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Apr 12, 2001

Google today kicked off its annual I/O developer conference at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, where it unveiled a wide range of new Pixel devices that are launching this summer and beyond. Ahead, we've summarized five highlights from the keynote to give Apple users a quick overview of the announcements.


Key takeaways from the Google I/O keynote:
  1. Google provided a sneak peek at the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro coming this fall. The smartphones will feature a slight redesign with the camera bar gaining an aluminum finish, and both devices will be powered by Google's next-generation Tensor chip. The standard Pixel 7 will have a dual camera setup, while the Pixel 7 Pro will have a triple camera array. The devices will ship with Android 13.
  2. Google also previewed the Pixel Watch, the first smartwatch that it fully built. Launching this fall, the Pixel Watch will feature a circular, domed design with a tactile crown, a side button, and customizable bands. The watch will be powered by an "improved" Wear OS interface with "more fluid" navigation, smart notifications, built-in Fitbit functionality for fitness tracking, Apple Pay-like tap-to-pay functionality, and more. Pixel Watch will require a smartphone running Android 8.0 or later, making it incompatible with the iPhone.
  3. Google unveiled the Pixel 6a, a new mid-range smartphone priced from $449, which places it between the iPhone SE and the iPhone 11. Pixel 6a has the same Google Tensor chip and a similar design as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
  4. Pixel Buds Pro are Google's new premium wireless earbuds with similar features as AirPods Pro, including active noise cancellation, a Transparency mode that lets ambient noise in, hands-free "Hey Google" voice control, automatic switching between previously paired Bluetooth devices, integration with Google's Find My Device app, and spatial audio support starting later this year. Pricing is set at $199, compared to AirPods Pro at $249.
  5. Android tablets have continuously failed to gain popularity compared to iPads, but Google is planning to reenter the tablet market once again with the Pixel Tablet, coming in 2023. The tablet will be powered by a Tensor chip.
A replay of the Google I/O keynote is available on YouTube.

Article Link: Google I/O Highlights for Apple Users: Sneak Peek at Pixel 7, Pixel Watch, More
Competition is a good thing and glad Google is working on things. However, Google forget to mention Pixel 7 Pro Max.

Pixel Watch looks amazing. Not going to lie the circular design is appealing and modular.

Pixel Tablet coming, in 2023? Why would they pre-maturely announced it now? I don't get it.


macrumors 6502a
Feb 23, 2009
Software. Report on the software. In general, this is where things are interesting now--Apple media and fans are focused on hardware which is incremental at this point.

The software announcements were super interesting--and nothing like it on the Apple side.
That's what I was hoping to see in this article. Major differentiation in software...

I also think the Pixel Watch looks nice.

Leon Ze Professional

macrumors regular
Sep 23, 2021
I assume like most on this forum, I like technology innovation. So I am genuinely curious about the pixel watch.

It looks interesting to me, but I also would like to see how it stacks up against the Apple watch. Naturally I know the Apple watch will be more refined as this will be Google first attempt at a watch.

But still I'm curious to see how close they can get?


macrumors 6502
Oct 31, 2018
Toronto, Canada
I actually like the look of the back of the new Pixel Phones and the camera layout. I wish it didn’t stick out, but it probably wouldn’t much with a decent case.


macrumors 6502
Apr 25, 2008
The watch is beautiful.

Nothing against Google but -- and just my opinion/taste -- as much as I'd prefer a round watch body, if it's round I'd prefer it to look more like a traditional luxury watch with a digital interface. If a smart watch is going to look "techy", I don't know if I really care if it's square or round. It's what I've always liked about the Model S: it didn't necessarily follow the previous (and some current) attempts at making an EV look "futuristic".


macrumors 6502
May 14, 2002
I have used both square and round Android Watches before I moved to an Apple Watch 6 years ago. Trust me: the round ones are all for show and not for utility. A circle consumes no less area than a square in terms of ergonomics, but you lose almost 25% of the area for display. Plus, the area you have is so awkward to use that it requires text be squeezed in further so that it's not just completely visible at the widest point.

If you use your watch for something more than just telling time round is awful.
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macrumors regular
Oct 7, 2013
Eastern US
They all copy each other, it's just who does it better to debate over. I am glad for Google bringing the competition to Apple. The watch and ear buds look very nice, I wonder how much information they collect and monetize?
Google made some interesting announcements regarding ads today, check it out. Overall a solid day from G.
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