Google Pixel Watch, Pixel 7 phones and tablet take on Apple, Samsung

Google outlined a major expansion in internal hardware, highlighted by its first branded smartwatch to compete with Apple’s popular product.

The Google Pixel Watch, unlike the Apple Watch, has a circular screen, mimicking most classic wristwatches. The device was primarily developed by Fitbit, which Google acquired in January 2021, and includes Fitbit-based health tracking integration.

At its annual I/O Developer Conference on Wednesday, the search giant also showcased premium headphones, new smartphones and its first tablet since exiting the category three years ago.

Google says its Pixel Watch, slated for release later this year, will be a “premium” device.

Google’s watch will run its Wear OS software and support things like tap-to-pay, finding directions in Google Maps and receiving notifications.

It will also be controlled by Google’s voice assistant and a touch crown on the side – similar to the Apple Watch with digital assistant Siri and its digital crown. Like Apple, Google will also offer a version with 4G cellular connectivity.

Unlike other smartwatches running Wear OS, Google’s Pixel Watch won’t be compatible with Apple iPhones.

The Google Pixel Watch is built on the foundation of the Fitbit series and will run Wear OS.

The Google Pixel Watch is built on the foundation of the Fitbit series and will run Wear OS.

Google’s Pixel Watch will be released in the fall in the US, but the company hasn’t provided information on cost to consumers.

In an interview, Rick Osterloh, Head of Hardware at Google, said it would be a “premium” device. Apple’s stainless steel Apple Watch starts at US$749, and the company is planning new watches later this year.

Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro

Osterloh also previewed the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, the company’s next high-end smartphones slated for release in the fall. The devices will have an updated design for the rear camera system and a faster processor. The company did not disclose pricing.

Two products will be available soon: the Pixel 6a and the Pixel Buds Pro.

The Pixel 6a is a cheaper version of last year’s Pixel 6, priced at $449 instead of $599. It has cheaper materials like aluminum edges, a smaller 6.1-inch screen, fewer 12-megapixel cameras, but the same custom Tensor processor inside.

Google's hardware lineup for 2022 spans from headphones to tablets.

Google’s hardware lineup for 2022 spans from headphones to tablets.

The new Pixel Buds Pro will rival Apple’s AirPods Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro. As with its competitors, the main novelty is noise cancellation, a transparency mode to hear outside noise and a greater ability to limit background noise during calls.

The headphones also have a seven-hour battery life with noise cancellation turned on.

Google is also working on a Pixel tablet and plans to launch it next year. The company didn’t disclose pricing, specific version details, or unique capabilities, but Osterloh said it will be larger in size.

Apple sells tablets around 7-inches to 13-inches, while Samsung makes a large 15-inch device. Google had stopped designing new tablets in 2019 to focus on laptops.

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