May 2019 Android Security Update Goes Live for Pixel Devices

What surprises does Sundar Pichai have for us this year

Google shook the gaming world earlier this year with the launch of its new Stadia console which will allow gamers to play the latest titles. As with the Pixel 3, Google is betting on artificial intelligence over the presence of dual (or more) lenses to generate quality shots.

For starters, we already knew that Pixel 3a was going to come with a 5.6-inch display when we saw that spec appear on the retail packaging.

There are expected updates for Android TV platform with more supported apps for the platform and more inter-connectivity with Google Assistant.

Originally brought to light via Roland Quandt on Twitter, the leak reveals that the Pixel 3a will feature a 5.6-inch 2,220 x 1,080 pixel OLED display. The phone will have stereo speakers, the Active Edge sensors for edge squeeze gestures, 3.5mm headphone jack, and single Nano-SIM slot.

Theres a 3,000 mAh battery on-board and the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 670 CPU; This SoC is paired with 4GB of RAM.

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Google Duplex, the feature where Assistant could book appointments on your behalf can get an upgrade and expand beyond the confines of the United States.

Most smartphone enthusiasts are looking forward to the "Google Pixel 3a" and its XL version as this is touted to be a budget offering to the Google pixel line of phones. This is the feature developed by HTC that lets you squeeze the phones sides to summon Google Assistant. Will the Google Assistant creep us out with a new ability to simulate human behavior?

Google Lens is another major avenue for the company to showcase its AI-backed image processing advancements. Upgrades of Google's other operating systems, ChromeOS and WearOS, are also on the docket. It's a feature that comes baked in many four-wheelers and enables you to project a revamped Android interface from your smartphone to a display on the car's infotainment system. We could expect to learn about the same at Google I/O tomorrow. The Android Security Patch for May 2019 is available for Android 9 Pie devices and the rollout should complete in the next couple of days.

Android TV, Chrome OS, ARCore, Google Maps, and even Google's "Daydream" VR plans could get the much-needed attention they've lacked for some time. Notably, Google isn't shying away from stating that the Pixel 3a is made of polycarbonate as opposed to the glass design on the standard Pixel3, with Google providing a warning about the device being scratch resistant, but how "paint may flake off" upon impact.

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