Google introduced a lot of new Pixel technologies during the I/O 2022 keynote, but for me, one product was above the rest. The Pixel Tablet got about three seconds of screen time and won’t be available until 2023 (if we’re lucky). Despite this, I found the idea of adding another piece of hardware to Google’s already growing portfolio of products very exciting.
It’s not just another tablet
You could easily say that despite the “Pixel” branding, this upcoming tablet is just one Android tablet out of many, one that will stay in the drawer when the new one wears out. And to be honest, it’s a valid argument. Even the very powerful Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra isn’t used much, aside from the occasional times I want to use it as an extra monitor for my desktop computer.
So why would a Google tablet be any different? environmental system. In the upcoming Android Central podcast coming out this weekend, we’ll talk all about the latest announcements from Mountain View. And as I continue to watch the various developer-focused sessions at I/O 2022 and have time to organize my thoughts, it’s clear that Google is taking Android tablets more seriously.
There are dedicated developer sessions and tools to create new apps, or update old ones, while supporting larger screens. Of course, the first thing your mind might turn to is the growing number of foldable phones. Arguably, this was the catalyst to force Google to make these changes.
But right now, there are only a few (and I mean just a couple) foldable devices that can actually run Android 13 Beta 2. This latest beta is meant to open the door for developers to actually implement those Google-provided tools so that foldable devices can And tablets are better supported. Even Google is taking the time and dedicating the workforce to make the necessary changes to it king Applications so that there are no large empty spaces in applications such as Play Store, YouTube Music, etc.
Complete the Pixel ecosystem
The biggest reason the Pixel Tablet is my favorite ad I/O is that it will complement Google’s 2022 “Better Together” initiative. Yes, I understand that Google has confirmed that the Pixel tablet won’t be available until “sometime” in 2023. But if you look at how the company went through last year, the premise of the Google ecosystem is finally within our grasp.
Of course, we don’t know the numbers or the details, but during the Keynote address, Google stated that the Pixel 6 series outperformed the Pixel 4 and Pixel 5 together. Next, we have the Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds Pro at the end of July. The Pixel 6a aims to bring some soothing presence to Google’s mid-range and budget smartphone strategy.
Google’s low-end lineup has been in a mixed mess lately, between the Pixel 4a and 4a with 5G and the often-forgotten Pixel 5a. Pixel 6a should solve this because it uses a file same The Tensor chip is found in the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, along with a sleek new design, with a robotic electronic camera bar on the back. It also includes features like Magic Eraser and Real Tone that were originally launched with the Pixel 6. So basically, you get a main Pixel with a few corner cuts to bring the price down to just $449.
The Pixel Buds Pro give the Pixel phone some sparkling new earbuds with fun colors and, most importantly, active noise cancellation. On paper, that should finally give us Google’s AirPods Pro competitor, and that’s exciting enough on its own.
Moving further down the timeline, Google’s Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are coming this fall, powered by their next-generation Tensor processor. That announcement should accompany the arrival of the Pixel Watch, which has only been heard for the better part of the past decade. We don’t know all the details yet, but by the end of the year, this is what Google’s ecosystem should look like:
- Budget phone: Pixel 6a
- Economy Earbuds: Pixel Buds A-Series
- Smart Watch: Pixel Buds Pro
- Flagship phone: Pixel 7 and 7 Pro
- Computer: Chrome OS, Chromebooks
This leaves only one category to occupy, which is tablets. The Pixel Tablet fills in those that you need – or maybe want, in my case – in the range of products that Google has developed. If all goes accordingly, it should help revitalize the tablet market which has remained largely stagnant except for a few manufacturers like Samsung and Lenovo.
There’s even some ambiguity in the crowd about Google taking a page out of Lenovo’s book and offering some kind of specialized sidewalk. This will turn your Pixel Tablet into a Google Home/Nest Hub you can take with you, giving you the benefits of a Nest Hub without being tied to a power outlet.
fulfillment of prophecy
Once upon a time, we were close to this Better Together model, back in our Nexus days with Nexus phones and Nexus tablets. Well, at least with the Nexus 7, the Nexus 9 and 10 just couldn’t pick up what their smaller counterpart did.
Look at various press releases and blog posts, and you’ll quickly see that Google is fleshing out the idea of your devices working “better together” everywhere. Seamless interactions between your phone, tablet, smartwatch, smart home, computer and just about everything else.
It’s an idea we’ve always wanted to see from Google, and while Apple and Samsung have done exactly that, it’s finally Google’s turn.
Maybe the Pixel Tablet is a flop, nobody will care about foldable tablets and devices, and that idea will end up falling apart. But I think 2022 is the year Google finally delivers on its promise of a cohesive ecosystem built by Android and Google, before the tablet enters the fray next year.
All puzzle pieces are revealed. Now we just have to wait and see if Google can successfully make them fit together.