Google I/O is an annual developer conference held by: google. In case you’re wondering: “I/O” stands for Input/Output, as does the slogan “Innovation in the Open”. For Apple enthusiasts, that’s the equivalent of Google WWDC or the WorldWide Developers Conference.
And while Google I/O has historically been a software-centric event, with the most interesting part undoubtedly being the unveiling of the next version of Android, the past few years have been different. Especially 2022.
Of course, we still have a word about Android 13 and all of Google’s incredible work improving and developing its existing app portfolio, but I won’t lie – I was holding my breath for some new hardware.
And holy bonboni (?!), Google provided!
So let’s talk about the Pixel 6A, Pixel Buds Pro, and… the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel Watch, and Pixel tablet?! That’s right. google delivered too much when it comes to hardware at this event, and i think i might know why…
Google Pixel hardware dump: felt cute… may be released later (Pixel 7, Pixel Watch and Pixel Tablet)
Google Pixel 7 & Pixel 7 Pro: five months early
Then… the crowd pulled out their phones and started taking pictures of… the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro because they were on the screen. They were revealed for all to see! As it turned out, the premature announcement of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in 2021 was no exception to the rule for Google.
While we’ve certainly had quite a few Google Pixel 7 leaks this year, they weren’t that detailed, assuming there won’t be much new to the Pixel 7 series compared to Google’s current flagships. Anyway, the thing is, the Pixel 7 hasn’t leaked as heavily as the Pixel 6.
This time, Google’s pre-announcement will take place in early May, which is nearly half a year away from when the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are expected to debut in mid-October.
Google Pixel Watch: It’s About GD Time…
Then the super-hyper-ultra-long-expected and Pixel Watch followed. As you may know, this one was already ‘fully revealed’ on Reddit, thanks to the fact that Google employees supposedly left it in a bar in Chicago.
Anyway, the Google Pixel Watch will also be released in October alongside the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, so that’s another five-month wait for those who might want to get their hands on it. Until then, try your local biergartens. Who knows!
Google Pixel Tablet: twenty twenty three
And then there was the announcement of the Pixel Tablet.
The strangest thing about this announcement was that the Pixel tablet isn’t expected to hit the market until late, like October or later this year. It’s actually a 2023 release, which for some reason had to be announced now. From left field.
It’s almost guaranteed that the Pixel tablet won’t see the light of day until May 2023 or even October 2023, as Google usually doesn’t host events before. This means we’ll probably have to wait a whole year or even a year and a half to see the new Google-made tablet, which is only tease on this point. All the way out of left field.
Why does Google announce its phones, watches and tablets months or even years in advance?
While I’m sure this could be explained by a shift in Google’s product marketing strategy, there’s no getting around the elephant in the room. Google devices are leaking left and right.
Will Google’s plan to prevent leaks work?
Only time will tell.
Before I tell you about Google’s One More Thing, I want to clarify no phone manufacturer is immune to leaks…
Still, we haven’t seen what’s practically a full hands-on preview of recent Samsung or Apple devices — something we can’t say about the Pixel Watch and Pixel 6. So maybe this is Google saying, “We’re taking the control over leaks by… the leaking of our own products”. But what I’m not so sure about is whether this will play in Google’s favor…
One more thing: Google didn’t show everything on I/O
The missing piece of the puzzle?
Anyway, I don’t know if you noticed, but one highly anticipated product was not unveiled at Google I/O! This is, of course, the alleged Pixel Notepad/Pixel Fold, Google’s first foldable phone. That’s controversial, considering it hasn’t been leaked yet, but it’s certainly rumored.
According to insiders, the Google Pixel Notepad is expected to debut in Q4 2022, pointing to an October release, alongside the now partially unveiled Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Watch.
Why is Google hiding the Pixel Notepad/Pixel Fold?
Oh, and have you seen Google’s AR glasses prototype and how they translate speech with live captions in real time?!
Time for conspiracy theory…
So I am not just say it I’m saying:
1. Pixel Tablet could be the Pixel Notepad/Pixel Fold?!
2. Pixel Tablet/Notepad/Fold can be delayed until 2023?!
3. Or maybe not.