Google teased its Google I/O Pixel 7 series of phones on May 11, 2022 — an announcement I wasn’t expecting, but certainly exciting. In the hours that followed, I – like any journalist specializing in telephone technology – fell on my own to find out more about the incoming handsets.
Google even has its official Pixel 7 page live on Google Store (path, way ahead of the scheduled October release date). While looking to grab an image for a story from this source, I came across a selection from Google Lens and, uh oh, even Google’s recognition tool isn’t completely sure if it’s a Pixel 7 or a… Galaxy S21.
Now, I’m not saying the two devices look alike in any way – heck, the Pixel 7 isn’t even real in tangible form yet – but after Google I/O 2022’s in-depth keynote on the AI and Machine Learning, I couldn’t help but laugh that Google’s 2022 flagship could be confused with, uh, 2021’s main Korean competitor?
So what is Google?
You can see my screenshot above. Of course, I know some related images actually show up from the Pixel 6, so Google Lens is sometimes on the right track. And, to be fair, I’ve taken several other screenshots and there’s no Google Lens deception if the ‘G’ pro logo appears is included.
Also, the Pixel 7 series will be a whole different matter than Samsung’s next steps. Google has already confirmed that there will be an all-new Tensor chipset inside, bringing its two new phones – there’s a Pro model in addition to the Pixel 7, of course – into the next generation. Plus a new aluminum construction (or aluminum, if you’re across the pond) and camera housing. Very stylish.
I’d speculate more on what to expect, but now I have to go down a rabbit hole for Google Lens to tell me things aren’t what they really are. I may have a lot of time…