Google announces new smartphones, a watch and a tablet at its I / O Developer Conference

At its first-person developer conference in three years, Google plans to launch three new smartphones and its first internal smartwatch and new tablet next year. Google also announced updates to a number of popular tools, including Maps, Google Translate and its flagship search engine.

Google surprised fans of its smartphone lineup on Wednesday by teasing two new flagship devices, the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro. Although the company has not shared many details, both the smartphones are expected to be released this fall.

Google also announced the Pixel 6a smartphone, the most affordable version of its Pixel 6 series released earlier this year. The Pixel 6a is powered by Google’s in-house tension chip and comes in three colors: green, white and black.

It is priced at $ 449 and will be available on July 21st.

Pixel Watch

There is no dearth of Android smartwatches in the market, but now Google is planning to make a new smartwatch for itself for the first time.

The most popular pixel watch company has teased that it uses Google’s WearOS operating system and is compatible with services such as voice-enabled Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Wallet.

Integration with Fitbit, which Google acquired in 2019, will include a number of functional monitoring and fitness features.

Google released its new Pixel Watch on Wednesday.

The Pixel Watch will be available in the fall with the Pixel 7 line. Google has also teased a new Pixel tablet, which the company says will be released in 2023.

Pixel Butts Pro

Google has announced a new redesign of its Bluetooth earbuds called the Pixel Buds Pro.

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Available in four colors: Orange, Green, White, and Black. The Pixel Buds Pro is priced at $ 199 and will be released on July 21st.

In-depth maps

Beyond the hardware, there were many new software updates. Google Maps users can quickly get a real-world view of specific cities, with a 3D view of popular destinations, restaurants and businesses to better visualize the location. While Maps already offers satellite view and street view options, Google says it’s integrating both of its new high-speed display features to ‘create a rich, digital model’ that makes users feel like they are on the ground.

The sliding scale allows users to see what the area looks like, how busy it is at different times of the day, and local traffic conditions.

By the end of this year you will have an in-depth view of all mobile devices using Google’s Android operating system in Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo. The company said it plans to add more cities while upgrading this feature.

Google Translate

Google adds 24 languages ​​to its translation tool, Google Translate – which focuses on the languages ​​of Africa and India and the less commonly used languages ​​by technology in general.

They also include Ketchup, spoken in the Andes, especially in Peru; Lingala, a language spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo; Assamese spoken in Northeast India; And is spoken in Tigrinya, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Additional languages ​​bring the total number of tools that can be translated by the tool to 133, and the company says that in the coming days Google Translate will be available to all users.

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New skin color criterion

Google is introducing a new skin-tone scale that hopes to make its products more inclusive.

Many beauty and technology companies classify skin shades as Fitzpatrick Criteria. Developed by Harvard dermatologist in the 1970s, it is used to classify how different skin colors respond to ultraviolet light (and, thereby, to predict a person’s risk of sunburn and skin cancer). Although comprised of only six skin shades, emoji colors and wearable heart rate monitors have been used by technology companies for many years to report everything from different skin tones to efforts to improve AI on Facebook.

Google uses the Monk Skin Tone scale to train its AI products, recognizing a wide range of colors.

Developed by Harvard professor Ellis Monk, the company says it will start using the Monk skin tone scale, which includes 10 different shades. Google uses this to test how well AI models (such as spotting faces in pictures) work with people of different skin tones. The company also uses scale in Google Image Search, such as allowing people to reduce beauty-related image queries through skin shade.

Google will open the criteria so others can use it.

Virtual cards

Google is releasing virtual credit cards to help users secure their financial information when shopping online.

This feature creates a virtual card number that users can fill in automatically instead of their real card information on Android mobile devices or Google’s Chrome browser, hiding their real credit card number from the companies they shop for.

Virtual cards will be released this summer – initially only for US users with Visa, American Express and Capital One credit cards. Google says it plans to add support for Mastercard later this year.

Google's virtual cards hide users' credit card information when shopping online.

Look for privacy restrictions

Another feature, announced Wednesday, aims to give users more control over what results are displayed when someone searches their name on Google.

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This feature, which will be released in the coming months, will make it easier for users to request that personal information such as their phone numbers, email and home addresses be scrapped from search results.

Google plans to tailor the ad to users’ ability to choose what ads they see when browsing the web, the brands they make and the types of ads they do not want to see.

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