On Wednesday, the tech world witnessed a multitude of major announcements at the two-hour keynote featured in Google’s I/O 2022 event.
First up, Google announced its new mid-tier phone, the Pixel 6A, which will cost $449 when it’s available for preorder on July 21st. The 6A has the Pixel 6’s Tensor chip and design but opts for a 12-megapixel camera versus the 50MP one on the standard 6.
Next came the much-awaited Pixel Watch. The next-gen wearable will be made available later this year and run an updated version of Wear OS 3 with a Fitbit integration that lets you keep track of your health metrics. It’s slated to launch later this fall alongside the Pixel 7.
Coming to the Pixel 7, Google teased the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro with a few renders, showing that the phones will have some slightly different camera cutouts and back panels. Like Google’s current Pixels, the 7 and 7 Pro will have two and three cameras, respectively.
Google also announced its version of Apple’s AirPods Pro. The Pixel Buds Pro will cost $199, feature active noise cancellation, and have an estimated seven hours of battery life when you’re using ANC. Google says the Buds have a custom audio chip and that they’ll support Bluetooth multipoint, letting them connect to two devices at once. They’ll also come in several colors, including black, red, and green, and will be available to preorder on July 21st.
The company also announced that it’s working on a tender-powered tablet that’s slated to launch next year, and also mentioned that it’s coming up with AR Glasses soon.
Apart from device-led announcements, Google also assured audiences that the company is serious about user privacy, and also mentioned its excessive work on channeling the power of AI in tech.