Unveiling Google's 2024 plans: Flagship upgrades and foldable tech

When it comes to Google’s flagship phones, the release history suggests an October debut
An undated image of Google Pixel Fold. — Google
An undated image of Google Pixel Fold. — Google

Google had a thrilling 2023, unveiling the impressive Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, along with the debut of the Pixel Tablet and the innovative Pixel Fold. As we eagerly await 2024, what can we expect from Google’s next moves?

While Google’s upcoming plans remain shrouded in secrecy, we can make educated predictions based on their release patterns. It's highly probable that 2024 will witness the launch of the Pixel 9 and 9 Pro, an updated Google Pixel 8a, the Pixel Fold 2, and much more.

When it comes to Google’s flagship phones, the release history suggests an October debut. With previous flagship Pixel models being announced and released in October, it's a safe bet that the Pixel 9 series will follow suit.

Similarly, a refreshed mid-range Pixel 8a seems imminent, typically aligning with the flagship's form factor and featuring upgraded internals, possibly adopting the latest Tensor G3 and enhanced photo editing tech like Best Take.

Traditionally, Google tends to introduce its A series phones around mid-year, so expect the Pixel 8a to likely make an appearance between May and July 2024.

Following the entry into the foldable market in 2023 with the Pixel Fold, Google aims to refine the concept with the anticipated Pixel Fold 2, anticipated to hit the market around June 2024. Details remain scarce, but hints suggest a larger display compared to its predecessor.

Shifting focus from hardware, an inevitable highlight will be the revelation of Android 15 at Google I/O, likely in May, before rolling out to smartphones later in the year, continuing Google's annual OS update tradition.

Moreover, Google seems to be establishing an annual launch schedule for its Pixel Watch line. Speculation points toward the potential launch of the Pixel Watch 3 in late 2024, coinciding with the Pixel 9 series.

Details on the Pixel Tablet 2 remain uncertain. While some manufacturers update their tablets annually, others, like Apple, follow longer refresh cycles. Thus, a Pixel Tablet 2 release in 2024 is plausible, yet a launch in 2025 remains equally likely.

In summary, Google's 2024 promises a thrilling array of releases, from flagship phones to innovative wearables and potential tablet upgrades, building upon the successes of the preceding year.