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Google Pixel 7 Event: New Pixel 7, 7 Pro, Pixel Watch, Tensor G2 and More Reveals

Google's new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones are on display at the company's new event alongside the Pixel Watch. Plus, the Pixel Tablet gets a tease ahead of its 2023 release.

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Google unveiled its new Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro phones, the Tensor G2 chip and the Pixel Watch at Thursday's Made by Google event in New York, alongside an extended look at 2023's Pixel Tablet. CNET reported live from the event, and the live posts from the event will remain archived below on this post. We are posting our first look at the new phones and the watches straight from Google's event, with more impressions to come. All of the major announcements are also listed above our live blog posts so you can jump straight into the bigger Pixel reveals.

Google Pixel event announcements

Pixel 7: Google's Pixel 7 includes a redesigned camera bump in the back and a new punch-hole style front camera.

Pixel 7 Pro: The Pixel 7 Pro includes a triple-lens camera with a pill-shaped cutout design for it. The phone will have a polished aluminum finish and an aluminum camera bar.

Pixel Watch: Google's Pixel Watch features rounded edges and come in three stainless steel finishes including black, silver and gold.

Google Tensor G2: Google's new Tensor G2 processor was announced Thursday, which will be the in-house chip powering Google's Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

Pixel Tablet: Google's Pixel Tablet isn't arriving until 2023, but Google teased how it can be used as both a tablet and as a Nest Hub. The tablet can be placed into a charging dock, and when docked it will display photos as well as serve as a smart home controller. The tablet will also be built with a "nano-ceramic" coating that Google says is inspired by porcelain.

Pixel Watch from the show floor

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The Pixel Watch with a pink shaded wristband and watch face.

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Pixel Watch with a green and yellow wristband

The Pixel Watch's bands include sport bands to breathable woven bands.

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CNET's Lisa Eadicicco was able to use the Pixel Watch at Google's New York event Thursday, which will start at $350 (£339, AU$549) and launch on Oct. 13. The watch includes Fitbit health metrics, a round design and a display with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The watch runs on Google's Wear OS 3.5 operating system, which appears to include a number of similarities to the menus seen on the Fitbit Sense 2.

The Pixel Watch also includes access to the Google Play Store, Google Wallet mobile payments and optional LTE connectivity in a more expensive $400 model.

Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro on the show floor

By Mike Sorrentino
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The Pixel 7 (left) and the Pixel 7 Pro.

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Pixel 7 and Pixel 6.

The Pixel 7 (left) and the Pixel 6 (right).

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The Pixel 7's display.

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CNET's Lisa Eadicicco is getting hands-on time with the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro at Google's event. These photos show the two phones. The Pixel 7 Pro is the one with three cameras on the back. And you can also see the Pixel 7 alongside a Pixel 6 phone for comparison.

And that's a wrap!

By Imad Khan

Rick Osterloh wraps up the event and tells people they can preorder the new Pixel products at Google's online store.

No smart speakers

By Roger Cheng

Interesting that the Nest camera, which was announced yesterday, had this stealth presence at the event, which was focused squarely on the Pixel family. Also, no smart speaker updates?

More voice features

By Imad Khan

Google says people can use more natural language to accomplish tasks. A person can say "coming home with coffee" and smart speakers at home will relay that information.

Apple already did that

By Roger Cheng

Note that you can already control your iPhone's camera with your Apple Watch. 

Take photos from Pixel Watch

By Imad Khan

People can set up their Pixel 7 on a tripod and use their Pixel Watch to snap a photo.

Fast pair takes a hint from Apple

By Imad Khan

Pairing AirPods to an iPhone is very easy: All you have to do is open your AirPods case and the iPhone will quickly detect it. Google is introducing Fast Pair, which allows products that opt in for this feature to also pair to Pixel devices quickly. Fast Pair isn't limited to Google-made devices. Let's see if other companies take advantage of this.

Will Apple follow suit?

By Roger Cheng
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Google's Pixel Tablet won't be coming out until next year. Will Apple have something similar out around the same time? Google just telegraphed one of its tablet's killer apps.

But how much is that dock?

By Roger Cheng
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The dock is a great idea, but we'll see how much Google will charge for the accessory. 

