For most of its existence, Google has been viewed as a software and services company. A company that millions of people rely on for searches, emails, and documents.
But if today’s Google I/O presentation is paramount, Google really They also want to be known as a hardware company.
Of course, Google has been building its hardware portfolio over the years, but sometimes it feels like a side job for the company. more products Google Cemetery.
That changed completely when the company announced the Pixel 6 and unveiled its own processor, Google Tensor. It promises a deeper commitment to hardware soon.
Usually if Google announces one or two hardware in I/O it will be a big deal. After all, it’s a developer conference… Instead, the company announced six We’re giving away today (or 7 by count) new devices at an event that hasn’t traditionally focused on hardware launches from the start.
Here’s what Google has to show off.
that much pixel watch It’s real folks. The pseudo-mythic device finally made its official appearance today. It boasts a rounded design with curved glass corners and a silicone strap. The curved glass is slightly reminiscent of the Apple Watch. Except for the fact that it is round. It also seems to be much smaller than most Wear OS devices.
Google has revealed that the Pixel Watch will feature an improved, smoother version of Wear OS with a refreshed UI. Continuing the Apple Watch similarities, you can navigate the UI with the haptic crown, but there are also side buttons.
Other features include a watch face with at-a-glance information and tight Fitbit integration for tracking health stats, including emergency calls. The latter is a feature that can alert emergency services after a car crash or crash.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get many other details as the watch isn’t due for release until fall. But don’t expect it to be cheap. Google said it would be a “price product”, and the cellular version will probably be more expensive.
Google’s Pixel 6A It continues the company’s trend of an affordable mid-range device at $449, but it’s significantly different from the previous A-series Pixel phones.
Google is usually For the camera performance and cost savings of the A-series pixels, we opted for cheaper CPU components. This time, Google takes a hint from the iPhone SE and puts the flagship processor Google Tensor chip in the cheapest phone, saving money on the camera instead.
The Pixel 6A appears to use the same 12MP Sony IMX363 primary camera chip found on all Pixels from the Pixel 3 to the Pixel 5A. You can still use the ultrawide camera, which looks like the same 12MP increments as on the Pixel 6.
Some will lament its relatively weak camera, but I’d like to argue that it’s a wise decision given that most of Google’s camera cuts come from computer photography. The 6A uses the same Google Tensor processor as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, so you should get similar results for most daylight photos.
Cameras aside, the device boasts 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This means that the Tensor chip also supports features such as live captions and live translations. Google is also promising solid battery life, claiming that it uses a 4410mAh battery that can last for more than 24 hours and lasts “up to 72 hours” with Extreme Battery Saver mode.
Pre-orders start July 21st at $449 and devices will be available July 28th.
pixel bud pro
Google finally has an answer for the AirPods Pro. that much pixel bud pro Finally, we add noise canceling to Google’s lineup of headphones.
Google says it has built a custom 6-core chip to power the ANC. The chip is equipped with a feature called ‘Silent Seal’ to optimize ANC and improve isolation in each person’s ear. Of course, there’s also a transparent mode in case you want to hear your surroundings instead.
The headphones also provide some degree of Dynamic EQ that adjusts based on frequency response. This probably follows the same loudness profile where people, for example, need a lot more bass at lower volumes than at higher volumes.
Dynamic EQ is a good idea in principle, but it’s often crap, so hopefully Google will do it right here. On the plus side, Google is the first to include a 5-band EQ, so no matter what, you should be able to tweak the tone to your liking.
Other features include multipoint connectivity for fast switching between devices and an improved beamforming microphone that uses AI to suppress noise. But unfortunately, we’re most excited about Spatial Audio, which won’t be released until the end of this year.
Besides the cool features, Pixel Buds Pro last longer. It is rated at 7 hours of play with ANC on or 11 hours with ANC off. When used with the wireless charging case, the battery lasts up to 31 hours.
Pixel Buds Pro will be available for pre-order starting July 21 for $199. Orders start July 28th.
Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
yes you read it Google announced. Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro Although it didn’t reveal much about them at today’s event. But at least it gave me good information about the following devices:
The device retains most of the Pixel 6 sibling’s design language, but this time it extends to a ‘visor’ that surrounds the camera around a metal frame.
In particular, the phone packs the same number of cameras as its predecessor, so you wouldn’t expect much change in optics. That said, the device will “provide a next-generation Tensor SoC that will bring more AI innovations.”
The company says the device will launch in the fall and run on Android 13. Because, of course, you will.
Even if it’s just a handful of images, it feels strange to see a major company flaunt their devices in advance like this. You will drive the leaker out of business, Google. Speaking of…
Pixel tablet of 2023
In 2019, Google’s Rick Osterloh responded to rumors that Google was abandoning tablets, saying that “we’ll just focus on making laptops going forward.”
It’s true… Google’s HARDWARE team will only focus on building laptops going forward, but don’t make a mistake. The Android and Chrome OS teams are 100% committed in the long run to working with partners on tablets in all segments of the market. (Consumer, Business, Education)
— Rick Ostello (@rosterloh) June 20, 2019
Today Google announced a tablet. see:
The tablet doesn’t have a name yet. The only thing we really know about it is that it’s powered by Google Tensor and runs Android and not Chrome OS like the obsolete Pixel Slate.
Google said it plans to launch a tablet in 2023.
All this with Google’s Nest-Hub detachable displayAnd this tablet definitely has Nest-like design touches (especially the white border around the display).
There are no concrete signs that the rumors are related to this announcement, but I wonder if Google is planning to build a dock that can use the tablet like a Nest Hub. It explains the unusual appearance.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrapped up his keynote speech by introducing AR glasses that look like regular glasses, a technology Google has for a little more distant future.
Don’t call it Google Glass. The AR glasses, shown in prototype form, appear to be primarily designed to provide live translation.
Augmented reality helps us to better understand each other by breaking down communication barriers and making language visible. See what happens when you bring technologies like transcription and translation into your eyes. #GoogleIO ↓ pic.twitter.com/Zhd4BWPGh
— Google (@Google) May 11, 2022
Pichai said Google “has a long way to go” before glasses become available to the public, but it’s still an important disclosure. Ever since Google gave up Glass and Cardboard, the company almost seemed to give up extended reality experiences.
Closing the show with this new prototype, you can see that Google isn’t making hardware to compete with where the tech industry is today. We are also investing in the future.
The glasses reveal could also be interpreted as a shot across the bow for Apple, which is expected to announce its first XR glasses sometime next year.
Either way, the message is clear. Google is serious about its current hardware.