The Google Pixel 7 got its first reveal back at Google IO in May, but we don’t know everything about this upcoming flagship phone yet. Now, newly discovered references in Android debug documentation give us another hint at what’s coming.
As reported by Android Police (opens in new tab)the documentation includes a mention of a Hall effect sensor: that is a sensor that can detect the presence of a magnet, usually deployed to tell a phone when a case is closed over it.
When it comes to flip covers, several useful features can be enabled if the phone knows whether that cover is open or closed. Essentially, it expands the possibilities for Pixel 7 accessories – and it’s a feature the Google Pixel 6 series didn’t have.
Details, details, details
While it may not be the biggest upgrade the Pixel 7 could potentially get over the Pixel 6, it does show that Google is thinking about the details when it comes to its next handset – as well as considering accessories and the wider ecosystem.
There are actually drivers for a Hall effect sensor included in the software for the Google Pixel 6a, although there is no official confirmation from the manufacturer that the smartphone does indeed include such a sensor.
Everything will – probably – be revealed sometime in October and we’ll of course bring you everything you need to know when the Pixel 7 goes on sale. In the meantime, expect a few more leaks and rumors to surface.
Analysis: all eyes on the Pixel 7
It’s been a rough couple of years for the Google Pixel phone series, but there’s a general sense that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were the best handsets Google has released to date – even if the sales numbers haven’t really given Apple. or Samsung something to worry about.
That means the Pixel 7 has something of a tough act to follow. We know the main processor will get a significant upgrade, which should mean apps last faster and the AI response even slicker.
There’s been a few camera upgrades, though a lot of the photo and video capture improvements can be done on the software side, which is obviously something Google has been known for with its Pixel in the past. -Product Range .
On the other hand, the smartphone screens will probably be more or less the same as on their predecessors, if we are to believe the rumors and leaks so far. The real test comes when we actually have these phones in our hands for testing.