After Google announced in 2019 that it would abandon its tablet business and focus on laptops, Android tablets fell to the bottom. However, at the beginning of this year, it was reported that Rich Miner, one of the founders of Android, had returned to Google’s Android tablet development team as CTO. With the upcoming Android 12L also improving for larger-screen devices and foldable use, Google seems to be refocusing on the tablet business.
At the Google I/O 2022 developer conference today, Google released and showcased a series of products, including the Pixel 6a mobile phone, the next-generation flagship Pixel 7 series, AR glasses concept products, Android 13, the new Pixel tablet, its first smartwatch Pixel Watch, a TWS headset that supports active noise reduction, Pixel Buds Pro, etc.
The new Pixel tablet is Google’s first new tablet in seven years since the Pixel C in 2015, and Google calls it the perfect companion for the Pixel phone. Like the previously released Pixel 6 series, Pixel tablets are all equipped
with Google’s self-developed Tensor chip, with a white frame and a single rear camera design.
Google said that the new Pixel tablet will be launched next year, hoping that through the layout of mobile phones, watches, headphones, tablet computers, and other fields, users can use different application scenarios, realize seamless collaboration and intelligent experience of switching, and meet the needs of work and entertainment from all dimensions.
Although Google has released the long-rumored Pixel 6a, it doesn’t seem to be content with it, this time also introducing a new generation of the flagship Pixel 7 series that will be released in a few months. In terms of appearance, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro continues the design style of the previous generation, but the horizontal strip at the rear camera position is made of aluminum instead of glass.
Google said that the Pixel 7 series will be equipped with the second-generation Tensor chip, of which the Pixel 7 will be available in Obsidian, Snow, and Lemongrass colors, while the Pixel 7 Pro will be available in Obsidian, Snow, and Hazel. Google is expected to officially release the Pixel 7 series in the fourth quarter of this year, likely priced similar to the Pixel 6 series.