Pixel Notepad & Pixel Watch: new default for Android users avoiding iPad, Galaxy Z Fold, Apple Watch

would launch a bunch of devices meant to rival Apple’s (almost) full catalog of wildly successful products, you’d laugh. me too. But despite a

were the start of something more than a flagship Android return.

which are meant to compete with the world’s AirPods and Galaxy Buds, and while Chromebooks aren’t an exact match to Apple’s MacBook, they work great for less demanding tasks and users, respectively.

Also, unlike Apple, Google’s existing hardware ecosystem extends far beyond wearables and computers. For example, Google will also sell you:

  • Chromecast to turn any TV into a smart TV with access to apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify, etc.
  • Nest Audio and Nest Mini for those who want a smart speaker that can take notes, set timers, give the weather, and more.
  • And a bunch of other home devices like the Nest Thermostat (which I’ve used, and it’s wonderful), Nest Cam, Nest Doorbell, and more.

Corn! For those who always wanted some more of that Google flavor, the company is now expected to look to expand its product portfolio by adding two very important devices that many of us tech enthusiasts have been waiting for a while. So let’s talk about it!

Google Pixel Watch: The new default Apple Watch alternative for Android users?

Although companies like Samsung, Huawei and Fitbit (now part of Google) have been dominating the Android smartwatch scene for quite some time, it never seemed like any of them were “the default Android smartwatch maker”.

But things are finally starting to take shape when it comes to Google’s long-awaited project Pixel Watch, which might turn out to be exactly that “new flaw” we’ve been wanting for a while.

Here are some details about Google Pixel Watch, based on leaks, rumors and code searches (per 9to5Google):

  • A round shape (with round dials)
  • An Exynos W920 chip made by Samsung (same as Galaxy Watch 4), or a variant, which could be marketed as Tensor
  • Port OS 3.0
  • Colors: Grey, Black, Gold
  • Starting price $300-400

But specs aside, if it’s Google’s watch, it makes sense that the company would take advantage of all the powerful software features, some of which have made the Pixel 6 the smartest phone in the world.

Leaks and rumors point to a dedicated Google Assistant button for “the next-gen assistant”. This means that Google Assistant will be able to perform tasks directly on the watch instead of asking for help from Google’s servers, which will speed up the execution of requests. This has been available on Google devices since the Pixel 4 series, so it would be a logical step for the Pixel Watch.

It’s exactly Google’s powerful software magic that could take the Pixel Watch to a whole new level, compared to the competition from Samsung, Apple, etc. Additionally, native support for some apps from Google, such as Google Maps and the Play Store, should ensure the smoothest Google app experience, which has always been a challenge for smartwatches that don’t come out of Cupertino.

On top of that, we’ve now seen patents filed by Google for a set of interesting touch controls that could let you control certain Pixel Watch functions by tapping the area of ​​your wrist near the watch instead of touching it.

If that sounds strange, keep in mind that this type of technology already exists. The new from Sony The LinkBuds feature touch sensors that let you control your music by tapping the muscles around your ears instead of the earbuds themselves.

Google Pixel Notepad: The new default Galaxy Z Fold and iPad mini alternative for Android users?

Of course, the other element of Google’s new ecosystem that has been talked about for a long time is the foldable Google Pixel. According to sources, the company’s first such device ran into some turmoil during development and, it seems, production was halted at some point.

Now, thanks to insights from evergreen leakers Jon Prosser and Ross Young, we know the Google Pixel Notepad project is back on track. Hooray! So far, we know that the Pixel Notebook (that’s the actual rumored name) should:

  • Start at around $1,399, which would give it a huge advantage over the Galaxy Z Fold 4, if the latter’s price remains unchanged ($1,799)
  • Come with a set of smaller screens, reminiscent of the Oppo Find N, rather than Samsung, Honor or Huawei’s biggest foldables
  • Includes Pixel 5’s main camera sensor and Pixel 6’s ultra-wide-angle camera
  • Be powered by Google’s 1st or 2nd generation Tensor chip, depending on release date

Don’t get me wrong, the focus here should be on that price. The Pixel notebook could end up being at least $400 cheaper than Samsung’s competing foldable devices, while being much more available than those from Oppo, Honor, and Huawei (although probably not as widely available as Samsung’s). ). But also, Google’s expertise and efforts to improve the software for devices with larger screens via Android 12L could give the Pixel Notepad a serious head start. Moreover, if it launches parallel to the Pixel 7 series, the Notebook is likely to feature Google’s second-generation Tensor chip, which will no doubt bring further improvements to Google’s already insanely smart Android 12. Of course, the great camera as well as the fastest and most frequent Android updates will also be guaranteed, thanks to… Google.

In the end: the Google ecosystem promises to be really exciting

Pixel Watch

It’s safe to say that the Apple Watch has been the world’s best smartwatch for quite some time now. This is thanks to the incredible integration of the Cupertino ecosystem, which offers Apple users a seamless experience of jumping between iPhone – iPad – Apple Watch apps and tasks.

Apple’s hardware isn’t easy to compete with either – the Apple Watch 7 comes with some of the thinnest bezels on a smartwatch we’ve ever seen, and sure enough, it looks. . Dear because it is. It’s no coincidence that Tim Cook & Co has been the absolute dominant force in smartwatch sales, holding over 30% of the global smartwatch market.

Of course, if you’re using an Android phone, something like a Galaxy Watch 4 or Huawei Watch 3 should still suit you better. Or a Fitbit, by the way, is no longer an independent smartwatch brand, after Google acquired it in early 2021.

It was exactly after buying Fitbit a year ago that Google vouched to start paying more attention to wearables. The company merged its Wear OS with Samsung’s Tizen OS for the Galaxy Watch 4, which received good reviews but never felt like the Google Watch some could have waited. More information about this in our Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 review.

But now that could all change thanks to the Pixel Watch, which should receive tight integration with Google’s phones but also be more open to other devices. Of course, if Google’s goal is to make it the default Android smartwatch.

Apple is notorious for enclosing users in its “walled garden”, to ensure that Apple products work best when paired with other Apple products. While I don’t see Google following Cupertino’s lead, I think the Pixel Watch will work best when paired with a Pixel phone. However, a more open integration of Android devices, especially compared to Apple, is almost guaranteed and will be welcome. when the mid-range Google Pixel 6A was supposed to appear. However, Prosser claims that the Pixel 6A has now been delayed until late July, which means the launch of the Google Pixel Watch may also need to be moved.

As for the Google Pixel notebook, it is now almost certain that it will be announced alongside the Google Pixel 7 series in October, or if not, during the fourth quarter of 2022.