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Google Pixel 8 and More: Everything You Need to Know

Google unveils new tech and AI upgrades for its Pixel 8 phone, including a zippy Tensor G3 chip and a camera that rivals the iPhone 15. The Pixel 8 Pro costs $999 and the Pixel 8 costs $699, both shipping on Oct. 12. Google also announces the Pixel Watch 2 and upgraded Pixel Buds Pro. Google Assistant gets a Bard AI upgrade.

Apple's latest device drop may be stealing the spotlight, but Google is making sure to remind everyone that it's also in the game. With a slew of new tech and impressive AI upgrades, Google is bringing some serious competition to the table.

Let's dive into all the exciting announcements from Google and compare the Pixel 8 to the new iPhone 15.

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Now, let's talk about the Google Pixel 8 Pro. Priced at $999, it's $100 more expensive than its predecessor, the Pixel 7. But don't let that deter you, because this device is packed with features. Powered by Google's lightning-fast Tensor G3 chip, the Pixel 8 Pro boasts a camera that can rival the iPhone 15. One standout feature is Zoom Enhance, which allows you to add details to your photos even after you've taken the shot and want to zoom in.

But that's not all. Google has thrown in a cool addition—a temperature sensor. This sensor can accurately measure the temperature of surfaces, objects, and maybe even your forehead. How neat is that?

The Pixel 8 Pro comes in three sleek colors: black, porcelain, and light blue. It's set to start shipping on October 12.

Now, let's talk about the Pixel 8. Priced at $699 (or $799 if purchased from Verizon), it's also $100 more expensive than its predecessor, the Pixel 7. However, the Pixel 8 is faster and slightly smaller than the 7. Plus, it comes with access to Google's new AI photo editing tools, just like the 8 Pro.

The Pixel 8 comes in three attractive colors: rose, black, and hazel. You can expect it to ship on October 12, just like its Pro counterpart.

But here's the best part: both the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro will receive seven years of "OS, security, and Feature Drop updates." So, even if you're spending a significant amount of money, you can rest assured that your phone will stay up to date for many years to come.

Now, let's talk about the ecosystem. For most people, the choice between Apple and Google comes down to personal preference. If you've been using one ecosystem for years, you're likely familiar with how it works and comfortable with the operating system.

However, if you're open to exploring new options, let's compare some specs of the base models: the iPhone 15 and the Pixel 8. Keep in mind that these are just the base models, and there are other variations available.

I'll let you draw your own conclusions, but based on specs alone, the Pixel models offer solid performance for the price. And yes, I say that as someone who is typically loyal to the iPhone.

But Google's announcements don't stop at phones. They have more in store for us.

Introducing the Pixel Watch 2. While it may look similar to the original, the internals have received a significant upgrade. With the improved Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 processor, you can expect up to 24 hours of battery life, even with the always-on display enabled. The watch also features new skin temperature and electrodermal activity sensors, allowing it to measure your stress levels accurately. Additionally, it has enhanced heart rate sensors for more precise readings and automatic workout tracking.

The Pixel Watch 2 comes in four stylish colors: silver and blue, silver and white, gold and hazel, or all-black. The GPS version is priced at $349.99, while the LTE version costs $399.99.

If you're in the market for earbuds, Google has you covered with the Pixel Buds. These upgraded Buds Pro come in light blue and porcelain options to match the new phones. They also offer audio upgrades for clearer speech and "fuller and clearer" sound. Priced at $199.99, they're a great alternative to AirPods.

And of course, it wouldn't be 2023 without AI. Google Assistant is getting a Bard AI upgrade in the coming months. This upgrade will allow Google Assistant to connect with your Google apps, such as Gmail, Drive, and Calendar. It can help you plan trips, caption pictures, make lists, and even find that forgotten dinner reservation.

In conclusion, Google is making a strong statement with its latest announcements. The Pixel 8 and 8 Pro offer impressive features and performance, while the Pixel Watch 2 and Pixel Buds Pro provide stylish and functional accessories. With AI upgrades on the horizon, Google is ensuring that its users have access to cutting-edge technology and a seamless digital experience. So, whether you're an Apple loyalist or open to exploring new options, Google's latest offerings are definitely worth considering.

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