Made by Google event this week unveils Pixel 8 Pro, Watch 2, Assistant, and more.

Made by Google event this week unveils Pixel 8 Pro, Watch 2, Assistant, and more.

Google Releases New Pixel Phones, Pixel Watch, and Pixel Buds Pro

It’s been an exciting week for Google as the tech giant unveiled its latest flagship devices. In addition to showcasing the new Pixel phones and Pixel Buds Pro, Google also revealed its next phase of AI expansion with a smarter and more capable Google Assistant. With the holiday shopping season approaching, Google aims to position itself as a top contender in the AI market and offer devices that can cater to a wide range of user needs.

Let’s take a closer look at the highlights of Google’s latest announcements.

Pixel 8 and 8 Pro: The Evolution of Design

The design of the Pixel 8 series closely resembles last year’s models with rounder form factors and curved edges. The camera bar, a trademark of Pixel phones, remains polarizing. The Pixel 8 Pro comes equipped with a triple-lens setup, while the standard Pixel 8 features a wide-angle sensor and an ultra-wide lens. Despite the familiar design, the bezels have become thinner, enabling more screen real estate for users. The refresh rate has also been enhanced, with the non-Pro Pixel now boasting a refresh rate of 120Hz. Both models retain their original display sizes of 6.2 inches and 6.7 inches for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro respectively.

AI is at the core of the Pixel 8 series, with new photo and video features that include Video Boost, Audio Magic Eraser, and the exclusive Best Take tool available only on the Pro model. The new Tensor G3 chipset powers these capabilities, boasting a machine learning model 10 times more complex than its predecessor from two years ago. Both devices come equipped with 50-megapixel wide cameras, 2x optical zoom, and improved macro photography capabilities. In terms of endurance, the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro offer 4,575mAh and 5,050mAh batteries respectively, ensuring longer usage times. Notably, Google has committed to providing seven years of software, security, and feature updates, setting a new standard in the industry.

The Pixel 8 starts at $699, while the Pixel 8 Pro starts at $999, with both models offering a base storage of 128GB. The Pro model also offers a 1TB option for those in need of additional storage. Preorders for both devices are available now, with wide availability on October 12th.

Pixel Watch 2: Health and Fitness Enhancement

Following last year’s Pixel Watch, Google continues its venture into the mainstream smartwatch market with the Pixel Watch 2. The design of the watch retains the circular face and push-out watch bands, providing a classic and comfortable aesthetic. This year, the focus lies in enhancing fitness and health features.

The Pixel Watch 2 boasts an improved multi-path heart rate sensor that enables faster and more accurate tracking. This improvement extends to sleep tracking, high and low heart rate notifications, and the introduction of Active Zone Minutes/Heart Zone Training during workouts. The watch also features a stress management system powered by Fitbit, leveraging sweat detection, heart rate variability, and skin temperature. Additionally, there is a wider variety of activity tracking options available, including cycling and running, with automatic workout detection. A new safety feature called “Safety Check” allows users to set a timer when transitioning from one place to another. If the user fails to respond, an SOS message will be sent to their emergency contacts. The Pixel Watch 2 offers an impressive battery life, lasting up to 24 hours even with an always-on display.

The Pixel Watch 2 can be preordered starting from $349, with an LTE model available for $399. Those who preorder the watch will receive a free six-month subscription to Fitbit Premium and a one-month trial of YouTube Music Premium.

Pixel Buds Pro: Updates for Enhanced User Experience

Although the Pixel Buds Pro are not new, Google has introduced two new colorways, Bay and Porcelain, to accompany the latest software update. The update delivers improved call quality, a low-latency mode for gaming, and a dedicated app for Chromebooks. Existing Pixel Buds Pro owners will also benefit from these new features through the software update.

With these new releases, Google is further solidifying its position as a leader in the AI and smart devices market. The company’s commitment to innovation, design, and user experience is evident in the latest Pixel phones, Pixel Watch, and Pixel Buds Pro. As the holiday shopping season approaches, consumers can expect Google’s devices to be a popular choice, offering seamless integration, AI-powered functionality, and long-term software support.

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