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Google I/O is the tech giant’s developer conference held annually in San Francisco, starting all the way back in 2008. The bulk of the show each year is devoted to technical sessions, where attendees learn about developing applications for all of Google’s platforms, including Android, Chrome, and YouTube. This time around, Google finally unveiled the next edition in the long running Pixel a series, the Pixel 6a, along with much more. Below is a summary of each of the new pieces of Pixel hardware unveiled at the event.

Pixel Watch

Something I’m personally very excited about, Google announced the Pixel Watch after months of leaks and rumours surrounding ‘Rohan’, the codename of the product. Beyond their recent acquisition of Fitbit, The Pixel Watch marks Google’s entry into the smartwatch market. The Pixel Watch also sports a bold circular dome design, with a recycled stainless steel body and customizable bands that attach and detach without a hassle.

The watch will run WearOS and feature a “deep integration” with Fitbit and its heart rate, sleep, and fitness tracking tech. Google still didn’t reveal about the watch, but it did still mention that it will feature a voice assistant, wallet integration, and support for the Google Home app. The Pixel Watch will be released later this year alongside the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, and more information will likely come over the next few months.

Pixel 6a

Google also announced the Pixel 6a, the company’s latest mid-range handset launching in Ireland on July 28 for €459.  The phone will become available to pre-order on July 21 and Google says it offers the same speed as the Pixel 6 Pro as its using the same Tensor processor and Titan M2 chip.

Pixel 6a | TheEffect.NetThe Pixel 6a features a 6.2″ OLED display with a centered-hole punch selfie camera and two-12-megapixel sensors, wide, and ultra wide-angle, on the Pixel 6-like visor, there are also features like Night Shift, Real Tone, and Magic Eraser featured in the phone. It also supports a fingerprint scanner like the 6 Pro and 6, along with five years of security updates.

Pixel Buds Pro

Google used their I/O event to show off its most premium product in the Pixel Buds category yet, at €219, the Pixel Buds Pro, is a direct answer to Apple’s AirPods Pro and offers active noise cancellation, a transparency mode, multipoint Bluetooth connectivity, and an IPX4 water resistance rating, among other features.

They will be available to preorder on July 21 and be in stores a week later on the 28th.

Pixel 7 & 7 Pro

In a surprising move, Google showed off their new line of Pixel smartphones, Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro which will be launching in a range of colours colours with Android 13, the next generation of Google Tensor Chip.

Pixel 7 & 7 Pro | TheEffect.NetWe still might have to wait a couple of months to see the front of the device, as we only saw the back of it, there is also the possibility of leaks spoiling the fun though. Google says the phones are likely launching in October, just like in previous years. These phones will launch alongside the Pixel Watch.

Pixel Tablet

Finally, ​a brand new Google Pixel Tablet made an incredibly brief appearance at the event with a very vague ‘2023’ release window. Its time in the spotlight was so brief, in fact, that beyond knowing it exists and having a glimpse at what it’ll look like, there are plenty of unanswered questions remaining.

While Google confirmed that the Pixel Tablet would be powered by its homegrown Tensor processor, we’re not sure which one. It could be the same one found in the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6a, or the newer version that will live inside the Pixel 7. Or maybe it’ll be a tablet-specific variant.

Pixel Tablet | TheEffect.NetBeyond that, we’ve got no official words on RAM, battery capacity etc, but we can easily spot a single rear camera and can confidently assume it’ll run Android 13, especially as Google made a point to show off tablet optimisations while stating that it’s working with companies like TikTok and Facebook to deliver better big-screen Android apps.Pixel Tablet | TheEffect.NetAnd that’s it! It definitely was one of the more eventful and news-filled I/O’s of recent years so we can’t wait to learn more about each of the newly unveiled devices. Stay tuned to TheEffect.Net for our reviews of each of these devices.

You can learn more about each of the new devices on Google’s official ‘The Keyword’ blog here. 

John Reilly

John is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheEffect.Net. His favourite gaming series is Uncharted and his favourite film is Interstellar. He is also known to quote 'Father Ted' and Keith Lemon more than is normal. John@theeffect.net