Pixel 9 launch will now happen on August 13 as Google wants to avoid clash with iPhone 16 event in September

Google has announced that its annual Made by Google event will take place earlier than usual this year. Traditionally held in October, the event will be held on August 13 this year at Google's Mountain View headquarters. The change in timing has been made to avoid overlap with Apple's anticipated iPhone 16 launch in September and to prevent leaks about its upcoming Pixel 9 device.

The teaser for the event, titled “AI…meet IX”, hints at the debut of the Google Pixel IX and new AI features. In the teaser released on YouTube, the Pixel IX is briefly shown on a black background. According to a report by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Google's decision to move the event may stem from a desire to avoid competition with Apple's iPhone 16 and prevent further leaks about the Pixel 9.

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Leaks about the Pixel 9 have already surfaced online, but Google seems determined to keep details under wraps until the official unveiling. This strategy mirrors its approach with the Pixel 8a, which was released a week earlier than expected ahead of the Google I/O event.

The Made by Google event will begin with a keynote address at 10 am PT (10:30 pm IST) followed by a hands-on product experience for attendees. This year's event is expected to showcase significant advancements in AI, an area in which Google has been a major player. The company has been actively integrating AI into its products and recently introduced its own AI chatbot, Gemini.

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Google Pixel 9 series will be launched on August 13: Know what will be special

Google is going to reveal the Pixel 9 series at this event. Following the launch of the Pixel 8a, the Pixel 9 lineup is slated for a global release on August 13. Although Google has not specified the number of devices in the Pixel 9 series, rumours suggest that the lineup may include the Pixel 9, Pixel 9 Pro, a new Pixel Pro variant, and the Pixel Fold, which could possibly be branded as the Pixel 9 Pro Fold.

Google Pixel 9 series: Specifications and features (expected)

The Google Pixel 9 series is expected to feature major upgrades in design, performance, and functionality. The Pixel 9 Pro models may come in two sizes: a 6.1-inch standard model and a 6.7-inch XL model, both with high refresh rate OLED displays. These displays are expected to offer vivid and smooth visuals with excellent color accuracy. The new design is rumored to include a reduced camera bar at the back in a vertical pill shape.

One anticipated feature is Adaptive Touch, which can enhance the screen's response to different environmental conditions and screen protectors. The Pixel 9 Pro may be available in black, white, green, and pink.

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The devices will be powered by Google's custom Tensor G4 chip developed in collaboration with Samsung. This chip is expected to offer improved performance, better thermal management, and enhanced AI capabilities. Reports suggest that the chip may offer minor upgrades over its predecessor. The Pixel 9 Pro models are also expected to have up to 16GB of RAM, supporting smooth multitasking and AI-powered applications.

In terms of camera capabilities, the Google Pixel 9 Pro models are likely to feature a triple-lens setup with advanced computational photography features. Rumors suggest that a larger sensor has been included on the camera island, supporting variable aperture for better low-light performance and creative photography. Advanced AI features like Magic Editor and new tools powered by Gemini Nano AI are expected to offer advanced photo and video editing options.

The Google Pixel 9 series is also expected to feature connectivity improvements that will address issues with previous models. The new devices are expected to include improved modem and satellite connectivity features, similar to the iPhone's Emergency SOS via satellite, which improves reliability in remote areas. The phones will launch with Android 15, offering new software features and a more integrated hardware-software experience.

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