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Google I/O 2022 innovations at a glance: Android 13, Pixel 6a & more

Google I/O 2022 innovations at a glance: Android 13, Pixel 6a & more
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At this year’s Google I/O, several new products were presented. In addition to new hardware, such as the Pixel 6a and the Pixel Watch, there were also new features for Android 13, Google Maps and data security. We give you an overview.

After three years, Google was able to hold its in-house developer conference with visitors for the first time in the Shoreline Amphitheater. The motto: “Make knowledge more accessible” – the main aim was to make knowledge more accessible and to promote computing.

Therefore, the Google translator receives immediately 24 new languages and can now translate over 133 languages. For example, Mizo (Northeast India), Lingala (Central Africa) and indigenous languages ​​from America (Quechua, Guarani & Aymara) are new. A complete list is available on the Google Blog.

Google Maps gets 3D views

Google Maps is getting a new and very exciting feature with Immersive View. The combination of 3D mapping, machine learning and a multitude of aerial and street images become one interactive 3D model united. This makes it easier to explore sights or even the interior of a restaurant. Google wants to integrate this innovation in maps for selected cities this year, so that Immersive View can be used on any smartphone.

Source: Google

Other innovations:

  • Maps: Maps get more buildings generated based on satellite photos
  • maps: Eco-friendly routes coming to Europe this year (so far only USA and Canada)
  • YouTube: Auto-generated chapters have been significantly improved / New: Video transcript & auto-translated subtitles (in 16 languages)
  • Workspace (Docs & Co.): Automatic content summary (soon also for Google Chat)

With RealTone, Google has already integrated a function for Pixel smartphones that is supposed to ensure better and, above all, more natural skin tones in photos. The now developed “Monk Skin Tone Scale”, which was developed in cooperation with Dr. Ellis Monk of Harvard University is said to have originated as “Instrument for Measuring Skin Tone” to serve, “that can help create products that engage everyone” – according to Google.

Skin Tone Scale for even more natural skin tones

In the future it should be even more and above all better RealTone filters for photos give. In the future, Google searches will also use this skin tone scale, for example for photos, in order to enable even more relevant results – for example when searching for make-up. By the way: The scale will be open source, you can get more details here: skintone.google

Source: Google

Innovations for the Google search:

  • New: Multisearch – Search with a photo and enter additional words (e.g. photo of a bottle + “rainbow”)
  • In addition: Multisearch “near me” (for businesses in the area) – coming globally in English 2022, more languages ​​”soon”
  • Lens: Scene exploration with Insights overlay e.g. for chocolate – search for “well rated and dark”

What’s new for Android 13, Wear OS and tablets

We have already been able to take a closer look at the first Android 13 beta, you can get an overview of the first innovations here. At the I/O, however, Google revealed more details about the upcoming operating system. With Android 13 it will be possible to assign a specific language to apps. In the area of ​​messaging, Google rely more on RCSan encrypted technology intended to replace SMS – e.g. for the Google Messages app.

Source: Google

It’s very fresh new wallet app, which could well serve as a replacement for your wallet in the future. Your credit cards or customer cards, for example, can already be stored in Google Pay. Parking tickets, flight tickets or even tickets for events should then also be stored in Google Wallet. Also a student ID, proof of vaccination or virtual keys for cars should be added. Furthermore, Google is currently working on the fact that ID cards and passports will also be included in the wallet app in the future.

Other Android innovations:

  • Earthquakes: Early detection and warning for more high-risk areas
  • Wear OS: Emergency SoS (end of the year) / Update for other manufacturers on the way / New apps on the way
  • Nearby Share: Copy and send pictures, e.g. from smartphone to tablet
  • Fast Pair: Integrate additional devices (laptop, TV, car, etc.) + new Matter standard for smart home devices

For tablets and their large displays, there are further optimizations with regard to the user interface. Foldables should also benefit from better multitasking. There should be updates for over 20 apps, including YouTube Music, Maps, Messages, TikTok, Duo. In addition, it will be the Android 13 Beta for more manufacturers give (including Oppo, Xiaomi and OnePlus).

Hardware: Pixel 6a, Pixel Buds Pro & Pixel Watch

Of course, there were also some Pixel innovations to admire. As already expected, Google presented the Pixel 6a as a cheaper alternative to the Pixel 6 (Pro). The smartphone receives a 6.1 inch OLED display and is therefore quite compact. Inside he works Google Tensor SoC, on the back there is a dual camera with 12 MP main camera. You can read more details about the Google Pixel 6a here. The smartphone comes onto the market for an RRP of 459 euros, but not until the end of July.

In the fall stands with the Pixel 7 (Pro) then the next generation of Google smartphones. Here, Google surprisingly revealed the first details and even showed photos of the devices. The most important information: The camera strap is now made of aluminum, the Pro model is intended to set a new standard for photography, inside comes the Next-Gen Tensor SoC for use.

Images: Google

Also planned for fall is the Pixel Watch, Google’s first smartwatch. The very round one Pebble design was already leaked in advance, but according to Google, the smart watch will receive a Stainless steel case with a tactile crown on the right side. There are also interchangeable wristbands, improved Wear OS animations and various fitness functions with Fitbit expertise. Here are more details about the Pixel Watch.

Together with the Pixel 6a, the fresh ones should also be available at the end of July Pixel Buds Pro to be available. The new in-ear headphones will be available in four colors (Coral, Fog, Charcoal & Lemongrass) for a RRP of 219 euros. You expect one active noise cancellation, up to 31 hours of battery life (with charging case) and automatic source switching between devices. There will be a software update for Spatial Audio in the fall.

New features for Google Assistant

Finally, there are various innovations in terms of computing and data security. Highlights here are, for example, two new ways to call up the Google Assistant. For example, instead of “Hey Google” you can simply use the Nest Hub Max in the future look at the display and ask your question. The request is then processed purely on the device and should even be recognized with pauses or hmmm words in the future. In addition, certain “quick phrases“ planned, which can be asked at any time. You can activate this beforehand.

Source: Google

In the field of machine learning, Google has, among other things LaMDA 2 presented, a language model. Three aspects can be implemented with this: Imagine It (describe something, tell a story), Talk About It (talk about something, have a conversation), List It (break up topics, in to-dos, e.g. for projects). More details can be found in Google’s AI Test Kitchen.

Data security: phishing protection and a passwordless future

The Google Workspace suite with Docs, Sheets and Slides will enter towards the end of the year Phishing Protection donated, as it is already integrated with Gmail. the 2-step verification will also be automatically activated for registration from now on. Incidentally, Google would like to enable password-free login in the future.

Other novelties:

  • Virtual card numbers coming to Chrome and Android (e.g. for credit cards)
  • “Protected Computing”: Personal data is reduced, data is de-identified (anonymized as much as possible), access to data is restricted (also for Google)
  • “MyAdCenter” app: Personal Ad Preferencespreferences for advertising, “block” uninteresting topics
  • “MyResult” app: Delete results of searches about yourself, e.g. address, phone number, email address (only from Google, not from the web) – will be integrated into the Google app in the coming months
  • “About this result”: Better source detectionquality or trustworthiness of a page – soon in Google App on Android & iOS
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