Note: This is a guest post written by Jeeva Shanmugam
What can we anticipate from Google in 2023 and beyond is the topic at hand? Craving Tech exclusively discloses the significant changes Google will make to the Pixel series in 2023, 2024, and 2025.
Some elements of the plan, according to my source, are set in stone, while others are uncertain. As I guide you through the Google Pixel roadmap, I’ll mention how likely each aspect is.
Two Pixel phones, codenamed “lynx” and “Felix,” will debut around Google I/O in April or May 2023, according to reliable sources. The Pixel Fold and Pixel 7a have previously been revealed through leaks, with “lynx” standing in for the former (which has also been referred to as the Pixel Notepad, although Pixel Fold is likely going to be the marketed name). Meanwhile, make sure to check our review on the Google Pixel 7 and Google Pixel 7 Pro while you’re here.
Its measurements are 152.4 x 72.9 x 9, as opposed to the Pixel 6a’s 152.2 x 71.8 x 8.9mm. The power and volume buttons are on the right spine of the phone, while the Google logo is in the center of the back, according to first impressions. The Pixel 7a will be available in two colors: White and Dark Grey.
Google will maintain the same cost for the Pixel 7a, which entails a $449 US suggested retail price to match the Pixel 6a. According to prior speculations, the 7a would feature several advantages over its predecessor, including wireless charging and a 90Hz refresh rate.
What does the enigmatic Pixel Fold mean? Depending on who you ask, you’ll receive a wide range of answers. Some people thought the Google Pixel 6 would be adaptable.
Does this suggest that the Pixel phone won’t be foldable when it launches in 2023? Not necessarily, perhaps. It seems more likely that Google has given up on its first attempt at a foldable device. In direct rivalry with Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold series, the foldable phone would be sold at the previously reported price of $1,799.
What features will Google’s foldable have? That’s even less certain. You can expect a premium, svelte design with an Android operating system that has been optimized for a foldable display, though, assuming it follows the Pixel 6’s lead.
2023 doesn’t appear to be all that different from this year from the Pixel Fold’s introduction and the Pixel 7a’s previous announcement. However, Google’s Pixel plan will undergo some substantial modifications in 2024.
The Pixel 8a is the first device planned for 2024. Based on sales of the Pixel 7a, the idea could be abandoned. Google is reportedly considering making A series of phone debuts bi-annually rather than annually.
The Pixel 9 series will be introduced by Google in the fall of 2024 the basic Google Pixel 9 will be the first, and it will probably have the same size and general shape as the Pixel 8 model.
The anticipated Pixel 9 Pro would also be available and have a screen that is around 6.7 inches in size. A further Pro-level model would thereafter be released. The 6.7-inch model’s Pro features would be condensed into a 6.3-inch phone with all of the same functionality.
Sources strongly asserted that this is certainly happening when we questioned how likely it is. Google needs a Pro-level phone that isn’t as big as the Pixel 7 Pro if it hopes to emulate Apple’s successful size approach. The intention to release three phones remains unwavering, but details including pricing, nomenclature, and availability are still up in the air.
First, Google is experimenting with the notion of creating a foldable phone in the shape of a flip phone to rival the Galaxy Z Flip series. If things go according to plan, the flip-style foldable, a non-folding basic model, and then two Pro-level revisions, one of which is smaller and the other bigger, would all be available at the autumn 2025 debut of the main Pixel series.
Google would instead continue forward with four non-folding phones if it decided to drop the flip-style smartphone. In small and big sizes, there would be a plain model and a pro model, respectively. Again, this would be in keeping with Apple’s existing approach to iPhones.
I find a lot of logic in the facts I learned from reliable sources. Almost every business is trying to emulate Samsung’s foldable success and Apple’s non-folding smartphone success and approach. It comes as no surprise to learn that Google is utilizing the goods of both firms as models for its upcoming offerings.
We are all curious as to whether Google will arrive too late, though. Given the absence of domestic competition in the foldable market, the Pixel Fold’s introduction in 2022 is a smart choice, but the wait until 2024 for the first flip-style phone to appear seems excessively long. Keep in mind that, at a ratio of 3:1, Samsung sells more Galaxy Z Flip phones than Galaxy Z Fold phones.
The year 2023, not 2024, should see Google’s attempt to emulate Apple’s strategy of offering more professional-level phones. Apple’s approach could have evolved by that point. Since the “Mini” iPhone series wasn’t particularly popular, it appears that the iPhone 14 Plus may suffer a similar fate. Google needs to move more quickly if it wants to catch Apple.
Whatever the case, we are thrilled to hear this. We think a smaller Pixel 9 Pro would be ideal, and the Pixel Fold seems like it would be amazing. It also makes a lot of sense to schedule the A series on a biannual basis.