learn more about Google’s smart home tools.

Well, that’s about it. Don’t have high hopes about new devices coming out of this Google event. We will, of course, keep an eye on it and let you know what Google announces at the virtual summit. If you’re a developer and want to register for the event, you can do so by clicking here.

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