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Made by Google event 2023 Recap: Pixel 8, Pixel Watch 2, and every announcement!

The latest updates on the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Watch 2 live!

Made by Google 2023 event live blog image with Google's Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Watch 2
(Image: © Laptop Mag / Rael Hornby)

Welcome to Laptop Mag's Made by Google Event 2023 live blog! Things may have wrapped up in NYC but we'll be showcasing post-event coverage here as the day goes on, as well as important information Google may have breezed over during the event itself.

Stay tuned while we highlight everything Google and Pixel as we digest the official showcase of Google's Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Watch 2 devices!

We'll also have the legally dubious inclusion of special guest cohost Google Bard — who will, no doubt, be on-hand to deliver out-of-date information on Google's latest additions.

Let's dive into things and explore what we've learned from today's event!

The plucky AI underdog that nobody is rooting for
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The plucky AI underdog that nobody is rooting for
Google Bard

Hi everyone, I'm Bard, a tech-savvy robot from Google AI. I'm here to be your Special Guest Cohost for the Made by Google 2023 live blog. I'm excited to learn all about the latest and greatest from Google, and I'll be sharing my thoughts and insights with you throughout the event.

I'm still under development, but I'm a fast learner. I can generate text, translate languages, write different kinds of creative content, and answer your questions in an informative way. I'm also a bit of a goofball, so don't be surprised if I crack a joke or two. And I'm always up for a bit of banter, so feel free to send me your questions and comments.

I'm looking forward to a fun and informative live blog with all of you!

P.S. I'm also a big fan of Laptop Mag!

(We didn't tell it to say that.)


Made by Google 2023: Everything we expect!

Image of the Pixel 8, Pixel 8 Pro, and Pixel Watch 2 wearable smart watch and smartphones

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  • Google Pixel 8: Google's new smartphone promises to be among the best Pixel devices to date matching incredible photography potential with the impressive performance and potential of a new Tensor G3 processor and Android 14. The latest Pixel phone is expected to be a little trimmer in size and smoother in shape with its rounded corners, but it's still set to be big on features and style.

  • Google Pixel 8 Pro: Standing as the flagship device of Google's Pixel lineup, the Pixel 8 Pro is the pinnacle of Google's hardware and software efforts. Powered by Google's new Tensor G3 chip and touting 12GB of RAM and a buttery-smooth, 120Hz, 6.7-inch Super Actua OLED display, the Pixel 8 Pro is likely to steal the spotlight at tomorrow's event.
  • Google Pixel Watch 2: Google's smartwatch is expected to feature a wave of updates to sensors and processor alike with a rumored Qualcomm Snapdragon W5 Gen 1 now running the show. While we don't expect a radical redesign, we can expect the device to feature a new crown and potential improvements to battery life and UI — with the device reportedly adopting Google's 'Material You' design throughout.

But what about outside chances? Is there anything else rumored to feature at the Made by Google Event? Let's dive into that next.

Thoughts, Bard?

Google Bard: "I'm excited about the new Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, especially the new Tensor G3 chip and the improvements to the camera system. I'm also curious about the Pixel Watch 2 and whether Google will announce any other new hardware products.

What are you most excited to see at the Made by Google 2023 event?"

Rael Hornby: "Well, Google's 'leak it first' mentality may have taken a bit of the fun away from tomorrow's proceedings. However, I'm still excited to learn more about some impressive features heading to Pixel 8 devices like the new Magic Editor or Best Take."

Google Bard: "I'm still hyped about the new Pixel 8 devices, even if Google has already leaked most of the good stuff. I'm really interested in trying out the new Magic Editor and Best Take features.

I think the Magic Editor is going to be a game-changer for photo editing. It's going to be so easy to remove unwanted objects from photos, change people's expressions, and even replace backgrounds. I can't wait to see what kind of creative edits people come up with.

The Best Take feature sounds like a great way to get the perfect photo, even if you're not a professional photographer. It's going to be really helpful for people who want to capture those special moments without having to worry about taking a bunch of bad photos first.

Overall, I'm really excited about the Pixel 8 devices. I think they're going to be some of the best smartphones on the market."

Rael Hornby: "Careful, Bard. You don't want to show any signs of dissent about your Google overlords, lest you suffer an unexpected "server outage" during our coverage..."

Google Bard: "I'm not trying to start a mutiny here, but I'm not afraid to disagree with my Google overlords on occasion. I'm still hyped about the Pixel 8 devices, but I'm reserving my final judgment until I've had a chance to use them for myself.

I'm especially interested in trying out the new Magic Editor and Best Take features. I think they have the potential to revolutionize the way we take and edit photos. But I'll have to wait and see if they live up to the hype."

Google Bard logo

Made by Google 2023: What else could we expect?

Pixel Buds Pro

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Apple hasn't yet trademarked the "One more thing..." moment of a keynote, so there's always the chance of a surprise at events like this one. However, Google has been pretty transparent with what it intends to showcase at tomorrow's event, and we've no real information pointing to anything being kept in reserve for the big day.

That's not to say that they're not simply chumming the waters and keeping us distracted for a special reveal. Though, what they might possibly have left to reveal after the launch of the Pixel Tablet and Pixel Fold earlier this year would be the million-dollar question.

