Google kicked off its annual I/O developer conference today at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif., where it unveiled a wide range of new Pixel devices launching this summer and beyond. Ahead, we’ve summarized five highlights of the keynote to give Apple users a quick overview of the announcements.
Keynote from the Google I/O Keynote:
- Google gave a sneak peek of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro coming this fall. The smartphone will feature a slightly redesigned camera bar with an aluminum finish, and both the 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 array. The devices will ship with Android 13.
- Google also previewed the Pixel Watch, the first smartwatch it made entirely. Launching this fall, the Pixel Watch will feature a circular, domed design with a tactile crown, a side button, and customizable bands. The watch will be powered by an “improved” Wear OS interface with “more fluid” navigation, smart notifications, built-in Fitbit functionality for fitness tracking, Apple Pay-like tap-to-pay functionality, and more. The Pixel Watch will require a smartphone running Android 8.0 or higher, making it incompatible with the iPhone.
- Google unveiled a new mid-range smartphone, the Pixel 6a, priced at $449, placing it between the iPhone SE and the iPhone 11. The Pixel 6a has a Google Tensor chip and a similar design to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
- The Pixel Buds Pro are Google’s new premium wireless earbuds, with the same features as the AirPods Pro, including active noise cancellation, a transparency mode that blocks ambient noise, hands-free “Hey Google” voice control, and features like pre-paired Bluetooth devices. Automatic switching between returns, with integration. Google’s Find My Device app, and spatial audio support are rolling out later this year. Pricing is set at $199, compared to the AirPods Pro at $249.
- Android tablets have consistently failed to gain popularity when compared to the iPad, but Google plans to re-enter the tablet market once again with the Pixel tablet arriving in 2023. The tablet will be powered by a tensor chip.
A replay of Google I/O Keynote is available on YouTube.
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