Google today kicked off its annual I/O Developer Conference at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, revealing a wide range of new Pixel devices launching this summer and beyond. Before that, we’ve summarized five highlights from the keyword to give Apple users a quick overview of the ads.
Key points from the keynote speech at the Google I/O conference:
- Google gave a sneak peek at the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro this fall. The smartphones will feature a slight redesign with the camera bar gaining an aluminum finish, and both devices will be powered by Google’s next-generation Tensor chip. The standard Pixel 7 will have a dual camera setup, while the Pixel 7 Pro will have a triple camera setup. Devices will be shipped with Android 13.
- Google has also previewed the Pixel Watch, the first fully built smartwatch. Launching this fall, the Pixel watch will feature a round, domed design with a touchable crown, side button, and customizable straps. The watch will be powered by an “improved” Wear OS interface with “more flexible” navigation, smart notifications, Fitbit’s built-in fitness tracking functionality, pay-to-pay functionality like Apple Pay, and more. The Pixel Watch will require a smartphone running Android 8.0 or later, making it incompatible with iPhone.
- Google has unveiled the Pixel 6a, a new mid-range smartphone with a starting price of $449, which puts it between the iPhone SE and iPhone 11. The Pixel 6a has the same Google Tensor chip and a similar design to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones.
- Pixel Buds Pro are Google’s new premium wireless earbuds with similar features to the AirPods Pro, including Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode that allows for ambient noise, “Hey Google” hands-free voice control, automatic switching between previously paired Bluetooth devices, Integration with Google’s Find My Device app and support for spatial audio will begin later this year. The price is set at $199, compared to the $249 AirPods Pro.
- Android tablets have consistently failed to gain popularity compared to iPads, but Google is planning to re-enter the tablet market again with the Pixel Tablet, which is coming in 2023. The tablet will be powered by the Tensor chip.
Restart Google I/O Keynote is available on YouTube.
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