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Google Pixel event 2022 live blog: Pixel Watch, Pixel 7, and Pixel Tablet

New phones, a new watch, and a new hybrid tablet!

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Yesterday, at a Made By Google event in Brooklyn, NY, Google announced the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel Watch, and Pixel Tablet. We got the chance to be at the event venue watching Google unveil all of its new products live and get our hands on almost everything Google announced. The live blog ran throughout the day yesterday — before, during, and after the event was over — and we've still got several things to talk about today!

If you want to watch the presentation in its entirety, you can replay it on the Google store website and YouTube.

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Folks, it's Shruti typing, AC's managing editor. I'll be on until tomorrow when the event goes live and honestly I already feel like I need a drink...maybe that's how I'll find another device that was "accidentally" left at a bar. Lmao. JK. Anyway, Andrew Myrick helped me write a bunch of stuff, so I want to kick things off. 

It’s been a long five months since the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel Watch, and even the Pixel Tablet were first teased at I/O 2022. Since then, we’ve seen an iPhone 4-like debacle with a Pixel Watch left in a bar along with more than a few different people getting some hands-on time with Pixel 7 and 7 Pro prototypes. For whatever reason, it seems that Google just can’t figure out how to turn off that leaky faucet every year.

Even more excitedly, Google is finally, and we mean FINALLY set to release its first smartwatch. This has been rumored for years, and looks like it will be the perfect complement to your shiny, new Pixel 7 (or any Android phone). Since showing it off at I/O, Google has provided a few teasers here and there, complete with a “Design of Google Pixel Watch” trailer video, giving us an idea as to how the design came to be. 

Shortly before Google I/O 2022 kicked off, Android Central was the first to report on and provide real-world pictures of Google’s first smartwatch. This confirmed a few things about the watch itself, such as the rotating crown, and two hidden buttons to provide various methods for interacting with the wearable. The provided images also gave us an indication of just how the Pixel Watch would stack up from a size perspective compared to the Apple Watch and Galaxy Watch.

As expected, Google didn’t provide too much information about the Pixel Watch during its I/O 2022 Keynote. But it wasn’t long after the event concluded that we started to learn more about the Pixel Watch. Notably, a rumor suggested that Google would be using a processor from 2018, in the Exynos 9110, which was first released alongside the Galaxy Watch. However, subsequent rumors have suggested that Google will pair the 9110 with an unnamed co-processor, along with plenty of RAM and the most storage on an Android smartwatch.

We will have to see what the final result will really be, but for now, I think a lot of people feel like the below gif. 

Just as important as the hardware, is the software, and the Pixel Watch is no exception with Google’s flavor of Wear OS 3. Not only will there likely be deep Fitbit integration, but the Pixel Watch will also bring another long-awaited feature. The Google Home is finally coming to smartwatches, giving you an easy way to turn your smart home lights on or off, without grabbing your phone or invoking Assistant. This is one of the features many smartwatch owners have been wanting to see for years, and it’s finally coming.

Anyway BRB, cuz I'm going to bed soon, but one of my colleagues might join in soon, and if not....catch me at 6am ET bright and early!

Pixel Watch bezel thickness

(Image credit: @rquandt)

Morning folks, Brendan from the UK checking in here. Things are heating up as we edge even closer to today's launch event. The Pixel Watch remains our most anticipated device today, but those chunky bezel rumors have had us concerned.

So imagine the feeling when we woke up to images like the above from WinFuture's Roland Quandt on Twitter. We're still holding out hope that maybe they're not real, but that bezel is thick. Like, really thick.

This is more concerning as the display is apparently only going to be around 41mm, and as someone with a 41mm Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, I can tell you that's a very small size for some of the widget text and the like, and that's on a watch with no surrounding bezel eating into the display. The Pixel's bezel certainly seems to encroach more than the bezel on the new Galaxy Watch 5 too.

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GOOD MORNING, it's 6 AM ET, Shruti (AC's managing editor) checking in again with ya'll. I am tired you guys (see gif), but it's PIXEL DAY!

Building on what Brendan said...

Part of the fun of owning a smartwatch is to be able to view notifications as they arrive, and even reply to them without needing to use your phone. But there’s another side of the coin, as wearables have become invaluable for keeping track of your general health, along with your workouts, gym sessions, and more. And thanks to the rumored Fitbit integration (that we talked about earlier), one could argue this is set to be more of a Fitbit powered by Google’s software.

Fitbit carries the brand recognition that Google needs to help it be successful in the wearable space. And the Pixel Watch could do well to implement some of Fitbit’s best hardware and features. This means that the Pixel Watch has to execute well on the fundamentals, such as continuous heart rate and sleep tracking. But we’re also hoping that Google “shoots for the moon” by offering features that even the newly-released Fitbit Sense 2 can’t provide. These include things such as accessing Fitbit Premium workouts right from your wrist, making it easier to view and access Fitbit data, and customizable watch faces that allow you to put your important metrics front and center during workouts.

