Four significant omissions from Google’s event unveiled at Google I/O 2024

An image of Sundar at the Google I/O 2024 presentation.

Google’s prominent address at its I/O 2024 developer symposium primarily highlighted Gemini, its artificial intelligence tool. Significant transformations are on the horizon for Google Search, Google Photos, Google Workspaces, Android 15, and more, as anticipated.

If your expectations for Google I/O’s presentation did not involve Gemini AI, you might find yourself underwhelmed. No hardware announcements were made, although there was a subtle hint of potential future unveilings.

Here is everything that remained undisclosed at Google I/O 2024.

The Google Pixel 9

Leaked images of the Pixel 9, Pixel 9 Pro, and Pixel 9 XL.
Unofficial image of the Pixel 9, Pixel 9 Pro, and Pixel 9 XL

Prior to I/O 2024, Google introduced the Google Pixel 8a, the most recent addition to the Pixel A-series lineup. It stands as a cost-effective Pixel model packed with impressive features, becoming one of the initial smartphones priced under $500 to incorporate Google’s Gemini Nano AI model.

The forthcoming primary Pixel gadget will be the Google Pixel 9, which was conspicuously absent at Google I/O. While the Pixel 8a briefly appeared during certain Android demonstrations within the keynote, no details about the Pixel 9 were shared. It is now reasonable to anticipate its debut in the autumn.

The Pixel 9 series seems poised for an exciting overhaul. It is set to be the centerpiece of a substantial redesign, featuring a flat-edge structure, a matte rear surface contrasting with a glossy frame, softer corners, and a novel pill-shaped camera unit that does not protrude into the frame.

Moreover, this year should see three variations of the Pixel 9: a standard model, Pixel 9 Pro, and Pixel 9 Pro XL. Both the Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro will boast a 6.24-inch screen, with the standard version potentially exhibiting wider bezels and sporting a dual camera system. The Pixel 9 Pro XL will offer a larger 6.73-inch display, and both Pro models will sport a triple camera setup.

The Pixel 9 Pro XL is rumored to boast a remarkable 16GB of RAM, while the standard Pixel 9 is expected to have 12GB of RAM. All three models will feature a 120Hz refresh rate display and are likely to be equipped with the Google Tensor G4 chip.

Although the Pixel 9 did not make an appearance at Google I/O 2024, its arrival in the fall is eagerly anticipated.

The Google Pixel Watch 3

The Google Pixel Watch 2 displayed on a stone hearth.

Similar to the Pixel 9, the Google Pixel Watch 3 did not get its moment in the spotlight during I/O 2024. Given the absence of the Pixel 9 unveiling, the simultaneous introduction of the Pixel Watch is expected.

Though details remain scarce, there are a few known aspects to anticipate. The circular case design is likely to be retained, with the addition of two size options this year: 41mm and 45mm.

The processor within the Pixel Watch 3 remains uncertain, but last year’s Pixel Watch 2 featured a Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 chip, a notable improvement over the initial Exynos version. Another enhancement expected is the inclusion of a novel ultra-wideband chip, utilized for precise location tracking and short-range communication.

The fall season is anticipated to bring the debut of the Pixel Watch 3 alongside the Pixel 9.

The Google Pixel Fold 2

Unofficial depiction of the Google Pixel Fold 2 design.

The much-awaited revelation of Google’s next-generation foldable device, the Google Pixel Fold 2, was expected after the initial unveiling of the Pixel Fold at I/O 2023. Unfortunately, this year did not see the unveiling of the Pixel Fold 2.

While specific details remain unknown, the potential design update may feature a rectangular module housing two rows of pill-shaped black outlines for the trio of camera lenses and sensors. The frame and hinge design could potentially be flatter than the original, a change also anticipated in the upcoming Pixel 9 model.

Unofficial depiction of the Google Pixel Fold 2 design.

Expectations suggest that the display sizes for both the cover and inner screens will increase slightly. Had the Pixel Fold 2 been unveiled today, it might have been equipped with the Tensor G3 chip present in the current Pixel 8 series. However, the potential delay indicates the possibility of a direct upgrade to the Tensor G4 chip later in the year. This advancement would significantly enhance AI performance, particularly if coupled with the rumored 16GB of RAM.

The Revival of Google Glass

Project Astra demonstration on a mobile device.

Google Glass made its debut in 2013 as a groundbreaking creation ahead of its time. Today, with the surge in popularity of smart eyewear like the Ray-Ban Meta glasses and the increasing utilization of AI, the reemergence of Google Glass seems like a logical step.

However, no announcement was made regarding a new version of Google Glass. Or was there? During the showcasing of Project Astra, integrating Gemini into the camera for enhanced perception and interpretation of the surrounding environment, the user transitions to smart glasses equipped with Gemini AI. The demonstration concludes with the user querying Gemini about the location of her glasses, revealing a pair of black spectacles beside an apple.

Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2

This may indicate an undisclosed project that Google is developing, possibly a new iteration of Google Glass. The showcase of AI within glasses, followed by the search for another pair of glasses at the conclusion of the demo, raises intriguing possibilities. While these glasses could belong to the Ray-Ban Meta range, it seems improbable that Google would showcase a competitor’s product during its own event. Nevertheless, the resurgence of Google Glass, once a product ahead of its time, now seems opportune, signaling its potential comeback.

Evan Brooks

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