For the first time since the pandemic began, Google’s annual conference for I / O developers has returned to the historic Shoreline Amphitheater. In a personal event where the company shared details of its latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, machine translation and more, Google also found time to outline some of the hardware it plans to release later this year. In case you missed the opportunity to watch the event live, here are the biggest messages from I / O 2022.

Pixel 6a

Google may be annoying its latest I / O flagship devices, but the company’s new Pixel 6a stole the show. Available for pre-order on July 21, the $ 449 device will include the search engine’s Tensor AI home chipset and a 12-megapixel camera that comes with the latest version of Google’s Magic Eraser photo editing tool. The company also promised to support the Pixel 6a with five years of security updates.

Pixel 7

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Google only shared a brief look at its latest flagship I / O smartphones, but we were able to see the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro before their official debut later this year. The company said both devices will include a next-generation Tensor chip and will come with a sophisticated design made from recycled aluminum. No price or availability information yet. Expect Google to share these details this fall.

Pixel Watch

After months of leaks, Google has finally confirmed that the Pixel Watch is genuine. Arriving this fall, the carrying device has an almost frameless dial surrounded by a “tactile crown”. It runs Wear OS 3 and includes deep integration with Fitbit software for its health and fitness tracking features. The Pixel Watch will be available later this year, coming with the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. Google has promised to share more details about wearable devices in the days and weeks so far.

Separately, Google said companies such as Samsung, Fossil and Montblanc will launch new Wear OS devices later this year.

Pixel Buds Pro

Pixel Buds Pro

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Although you may have to wait a while to get the Pixel 7 and Pixel Watch, the new $ 199 Pixel Buds Pro comes much earlier. It is expected to arrive on July 28, with pre-orders opening on July 21, the main features include support for multipoint connectivity, IPX4-certified waterproofing and active noise reduction. They will also support surround audio when paired with a compatible Pixel phone.

Android 13

With the introduction of Google’s new Material You design language, customization has been a big part of the appeal of Android 12. The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system will double that focus with new features that allow you to customize your device even more. For example, a new tool will allow you to set a different default language for all the different applications on your phone. Another new feature allows you to match colors with more than the icons on your home screen, not just Google.

Android 13 will also include a new Wallet app with the option to store your personal ID on your phone. Security and safety was another focus for Google, with the company noting that Android 13 will protect your privacy by automatically deleting your clipboard history.

And after years of neglect, Google is about to provide Android with some tablet-specific features. Android 13 will introduce new multitasking capabilities for big screen devices, including an updated taskbar and split view. The company also said it will update many of its first-party apps to take advantage of the tablet’s new features, which it plans to introduce with Android 13.

In addition to the updated software focus, Google is also developing new tablet hardware. We got a brief look at the Pixel Tablet, which the company plans to launch sometime in 2023. As with many of the other devices that Google unveiled today, we didn’t get much detail about the Pixel Tablet. But what we do know is that it looks like the Nest Hub. It will also run on the company’s Tensor custom chips.

Finally, if you want to try Android 13, beta 2 is available for download today.

New AR glasses

Google Lens

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Just when you thought the main note was over, Google had another piece of news to share. The company has revealed that it is working on a new pair of augmented reality smart glasses designed to “break down communication barriers”. The early prototype demonstrated by Google could transcribe spoken language, providing real-time captions for the user. Google did not share the prototype name of the device, nor did it say when it could be released to users.

Everything else

Google translator

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It wouldn’t be I / O without Google sharing news about its latest breakthroughs in AI and machine learning, and 2022 was no exception. The company had a lot to share on the issue, but highlights include improvements to Translate (which now supports 24 additional languages) and a new AI Test Kitchen app that offers a demonstration of the company’s LaMDA 2 training model.

The company also announced new feature updates for Workspace, YouTube and Lens. One of the most interesting allows you to see the new “Immersive View” in Maps for exploring popular tourist destinations.

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