It’s the main day of Google I/O! Once a year, Google kicks off its developer conference with a flurry of announcements, finally revealing so many things they’ve been working on behind the scenes lately.
Didn’t have time to tune in for the entire two-hour presentation? We get it – that’s why we’ve put together the most important news in an easily digestible and easy-to-follow list. Let’s dive in!
Google is finally making smartwatches
“Here’s something to wrap your brain around: Google has never made their own smartwatches,” writes Brian Heater, “but “that will all change this fall.”
Details are still very scarce (much of what’s out now actually leaked ahead of time), but Google has shown off the first official images of its first Pixel watch, which is expected to be released this fall. Find out all the details here.
Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro
Last year Google tried something new at I/O: they showed a piece information about their new flagship Pixel phone – then the Pixel 6 – but saved most of the information for another announcement a few months later.
They are doing the same this year with the announcement of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Details such as price and release date have yet to be revealed, but here’s what we know: It will run Android 13 and use the next generation Tensor chip. It borrowed much of its design from the Pixel 6, including the raised “camera bezel” that runs through the back. I want more? Check out the full post here.
Google is taking a lot of what has made the already very good Pixel 6 by trimming some specs to bring the price down to $449 (from $599) and releasing it as the Pixel 6a. It has a smaller screen (6.1 inches vs. 6.4 inches), less RAM, and earlier cameras, but it still has things like a custom Google Tensor chip, a Titan M2 security chip, and 5G support. Find the full breakdown here.
Pixel Headphones Pro
Pixel Buds with noise reduction! Finally! These $199 headphones are also IPX2 sweat-resistant and use things like beamforming mics, mesh wind blockers, and bone conduction to improve your sound when you’re on a call. Find Brian’s review here.
Next Google Glass?
Like many products today, Google has been tight-lipped on details, but as soon as they completed the keynote, Sundar Pichai showed a brief demo of what appears to be the current AR glasses project in the same spiritual vein as Google. Glass (albeit in a much less edgy form factor). One particularly wild thing that was hinted at was live transcription/translation – think real life subtitles with the speaker’s words playing in your mind. Check out Brian’s notes here.
Google is making Android tablets again! Finally.
It was teased today that Google won’t actually be releasing a new “Pixel Tablet” until 2023. However, aside from the fact that it’s in development, Google says next to nothing about it.
Google has long offered Google Pay, an Android app where you can store digital credit cards for contactless payments. Now they’re expanding the concept with a new app called Google Wallet that will also “allow users to store things like credit cards, loyalty cards, digital identities, travel tickets, concert tickets, vaccination cards, and more.” The deployment process is slightly different depending on which country you are in − find all these details here.
Google Assistant improvements
Google Assistant is getting a little smarter! Frederick has full breakdown here.
More natural communication: Google Assistant will now be able to better understand when you’ve missed a command or when you need a second to figure out what you’re trying to say. In the scene example, the speaker said, “Can you play this new song from mmm…” and Google Assistant replied, “Mmmm?” and wait for them to finish their thought.
Watch and say: On Google Assistant devices with a built-in camera (like the Nest Hub Max), you no longer need to say “Hey Google” before asking a question – just look at the device and it will use things like proximity/head. direction/direction of gaze to understand that you are asking him a question.
Quick phrases: Nest Hub Max will now allow you to use certain frequently used commands of your choice without having to say the hot word first. So you can just shout “What time is it?” or “Turn off the lights” in the room and Google Assistant will act accordingly.
Google Maps improvements
Google Maps is picking up some new tricks – look at Sarah full post here.
“Immersive” look: Google Maps is getting a new 3D exploration mode starting in some major cities, allowing you to zoom in on that city’s 3D model to get a better idea of where things are. As the dataset expands, this 3D model will include the interiors of popular restaurants and places.
Environmentally friendly routing extension: At the end of last year, Google launched a feature that allows you to choose a route to optimize the efficiency of the vehicle, and not just the fastest. This feature will be extended to Europe later this year.
Live View for third parties: Back in 2019, Google started rolling out a feature that used your phone’s camera and buildings/landmarks around you to determine exactly where you are in the world for more accurate navigation – most often to figure out which direction to go when you’ve just started a new route. Google says it’s opening up the technology to third parties, showing examples like helping concert goers find their seats or helping commuters find a place to park their rented e-bikes.
New languages for Google Translate
Google Translate is exploring dozens of new languages, with a focus on “languages with very large but underserved populations.” Additions include Quechua, Guarani, Aymara, Sanskrit, and Tsonga. Google says that many of the languages they are adding today would have been technically impossible to support even a few years ago, and are only possible today thanks to advances in machine learning. Find all details here.
Virtual credit cards in Chrome
Google Chrome will now be able to generate a “virtual” credit card number designed to keep your real credit card number secure. If the virtual number is ever stolen, you simply cancel it and generate a new one without worrying about getting a brand new card. Here are all the details.
Better understanding of skin tone
In addition to his work around real tone To more accurately capture all skin tones in photos, Google is looking to improve the understanding of skin tones in search results. “For example,” writes Aisha“if you’re looking for ‘wedding makeup’, you’ll be able to find results that work best” for a particular skin tone.
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