Google has announced a series of new products to compete with Apple in the tablet and smartwatch market. The company has unveiled a low-cost smartphone, high-end headphones and a watch due out later this year, and Android updates.
During the keynote opening the I/O Developers Conference, Google announced its intention to create a broader collection of its own brand of devices rather than relying on third parties like Samsung to run their software.
“We’re committed to the ecosystem,” said Rick Osterlo, head of consumer hardware at Google. “We want people to know where Google is headed with devices as an organization in the next few years.”
The Pixel 6a is Google’s new mid-sized Android phone starting at £399 ($449 / AU$749) and shipping on July 28th. It has a 6.1-inch screen and the same recycled aluminum body, two-tone color scheme, and camera panel on the back as the firm’s high-end phones.
It features the top Google Tensor processor, 5G, and the Titan M2 security chip from the Pixel 6, along with 6GB of storage and 128GB of storage. It will be supported with software updates for at least five years, making it one of the most durable Android phones around.
The 6a has a pair of wide and ultra-wide 12MP cameras on the back that support the same enhanced skin tone and magic eraser features as Google’s top models.
Pixel Headphones Pro
Google has announced its first Bluetooth noise canceling headphones called the Pixel Buds Pro, which will go on sale July 28 for £179 ($199 / AU$299).
The earphones use chips, algorithms and speakers designed by Google and directly compete with Apple’s more expensive AirPods Pro. They are IPX4 sweat-resistant and have the same smart features as previous Google headphones, such as hands-free voice assistant, walking directions, and instant translation capabilities.
The Buds Pro can connect to two Bluetooth devices at the same time, such as a phone for calls and a laptop for music, including iPhone, Mac and PC. They last up to seven hours with noise cancellation and up to 20 hours with the charging case.
Google has shown off its first smartwatch under its own WearOS brand called the Pixel Watch, which will go on sale in the fall. It has a round domed shape, is made from recycled stainless steel, and has optional 4G connectivity. It includes various Google apps and services, including Assistant, Maps and Pay, and the Play Store for third-party apps.
It will also include Fitbit’s suite of health and activity tracking services following Google’s purchase that ended last year. The watch will work with most Android phones, not just Pixels.
Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel tablet
Google has unveiled its upcoming top-end smartphones, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, which will arrive later this year. They will be equipped with brushed aluminum and premium glass cases, as well as a new generation of proprietary Tensor processor, which will ship with Android 13 in the fall.
Google has also announced its intention to return to Android tablet production in 2023 as companions to its Pixel phones. The premium pixel tablet will feature Google’s Tensor chip and take advantage of Android 13 with additions for better split-screen multitasking and space utilization on tablets, including updates to 20 Google apps with third-party apps like TikTok, Zoom, Facebook and more get a new design optimized for tablets.
Android 13, Maps, Search and Assistant
Google showed off some new software features coming later this year, including the ability to request deletion of search results containing your contact details, automatic summary of key points in Google Docs and Chat, and the ability to speak to Google Assistant just by looking at Smart display Nest Hub Max.
Later this year, Google Maps will get a new immersive look that combines street and aerial photography to create digital models of cities including London, Los Angeles and New York. Users will be able to virtually walk around cities at different times of the day with overlaid information such as weather conditions, traffic jams and site congestion.
Android 13 will also be released in the summer as a free update that will bring with it greater customization and privacy, including the ability to have apps ask if they can send you notifications before doing so, as in iOS, and more restrictions on access to location. for applications.
The Google Material You color theme from Android 12 will be expanded in most of the interface, including custom app icons. You can now use multiple languages on your phone at the same time, such as English on the social media app and Spanish on the banking app. The new Google Wallet will be able to collect payment cards, loyalty cards, transportation tickets and boarding passes in one place with different types of identification, such as student ID cards and driver’s licenses in the US later this year.
Users who want to try new features can test the beta software on Google Pixel phones and other third-party devices.