Google I/O 2022

Google I/O 2022 – The recap of Google’s hardware announcements

During its I/O 2022 conference, Google multiplied hardware announcements. Pixel Watch, Pixel 7, Pixel 6a, Buds Pro, Tablet… here are the announcements to remember.

Google has kicked off the 2022 edition of Google I/O, an annual conference dedicated to developers. If the software (software) occupies an important place, the material is not left out for a few years. Smartphones, earphones, tablet and watch under Wear OS… this conference was no exception to the rule and Google had everything in its boxes. A few surprises even slipped in during the conference and we invite you to come back to all its announcements.

Before going into details, it should be noted that Google has sometimes contented itself with providing an overview of certain devices. The Mountain View firm will launch some products later this year or in 2023. Lovers of new technologies, fans of Android or Pixel products, however, have reason to be impatient.

The Pixel Watch: finally official, but not there yet

Expected firmly at Google I/O 2022 after numerous leaks, the Google Pixel Watch is official. This connected watch, expected as the great rival of the Apple Watch for Android users, confirms its round and domed design. Rumors have already offered us a glimpse of this watch which features a touch crown.

Google PixelWatch
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Made of recycled stainless steel, it offers customizable bracelets and promises a complete experience. While Google remains tight-lipped about the features of its watch, it promises users to benefit from the new Wear OS experience » and fitbit health and fitness tools ». Even if the firm does not seem to be moving towards a watch for extreme sports, it is expected to rely on the know-how of Fitbit for its first tocante. As a reminder, Google has acquired the connected health specialist.

Google does not say much more about its watch, specifying all the same that it will give pride of place to the giant’s services. Unsurprisingly, she wants to be “the natural extension of the Pixel range” and this requires the integration of Google Assistant, Wallet or even Maps. Naturally, Fitbit’s tools will allow daily activity tracking with continuous heart rate or sleep monitoring. You will also find a follow-up of “minutes in active zones”. Everything will be ” fluid “ and ” easy “ to use, promises Google.

Google PixelWatch
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However, it will take wait until fall to know all its features and price. Indeed, the Google Pixel Watch will be launched at the same time as the brand’s future flagships: Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: Google’s surprise

We didn’t expect them, but Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro made a remarkable appearance at Google I/O. As with the Pixel Watch, these smartphones will only be not available until fall ; but that didn’t stop Google from delivering the first details.

Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
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This new generation will benefit from a slightly revamped designé and will embark a new Google Tensor chip. We also know the new colors of the next smartphones made in Google. On the photo side, they should be inspired by their predecessors with three sensors for the Pro version and two modules for the standard model. Read more about the Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro announcement here.

In the meantime, Google reveals that the Pixel 6 is breaking sales records. It sold more than the Pixel 4 and Pixel 5 combined.

Pixel 6a: the new king of the mid-range?

Who says new Pixel, says Pixel 6a. Unlike the 7 models, the Google Pixel 6a was expected and the American giant has formalized this new affordable model. Replacing a Pixel 5a which will not have had the means to express itself, it completes the current range from the bottom up. focus on value for money.

After multiple noises from the corridors, Google confirms that its Pixel 6a inherits the design of Pixel 6 in a more compact size. He carries a 6.1-inch AMOLED display in Full HD + at 60 Hz for dimensions of 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.9 mm and a weight of 178 grams. Like its big brothers, it retains the famous Tensor chip and adds 6GB of RAM, along with 128GB of storage. For autonomy, a 4,410 mAh battery promises to offer “more than 24 hours of autonomy”. Google is a little less generous than on the Pixel 6 (4,614 mAh) and Pixel 6 Pro (5,003 mAh).

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When a Pixel smartphone is announced, we always have a watchful eye on the photo part. Mid-range, the Pixel 6a offers a 12.2MP IMX 363 main sensor and a 12MP IMX 386 ultra wide-angle sensor. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel sensor for selfies and video calls. As always, Google does not limit hardware and adds artificial intelligence to provide many features (magic eraser, real tone, anti-blur, etc.).

Google confirms that its Pixel 6a will arrive in France at the price of 459 euros. For the moment, the brand is content to indicate that it will be ” Coming soon “ in three colours: sage (green), pebble (white) and charcoal (black). In all likelihood, it will not be available before the summer or the start of the school year in our regions.

And to know everything about the Google Pixel 6a, go to this address.

Pixel Buds Pro: finally headphones with active noise reduction

“Did you hear the news? The Google Pixel Buds Pro are here »it is with these words that Google has formalized its new true wireless headphones. Just before the event, we mentioned the possibility of seeing the Mountain View company present its first headphones with active noise reduction. Google I/O 2022 was an opportunity for the manufacturer to confirm this desire to tickle Apple’s AirPods Pro.

Like its Californian rival’s headphones, Google is finally using active noise-canceling technology. The brand explains that its ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) system “rely on custom-made speakers and audio chip”. For his Pixel Buds Proit uses a custom 6-core audio chip that runs algorithms developed by Google.

Google Pixel Buds Pro
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Added to this is the Silent Seal technology that allows the Pixel Buds Pro to adapt to your ear and Block outside sounds as much as possible. The manufacturer explains that “every ear is different” and that the tips “can sometimes leak ambient noise if they are not perfectly positioned”. It is for this reason that he has developed this technology including integrated sensors that take care of measuring the pressure in the ear canal for more comfort. “even for long periods of listening”. Google even promises to put an end to the clogged ear sensation.

A Transparency mode will be present to leave the ambient noise. A must-have feature on active noise canceling headphones.

Spatial Audio and Multipoint Bluetooth

Google also announces that its headphones will support the spatial sound “later in the year”. This feature should wait for the arrival of Android 13. There is also compatibility with the Multipoint Bluetooth ; for use with multiple devices or even integration of Google Assistant. In particular, it will be possible to request a walking route or a real-time translation in 40 languages ​​via “Hey Google”. Finally, the manufacturer mentions a 7 hour battery life with active noise reduction or up to 11 hours of passive listening. The headphones can be charged wirelessly.

Google Pixel Buds Pro
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Premium, the Pixel Buds Pro will join the Pixel Buds and Buds A-Series during the summer. Google announces that it will be available from July 28 at major retailers. They will come in four colorways (Charcoal, Mist, Coral and Lime Green) in a matte finish and two-tone design.

Pixel Tablet: Google returns to the tablet market in 2023

After stating that they are “the future of computing”, Google will return to the tablet market. Efforts to adapt Android to the big screen were already the harbinger of an interest in slates. Google had however given up following several unsuccessful attempts, such as the short-lived Pixel Slate.

Google Pixel Tablet
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Google wants to give itself another chance with the Pixel Tablet and is particularly enthusiastic. The Mountain View firm, however, has not said much about this tablet which will arrive next year. The first images show a rather classic tablet in appearance, with the presence of a camera, a USB-C port; as well as left and right speakers. For now, its design is reminiscent of a Samsung Galaxy Tab or an entry-level iPad. We also learn that the Pixel Tablet will embed a Google Tensor SoClike the brand’s latest smartphones.

Even more than on the material, Google will be expected on the software part and Android’s ability to convince on the big screen.

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