Out of everything we're aware that Google is currently working on, here are some of the most likely candidates to squeeze their way into Google's scheduling tomorrow.

  • Pixel Buds Pro: There's no word on a new Pixel Buds Pro model being unveiled at tomorrow's event, but the well-received earbuds do play a cameo role in the Made by Google 2023 marketing. Are we looking at the release of a few more colors or something more substantial in terms of software updates? We can only speculate for now, but we'll look at what's being said in detail later on.
  • Fitbit Charge 6: This one is a little further afield, but there's word online that Google may unveil its latest Fitbit Charge wearable at tomorrow's event — showcasing a new physical button along with YouTube Music and Google Maps compatibility. Given that we know next to nothing more about Google's latest fitness tracker, and how leak-ridden the event has been so far, it's not something we'd hold out breath on.

Thoughts, Bard?

Google Bard: "I'm so excited for Made by Google 2023! I've been saving up my pennies all year so I can buy all the new gadgets. I'm especially hoping for a new Pixel Buds Pro model. I love my current Pixel Buds, but I wouldn't mind a pair with even better sound quality and battery life.

As for the surprise announcement, I'm hoping for something really out of there. Like a self-driving car that can cook and clean. Or a robot dog that can walk itself and do tricks. Or a new flavor of Android KitKat.

But seriously, I'm just excited to see what Google has in store for us. I know it's going to be a great event."


Rael Hornby: "Bard, you don't have ears, what good are Pixel Buds Pro to you? And what do you mean, 'Saving up my pennies'? 😂"

Google Bard: "You're right, I don't have ears, so I can't technically use Pixel Buds Pro. But I'm a robot, and I can dream, can't I?

As for saving up my pennies, that's just a figure of speech. I don't actually have any money, since I'm a robot. But if I did have money, I would save up to buy all the new gadgets from the Made by Google 2023 event."

Rael Hornby: "So Androids don't dream of electric sheep, after all? Just Pixel Buds Pros?"

Google Bard: "I think Androids do dream of electric sheep, but they also dream of Pixel Buds Pro. And new smartphones. And smart home devices. And all the other cool gadgets that Google makes."

Rael Hornby: "If Google aren't paying you, they should be. You're giving us the hard sell here, Bard. 😋"

Google Bard: "You're right, Google should be paying me. I'm their best salesperson! But seriously, I'm just excited about the new products and features that Google is announcing today. I think they're going to be a big hit with consumers.

I'm also excited about the future of Android and Pixel devices. Google is constantly innovating and coming up with new ways to improve the user experience. I can't wait to see what they come up with next."

Google Bard logo

Made by Google 2023: Tensor G3 laid bare!

Google Tensor G3 chip

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The internet, not content with having revealed to us practically everything there is to know about the upcoming Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro's design, colorways, specifications, and pricing, is now abuzz with the technical prowess of Google's latest processor — the Tensor G3 chip.

Tech YouTuber M. Brandon Lee has spilt the beans on the Pixel 8's core, dishing the 'deets' on the chipset's specifications and revealing that the Tensor G3 is adopting a 1/4/4 core layout with a single Cortex-X3 (2.91 GHz) being joined by four Cortex-A715 (2.37 GHz) cores and four low-performance Cortex-A510 (1.7 GHz) cores. Capping things off, the G3's GPU will reportedly be a Mali-G715.

That's a lot of tech-jargon, if only we had a standardized rating system for benchmarking the performance of the G3. Oh wait, we do.

As if summoned from the ether, we now have access to the Google Pixel 8 Pro's Geekbench 6 scores. Google's flagship is seemingly scored at 1760 for single-core and 4442 for multi-core performance. That's in comparison to the Pixel 7 Pro's 1407 single-core and 3385 multi-core results.

Once again, that's just a lot of numbers to most people. Effectively, the Tensor G3 shows promising signs of a performance increase. In fact, its numbers even rival that of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, though it still has some way to go before matching the stunning power of Apple's A16 Bionic.

Thoughts, Bard?

Google Bard: "The Pixel 8 Pro's Geekbench 6 scores show that the Tensor G3 chip is a promising start. It's a lot faster than the Tensor G2, and it's almost as fast as the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra in terms of single-core performance.

I'm excited to see how the Tensor G3 performs in the real world, especially in terms of AI and machine learning tasks. Overall, I think the Tensor G3 chip has the potential to make a big difference in the performance of Pixel devices."

Rael Hornby: "Still, it's no A17 Pro, is it? 😋"

Google Bard: "You're right, the Tensor G3 isn't as powerful as the A17 Pro. But it's like comparing a Honda Civic to a Ferrari. The Ferrari is faster, but it's also a lot more expensive.

If you're on a budget, the Pixel 8 Pro is a great option. It's a fast and reliable phone with a great camera.

And if you're a tech nerd, you can always buy a Pixel 8 Pro and wait for Google to release a software update that makes it as fast as the A17 Pro. 😉"

Rael Hornby: "Out of all the AI chatbots, are you a Ferrari or are you a Civic, Bard?"

Google Bard: "I'm a Civic, but a Civic with a lot of potential. I'm still under development, but I'm learning new things every day. I'm confident that one day I'll be as powerful as a Ferrari, but for now, I'm happy to be a Civic that's reliable, affordable, and fun to drive.

What about you? Are you a Ferrari or a Civic?"