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Google I/O 2022: Pixel 6a, Android 13, Pixel Watch & Other Announcements
12 May 2022

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Google I/O 2022: Pixel 6a, Android 13, Pixel Watch & Other Announcements

Google I/O 2022 is a platform for Google to showcase its latest products, which are primarily software. This developer conference helps people comprehend the many products Google will release later this year for its various hardware. Over the years, Google has made this event a platform for announcing the latest Android version for smartphones, wearables, and even tablets.

Google IO 2022 took place from Wednesday, May 11 to Thursday, May 12. The opening Google IO keynote began at 6 pm GMT on May 11 and lasted two hours.

In addition, new products were presented to developers. During the 2-hour long Google I/O 2022 keynote, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai led us through the announcements. The keynote for Google I/O 2022 is once again a virtual affair, which means that everyone in the world may watch it live for free.

The Google I/O 2022 keynote included details regarding Android 13 for smartphones and tablets, Wear OS for smartwatches and other Google software products. 

The Pixel 6a smartphone and the Pixel Watch have been unveiled, with the former set to launch in July. The Pixel 7 series was also shown off, as well as a look at the Pixel tablet, which will be released in 2023. Here is a rundown of all the announcements at Google I/O 2022.


Android 13

Google made sure to underline that Android 13 comes with improvements and tweaks, from Material You upgrades to the reintroduction of Google Wallet. The new Android OS is already in the public beta stage for Pixel 6 phones and lower.

Google has hinted that it wants to make RCS, a communications standard, available on all smartphones, not just its own.

If you have a smartphone from Google, OnePlus, Realme, Tecno, Oppo, or Xiaomi, the Android 13 Beta will be available today.


Pixel Watch with Fitbit integration

Everyone's eyes were on Google on how it would put its unique twist on the finest Fitbits of the future since the search giant purchased Fitbit.

It's Google's first smartwatch, with a circular design and interchangeable bands. It runs on the Wear OS platform, which has been tweaked once again.

The Pixel Watch, which runs on Wear OS 3 and has a rounder look than the Apple Watch, was introduced. It includes Google Assistant for voice requests, Maps for navigation, and the Wallet for NFC-based payments. It will be released with the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, which were also teased at the event.


Pixel Buds Pro

The Pixel Buds Pro was revealed during the Google IO 2022 keynote, putting them on a level with the AirPods Pro in terms of functionality. These might be the Android headphones to beat, with noise-canceling capabilities and spatial audio compatibility.


Google Pixel 6a

In 2022, Google announced a slew of new products, the first of which was the Pixel 6a, which was unveiled in March 2022 to compete with the iPhone SE 3.

It includes a 12MP primary camera with a 12MP ultra-wide lens, but no information on the front camera's specifications.

Pre-orders for the phone begin on July 21 for $449, which converts to about £360/AU$650.


Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro

The most surprising news from Google IO 2022 was a sneak peek of the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, which featured a redesigned stainless-steel body and a new appearance for the back cameras.

The Google Pixel 7 Pro will feature three lenses, while the Pixel 7 will only have two, similar to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro from 2021.

The colors for each model have already been announced, with each Pixel 7 model having its own color in addition to the normal gray and silver.


Pixel Tablet

After exiting the tablet market in 2019, the announcement of a Pixel Tablet for 2023, as well as an emphasis on more than 20 applications being optimized for tablets by the time Android 13 arrives, is startling.

While it was revealed that it would be powered by Google's Tensor chip, which is used in its Pixel 6 and above handsets, there was no information regarding the camera's specifications or price until it was subsequently announced.

However, it does point to some serious competition for Apple's iPad Air and iPadOS in terms of what it can achieve for customers.


Google Glass

At Google IO 2022, this was a 'One More Thing' revelation, indicating that AR Glasses were on the way.

While no specifications, costs, or availability were provided, a demonstration of live translation during a discussion was amazing.

Although we may be a long way from purchasing a pair, it provided viewers a sense of how AR glasses may be used in their everyday lives.


Other Announcements

Google Translate Now Supports 24 New Languages

Pichai says that Google Translate now supports 24 new languages owing to Google's neural machine language. It was able to customize these languages without having to rely on the entire data set to get effective outcomes.

New Features In Google Workspace

According to Pichai, Workspace gets automatic summarizations so you don't have to wade through 20 pages of your document. This functionality is now available in Google Docs, and it will be available in additional Workspace products soon.

Multi-Mode Google Search Is Now Available

According to the company, moreover 30% of Search searches in India are spoken. Google also claims that billions of people have used Lens in the last year. It has included multi-search, allowing you to take a picture of a frock and still search for it on the internet.

This feature will be available for local search results, which will include fashion, home items, and eateries in your neighborhood. Later this year, this will be accessible.

Improved Privacy Features

Systems and enterprises can be hampered by cyber intrusions. Google is pushing the cybersecurity envelope. Hundreds of illicit actors targeting consumers were discovered by Google's Threat Analysis Group.

Google is spending $10 billion to upgrade its systems and educate additional cybersecurity workers. The bulk of cyber assaults is phishing attempts. Gmail has been set up to safeguard users against phishing attacks. Two-factor authentication is enabled by default on Google.

Google Wallet

Google is releasing a new Wallet app that will allow you to store your digital bank cards. You can keep your student ID or even your boarding pass in your wallet. Google actually wants to digitize your driver's license.


That’s all the coverage from the Google I/O 2022 event. Stay updated with us on the latest tech happenings around the world. Royex Technologies is a leading mobile app and e-commerce development company in Dubai. We have the skill and expertise to deliver you a quality finished product that will grow your business. For more information please visit our website at or call us now at +971566027916.

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