Google teases future {hardware}: The Pixel 7, Pixel Pill, and AR Goggles

Google teases future hardware: The Pixel 7, Pixel Tablet, and AR Goggles

Google I/O right this moment contained 1,000,000 completely different {hardware} bulletins, a few of which have been simply two-minute product teases, presumably to move off product leakers. First up is the Pixel 7, Google’s flagship smartphone launching later this yr.

Google known as the work it did with the Pixel 6 and Google Tensor SoC “a {hardware} basis that we’ll be constructing on for years to return,” and the Pixel 7 is the subsequent step on this street map. It’s going to have the same design and next-generation Google SoC. The digital camera bar is now polished aluminum moderately than glass, which ought to assist a number of the mild glare points on the large glass panel on the present digital camera bar. The Pixel 7 Professional has three rear cameras, and the Pixel 6 has two rear cameras. Google guarantees the professional will “set a very new commonplace” for digital camera efficiency.

That is it. That is how fast these teases have been. Subsequent!

A full shot of the phones.
Enlarge / A full shot of the telephones.

The Pixel pill

The Pixel tablet, coming in 2023.
Enlarge / The Pixel pill, coming in 2023.

Google is getting actually, actually critical about Android tablets once more. To associate with the tablet-focused Android 12L, Google dedicated to launching 20-plus Android pill apps for varied Google companies. It additionally introduced a Pixel pill! Will probably be the primary Google Android pill in seven years when it comes out in “2023.”

We acquired a spin across the machine, exhibiting a widescreen design and fairly skinny bezels. The again has 4 mysterious pogo-pin connectors, in all probability for the rumored smart display performance. The one different info you possibly can glean from the 30-second presentation was that the edges regarded thick. Google confirmed the USB-C port on the underside, and there was a major quantity of house round it—often, units aren’t a lot thicker than a USB-C port opening.

A side view of the Pixel tablet, it seems rather beefy given the space around the USB-C port.
Enlarge / A facet view of the Pixel pill, it appears moderately beefy given the house across the USB-C port.
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That was all Google stated in regards to the Pixel Pill. It has been six lengthy years since Google’s final Android pill—the Pixel C—arrived in 2015. Even that machine began as a Chrome OS product and had Android shoveled onto it as a final resort. The final actually-for-Android Android pill was the 2014 Nexus 9. Neither Android pill was well-received, so Google stop the pill market for three years. In 2018, it launched the Chrome OS-powered Pixel Slate, then stop the marketplace for another three years when that machine additionally didn’t do well. Third time’s a allure?

An AR goggles prototype

Google's prototype of AR glasses.
Enlarge / Google’s prototype of AR glasses.

Subsequent up: AR Goggles?! Yep, Google talked about AR goggles and confirmed a video. We have now to emphasize that this isn’t actually “a product announcement” and was solely launched by CEO Sundar Pichai as “a new prototype we have been engaged on.” It additionally does not seem to be it is a smartphone-replacement, multi-use machine. Google confirmed off glasses that appeared to solely do translations and does not appear to have “apps” that produce other performance. Pichai’s introduction was centered, “Let’s have a look at what occurs once we take our developments in translation and transcription and ship them in your line of sight in one of many early prototypes we have been testing.”

The AR machine regarded like a primarily commonplace pair of thick-rimmed glasses. Within the demo, the machine solely listened for a spoken language and would show translated textual content on the display. The restricted performance in all probability helps hold the entire thing in a normal-looking package deal.

Google did not exit of its method to show the AR glasses labored in actual life. We simply received a canned video of regular glasses with overlaid textual content describing the potential interface for customers. Hopefully, it is not alongside the identical traces as the unique Google Glass concept video, which Google by no means even got here near producing. Once more, this was not a product announcement, only a peek of a prototype.


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