Next Thursday, on October 6, a major Google event will take place. The Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel Watch will be unveiled there, and that’s why we list the expectations.
Expectations for Made by Google 2022
As in previous years, this edition of the ‘Made by Google’ event will take place in October. on Thursday, October 6 at 4 p.m. the 2022 event kicks off and everyone can follow the presentation via a live stream. We expect new smartphones, a smartwatch and maybe even more. Let’s get started soon!
1. Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are the biggest stars of the event. Google has already shown the smartphones extensively and does not make a lot of effort to keep them secret, so secretly we know a lot. The amount of leaks also leaves little to the imagination. For example, the devices receive the latest generation Tensor chip, which is a bit faster and more advanced.
However, it doesn’t look like the Pixel 7 (Pro) is all that much more powerful than last year’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Benchmarks show that the chip is about 10 percent faster; probably not enough to notice much difference in daily use. When playing games, the Pixel 7 would make a bigger step forward.
Furthermore, the new phones will have a slightly modified design, but will have the same screens as their predecessors. The Pixel 7 smartphones run on Android 13, the latest version of the operating system, and receive all Android updates immediately. We expect Google to finally release the devices officially in the Netherlands. The prices would remain the same: 649 euros for the Pixel 7 and 899 euros for the Pixel 7 Pro.
In terms of camera, we can expect the necessary improvements. For example, the Pixel 7 can further digitally zoom with the Super Res Zoom function. It should also ensure that zoomed photos do not immediately become blurry. The Pixel 7 Pro would have a better telephoto camera to zoom up to 5x optically. No quality is lost at all.
In addition, a macro mode is (finally) added in the form of ‘Macro Focus’. This allows the Pixel 7 (Pro) to take sharp pictures up close, a feature that we see in many Android phones. Incidentally, the new Pixels do not have a (useless) macro camera, but use the wide-angle lens or telephoto camera to capture macro shots.
2. Google Pixel Watch
For years there have been rumors about Google’s smartwatch and now the time has finally come. The Google Pixel Watch will be officially unveiled during the Made by Google 2022 event. The smart watch will have a recognizable design, with a circular OLED screen, physical ‘crown wheel’ on the side and of course all kinds of handy dials.
The Pixel Watch naturally works closely with the Google Assistant, so you can easily look up information via the watch. On the inside, the smartwatch would be a little less impressive: there is talk of an older chip, not too much RAM and 32GB of storage space. The battery is said to last up to 24 hours, which isn’t impressive either. Incidentally, most Android smartwatches do not last much longer.
With the Pixel Watch, users can check notifications, measure their heart rate, check their daily activity and make phone calls. Thanks to the NFC chip, it will soon also be possible to make payments with the Pixel Watch. It also appears that smart home devices can be controlled with the watch.
It is still unclear whether the Google Pixel Watch will be released in the Netherlands. It seems like this, since Google has already given several indications that new products will appear. However, it may also be that the search giant only launches the Pixel phones in the Netherlands, but not the Pixel Watch. The expectation is that the Google smartwatch will cost about 350 dollars / euro.
3. Chromecast HD with Google TV has already been released
Then an announcement that we actually expected at the Google event, but we won’t see anymore. The new, cheaper Chromecast was recently announced via a press release and has already been released in the Netherlands. The device is called the Chromecast with Google TV (HD) and is a few tens cheaper than the current HDMI dongle. You pay 39.99 euros instead of 69 euros.
Because the Chromecast HD is cheaper, it can stream at the maximum in full HD quality. The other model can also play movies and series in 4K quality, which certainly looks significantly sharper on larger televisions. This makes the new Chromecast especially suitable for older TVs. The Chromecast HD is also slightly slower on paper, but it does run the latest version of Google TV.
Speaking of Google TV: you operate this interface with the supplied remote control, which has remained the same. In addition to the usual ‘control buttons’, there are also buttons to start the YouTube and Netflix app. Of course you can also download the apps from all your streaming services, install them and then use them on your television.
4. New Nest devices (and more)
There are also rumors of a number of other devices. For example, Google is reportedly working on the so-called ‘Nest Wifi Pro’, an extensive router. The company may also come up with a new smart Nest doorbell, although little is known about this.
Finally, Google may reveal more about the Pixel Tablet, which has been shown for the first time a few months ago. However, this device will not be released until next year. The search giant would also be busy behind the scenes with a foldable Pixel phone (the Pixel Fold); nothing is officially known about this yet.
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