Google Pixel Tablet also a smart display

By Roger Cheng
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This is a smart move by Google -- making the tablet also a smart display when docked. I'm sure Google won't mind the extra money it'll make by selling that accessory, which seems like a must-have for anyone buying this product.

Pixel Tablet coming 2023

By Imad Khan
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No exact release date is given for the new tablet.

Pixel Tablet and Charging Speaker Dock

By Imad Khan
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The Pixel Tablet with the Speaker Dock will essentially turn it into a smart display. It can play music, turn lights off in the house and act as a photo frame.

Google Pixel Tablet

By Imad Khan
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The Google Pixel Tablet will also include the G2 chip. Google seems to have brought the Material You design to the Pixel Tablet, customizing the UI based on a person's preferences.

Now you spell Fitbit G-O-O-G-L-E

By Ian Sherr
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Google is integrating features from Fitbit, which it bought for more than $2.1 billion last year, into its Pixel Watch. That includes sleep tracking, health metrics dashboards and wellness reports.

Pixel Watch starts at $349

By Imad Khan
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The Pixel Watch will start at $349 for the Wi-Fi version. The LTE version will cost $399. Preorders start today. It will come with three months of YouTube Music, a $30 value.

Emergency SOS and fall detection

By Imad Khan

Because the Pixel Watch can track a person's heart rate at all times, if something is wrong, emergency SOS can alert family. Fall detection is coming in 2023 for hard falls and can alert emergency services. Every Pixel Watch will come with six months of Fitbit Premium for workouts and meditation. 

The Pixel Watch can give users a detailed fitness report.

A round smartwatch just feels more natural

By Roger Cheng
An enlarged image of the Pixel Watch, likely a render, showing the front and side crown of the smartwatch.

Google released an official design video of the Pixel Watch weeks before its expected launch.

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Seeing the round shape of the Pixel Watch makes me long for Apple to take a crack at a round smartwatch. 

James Park takes the stage to talk Pixel Watch

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Fitbit co-founder James Park talks about new features coming to Wear OS. This includes popular apps and fitness features. The Pixel Watch will be the first Android watch with Fitbit integrations. Park says the Pixel Watch will have all-day battery life and all-day heart-rate tracking.

Preorders start today

By Imad Khan
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Preorders for the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro start today. The phones will launch next next week at $599 (£599, AU$999) and $899 (£849, AU$1,299), respectively.

Read more: Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro Preorder: Best Early Deals On the New Google Phones

Macro Focus

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The ultrawide lens is 21% wider. This can allow for its new Macro Focus mode, which can take photos of rain drops or grains of pollen on a flower.

More details on zoom and machine learning

By Imad Khan

Google says the Pixel 7 will have the highest quality zoom of any Pixel. It's possible Google didn't take the top spot in the smartphone industry because of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra's 3x optical zoom. 

Google introduces a re-engineered Super Res Zoom. It will crop the main 50-megapixel camera at 12.5 megapixels. Google will denoise those smaller pixels to produce a 12.5-megapixel shot that looks clear.

Google will take a photo from both the main and telephoto cameras and then fuse them, using machine learning to clear up the shot. The Pixel 7 can use this machine learning technique at up to 10x digital zoom.

More zoom!

By Ian Sherr
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Google says its "super-res" zoom uses computer smarts to create detailed photos even when they're zoomed. It can go up to 30x zoom now, Google says.

Zoom for you, and zoom for you!

By Ian Sherr
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Google says its newest zoom is "like having the power of a DSLR and all the lenses you'd ever need. But it's easy enough for everyone to use. And it fits right in your pocket."

Zoom isn't easy

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"Historically, packing professional quality in zoom into a smartphone hasn't been possible," Google says. "It was a physics challenge."

Stabilization and clear audio

By Imad Khan

Google is touting its video stabilization and clear audio when taking video in 4K at 60 frames per second.

Cinematic blur

By Imad Khan

The Pixel camera will take more cinematic videos thanks to cinematic blur, giving that bokeh effect. It will also support 10-bit HDR.

Google says it's partnered with Snap, TikTok and YouTube to ensure videos look vibrant when shared.

Guided frame helps you take the perfect shot

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Guided frame allows people to take better photos by telling them where to position their phone. This is especially helpful for those who are blind.

Google says it's also tackling blurry photos using Tensor's denoiser processing.

