Google announced several new gadgets at Wednesday’s I / O developer conference, including the long-awaited Pixel Watch, a new budget Pixel 6a phone, and headphones. He also teased his he flagship Pixel 7 phone, coming this fall, and said he’s working on a new tablet.
Hardware isn’t a core part of Google’s business, but it appears to change as it continues to launch new products. Google generated $ 61.24 billion in advertising revenue last quarter, while its “other revenue” segment, which includes hardware, app and non-ad revenue, generated $ 8.16 billion. But that is up from $ 6.67 billion in the quarter a year ago, and CEO Sundar Pichai said the Pixel smartphone hit an all-time sales record despite supply constraints.
Here’s what Google announced.
The Google Pixel Watch offers Apple Watch-like functionality and sports a refined and elegant look that may appeal to customers using Android instead of the iPhone, which it doesn’t work with.
It will integrate Fitbit’s technology, allowing it to leverage years of research and development since fitness startup it acquired last year Fitbit technology will allow users to track sleep, heart rate and workouts.
The watch runs Google’s Wear OS software which allows users to do things like check messages and download music. Users can also get directions with Google Maps or connect it to their smart home devices, so they can, for example, change the thermostat’s temperature or make sure the lights are off.
The company did not provide a price, other than telling reporters in a call that it will be a premium-priced product. It will be available in the fall.
Previously, other companies such as LG, Samsung, Huawei, and Fossil built watches using Google software.
Google has also announced its range of new phones.
Google will release its latest Pixel budget phone this summer. The Pixel 6a has mostly the same design as the Pixel 6, but it will be slightly smaller and will cost $ 449.
Google has promised an all-day battery that can last up to 72 hours when in Extreme Battery Saver mode, which is said to be a first for Pixel phones.
It also uses Google Tensor, so the budget phone will have the same power as the more expensive Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
The Pixel 6a will also receive five years of safety updates and is available in three colors: chalk, charcoal and sage.
Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro
Google has been teasing the new flagship Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones. They’ll be using the next generation of Google tensor chip and will ship with Android 13. The company hasn’t provided pricing, but the Pixel 6 was targeted at the mid-range market with a $ 599 starting pricewhile the 6 Pro started at $ 899.
Pixel 6 became the best-selling Pixel ever. In the first six months of its launch, the 6s have sold more units than the Pixel 4 and Pixel 5 in the first six months combined. The company wants to continue this momentum, which could help Google take further share from other Android makers, such as Samsung.
Google has also anticipated a new Android tablet that will launch in 2023 and will also run on a Tensor chip. The company did not provide any further details on the pricing, but said it will be a high-end product.
The company hasn’t launched a tablet since Pixel Slate in 2018. However, some users complained that the tablet looked more like a laptop. Prior to that release, Google struggled with using Android as a tablet operating system. Google hardware chief Rick Osterloh said in 2019 that its hardware team would focus on building laptops in the future, but was still “long-term committed to working with our tablet partners for all segments of the market.”
Google also announced its new Pixel Buds Pro earphones. Pixel Buds Pro will be available for pre-order on July 21 and on shelves on July 28 for $ 199.
Buds Pro finally offers Active Noise Cancellation, which helps block out background noise and means they will compete more directly with Apple’s AirPods Pro. The earbuds have beamforming microphones, a voice accelerometer, and windproof mesh covers to allow for clearer calls. They will also support spatial audio, which makes it seem like the music is coming from everything around you. This is a feature offered by Apple’s AirPods as well.
The Pixel Buds, available in four colors (coral, lemongrass, fog, and charcoal), have 7 hours of listening with noise cancellation or 11 hours without it.