Google’s latest Pixel launch event has concluded, unveiling a range of exciting products. Despite some of the products being leaked ahead of time, Google managed to surprise its audience with a few unexpected announcements.
Here are the key highlights from the Made by Google event:
- Pixel 8 Pro Unveiled: Google has officially introduced the Pixel 8 Pro, packed with significant upgrades. This includes the new Tensor G3 chipset and an enhanced rear camera setup featuring a 50MP primary sensor, a 48MP telephoto lens with 5x zoom, and a 48MP ultrawide camera. Notably, it offers a Zoom Enhance feature that can add detail to images when zoomed in.
- Temperature Sensing: The Pixel 8 Pro is equipped with a temperature reader that can accurately measure surface and object temperatures, with potential future applications for body temperature measurement. While it retains the same 6.7-inch display as its predecessor, it incorporates LTPO technology for improved performance and boasts a peak brightness of 2,400 nits.
- Pricing and Availability: The Pixel 8 Pro starts at $999, making it $100 more expensive than the Pixel 7 Pro. It’s available for pre-order in black, porcelain, and light blue, with shipping commencing on October 12th.
- Pixel Watch 2: The Pixel Watch 2 may not look drastically different from its predecessor, but it comes with substantial improvements. It features the efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 processor, enabling up to 24 hours of battery life even with the always-on display active. New sensors for skin temperature and electrodermal activity enhance stress detection and workout tracking.
- Pixel Buds Pro Updates: The Pixel Buds Pro now come in light blue and porcelain colors to complement the Pixel 8 lineup. Google has introduced conversation detection, automatically pausing audio when you speak. Improved voice call quality is also on the way with Bluetooth Super Wideband and Clear Calling features.
- Android 14: Android 14 is here with enhanced passkey support, health tracking, and customization options. Notably, it introduces AI wallpaper generation, allowing users to create backgrounds by describing images. Initially available on Pixel phones 4A 5G and newer, other manufacturers like Samsung will add support later in the year.
- Extended Software Support: Google has extended software support for the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro to seven years, ensuring updates until 2030. This is a significant improvement from previous models and rivals Apple’s commitment to long-term support.
- Assistant with Bard: Google is introducing Assistant with Bard, an AI-enhanced personal assistant that integrates with various Google apps like Gmail and Docs, offering assistance with tasks like caption creation, creating lists, and email search.
Google’s latest product lineup, including the Pixel 8 Pro, Pixel Watch 2, Android 14, and extended software support, demonstrates the company’s commitment to innovation and longevity in its offerings, competing with industry leaders like Apple while setting new standards for device support.