Google teased his Pixel 7 phone series at the Google I/O on May 11, 2022 – an announcement I did not expect, but still exciting. In the hours since then, like every telephone-savvy technology reporter, I’ve rolled over my head to find out more about the upcoming cell phones.
Google even has its official Pixel 7 page live on Google Store (Path, path ahead of the expected October release date). While searching for an image for a story from this source I came across a selection from Google Lens and even Google’s own detection tool isn’t exactly sure if it’s a Pixel 7 or a… Samsung Galaxy S21.
Now, I’m not saying the two devices look similar in any way — heck, the Pixel 7 isn’t even tangibly real — but judging by the in-depth Google I/O 2022 keynote, which talks about AI and machine Learning goes, I couldn’t help but chuckle that Google’s standout new flagship for 2022 could be confused with the main Korean competitor of 2021?
So what is it, Google?
You can see my screenshot above. Sure, I know some of the associated images are actually from the Pixel 6, so Google Lens is on the right track at times. And in fairness, I’ve run various other screengrabs, and Google Lens isn’t fooled by the inclusion of the distinctive “G” logo.
Also, the Pixel 7 series will be a very different deal than Samsung’s next moves. Google has already confirmed that there will be an all-new Tensor chipset that will power its two new phones – alongside the Pixel 7, of course, there’s a Pro model – to the next generation. Plus a new aluminum (or aluminum if you’re from across the pond) and a camera body. Very chic.
I’d speculate more on what to expect, but now I have to go down a rabbit hole to get Google Lens to tell me things aren’t what they actually are. I can for a while…