Google Pixel news
It's no secret that Google left consumers feeling a bit flat with its last couple of Pixel efforts, leading to fears that the tech giant might be about to "do a Google Glass" (or "do a Stadia", if you prefer).
So it was with much rejoicing that the Google Pixel 6 and, particularly, the Google Pixel 6 Pro were such fantastic phones, putting the manufacturer back in contention with the best flagship handsets.
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Still, while the 6es are Google's best phones to date, there remain some areas where big improvements can be made. So, it's all eyes on the Pixel 7…
Google Pixel 7
Information on the new flagship is scarce, though the smart money is that the new phone will be announced in the traditional October timeslot for the Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro.
Development on second-generation Tensor chipsets appears to be underway, with chatter that the new chip will feature in the 7 and Pro coming as little surprise. Hopefully it will bring with it better energy performance and battery life.
A rather colorful rumor doing the rounds is that one or both of the new Pixels could feature Google's own under display camera technology, which builds on the tech seen in phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 by integrating a mirror to reveal the camera or camouflage it beneath the screen.
Google Pixel Fold
The appetite for folding phones may have been willed into existence by Samsung, but the rest of the field is following suit – including Google, which appears to be just as gung-ho as its South Korean rival.
The Google Pixel Fold is officially being worked on by the company. "We're definitely prototyping the technology. We've been doing it for a long time," said Mario Queiroz, lead developer on Pixel. "We're prototyping foldable displays and many other new hardware technologies."
At the Google I/O 2019 keynote, Android Director Stephanie Cuthbertson was excited for the potential of foldables, saying that they "might just change the future of mobile computing". The fact that Google is seriously exploring the tech definitely gives us more confidence after Samsung's public pratfalls.