The Pixel 7 will also have a feature called Photo Unblur, only available on Google Photos on the Pixel 7. This can take older photos taken on other cameras and unblur photos. Those old photos can also be used with Magic Eraser to clean unwanted things in the background.

Google takes a direct shot at "that phone" for taking blurry photos in the past. Google demonstrates how the Pixel can fix those old photos. We assume "that phone" is an iPhone.

Google says Pixel is the best smartphone camera

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Google is touting its skin-tone processing that helps the Pixel phones' cameras take accurate photos of people of color. It says it's still leading in this. More details about the camera are incoming.

G2 details

By Imad Khan

Machine learning is 60% faster and 20% more efficient on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. It lowers power consumption on video recording, streaming music and translating conversations. Google says it's the best phone for calling and photography. 

Assistant voice typing will get faster and can insert emojis voice. Google also calls out a certain company for not supporting RCS messaging. That company is obviously Apple. The Pixel 7 will support RCS.

Call screening can help people see who's calling and Direct My Call helps users get through automated messages when calling customer service. Clear calling will make calls more clear, Google says.

Google goes after Otter.ai even more

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Google's transcript feature for its Pixel phones will have a new feature later this year that will include speaker labels. It's something that's helped transcription service Otter.ai stand out.

Pixel 7 Pro cameras

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A triple rear camera system with upgraded telephoto and ultrawide camera. The front-facing camera will be used for face recognition using Google's machine learning. Google also touts its under-display fingerprint reader.

Pixel 7 Pro details

By Imad Khan

Has a polished aluminum finish around the camera bump. A 6.7-inch, QHD+ (3,200x1,800-pixel) display with 25% higher peak brightness. It has a variable refresh rate of between 10-120Hz, like last year's Pixel 6 Pro. Both the iPhone 14 and Samsung Galaxy S22 can go down to 1Hz.

Pixel 7 details

By Imad Khan
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The Pixel 7 will have a 6.3-inch FHD+ (2,220x1,080-pixel) display with 25% higher peak brightness. And it'll have 72 hours of battery when using Extreme Battery Saver mode.

Privacy a priority

By Roger Cheng
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Google touts the privacy aspects of its products, including a new privacy and security hub that will show users where their information is being shared. It'll show up on Pixels first before moving to other Android phones. 

Anything I can do, you can do after

By Ian Sherr
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Google takes another moment to remind everyone that it introduced many of the popular features that have shown up in Apple products lately, including always-on displays, lock screen widgets and low-light photography tech.

Car-crash detection

By Imad Khan
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Car-crash detection in the Google Pixel 4

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Google reminding everyone it introduced car-crash detection three years ago. Car-crash detection has been a big part of Apple's marketing in the iPhone 14 and new Apple Watches.

Important information processed on Pixel 7

By Imad Khan

Google says sleep data will be processed on a person's Pixel 7 and will not be sent to Google. Pixel 7 will also include VPN services for online browsing.

Android 13 will also have a redesigned Security & Privacy section in the settings. It will come to Pixel first.

Every product is 'made with recycled materials'

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Google says its devices are made with "recycled materials," and cites some bits that are made with 100% recycled aluminum and 80% recycled stainless steel, but it doesn't say much more than that. Nothing about rare earth elements, for example, which Apple has touted in some of its recycling programs.

Google dedicating time to privacy and security

By Imad Khan
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With Apple making privacy and security a big part of its marketing, it's no surprise Google is doing the same. Google says the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro will be protected by the Titan M2 chip. Google says the Pixel 7 will get five years of security updates.

Google says everything the company builds is private by design. Google is still largely an advertising company that lets advertisers target users based on a person's online activity.

Shots fired, Apple Watch

By Ian Sherr
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Google points out that its watch is designed to look much more seamless between the band and the watch, rather than "prominent" bits that connect Apple Watch bands to the device.

Google also said it doesn't "just copy paste one color we like across all of our products," another shot at Apple. Instead, the company said it designs each color separately.

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Pixel Tablet finally gets some screen time

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It will have a nano-ceramic coating that feels like porcelain.

'Dome design of a water droplet'

By Imad Khan

The Pixel Watch will come in black, silver and gold colors with a rounded face, unlike the Galaxy Watch series.

Made to be used

By Ian Sherr
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Google says its devices are designed to be used, down to the curved surfaces to make them easy to pull out of your pocket hundreds of times a day.

