Google I/O 2022: Pixel Watch with circular domed design now official, Pixel Buds Pro debut alongside

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Google Pixel Watch debuted as the company’s first smartwatch during the I/O 2022 consumer keynote on Wednesday — well after it was part of the rumor mill. The new offering has a circular, domed design, as opposed to the Apple Watch, which has a rectangular display and rounded edges. The Pixel Watch also offers different color options and a list of fitness tracking features. In addition to the Pixel Watch, Google introduced the Pixel Buds Pro as its latest True Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbuds – as opposed to Apple’s AirPods Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro.

Google Pixel Watch, Pixel Buds Pro price

The price of the Google Pixel Watch has yet to be announced. However, Google said at the keynote that the smartwatch will be available in the US in the fall.

The Google Pixel Buds Pro, on the other hand, are priced at $199 (roughly Rs 15,400). The earbuds come in four different colors – Charcoal, Coral, Fog and Lemongrass – and will be available for pre-order in the US starting July 21.

Details on the launch of the Pixel Watch and Pixel Buds Pro in India have yet to be announced.

Specifications of the Google Pixel Watch

Running the latest Wear OS, the Google Pixel Watch features a circular display with minimal bezels and a curved glass protector that brings the pebble-like domed design. It comes with a tactile crown – similar to Apple Watch’s Digital Crown – and has a stainless steel construction. The Pixel Watch also comes with adjustable, interchangeable straps that attach seamlessly. However, the watch doesn’t appear to support regular 22mm straps. It also sounds familiar if you’ve seen an Apple Watch that supports proprietary bands.

On the software side, Google said the Pixel Watch runs an improved Wear OS user interface with smoother navigation and smart notifications. It makes sense that Google offers a different experience on its own device than other smartwatches, so you might notice a list of differences from other Wear OS models.

“Everything is designed to be tap, voice activated and viewable at a glance so you can be more present at home, at work or on the go,” said Rick Osterloh, SVP, Devices and Services at Google, during the keynote .

The Pixel Watch also integrates with Google’s offerings, including Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Wallet to provide an enhanced experience. Google also developed the Pixel Watch as a remote control for compatible smart home devices running the Home app for Wear OS. So you can set your thermostat or turn the light on and off right from your wrist.

Google has also integrated Fitbit into the Pixel Watch to deliver “industry-leading health and fitness experiences” out of the box. According to Google, the watch offers continuous heart rate and sleep tracking. Users can also see their active zone minutes while exercising and track their stats and progress toward various fitness goals.

The Pixel Watch also works with the Find My Device app to help users locate their misplaced Pixel phone, earbuds, or other supported devices on a map available on their wrist.

Specifications of the Google Pixel Buds Pro

The Google Pixel Buds Pro come equipped with active noise cancellation (ANC) that uses a new Silent Seal technology that’s claimed to help compensate for audio leakage and maximize the amount of noise canceled out. This makes the new earbuds a significant upgrade over the existing Pixel Buds and Pixel Buds A series, both of which lack ANC support. The Pixel Buds Pro also include a transparency mode to help users hear surrounding sounds. Later this year, Google also promised to update the Pixel Buds Pro with spatial audio support to rival Apple’s AirPods Pro.

Google Pixel Buds Pro are equipped with ANC and transparency mode
Photo credit: Google

Regarding ANC, Google said the earbuds carry beamforming mics that use noise-cancellation algorithms trained with machine learning to cancel out wind traffic and other background noise. The earbuds are also powered by a custom audio chip that’s said to offer power efficiency to allow the hardware to last up to 11 hours of listening time, or seven hours with ANC on.

Similar to existing Pixel Buds and other Pixel devices, the Pixel Buds Pro feature a hands-free Google Assistant experience. You can use the experience to translate into 40 languages ​​or ask the assistant to get walking directions without having to physically use your phone.

Google bundled the Pixel Buds Pro earbuds with a charging case that features USB Type-C for wired charging as well as Qi wireless charging. The buds also support multipoint connectivity, so users can simultaneously connect them to “compatible phones, tablets, laptops and TVs” and switch between audio streams on the go. Users can also use Find My Device to locate their Pixel Buds Pro in case they lose the earbud.

In terms of connectivity, the Pixel Buds Pro feature Bluetooth v5.0. The earbuds can also be paired with any Bluetooth v4.0+ device including Android and iOS devices as well as tablets and laptops.

The included case is IPX2 splashproof, while the earbuds are IPX4 sweatproof. The earbuds also include capacitive touch sensors for tap and swipe gesture support. The charging case supports sFast Charge to deliver up to an hour of listening time with a five-minute charge. It also brings a total listening time of up to 31 hours (without ANC).



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