Google, on October 4, held its annual Made by Google event where it unveiled the new Pixel 8 series, a new Pixel Watch 2, two new colours of Pixel Buds Pro and Android 14, and also showcased a few AI capabilities. Google has made several claims about the AI prowess that the company has used for its flagship Pixel 8 series. On the other hand, the Silicon Valley-based tech giant has debuted its first smartwatch in India. We will be talking about everything that Google launched at its latest event, in this article. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro
Google has launched its Pixel 8 series in India. The series includes two devices – Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. The search giant has loaded the device with multiple AI-based features such as Photo Unblur, Magic Eraser, Best Take, and Macro Focus. The ultimate packet is that the devices boot the latest Android 14 operating system out of the box and will get software updates till 2030, first for any smartphone. The Pixel 8 Pro also gets a Thermometer sensor which can measure your body temperature using the phone itself.
The devices feature the company’s in-house Google Tensor G3 chipset coupled with Titan M2 Security Coprocessor.
|Specifications||Pixel 8 Pro||Pixel 8|
|Display||6.7″ QHD+ OLED, 2400nits, Gorilla Glass Victus 2||6.2″ Full HD+ OLED, LTPO, 2000nits, Gorilla Glass Victus|
|Processor||Tensor G3||Tensor G3|
|Charging||30W wired, wireless charging||30W wired, wireless charging|
|OS||Android 14||Android 14|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, 5G, 4G||Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, 5G, 4G|
|Security||Fingerprint scanner||Fingerprint scanner|
|Weight||213 grams||187 grams|
Price in India
|Storage||Pixel 8||Pixel 8 Pro|
|128GB||Rs 75,999||Rs 1,06,999|
|256GB||Rs 82,999||Not Available|
Pixel Watch 2
The Pixel Watch 2 is the first Google smartwatch that has made its way to India. It comes with a 1.2-inch OLED screen with 384 x 384-pixel resolution with Gorilla Glass 5 protection and 1,000 nits of peak brightness.
Google used a Qualcomm Snapdragon W5+ chipset under the hood that is paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage. It is claimed to last up to 24 hours even with Always on Display turned on. It boots WearOS 4 with support for new apps. It can now detect your mood as well. Google says that the new AI algorithm and new sensors will upgrade the user experience.
- Body Response Sensor
- Skin temperature
- New Fitbit app
- Emergency sharing
- WearOS 4 with new apps support
- Snapdragon W5+ chipset
- New AI algorithm
- Fast charging support
- Polished Silver, Matte Black, and Champagne Gold colour options with multiple band options.
Price in India
The Pixel Watch 2 costs Rs 39,990 in India however, if you buy a Pixel 8 series device, you may get it for Rs 19,999.
Google has introduced the latest iteration of its operating system, Android 14, codenamed Upside Down Cake. Google has already rolled out the latest version for its Pixel devices. Other OEMs are supposed to roll out the Android 14 update later this year.
Google is betting big on the customisation with Android 14. It will now allow you to customise your lock screen and home screen with multiple clock style and shortcuts. Pixel devices will be able to take help of AI to give an extra effect to their lock screen. This year, there’s a special Monochrome theme in case you prefer Black and White more.
- New style and color palette theme
- More custom shortcuts for home screen and lock screen
- Generative AI wallpapers (for Pixel devices)
- Monochromatic theme
- Ultra HDR
- Health Connect
- More accessibility options
- Digital Protection
- Better Data sharing transparency
Google Assistant With Bard
At its Made by Google event, Google announced its Assistant with Bard, which means Google’s personal assistant will now have generative AI support. The company has done this to club Bard’s capabilities to the Assistant’s personalisation.
Now, it will be able to interact with users through text, voice, or images. Both Android and iOS users will get the feature later this year. It will integrate with your native Google apps to know your daily routine better. However, Google has said that it’s still in its experimental phase, so it will take time to reach the general public.