Google Pixel 6 lineup introduced a major design overhaul, which later tweaked with the Pixel 7 series. The company plans to become the biggest threat to Samsung as Google Pixel devices are emerging as alternative options in the Android market.
In terms of Pixel phones, Google has big plans for not only 2023 but also for 2024 and 2025, as per AndroidAuthority. An anonymous trusted source revealed what major changes Google is going to make in its Pixel lineup in the coming years.
At the Google I/O 2023, the company will introduce two new Pixel smartphones — codenamed “lynx” and “felix.” The former is going to be the Pixel 7a, while the latter is the possible Pixel Fold, which was pictured in renders a couple of days ago.
In late 2023, Google is expected to launch mainstream flagship devices namely the Pixel 8 (codenamed shiba) and Pixel 8 Pro (codenamed husky). Compared to the Pixel 7 lineup, the next Pixel line of smartphones is likely to share quite similarities.
Depending on the profitability of Pixel 7a, Google is likely to revise the strategy of its affordable smartphone. Similar to the iPhone SEs, the company may end up launching “a” models per year. Pixel 8a, which is codenamed “akita” could be removed from the 2024 launch if Pixel 7a launch doesn’t make sense.
- Google also planned to launch the follow-up foldable device in 2024.
In Fall 2024, the US tech giant will come up with the Pixel 9 series of smartphones. In case the Pixel 8a gets canceled, we might see a third model in the Pixel 9 lineup, making a big change in the marketing strategy. The third model is rumored to pack all Pro-level features with a smaller 6.3-inch design.
It’s not easy to talk about even 2024 and the source claims to have information about 2025 as well. Hence, going further, along with a recommendation to take it with a grain of salt, Google could make bold changes in its smartphone strategy in 2025, which will depend on success or failure of its 2023 and 2024 plans.
Pixel Flip in 2025
Since the foldable smartphone market is growing worldwide, Google is not leaving any space in the market. In 2025, Google could debut the Galaxy Z Flip rival, and to do so, it has an alternate strategy in place too. The first clamshell-foldable device could launch as a part of Pixel 10 lineup along with other three non-foldable Pixel 10 models.
However, if Google abandons the flip-style device, it would move ahead with four non-folding phones. That would be a vanilla model in small and large sizes and a pro model in small and large sizes. Once again, this would directly line up with Apple’s current strategy for iPhones.
In case the company cancels the clamshell Pixel phone, the mainstream Pixel lineup might have four non-foldable smartphones including two standard models with different screen sizes and two Pro models with different screen sizes, the same as Apple’s current iPhone lineup.
The roadmap sounds quite promising while everything depends on success and response in the market. Google is making better Android devices than Chinese vendors, but it’s far behind from Samsung. Since competition benefits consumers, we welcome Google’s arrival!
Pixel boost crucial for Android, Google Search as Samsung, Huawei loom large: Source
Samsung may have made Google its biggest rival in the smartphone market. Previously, Samsung considered replacing Google with Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine on Galaxy devices. This attempt by Samsung may have triggered Google to seek Pixel boost for Android and Search.
According to a report, Google managed to achieve a milestone of selling 10 million Pixel devices in 2023. The company sets an ambitious target to exceed 10 million Pixel sales target this year as well. There are multiple motives for Google apart from expanding the smartphone business.
A source with direct knowledge told Nikkei Asia that keeping Google’s Pixel phone business thriving is important for the sustainability of its search engine and mobile operating system ecosystem when Huawei’s HarmonyOS user base is growing and Samsung attempted to switch default search engine.
HarmonyOS is a direct competitor to Google’s Android, which is growing rapidly. Whereas, Samsung is becoming a big threat to Google’s hold on its OS due to the highest number of shipments. We are also seeing Galaxy-exclusive Android features launching over the past two years.
Apart from this, the US tech giant has also told suppliers to start making its Pixel smartphones in India by the next quarter at the earliest to further diversify its supply chain away from China and capture the booming Indian smartphone market.
Samsung reveals 11 One UI 6.1 Galaxy AI features coming to S23, Z Flip/Fold 5 and Tab S9
It’s a big day for Samsung fans waiting for the Galaxy AI and One UI 6.1 update. The Galaxy maker not only announced the update’s late March availability but also revealed 11 One UI 6.1 Galaxy AI features that are coming to the Galaxy S23 series, Tab S9 series, S23 FE, Z Flip 5, and Z Fold 5.
Eleven One UI 6.1 Galaxy AI features coming to your Galaxy
Samsung’s update will bring many new AI-derived features to eligible devices. The list includes the ability to adjust message tone and translate messages in 13 different languages using Chat Assist. Besides, Galaxy users can experience the power of real-time interactions through Live Translate.
With Interpreter, Galaxy users can also engage in spontaneous conversations with locals while traveling as the split-screen feature generates text translations for live conversations. Circle to Search also expands to more Galaxies, which generates intuitive search results with a swift circle-motioned gesture.
The upcoming Note Assist functionality will allow users to create formats, generate summaries, and translate notes. In addition, Samsung Internet’s Browsing Assist enables individuals to stay up to speed faster by generating comprehensive summaries of news articles.
Transcript Assist can also easily transcribe meeting recordings and generate summaries and translations. Through Generative Edit, AI-supported devices can easily resize, reposition, or realign objects in photos to perfect a great shot.
Users can also polish any photo faster and easier than ever with Edit Suggestion. The most interesting feature of Galaxy AI is Instant Slow-Mo which can generate additional frames for slow-motion videos to capture action-packed moments.
Last but not least, Galaxy AI also has futuristic customization capabilities for Galaxy consumers. Customizing Galaxy devices is even easier than before through AI-generated wallpapers, enabling AI-supported devices to bring users’ creativity to life.
Official: Here’s when One UI 6.1 Galaxy AI 6.1 update coming to Samsung devices
Google initiated the Android 15 development program intending to seed it to the Public by September this year. Samsung, on the other side, today announced the One UI 6.1 Galaxy AI update rollout timeline for many smartphones and tablets.
Samsung officially revealed that the One UI 6.1 update with Galaxy AI features coming to eligible flagship devices by the end of March 2024. The company reiterated that the Galaxy S23 series, S23 FE, Z Fold 5, Z Flip 5, as well as Tab S9 series are eligible for this major upgrade.
The South Korean tech giant has been testing the One UI 6.1 for various older Galaxy devices. Meanwhile, it should be noted that Galaxy AI features won’t be available on any lineup released before 2023. The company is keeping the availability limited so people consider upgrading to a new Galaxy.
Samsung launched the Galaxy S24 series with a hybrid approach, bringing both on-device and cloud-based AI and Generative AI features. President Roh also stated that Samsung plans to bring the Galaxy AI experience to over 100 million Galaxy users within 2024.
Galaxy AI Features:
- Chat Assist
- Live Translate
- Circle to Search
- Note Assist
- Browsing Assist
- Transcript Assist
- Generative Edit
- Edit Suggestion
- Instant Slow-Mo
- AI Wallpaper Generator
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