Google has officially announced the Pixel 6A at its I/O developer conference, which comes with a new design philosophy and custom chipset, but keeps the $449 Pixel 5A price tag.
The company clarified that the phone will not actually ship until July 28. Pre-orders begin a week in advance, on July 21.
The Pixel 6A follows the design trend set by the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro when they arrived last year with a raised horizontal camera bump and two-tone body.
There is a fingerprint sensor at the bottom of the screen. The phone comes with a 6.1-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1080 pixels with a standard refresh rate of 60 Hz.
While the design ethos is the same, the Pixel 6A offers less powerful camera specs than the flagship Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
This is a departure from previous A-series phones, which offered the same camera as their more expensive counterparts. The Pixel 6A camera includes a 12-megapixel main rear lens with optical image stabilization. There is also a 12MP ultra-wide lens and an 8MP selfie camera.
The Pixel 6A comes with a 4400 mAh battery. But Google still claims that it lasts a full day like its predecessor.
It also claims to last three days in Extreme Battery Saver mode. This is likely due to the more efficient integration of hardware and software now that the company has control over both variables.
A single storage option is available (128 GB with 6 GB of RAM). The phone is available in many places, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and France.
The phone does not include a headphone port. The Pixel 5A was the last phone from Google to come with a charger, as a result you won’t find any of those either.
Google made the perfect headphones for Android users
After several attempts at making wireless earbuds, Google has announced its most premium product in the category yet, the $199 Pixel Buds Pro.
Designed as a direct response to Apple’s AirPods Pro, the Pixel Buds Pro offer Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, and multipoint Bluetooth connectivity with an IPX4 water resistance rating, among other features.
It will also be available for pre-order along with the new Pixel 6A smartphone starting July 21.
The headphones are available in black, blue, green or red. There are more microphone inputs around the outside of it.
And Pixel Buds Pro have sensors that measure pressure in your ear canal so the earbuds can effectively relieve it and maintain comfort.
Other high-end earphones include micro-venting systems for similar purposes. But it is difficult to have actual sensors dedicated to this purpose before.
Three sizes of ear tips are shown in the box, but Google claims that Silent Seal’s algorithms can adapt to your ear, increasing the amount of noise that is canceled out.
The company says that the hardware inside the Pixel Buds Pro is completely customizable, from the hexa-core processor and drivers to the aforementioned algorithms that run through the earbuds.
Also offered as Fast Pair, and a new feature called Volume EQ, the earbuds automatically optimize sound across the frequency range to ensure full, rich sound at any volume.
Pixel Buds Pro is designed to automatically switch between commonly used Android devices without requiring you to open any Bluetooth settings menus.
The headphones support multipoint Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to connect to two audio sources simultaneously.
And Pixel Buds Pro have a long battery life. The company claims it can get up to seven hours of continuous listening with active noise cancellation enabled and 11 when it’s turned off.
And Pixel Buds Pro support Google Assistant voice commands without using hands. The headphones themselves are IPX4 rated, which is enough to make them suitable for a workout. While the holster is IPX2 rated.
Announcing the Pixel Watch
After weeks of rumors and leaked images, Google has finally confirmed that its Pixel Watch is real. But the new announcement is more of a suspense than a full reveal, because the watch should arrive later this fall alongside the Pixel 7.
Featuring a round design with a touchable crown and side button, the Pixel Watch is made of recycled stainless steel and has interchangeable straps.
It is powered by the improved Wear OS 3 which features an updated user interface with better navigation and smart notifications. You also have the option to choose a cellular version of the device for standalone connection.
On the software side, Google says the Pixel Watch has the company’s original apps you’d expect as well as Fitbit integration.
This includes essentials like maps and the voice assistant, along with apps like the new Wallet and Google Home via Wear OS.
Another feature coming to Wear OS is Emergency SOS, where you can use your watch to call a trusted friend or family member as well as call emergency services.
And for Fitbit integration, you can view insights into your heart rate, sleep tracking, and Active Zone Minutes.
Users are able to sync their data with their Fitbit account, which means they are able to view it within the Fitbit app and across the web. The watch uses all the latest Fitbit health and fitness algorithms.
As for data privacy, Fitbit and Google data remain private and separate. This means that any health data collected via the Pixel Watch remains under the jurisdiction of Fitbit, separate from Google.
In terms of cost, the company says the watch represents a premium product. and require Pixel Watch a phone running Android 8.0 or later, and you need a Google account.
Other than that, the company has been brief about the specifications of the watch, including the chip that powers it and whether it comes in different sizes or colors, etc. The company says these details will be released in the coming months.
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