To the melody The night before Christmas: It was the night before iPhone 14, and although someone played the horn, we didn’t hear much about Apple; instead we heard about Google. The monthly Pixel upgrade improved my phone’s battery life, great news even if readers were expecting flattering iPhones.
Yes, in 24 hours you’ll be hearing the smartphone equivalent of New York’s WINS radio station. All iPhone 14, all the time. And of course you’ll hear about the Apple Watch Series 8, the new Apple Watch SE (2022) and the Apple Watch Pro. But Tuesday, well, Tuesday was Google’s day to steal the thunder from the teams in Cupertino. First, Google announced that it The next Made by Google event will be held on October 6, featuring the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
(Thursday by the way).
The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will be equipped with the second-generation semi-custom Google Tensor chip. Unwilling to define machine learning and AI features for its phones based on what it can do with off-the-shelf Qualcomm Snapdragon chips, Google
decided to add custom functions to the processor. As a result, the Tensor chip isn’t the most powerful or energy-efficient, but it allows Pixel phones to offer features like Magic Eraser, which removes distractions and unwanted people from photos.
Another feature called “Camouflage” changes the color of an object so that it is less likely to stand out in a photo. AI features for the camera allow users to freeze action in the foreground of a photo when the background is blurred. Another feature allows you to blur the action in the foreground of a photo when the background is frozen.
Today, Google updated its online store to showcase the Pixel 7 Pro and Pixel 7 in the colors they will be available in. For the Pixel 7 Pro, these options are obsidian, hazel, and snow. For the Pixel 7, the color options are Obsidian, Lemongrass, and Snow. The company also made it clear that Google Tensor 2 will be under the hoods of these phones. Google writes about its second year as a chip developer: “With the next-generation Google Tensor processor, Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will bring even more useful personalized features for photos, videos, security and speech recognition.”
Additionally, Google released the monthly update for compatible Pixel phones today. The big news is that the update fixed a bug that caused many Pixels to heat up like a Miami sidewalk during the summer. And this has resulted in these devices suffering due to heavy battery drain. But Google claims to have fixed this issue and several others with the update.