Google confirms new smart home products will launch at I/O

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  • An official Google blog post confirms that we will see new Google smart home products at I/O 2021.
  • There were no hints about what to expect, but at least we know there will be an announcement.
  • The smart home product launch will have its own event at 4:15 PM PT (7:15 PM ET) on May 19.

Google I/O 2021 is going to be all-virtual this year, which is better than what we got last year, which was no I/O at all. As usual, the event kicks off with a keynote speech from Sundar Pichai and other high-level Googlers. We expect there to be at least one hardware announcement during that event. That starts at 10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET) on May 18.

Later, though, it looks like we’ll see some new Google smart home products. On May 19 at 4:15 PM PT (7:15 PM ET), Google will hold an event centered on Google Assistant and the smart home. Per an official blog post related to this event, we can expect new product announcements then.

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Unfortunately, Google doesn’t give any hints on what to expect. It’s also not clear if these “new product announcements” would be hardware- or software-based. However, we think it’s a safe bet that we’d see at least one piece of new smart home hardware launch during I/O.

Recently, Google discontinued its popular line of Nest-branded security systems. Is it possible we’ll see a replacement launched at the event? Also, it’s been a while since we’ve seen any new Nest cameras, so maybe an update to that line is on the way.

This year’s I/O will mark the fifth anniversary of Google Assistant, so Google is probably going to make it a pretty big deal. Stay tuned for more rumors related to this launch, and check out our full rumor hub on I/O for all the latest.

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