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Google today hosted its 15th annual I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, highlighting advances in artificial intelligence, changes to Google Photos, updates to search, and more.

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Pixel Fold

The Pixel Fold is Google's first foldable smartphone, and it's set to launch in late June. In terms of design, it is similar to the Galaxy Z Fold, as it opens from a smartphone form factor into a tablet form factor.


The Pixel Fold features a 7.6-inch display when unfolded, with a resolution of 2208 x 1840 and a 120Hz refresh rate. When folded, the Pixel Fold has a 5.8-inch display with a 2092 x 1080 resolution. It is powered by the latest Google Tensor chip, and is equipped with a 4,821mAh battery.

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There are three cameras, including a 48-megapixel main camera, an ultrawide camera, and a telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom. Other features include a fingerprint scanner built into the power button, facial recognition, IPX8 water resistance, and a 180-degree hinge mechanism at the edges. Preorders for the Pixel Fold are available today, and it is priced at $1,800.

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Pixel Tablet and Pixel 7a

Alongside the Pixel Fold, Google today also introduced a new 11-inch Pixel Tablet and the more affordable Pixel 7a smartphone. The Pixel Tablet includes a Charging Speaker Dock that turns it into a smart home control hub, and it is priced at $499.

The Pixel 7a is a low-cost smartphone at $499, and it offers an alternative to the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

Google Photos

A new "Magic Editor" in Google Photos adds AI editing features, with select Pixel phones to get early access later in 2023. Magic Editor can make complex edits automatically, tweaking specific parts of an image to remove unwanted objects, changing composition by repositioning the subject, and updating elements like the sky.

Magic Editor can also create new content when repositioning an image to change the way cropping and resizing works, and it is functionality that is likely to expand beyond Pixel phones in the future.

Google Maps

Maps is gaining an updated Immersive View feature that uses AI to fuse Street View and aerial images together to create a digital model of the world for route planning purposes. It will show bike lanes, sidewalks, intersections, and parking for an entire trip, along with information on weather changes throughout the day. The feature will roll out in the coming months in select cities like San Francisco, Tokyo, LA, London, and New York.

AI

Artificial intelligence is a major focus at this year's I/O event with Google announcing several new initiatives.... Click here to read rest of article

Article Link: Google I/O: $1,800 Google Pixel Fold, AI Updates and More
 

L92

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That fold looks horrendous in the hands. The construction, design, plastic-screen reflections were just all over the place. I think this form factor is very far away from it's final stage and years and years out from Apple, because one thing for sure, they will not release anything like this.

I did like that their tablet ideas, with the dock and a clever case. The dock also comes with tablet at 499$ which seems like a great value. (Ui looked hideous though). And multi user support, hear that Apple?
 

TinyMito

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Please no, I hate the trend of phone going into $2000... I just need a phone to message, GPS and lookup. Nothing else and stop adding things for entertainment purposes I don't need!

I don't play games on phone, stop making more powerful to drain battery.
I don't watch movies on phone, stop making big phone.
I don't take photography with my phone, stop making it so expensive and huge camera bump.
Stop stop stop!
 
Please no, I hate the trend of phone going into $2000... I just need a phone to message, GPS and lookup. Nothing else and stop adding things for entertainment purposes I don't need!

I don't play games on phone, stop making more powerful to drain battery.
I don't watch movies on phone, stop making big phone.
I don't take photography with my phone, stop making it so expensive and huge camera bump.
Stop stop stop!
Your post reminds me of the classic Nokia 3310.

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NeonNights

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Jul 22, 2022
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Pixel Fold pre-ordered! It is going to be a brutal wait until end of June. 🤣 We will see how it stacks up to my Z Fold 4.
I look forward to the comparison. Fellow Fold 4 user here.

I am not seeing any huge selling points yet over the Fold 4, although the IPX8 rating and camera features of the Pixel Fold are intriguing. Pretty good first effort by Google. The design looks sleek and refined.
 

Mikep976

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I may be in the minority on the Apple Fan side...

Please Apple - release a foldable like this. I so desperately want to stay in the ecosystem, but for me, this type of foldable is so handy. Had the Fold 4 for a few months but could't justify one Android device in my see of Apple and it not integrating.

Doesn't mean all iPhones have to fold, but I would love them to offer it as an option.
 
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