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What’s new with Google? 1-on-1 interview with a technologist at the yearly I/O conference

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COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH)– Google I/O 2019 kicked off with news of all sorts of new hardware, AI, security upgrades and internet features announced during their keynote Tuesday.

NBC4 spoke to Google Technologist Justin Burr about what is going on in Silicon Valley. 

“We have a lot going on in hardware and software and where the technology is headed, so there’s a lot of buzz around campus right now– a lot of excitement. Google I/O is always a good time of year,” Burr said. 

Google introduced two new phones Tuesday: the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Both are nearly half the price of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL which start at $799 and $899 respectively, according to the Google Store website.

Burr also boast that these new phones all include a headphone jack which “is a rarity nowadays.” 

Google also introduced the Google Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max. They are larger versions of its smart-screen home device. 

The Nest Hub Max now has a camera that can double as a Nest security system. The camera can also use face detection to determine when a specific person is walking by to show them customized content as well as other smart features. 

“If you’re listening to music in your kitchen and you get a call, you can put your hand up and it will pause the music,” Burr explained.  

A big issue people have when it comes to Google is concerns of spying and security. Burr says these new devices will allow users to automatically delete their data after three or 18 months.

“The user has all of the control as it relates to the speaker recognizing your voice and with the new Nest Hub Max, there’s that camera on there as well– you can toggle those settings, so if you never want to have your voice actually activating these speakers, you can turn those settings off. There’s a switch in the back,” added Burr. “You literally just switch it over and same with any of the video capabilities as well.”

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