Google I/O is an annual developer conference organized by Google. In case you were wondering, “I/O” stands for Input/Output, as well as the slogan “Innovation in the great outdoors”. For Apple enthusiasts, that’s the Google equivalent of WWDC or World Developers Conference.
And while Google I/O has historically been a software-focused event where the most interesting part was undoubtedly the unveiling of the next version of Android, the last few years have been different. Especially 2022.
Sure, we still have a word on Android 13 and all of Google’s amazing work improving and evolving its existing app portfolio, but I won’t lie: I was holding my breath for new hardware.
And holy hottie (?!), Google delivered!
So let’s talk about the pixel 6a, Pixel Buds Pro, and… the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, pixel clock and Pixel tablet? That’s how it is. Google overdelivered when it comes to hardware at this event, and I think you might know why…
Google Pixel Hardware Dump: Felt Nice… Might Release Later (Pixel 7, Pixel Watch, and Pixel Tablet)
Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: five months early
Then… the crowd got out their phones and started taking pictures of… the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro because they were on display. They were being revealed for all to see! It turns out that 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 our fair share of Google Pixel 7 leaks this year, they haven’t been as detailed, assuming there won’t be much news about the Pixel 7 series compared to Google’s current flagships. Anyway, the point is that the Pixel 7 hasn’t been leaked as much as the Pixel 6.
Also, this time around, Google’s pre-announcement takes place in early May, which is almost 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 time for GD…
So, the super-hyper-ultra-long-early Y Pixel Watch followed. As you may know, this one was already ‘fully revealed’ in Reddit, thanks to allegedly Google employees managed to leave it in a bar in Chicago.
Regardless, the Google Pixel Watch will also launch alongside the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro in October, making it another five-month wait for those who 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 Pixel tablet announcement.
The weirdest part of this announcement was that the Pixel tablet isn’t expected to debut late, like in October or later this year. It’s actually a 2023 release, which for some reason had to be announced now. Out of 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 doesn’t usually hold any events before then. This means that we will probably have to wait a whole year or even a year and a half to see the new tablet made by Google, which is only joke in this point. Totally out of left field.
Why is Google announcing its phones, watches, and tablets months or even years in advance?
While I’m sure this could be explained by a change in Google’s product marketing strategy, we can’t ignore the elephant in the room. Google devices are leaking from left to right.
Will Google’s plan to prevent leaks work?
Only time will show.
Before talking to you about Google’s One More Thing, I want to clarify that No phone manufacturer is immune to leaks…
But still, we haven’t seen what’s pretty much 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 control of leaks from… leaks from our own products.” But what I’m not so sure about is if this will work in favor of Google…
One more thing: Google didn’t show everything in I/O
The missing piece of the puzzle?
Anyway, I don’t know if you noticed, but a long-awaited product wasn’t revealed during Google I/O! Of course, this is the alleged Pixel Notepad/Pixel Fold, Google’s first folding phone. That’s controversial as this one hasn’t been leaked yet, but it’s surely been heavily rumoured.
According to insiders, the Google Pixel Notepad is expected to debut in the fourth quarter of 2022, which points towards an October release, alongside the now partially revealed Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel Watch.
Why is Google hiding Pixel Notepad/Pixel Fold?
Oh, and did you see Google’s prototype AR glasses and how they can translate speech with live subtitles in real time?
Conspiracy theory time…
So I’m not saying it but I am saying it:
1. Could the Pixel Tablet be the Pixel Notepad/Pixel Fold?
2. Pixel Tablet/Notepad/Fold could be delayed until 2023?
3. Or maybe not.