OPINION: Google I/O 2022 has come and gone and it introduced with all of it method of tech goodies, lots of which left the group at Trusted Towers, myself included, salivating with pleasure.
In addition to the reasonably priced Pixel 6a smartphone and Pixel Watch wearable all of us anticipated, Google additionally handled us to a couple surprises. These included an early take a look at a brand new Pixel Pill that’s set to reach subsequent 12 months and a few AI glasses that regarded outright superior.
The one draw back was that the first reveal left me with egg on my face, as I had predicted Google wouldn’t unveil a brand new pill mere hours earlier than.
Whereas I like the thought of a brand new Google-made pill that’ll totally make the most of the agency’s at the moment in beta big-screen focussed L-variant of Android – particularly if it prices the identical because the Nexus 7 which stays the most effective tablets ever made in my thoughts – for me, there was nonetheless one factor lacking at I/O this 12 months.
The place is the brand new Pixelbook?
Particularly, I felt a bit of unhappy to see the agency skip over its Pixelbook line of Chromebooks. This isn’t a shock, Google really confirmed it wouldn’t launch Pixelbook this 12 months in a press session attended by Trusted Critiques final 12 months. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless a disgrace in my thoughts.
Pixelbooks are at all times among the many finest Chromebooks available on the market. This was true of the primary era Pixelbook and Google’s subsequent Pixel Slate convertible, which each provided the finest ChromeOS expertise available on the market and helped actually showcase simply how a lot the agency’s software program might do.
I really used the Pixel Slate as my major laptop computer for few months, with the low system calls for of Chrome OS letting it supply long-haul flight worthy battery life.
The rationale I’m unhappy is that, with every part else Google’s doing, there’s by no means been a greater time to provide the Pixelbook a refresh. Take Tensor for instance. That is Google’s first-generation own-brand SoC and It debuted final 12 months on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional particularly designed to make the most of Google’s AI and machine studying prowess.
Based mostly on my expertise utilizing the Pixel 6 Professional as my major smartphone its powers are fairly spectacular. The silicon lets the Pixel do issues that even half a decade in the past would have been thought of unattainable for a tool the 6 Professional’s measurement. For starters, there’s improved picture processing and higher developed auto full options. However extra spectacular are distinctive options, like its real-time translation and magic eraser options.
It lets the machine auto-translate, and annotate incoming conversations in quite a lot of totally different languages. Having used the tech to document interviews I can affirm it really works manner higher than every other comparable software I’ve used and has helped me out of a couple of awkward spot the place I’ve not recognized the right phrase to make use of whereas overseas.
Magic eraser is a digicam software that allows you to take away photobombers or undesirable components from images after they’ve been taken in a few clicks. Once more, primarily based on my expertise it really works excellently and has saved quite a lot of vacation snaps over the previous 6 months.
Think about having these options built-in right into a Pixelbook? As a journalist, it’s apparent I’d wish to have a laptop computer that may auto transcribe and notate conversations or shows. However I can see the identical being true for quite a lot of totally different folks, like college students or private assistants.
Tensor’s AI enhancing smarts would even be an incredible addition to a desktop photograph enhancing package deal, particularly if paired with an energetic stylus, just like the one seen on the Pixelbook and Slate.
It’s due to this untapped potential I can’t assist however really feel Google missed a possibility right here and may comply with the Pixel Pill with one other big product refresh.