Google I/O 2022: Pixel 6A, Android 13, AR Glasses and Everything Else Announced Smarter search, Pixel Buds Pro, Pixel Watch and a preview of the Pixel 7 joined Google's parade of announcements at its annual developer conference.
, the company’s annual conference for developers, kicked off 2022 with the usual keynote — in person for the first time in three years — moderated by CEO Sundar Pichai. During the keynote, Google provided us with updates on the next version of its operating system, and the company launched the , and . We also had teasers for a and , the latter is planned for autumn. And Google highlighted the instant translation and all the smarts shown elsewhere during the event .
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The company also discussed its latest privacy and security developments, including increased anonymity and virtual cards for payment in Chrome – a virtual credit card number generated on the fly when purchasing items online, keeping the numbers hidden from retailers. A new My Ad Center in the Google app will let you manage which ads you want to see and there will be an easier way to remove personal information from Google search results.
Search, maps and automation
The company talked about a lot of automation updates like automatic translation and automatic transcription for videos, as well as big updates for maps (and virtual lighting for Meet, which is from Project Starline). Google adds an auto-summary feature to provide a TL;DR of a large document. This will also be available for Google Chat and will help users get a climax of a long chat conversation.
Search will be able to process a search query that combines a photo with a text question and incorporate “near me” into those searches. It will also be able to do searches based on a panned photo, a feature it calls “scene exploration”.
It’s been in the works for a while, but Google is rolling out (and open-sourcing) an implementation of the 10-point Monk skin tone scale to help eliminate bias in its technology and improve individual experiences where appropriate, e.g. B. Search Relevance and Photo Filter.
Nest Hub Max gets Look and Talk: it uses facial recognition (on the device) to initiate an interaction, so you don’t have to say “Hey, Google” repeatedly. Quick phrases are commonly used statements that can also bypass Hey, Googling. You can choose which phrases it listens to. The assistant also enhances its natural conversational performance.
Google Wallet is exactly what it says it is. The company, like Apple, is working to bring digital IDs – starting with driver’s licenses – to its wallet, and it’s rolling out to Wear OS and Android devices soon. The Android update includes improvements to early warning and SOS systems, which will also be extended to Wear OS.
The company has put some work into streamlining Android for larger screens — tablets, in other words — with better handling of multiple apps that make the tablets feel a lot more like iPad Pro. It updates 20 of its big screen apps.
And there are other ways it enables cross-device handover, e.g. B. accessing all your phone messages on your Chromebook (Phone Hub) or cutting and pasting between them. And it extends across the Matter platform to smart home devices.
You can get the beta starting today.
These are the first Pixel Buds to feature active noise cancellation and Google technologies for better isolation and transparency. They’ll get an update after launch to include spatial audio, and you can track them down via Android’s Find My Device. They cost $199 and will be available to pre-order starting July 21.
Google Pixel 6A, Pixel 7 and 7 Pro
The $449 entry-level Google Pixel 6 phones will be available for pre-order starting July 21.
Google also teased the Pixel 7 series with a camera bar made from recycled aluminum and a glass back, as well as an updated version of its proprietary mobile Tensor processor optimized for AI. It will ship with Android 13 in the fall.
Preview on Pixel Watch and Pixel Tablet
We’ve received a preview of the watch, which will have an improved Wear OS interface and lots of curved glass. It will support Google Wallet and have deep integration with Fitbit. It will be available in autumn.
The tablet will be offered as a complement to the Pixel phone and is planned for 2023.
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