Alongside the new Pixel smartphones, Google is taking on rivals like Apple and Samsung across the board by unveiling an expanded lineup of Google Pixel hardware at the Google I/O developer conference in California.
While unveiling the long-awaited Google Pixel 6a and previewing the Pixel 7 lineup, Google also unveiled an expanded Pixel portfolio featuring a Pixel Watch, Pixel Tablet, and Pixel Tablet Buds Pro.
“We go for the ecosystem,” says Rick Osterloh, head of consumer hardware at Google. “We want people to know where Google is heading with devices as an organization over the next few years.”
The Pixel Buds Pro are the first Google headphones to offer active noise cancellation, thanks to a custom 6-core audio chip that runs algorithms developed by Google. Google claims seven hours of battery life with noise cancellation on, or up to 11 hours without it. Taking advantage of the charging case extends these up to 20 hours and 31 hours respectively.
Pixel Buds Pro can also pair with multiple devices simultaneously, making it easy to switch between devices like smartphones, tablets and computers without the need to re-pair.
The Pixel Buds Pro come in three colors, retail for $299, and will be available for pre-order on July 21 and hit shelves July 28.
Sticking to wearables, the extended lineup of Google Pixel hardware also includes the highly anticipated Google Pixel Watch. It runs Google WearOS operating system, but also offers tight integration with the FitBit ecosystem following Google’s takeover of the fitness tracking giant.
Resembling a traditional wristwatch, the Google Pixel Watch features a round dial and a side dial. The watch syncs with smartphones, with 4G LTE optional, but it’s important to note that it’s only compatible with Android smartphones, not Apple iPhones.
The Google Pixel Watch is expected to go on sale in the Australian spring, with pricing yet to be revealed.
The tech giant is also returning to tablets, with the Pixel Tablet set to debut next year. Details are scarce, though it will feature a Tensor chip and a range of tablet-specific Android 13 optimizations. Pricing has yet to be announced.
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