"Your phone and watch are designed to be personal, to be touched and worn," the company said.

The Pixel ecosystem

By Imad Khan

Google is talking about watches, buds and tablets, hinting at the importance of an ecosystem. The phone is at the center of this. Either way, seems Google is about to give a lot of details about the Pixel Watch.

The usual suspects

By Ian Sherr
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Here's the lineup of Google's "Pixel" family of products.

Tensor G2 announced!

By Imad Khan

Google just announced its next-generation Tensor chip, called the G2. More details incoming.

Google touting Pixel and AI

By Imad Khan
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Osterloh is talking about how Pixel is able to take advantage of its AI tech to translate text in real time and take great photos.

Rick Osterloh takes the stage

By Imad Khan

Rick Osterloh, Google's head of devices, has taken the stage at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.

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Event has started!

By Imad Khan

Pixel 7 event has started! Violins playing on a video showing off the device.

Google feeling bullish about Pixel 7?

By Roger Cheng
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The Google Pixel 7 Pro's camera bar shows the flagship smartphone's 0.5x ultrawide, 1x main and 5x telephoto cameras.

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Google appears to be optimistic about this latest Pixel launch. The company is reportedly preparing its largest order -- more than 8 million units -- for the Pixel 7 family, according to Nikkei Asia. We'll see if Google's optimism is justified.

Google stage

By Ian Sherr
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The Google event stage as things are about to begin. Still about 20 minutes away.

Breakfast of champions

By Roger Cheng
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Google kindly provided snacks and refreshments ahead of the event. But the CNET team is too busy setting up for this live blog to eat! 

Made by Google

By Ian Sherr
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"Designed by Apple in California"? Not this event.

CNET on the ground

By Roger Cheng
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CNET Editors Scott Stein and Ry Crist are at the event. Scott handles wearables, which makes sense given the Pixel Watch. Ry is our smart home devices expert, also another category that gets a big refresh at these events.

Inside Google's Pixel event space

By Roger Cheng
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Here's the event space for the Google Pixel event. Time to grab a seat.

Google hits Brooklyn

By Roger Cheng
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Google's holding its event in a trendy area of Brooklyn, a departure from the usual launches held in Manhattan. 

Greetings from New York

By Roger Cheng
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Here's CNET Editors Lisa Eadicicco and Scott Stein outside of the Google event venue, up bright and early for the Pixel launch. 

Almost showtime

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CNET is already at the Pixel 7 event, ready to bring you all the Google Pixel news as it happens. Here's CNET Editor Lisa Eadicicco fresh off of her grabbing her badge. 

Could the Pixel 7 continue to improve phone calls?

By Mike Sorrentino
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Google Assistant currently features Interpreter Mode for in-person conversations.

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I'd love to see Google's next Pixel phone find even more ways to improve phone calls and video calls. For instance, the Pixel's Tensor chip powers several live translate and transcribe features on the Pixel 6. Perhaps the Pixel 7 could take these features into even more conversations. The Pixel 6 can translate text messages in some chat apps, and maybe the Pixel 7 could find a way to offer the same translation for audio phone calls and video calls.

Google Assistant already offers an Interpreter Mode for in-person conversations. Taking that technology into video and audio calls may be the next step for assisting in conversations across different languages.

Pixel's Hold for Me is fantastic

By Mike Sorrentino
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The Hold for Me feature on a Google Pixel phone.

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The Pixel's Hold for Me feature is a wonderful time saver. Instead of having to listen to hold music in the background when on the phone with a customer service agent, Google Assistant will listen to that terrible elevator music for you and ring when it's the time to return to the call. It also appears to be a good experience for the agent on the other end of the call, who receives an audio message that the assistant is connecting back to you.

Pixel phones have features that I miss dearly

By Mike Sorrentino
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The Pixel 6A.

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I kept a Pixel 3 XL as my daily phone for just under three years, and mainly swapped over to an iPhone because the phone reached its end of life in late 2021. Now that I've had over a year on iOS, there are several features that are still Pixel-exclusive that I really wish I could still make use of.

