The Google Pixel 7 had its initial presentation at Google IO back in May, but we still don’t know everything about this upcoming flagship phone. Now, the newly discovered references in the Android debug documentation give us another hint at what’s on the way.
As reported by Android Police (opens in new tab)the documentation includes a mention of a Hall Effect sensor: it’s a sensor that can detect the presence of a magnet, most often deployed to inform a phone when a case is closed over it.
When it comes to flip covers, a number of useful functions can be activated if the phone knows whether the flip is open or closed. Essentially, it expands the Pixel 7’s accessory possibilities – and it’s a feature the Google Pixel 6 lineup didn’t have.
Details, details, details
While it’s perhaps not the biggest upgrade the Pixel 7 could outperform the Pixel 6, it does show that Google is thinking about the details when it comes to its next handset – and that it’s also considering accessories and the broader ecosystem.
There are actually drivers for a Hall Effect sensor included in the Google Pixel 6a’s software, although there is no official confirmation from the manufacturer that the smartphone actually includes such a sensor.
Everything will be revealed – probably – sometime in October, and of course we’ll bring you everything you need to know when the Pixel 7 goes on sale. In the meantime, expect some more leaks and rumors.
Review: All eyes on the Pixel 7
It’s been a rough few years for the Google Pixel phone series, but there’s a general feeling that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro were the best handsets Google has released so far – even if the sales figures haven’t really given Apple or Samsung anything to worry about.
That means the Pixel 7 has a tough act to follow. We know the main processor will receive a significant upgrade, which should mean apps move faster and the AI response is even slicker.
There has been talk of some camera upgrades, although a lot of improvements in terms of photo capture and video recording can be done on the software side, which is obviously something Google has been known for with its Pixel line in the past. .
On the other hand, smartphone screens are likely to be more or less the same as their predecessors, if the rumors and leaks up to this point are to be believed. The real test will come when we have these phones in our hands to test.