Google I/O is an annual developer conference hosted by Google. In case you were wondering, “I/O” stands for Input/Output, as does the slogan “Innovation in the Open”. for Apple Enthusiasts, this is the equivalent of Google WWDC or the World Wide Developers Conference.
And while Google I/O has historically been a software-focused event, where the most interesting part was undoubtedly the reveal of the next version of Android, the last few years have been different. Especially in 2022.
Sure, we still talked Android 13 and all of Google’s incredible work improving and evolving the existing portfolio of apps, but I won’t lie – I was holding my breath for new hardware.
And holy candy (?!), Google delivered!
So let’s talk about them Pixel 6A, Pixel Buds Proand the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, pixel clockand Pixel tablet?! It’s correct. Google handed down when it comes to hardware at this event and I think I may know why…
Google Pixel Hardware Dump: Felt cute… might release later (Pixel 7, Pixel Watch and Pixel Tablet)
Google Pixel 7 & Pixel 7 Pro: Five months earlier
Then… the crowd pulled out their phones and started taking pictures of… the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro because they were on the screen. They have been unveiled for all to see! As it turns out, the early announcement of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro for 2021 was no exception to the rule for Google.
While we’ve certainly had our fair share of Google Pixel 7 leaks this year, they haven’t been that detailed, assuming there won’t be much new about the Pixel 7 series compared to the current Google flagships. Anyhow, the point is that the Pixel 7 wasn’t leaked as heavily as the Pixel 6.
Also, this time, Google’s pre-announcement takes place in early May, which is almost half a year away from the expected debut of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro in mid-October.
Google Pixel Watch: it’s GD time…
Then the super-hyper-ultra-long-awaited and pixel clock followed. As you may know, this one has already been “fully revealed”. Redditthanks to the fact that Google employees reportedly managed to leave it in a Chicago bar.
Anyway, the Google Pixel Watch will be released in October alongside the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, so another five months await those who might want to get their hands on it. Until then, try out your local beer gardens. Who knows!
Google Pixel tablet: Twenty twenty three
And then there was the announcement of the Pixel tablet.
The strangest thing about this announcement was that the Pixel tablet isn’t supposed to be a late release, like October or later this year. It’s actually a 2023 release that had to be announced now for some reason. From left field.
It’s almost guaranteed that the Pixel tablet won’t see the light of day until May 2023 or even October 2023, as Google doesn’t usually hold events earlier. That means we’ll likely have to wait a full year, or even a year and a half to see the new Google-made tablet that’s out now teasing At this point. Totally out of left field.
Why does Google announce its phones, watches and tablets months or even years in advance?
While I’m sure this could be explained by a change in Google’s product marketing strategy, we can’t ignore the elephant in the room. Google devices lick left and right.
Will Google’s Leak Prevention Plan Work?
Only time will tell.
Before I tell you about Google’s One More Thing, I want to get this straight No phone maker is immune to leaks…
Still, we haven’t seen a virtually complete hands-on preview of the latest Samsung or Apple devices – something we can’t say about the Pixel Watch and Pixel 6. So maybe Google is saying, “We take control of leaks by…leaking our own products.” But what I’m not so sure about is whether this will play in Google’s favor…
One more thing: Google didn’t show everything at I/O
The missing piece of the puzzle?
Anyway, I don’t know if you noticed, but a long-awaited product wasn’t unveiled during Google I/O! Of course, this is the alleged Pixel Notepad/Pixel Fold, Google’s first foldable phone. That’s debatable as this one hasn’t been leaked yet, but it’s certainly been heavily rumoured.
According to insiders, the Google Pixel Notepad is expected to arrive in Q4 2022, hinting at an October release, along with the now partially revealed Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel Watch.
Why is Google hiding the Pixel Notepad/Pixel Fold?
Oh, and have you seen Google’s AR glasses prototype and how they can translate speech with live captions in real-time?!
Time for conspiracy theories…
So I am not but say it I am say it:
1. Pixel Tablet could be Pixel Notepad/Pixel Fold?!
2. Pixel Tablet/Notepad/Fold could be delayed to 2023?!
3. Or maybe not.
Bye for now.