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Google Pixel 6 event: Pixel 6, 6 Pro, Android 12 and all the launch news

The whole Pixel 6 launch event and everything that's happened since

Google pixel 6 sliding out of leather pocket
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The Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro launch event has finished, and while we knew loads about them already (thanks to launching in August) we've now got all the details about the next flagship Android phones that sport the latest Android 12 software. 

We didn't hear about the Google Pixel Fold or Google Pixel Watch, but the company did confirm its new Pixel Pass scheme for those in the US. Plus, we also saw a bunch of new features from the company's new Tensor chipset.

We're continuing our coverage as news, insights and updates about these phones emerge, but let's cover off the key facts about the new phones - although do scroll down to see some real consternation about the price...:

- The Google Pixel 6 starts at $599 / £599 / AU$999 for 128GB of storage
- The Google Pixel 6 Pro starts at $899 / £849 / AU$1,299, again at 128GB
- Both phones are available to pre-order now
- The Pixel 6 lands on October 25, the Pixel 6 Pro on October 28
- The Pro offers better cameras and screen technology, as well as a bulkier frame
- Both are running Google's new Tensor chip, promising incredible photos

Here's everything that happened at the the launch, and all the news that's emerged since - as well as our key analysis:

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Welcome to Google Pixel 6 launch day. This is one of the strangest smartphone launches of the year as we've seen this handset teased multiple times online, appear in TV adverts, and even in the shop windows of the company's New York City store.

However, there are still a few key details we don't know. We don't know how much it'll cost, when it'll be released, a few of the core specs and we don't know what the company's new Tensor chip is really capable of.

The Google Pixel 6 will be fully revealed later today during the company's big launch event. What else can we anticipate to see? There will certainly be a reveal for the Google Pixel 6 Pro.

Other potential announcements include further details on Android 12 and when it'll arrive on other Pixel phones as well as reveals for the Google Pixel Watch or Google Pixel Fold.

Stick with us throughout the day to hear everything we see in the runup to the big event such as last-minute leaks and teasers we see from Google HQ.

A Pixel 6 in Kinda Coral, held by someone wearing a red dress

(Image credit: Google)

Oh Google (or Amazon, we're not sure who's at fault here): the Google Pixel 6 Pro has already been listed, complete with all the specs.

The page 'confirms' that the phone will pack an OLED screen, a 120Hz refresh rate, a powerful 12GB of RAM, an under-display fingerprint camera... it's all listed over on Amazon if you want to see the full specs(although we imagine it may get taken down soon).

We are saying 'confirms' because this doesn't mean it's certain to be the final spec list - time and again we've seen retailers put a product page live before the announcement, only to find out it's based on the rumored specs we've been bringing you.

In this case though, it seems far more concrete, based on some of the detail. Saying "~89.0% screen-to-body ratio" and "Triple 50 MP, (wide), PDAF, OIS, 48 MP, (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 4x optical zoom, 12 MP, (ultrawide), Features Dual-LED flash, Pixel Shift, Auto-HDR, panorama, Video 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS" for the camera feels far more of a spec sheet reprint than an intern copying down info from the web.

Well, only a few hours left to find out if this one is right...

If you were hoping the Google Pixel Watch could show up today... sorry, but we've been hearing unsubstantiated leaks about its debut before every Pixel event since time began, so you've only got yourself to blame at this point.

Case in point, a big leaker has just said the smartwatch isn't coming today - apparently, it'll more likely come in the first few months of 2022, though that again sounds like a vague guesstimate.

Either way, don't hold your breath for the anticipated Wear OS showcase, and it sounds this is a mobile-focused launch.

It's very possible that Android 12 could roll out to eligible phones after the unveiling event later - that's full-fat Android, not the beta. By 'eligible' we mean one of the last few generations of Pixel phone, as other brands need to create their own versions of Android 12.

We don't know this for sure, but there's no harm in getting your Pixel phone ready if you're excited. Perhaps back up your data and charge up your phone ready for official news on the matter.

If you do have a Pixel phone and are excited for Android 12, you might get an extra bonus, as it seems likely that the update's biggest feature won't actually come to other phones, at least until 2022. That's Material You, the theme redesigning feature, and Google hasn't actually shared the code for it with other phone brands yet.

How can you watch the Pixel 6 launch event? The link below will allow you to tune in directly from Google's own stream.

When the event kicks off you'll be able to watch the live stream directly above, or click through to the video on YouTube itself. You can also set a reminder so you don't miss the event.

Beyond that there is one other way to watch: Google has set up a website for the event which you can find by clicking here. The site gives the basic event information, and lets you change the appearance of the website by holding the space key (a reference to Android 12's Material You feature).

There's no actual reference to an event live stream on the site, but other parts of Google's product website suggest the video will be streamed there.

Olivia Tambini, Audio and Music Editor for TechRadar, says, "Given that the Pixel Buds A-Series launched just a few months ago, we don’t think it’s likely that we’ll see a new pair of Pixel Buds at today’s event. 

Saying that, there is a small chance that Google could use this opportunity to announce an upgrade to its Pixel Buds (2020) and bring us the Pixel Buds (2021). 

The Pixel Buds A-Series are a cheaper, less premium version of the 2020 Pixel Buds, so a new version of the latter could see some upscale features like active noise cancellation introduced to the range.

So what is the Google Pixel Pass? This has been leaked over the last few weeks, and it's expected to be a rival to Apple One. It'll be one subscription service where you can get access to all of Google's services such as YouTube Premium and Google One cloud storage.

On top of that, the leak suggests it'll allow you to upgrade your phone yearly with whatever the new Pixel phone is. For example, if you bought into Pixel Pass on the Pixel 6 you'd be able to upgrade in 12 months time to a new Pixel 7.

There's no gurantee this will be launching alongside the Pixel 6, but one big leak heavily suggests it'll be ready to go later today.

Will there be anything from Google's Nest brand today? Carrie Skinner, Homes Editor at TechRadar, said, "I don’t expect Google to launch any new Nest devices tonight because we’ve already seen a number of smart home devices launched during the year. 

"At the end of August, four new Nest home security cameras and video doorbells were announced, while its smallest smart display, the Google Nest Hub, was given an overhaul in March this year."

Unlike most phone launches, we actually know what both the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will both look like. This isn't through leaked information either as the company has been consistently teasing the new handsets.