The biggest of these features is Call Screen. That ability to send an unknown caller to a robotic assistant that transcribes a caller for me is so much better than just ignoring calls. If the call turns out to be from my doctor, I'll then happily pick up in the moment so I don't need to wait for a voicemail. Yet if the call is clearly spam, just as quickly I can dismiss it knowing that it wasn't worth my energy.

Google has stiff competition from more affordable Android phones

By Andrew Lanxon
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Google's Pixel 6A, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G and the Nothing Phone 1. Three excellent, affordable Android phones.

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The iPhone 14 line might seem like the biggest competition to Google's upcoming Pixel 7 phones, but there's actually even more rival phones with prices that are cheaper than last year's $599 Pixel 6. Phones that cost $500 and less in the US are an increasingly fierce arena for Android phones, with a wide array of manufacturers offering solid everyday specs at much more affordable prices than their flagship cousins. 

Samsung's Galaxy A53, for example, packs a decent camera setup, 5G connectivity and comes with a very reasonable price tag. Then there's the Nothing Phone 1 with its flashy LED design and its similarly low price. It's these phones that people are increasingly looking towards as shopping budgets continue to tighten. Google knows this, of course, as its own Pixel 6A -- which only went on sale in July -- distils much of the 6 and 6 Pro's charms into a more affordable package. But it'll have to be smart with its pricing of its tech-packed flagships if it's not going to price itself out of people's budgets. 

I gave the Pixel 6 Pro an Editors' Choice award

By Andrew Lanxon
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The Pixel 6 Pro was a superb all-round Android phone.

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The Pixel 6 Pro impressed me so much when I reviewed it last year that I gave it a coveted CNET Editors' Choice award, calling it "the best Android phone you can buy." Big words, sure, but the phone's combination of slick performance, great-looking design and powerful photography skills meant that it ticked every box I expected of a flagship phone in 2021.  

And it managed all that at a price that undercut its chief rivals from Apple and Samsung, and that's something Google is going to need to get right again with the 7 and 7 Pro. Apple's iPhone 14 series has already been impressing us, with superb performance and amazing photography skills, especially from the 14 Pro. Then of course we have Samsung's S23 range, expected in the new year, so Google will need to make sure its phones are capable of impressing months after their launch. 

New Tensor chip could boost Pixel 7's camera prowess

By Andrew Lanxon
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Google's new Tensor 2 chip could give the phones an imaging boost.

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Taking great images isn't just about the camera hardware; much of the image quality achieved from today's top phones is achieved through improved software and computational photography and it's likely that Google's new Tensor 2 chip will play a role here. 

The company's first Tensor chip in the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro was built with AI and machine learning in mind and while it's put to use in various ways across the phones and their Android 12 software, it's leveraged in the camera for better HDR, better image processing for night-time images and to allow for advanced features such as object removal and Google's Real Tone algorithm for improved capture of darker skin tones. 

Google hasn't been specific about what we can expect from the new Tensor 2 chip, but it's safe to assume that it'll boost its AI skills, which could result in better image processing for all cameras on the phones. 

Pixel 7 Pro could get camera upgrades

By Andrew Lanxon
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The Pixel 6 Pro's three rear cameras took great-looking images.

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We've seen from Google's imagery already that the Pixel 7 Pro will have three rear cameras. It's a safe bet that those will include an ultrawide, a standard zoom and a telephoto zoom, as we saw on the Pixel 6 Pro. But the camera specifications aren't known yet and I hope that Google has made some tweaks to the hardware to make its cameras even better.

I'd like to see larger image sensors for better dynamic range as well as a longer telephoto zoom to give some competition to Samsung's Galaxy S22 Ultra and its amazing 10x zoom lens. The 6 Pro's cameras were already excellent, but with stiff photography competition from Samsung and the iPhone 14 Pro, Google would be smart to bring some new photography excitement to its flagship phone.

I want the Pixel Watch to be about more than fitness

By Daniel Van Boom
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Speaking of modern software superscience, I'm curious to see if the Pixel Watch gets injected with any. As someone who doesn't run, smart watches have always been devices I've wanted to want. With limited use for exercise tracking, however, they're devices I have to talk myself into. 

We know that the Pixel Watch will have a lot of that, since it's Fitbit integrated, but I wonder if Google's take on the smartwatch goes beyond the realms of health and fitness into something more. 

One last thing for the Pixel 7?

By Daniel Van Boom
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The Google Pixel 7 Pro.

