Google Home Amazon Echo Rival Expected At Google I/O
Google is expected to launch its voice-activated digital assistant at its developer conference on Wednesday as a challenger to Amazon's Echo. Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Google I/O, the tech giant’s annual developer conference, will be kicking off Thursday with a keynote address from the company’s leaders that is expected to feature numerous announcements from across the company’s departments, including Android, Chrome and much more.

To watch the keynote live simply stick around here. The keynote will kick off at 12:30 p.m. EDT and can be watched in the video box below.

The company is expected to announce Android M, the latest version of its mobile software, a new version of its Chromecast streaming device and a new gadget from Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group that Google promises will “blow your socks off.” We'll see!

The Mountain View, California, company is also rumored to be announcing revamped versions of its Google Wallet and Google+ Photos services as well as a new version of Google Cardboard, Google’s virtual reality initiative.