Made by Google Pixel 8 event: All announcements & reveals

From new smartphones to watches, we've gathered all of the major announcement from this October's Made by Google presentation.


On October 4, 2023, Google went live with its latest presentation to show off its new line of Pixel smart devices. That includes smartphones, smart watches, and even a few other things in Google’s new consumer technology offerings. Did you miss the event? No worries. We’ve got all of the announcements and reveals of the Made by Google Pixel 8 event gathered here for your perusal.

Pixel Watch 2

Google Pixel Watch 2
Source: Google

Created with the latest technology from Fitbit, the Pixel Watch 2 offers a new tier of health and wellness companion tech from Google. It offers extensive health monitoring along with AI technology to help understand and respond to data collected from your health activities in your everyday life. It also features increased processing power and a battery that can hold life for around 24 hours. It will retail starting at $349, can be pre-ordered today, and will ship on. Ordering the Pixel Watch 2 also offers 6 free months of access Fitbit Premium on the app.

Learn more about the Googel Pixel Watch 2 here.

Pixel 8 & Pixel 8 Pro

Google Pixel 8
Source: Google

The Pixel 8 will start at $699 and the Pixel 8 Pro will start at $999. Both are set to ship on October 12, 2023. The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones aimed to take the Google’s smartphone designs to the next level. They are powered by the new Google Tensor G3 chip, capable of handling AI integration and machine-learning models. The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro’s displays have also been upgraded to feature HDR features and make images taken with the camera look as true to life as possible. The new Call Screen feature also allows AI to take calls for you and learn the details of the person calling you before presenting that information and allowing you to decide whether to accept or ignore the call.

The camera has been upgraded as well, featuring a new Audio Magic Eraser feature. This allows the Google Pixel phones to clear out background noise clutter from a video, allowing you to focus on the thing you want your videos to focus on. Best Take also allows you to edit images in new and interesting ways to make your photos exactly the way you want them to be.

Learn more about the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro here.

Assistant With Bard

Google Assistant With Bard

Source: Google

In its continuing focus on AI technology and integration in consumer electronics, Google announced Assistant With Bard, which will be coming to Google Pixel phones and devices. Assistant With Bard is meant to be, in every way, your digital secretary. It can keep track of calendar appointments and dates you need to keep track of, help you decide what to do when you have a choice ahead, and plan out parts of your day as you go, just to name a few capabilities.

Assistant With Bard is coming soon and will begin rollout with select testers getting to try it first. A full rollout of the feature will happen further down the line. Stay tuned for more details.

Pixel 8 & Pixel 8 Pro Support extended to 7 years

Google Pixel support
Source: Google

One of the most valuable features of Google’s Pixel products has been the longevity of support Google supplies to them. The company has extended that support with the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro launch. Customers will now be guaranteed 7 years of OS Upgrades, feature drops, AI integrations, and more for their phone, ensuring it will see software and update support all the way through late 2030 as of today.

That’s everything from the October 2023 Made by Google event. There will likely be more details coming out about the products revealed today, so stay tuned for more details and updates on the Pixel 8 and more, right here at Shacknews.

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    October 4, 2023 8:26 AM

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      October 4, 2023 8:52 AM

      7 years of OS upgrades! Wow

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        October 4, 2023 10:01 AM

        They don't say there will be a lot of upgrades over that seven year period though so it'll still be the same as it always has.

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      October 4, 2023 11:03 AM

      Anyone pre-ordering? Think I will based on $400 trade-in for my 6 Pro and getting the watch "free".

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        October 4, 2023 11:07 AM

        I have the 6 pro as well and I am rather tempted

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        October 4, 2023 11:33 AM

        Yeeeeeeah, it's temping, but I think I want the Fold more. Maybe wait for the Fold 2.

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        October 4, 2023 11:34 AM

        It's odd.
        In Google Store
        - Full Price
        - $400 trade in for 6 Pro
        - Free watch
        In Fi Store
        - $400 off
        - $125 trade in for 6 Pro
        - No watch

        I like my Sense 2, and not having to charge it every day. Thinking the latter (and not trading in the phone - we have an accident-prone family member who could use a new phone).

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          October 4, 2023 2:26 PM

          the Fi store is almost always a worse deal than the Google store. it's bizarre.

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        October 4, 2023 11:36 AM

        Yep, also going from 6 pro. Excited to see it!

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        October 4, 2023 11:51 AM

        I'm getting a free phone from my new employer so I'll have them pre-order the non-pro for me. In Sweden it's free pixel buds or discount on the watch, but I'm so happy with my garmin that I'll just go for the free buds.

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        October 4, 2023 11:54 AM has good options but not available in 🍁

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        October 4, 2023 12:02 PM

        Double check BestBuy's trade-in offer! Google store gave me $325 for my Pixel 7 and Bestbuy did $450 so I went with them. Getting the black 256gb pro and a free watch woohoo

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        October 4, 2023 12:03 PM

        are you doing trade-ins on their site?

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        October 4, 2023 12:47 PM

        7 pro gets me 340 Cad. Ridiculous

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        October 4, 2023 1:41 PM

        I'm taking the trade-in on my 7 and getting the 8. Free Buds Pro (again, got them with the 7 as well) which I can also sell. I'm annoyed at the colours being shit but other than the telephoto lens this is almost back to having parity with the Pro while retaining a smaller frame and battery. The 8 is smaller and lighter while having a fractionally larger battery.

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        October 4, 2023 1:45 PM

        I have a 6 Regular and a Pixel Watch v1 and I'm tempted but I might wait another year for more improvements to both. A little extra battery life on the watch I'm not sure is worth 700 bucks right now; I'm perfectly happy with my phone and I don't see a lot of features on the 8 that are super compelling.

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        October 4, 2023 3:21 PM

        they will pay me $300 for my Pixel 6a. I got it new for $50.

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          October 4, 2023 3:25 PM

          if i try to trade it in for anything else it's $105. so they're just juicing their preorders.

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            October 4, 2023 3:38 PM

            Yeah, long as they honor the trade-in I was quoted I'm good with it.

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      October 4, 2023 3:18 PM

      Trading in my 7 Pro for the 8 Pro with watch. Will probably sell the watch. Had like $50 in store credit and my Google one subscription gets me another 10% back in store credit so I'm getting another $100 back. Not liking how expensive the pixels are getting but that is everything these days.

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      October 4, 2023 4:50 PM

      I am stoked to be PIXEL MAN next Thursday. I will be strutting around with my Pro 8, Pixel Watch 2, and Pixel Bud Pros all in matching colors. Apple haters watch out, here I come!

      /s lol, NGL I am pretty excited though! :D

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        October 4, 2023 6:10 PM

        My Pixel Buds A have got like 200hrs+ of use time since I got them. They have a few quirks but overall a huge fan for the price, assume the Pro versions are even better.

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          October 4, 2023 6:33 PM

          I actually just got Pros last week over the A series that I have been using for a couple of years. Check your email for a $80 off coupon from Google.

          The email title is "40% off Pixel Buds, just for you" - Couple of my irl buddies also got the coupon and upgraded.

          Steal for $120, the noise cancellation is utterly incredible. I can stand next to a super loud window AC unit and hear nothing. It's like peaceful zen quietness, nothing but me and my music. I have never really used noise-cancellation earbuds so I can't compare but I love my Pro's.

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      October 4, 2023 4:56 PM

      looks like the Pixel 8 Pro finally has a flat screen? I think that alone would make me upgrade from the 6 Pro. Such a dumb trend, hopefully we never see it again.

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      October 4, 2023 5:01 PM

      Oh is that why they spammed me multiple times today?

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