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It's a bold move for Google to have shown us the Pixel 7 all the way back in May. I keep getting excited for Thursday, wondering what the new phones will look like, then somberly remembering that I've already seen them. 

It makes me think Google has an ace up its sleeve for the Pixel. I have no helpful predictions as to what that ace could be, but Google's phones are known for their cameras and their software. There's plenty of room for surprise and delight on that latter front. Perhaps some meaningful Stadia integration.

Too soon? Sorry. 

Google is revamping its Home app

By Stephen Shankland
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Google is updating its Google Home app for Android and iOS and bringing it to Wear OS and the web.

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Apple on Tuesday announced a public preview of its new Google Home app, which lets you use your iPhone or Android phone to control more than 80,000 smart home devices like lamps, thermostats, security cameras and smart speakers. The app has been gradually absorbing the duties of previous special purpose apps, like one for Nest thermostats and another for Wi-Fi routers, and Google is trying to improve the interface. For example, you'll now be able to see video from security cameras and doorbells right when you open the app.

One big change is customization. The earlier Google Home app was organized with some categories at the top, like thermostats and cameras, with room-based groups below. The new interface lets you add favorites up top so it's faster to reach the device you want. It also offers "spaces" that group devices by category, and next year, Google plans to let Google Home users customize those spaces.

Make way for Matter on Google's gadgets

By Stephen Shankland
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Google's Nest Wifi Pro routers support the Matter technology to ease the hassles of managing smart-home devices.

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Google's hardware launch event will help launch the Matter standard for managing smart home devices. Smart home powers Google, Amazon and Apple are among the creators of the technology, and the allies released Matter 1.0 on Tuesday. Google touts Matter support in one of its new products, the Nest Wifi Pro mesh network router. Support is in Android, too, so if you install a new smart light bulb, your phone should be able to find it and control it without having to install a third party app and fool around trying to get the bulb to find your Wi-Fi network.

Pixel 7 and 7 Pro: What to expect

By Lisa Eadicicco
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The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, alongside the Pixel Watch, are expected to be the big focus at tomorrow's event. Google showed us what the phones will look like back in May and also revealed that they'll run on a next-generation Tensor processor. It even published videos about the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro's design, similar to the Pixel Watch video mentioned earlier. But we don't know much else just yet, although many of the specs are believed to have leaked (via Forbes). It'll be interesting to see how the new Pixels compare to the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, which just launched a few weeks ago. The iPhone 14 Plus will also go on sale the day following Google's event.

Pixel Watch: What to expect

By Lisa Eadicicco
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Google teased the Pixel Watch back at Google I/O in May, but there's still a lot that we don't know about it. Google previewed the watch's design and software, but we still don't know when it will launch or how much it will cost. We've gotten a full video of the Watch, but details such as the battery life and processor are still a mystery. We're expecting to get these answers and more during tomorrow's event. 

Thoughts on Google's Tensor processor

By Roger Cheng
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The Google Tensor chip's unveil is a prominent part of the first official look at the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

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Google isn't the first company to use a custom processor for its device -- Apple has famously employed its A and M lines to power its mobile devices and computers, respectively. The company claimed Tensor would make its Pixel 6 run smarter, better using AI, as well as be more power efficient. But do Pixel 6 owners feel any difference? It'll be interesting to see how Google advances things with its second-generation Tensor chip. 

What we know and don't know about Pixel 7

By Roger Cheng
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Google has already confirmed changes like a new bar and camera cut out and a second-generation Tensor chip. But we're still waiting on prices and any other surprises. Last year's models cost $599 for the Pixel 6 and $899 for the Pixel 6 Pro. We'll see if inflation and supply chain issues affect the pricing this time around. 

Pixel 7 is well telegraphed

By Imad Khan
Google's Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
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Google has the unusual knack of spoiling its announcements weeks – sometimes months – in advance. As a result, we basically already know all the details of the upcoming Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. You can check out a round-up of everything we know here

Our Google live blog is, well, live

By Imad Khan

Welcome to our live blog for Google's Fall devices event! Yes, the New York showcase actually kicks off tomorrow, but over the next 24 hours or so we'll be dropping in our thoughts about all of the products we're expecting, and what we want to see. Check back in tomorrow at 7 am PT/10 am ET for our real-time coverage of the event.