There are a few key areas that we haven’t touched on yet, with battery life and price. For the former, rumors point to the Pixel Watch using a 300mAh battery, falling closer in line with the 40mm Galaxy Watch 5. This will likely get you through an entire day, but it’s definitely not going to be a multi-day wearable. And we’re still unsure as to what Google plans to do when it comes to charging, but we’re just keeping our fingers crossed that it will use the Qi standard, and allow for reverse wireless charging with compatible Android phones, including the Pixel 7 series.

As for price, it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that recent leaks claim that the Pixel Watch will come in at around $350. This is a premium design, after all, complete with all of the benefits that Wear OS has to offer. Perhaps more importantly, this is Google’s attempt to enter a market filled with the likes of the Apple Watch and Galaxy Watch. It’s also possible that the existence of the Fitbit Sense 2 with its $299 price tag, played a role in the likely higher price tag.

At this point, there isn’t too much to learn that we haven’t already seen from the various leaks. But Google has also gotten in front of some of them, such as confirming that the Pixel 7 series will be powered by the all-new Google Tensor 2 chip. It’s again expected to be another year of providing almost-flagship-like performance, but is rumored to be 20% more performant, 20% less power-hungry, and offer a 35% increase with Machine Learning tasks.

Thanks to the various Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro leaked prototypes, we’ve also learned more about what Google will be pairing with its new Tensor 2 chip. The Pixel 7 is expected to feature 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage, while the 7 Pro could sport 12GB of RAM with the same storage options. We’re guessing that the 512GB Pixel 6 Pro didn’t sell as well as Google had hoped, so those wanting more storage might be a bit disappointed.

Google beat everyone to the punch by showing off its upcoming phones at I/O, providing confirmation that there won’t be much of a change in the design department between generations. The biggest difference will be the slightly-tweaked camera bar on the back, now using a steel camera housing, as opposed to the glass housing of its predecessor. And despite a bit of initial confusion, Google will also, unfortunately, be sticking with a glossy finish on both the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. It definitely feels as though Google might be averse to going back to a soft-touch finish on its phones, reinforcing the need to use a case or skin so it doesn’t slip out of your hands.

The Pixel 6 and 6 Pro represented the first major camera upgrade to the Pixel line, using a 50MP wide angle and 12MP ultrawide, with the 6 Pro adding a 48MP telephoto with a 4x optical zoom. Don’t expect much in the way of camera upgrades with the Pixel 7 series, as leaks suggest Google is using the same camera systems across both of its latest devices. Unlike other smartphone makers, this isn’t really a bad thing, as Google’s Machine Learning power handles many of the improvements you would want to see from updated hardware anyways. But as our colleague Derrek Lee points out, we are hoping to see an updated Camera app that provides full manual controls, as opposed to just offering a “point and shoot” only approach.

Recent leaks show that Google is planning to bring some new camera features while upgrading existing ones. One such change is the addition of Movie Motion Blur, providing a cinematic experience to videos. And “Macro Focus” could leverage the Pixel 7 Pro’s ultrawide camera, which is equipped with autofocus, providing users with the ability to try their hand at macro photography. It’s something that we’ve seen come to other smartphones, and can actually be quite fun, provided that you have enough lighting.

Nick checking in! It's time to have fun with some more early looks at what Google's announcing today.

In case you missed it last night, the official Fitbit app on the Google Play Store was updated showing off screenshots of the upcoming Pixel Watch Fitbit app. The app looks to include every statistic you could possibly want to see on your Pixel Watch, including heart rate, steps, calories burned, sleep quality, and plenty more.

This one looks like a full-fledged app and not a pared-down version as we've seen from Wear OS apps in the past, which represents the continued shift at Google of what a smartwatch should be and how it should operate.

If you've already got the Fitbit app installed on your smartphone, you might also notice a new watch model when trying to pair a new Fitbit watch in the app. Yep, that's right, the Pixel Watch is already in the app and ready to be paired, so it shouldn't be too long before people can get their wrists on Google's new beauty.

AC's Chris Wedel is on-site in NYC for the Google event, which is going to start in about 45 mins!! 

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Other rumored specs for these devices include a 6.3-inch, flat, display for the Pixel 7, with an FHD+ (2400 x 1080) resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. This is down from the 6.4-inch display found on the Pixel 6 while retaining the same resolution and refresh rate. Meanwhile, it’s more of the same for the Pixel 7 Pro, as it is said to use a curved 6.7-inch LTPO QHD+ resolution, complete with a 120Hz refresh rate. Despite the display specs looking the same on paper, rumors suggest that Google will be using a different panel from Samsung this time around. 

With the new panel, Mishaal Rahman points out that “it’ll be brighter than the Pixel 6 Pro,” and could top out at 1,000 nits of brightness. It won’t match up with the likes of the iPhone 14 Pro Max or Galaxy S22 Ultra, but the Pixel 7 Pro will likely be a marked improvement over