The Alphabet subsidiary had already developed operating software for connected watches from other brands, but this time designed and manufactured its own object.
The watch, called Pixel Watch, was presented at the annual Google I / O conference, organized by the technological giant in San Francisco, where the group also dangled a new tablet, showed a new version of its headphones and displayed a more affordable model of its smart phone.
With artificial intelligence, the cloud and computer chips developed for the occasion, the devices of the Pixel range are intended to be able to coordinate easily, explained the head of devices and services at Google, Rich Osterloh.
All these objects work together according to our vision of ambient computinghe explained during a presentation to the press.
Google’s watch will be launched in the fall.
It will integrate health-related applications from Fitbit connected watches, a brand of connected objects specializing in physical activity. Google had announced its takeover for 2.1 billion US dollars (2.7 billion Canadian dollars) in 2019, with the aim of better competing with the Apple watch, a transaction which was finalized in 2021.
The Pixel Watch will be able to sync with other devices using Android operating software or may have its own internet connection.
The group will also bring to market in the coming months a new version of its smartphone, the Pixel 7, with prices and features still to be detailed.
A smaller version of the Pixel 6 presented last year, the Pixel 6a, will be available on July 28 at a price of 580 Canadian dollars, at the same time as the new Pixel Buds Pro earphones, equipped with an active system of ambient noise cancellation, at 260 Canadian dollars.
Google is also working on a new tablet which should be released next year, the group believing that the segment of large-screen portable devices remains interesting despite the decline in demand.
While Google’s search engine is ultra-dominant and its operating software, Android, powers the vast majority of smart phones in the world, the products manufactured by the group itself struggle to amass market share.
We are working on a lot of projects in the Pixel range and this represents investments in all kinds of technologiesnoted Rich Osterloh.
It’s like an iceberg, he noted. Until now,
you didn’t see much of what was going on below the surface but now you can start to see everything that comes up.
Alphabet boss Sundar Pichai for his part provided an overview of the augmented reality glasses Google is working on, providing few details but demonstrating how they could translate conversations in real time or show transcripts.
On the software side, Google presented new artificial intelligence features allowing, for example, even more conversations
natural with his voice assistant. The group has also added 24 languages to Google Translate, including Bambara, Lingala and Quechua, bringing the translation possibilities to 133 languages.
Google users will also now be able to search by combining images captured by smart phones, voice or text prompts, for example filming the chocolate bar aisle while asking which brands are nut-free.