Google CEO Sundar Pichai in his keynote address highlighted how the tech giant looks forward to people and their experience with technology to better their offerings. Similarly, all the announcements at the Google I/O 2022 had utility at their core and were developed and designed to address issues concerning people and their daily lives.
Here is a look at the key takeaways from the event.
Google Maps Gets New Upgrades
The Google CEO while talking about Google Maps said that their application was able to reveal more buildings in the African regions now. Countries like India and Indonesia have been able to successfully map buildings due to the application. According to the CEO, 3D mapping technologies have been enhancing the navigation experience in Google Maps. He spoke about ‘Immersive View’ a feature that allows users to check the weather, traffic and inside restaurants using Google Maps. The feature is supported by the Google Cloud stream.
Privacy And Security
Google announced its plans to create a password-free technology for the people. The tech giant plans to auto-enroll users in two-factor authentication which will reduce the risks of phishing. The two-factor authentication comes days after the announcement by the FIDO alliance which includes Apple, Google and Microsoft collaborating towards password-free access to websites and applications.
Look And Talk
With this latest update, users need not say ‘Hey Google’ every time they interact with Google Assistant. When the new feature Look and Talk is turned on users can look at the Nest Hub Max’s display and ask questions without the usual ‘Hey Google’ prompt. Experts believe the feature could come in handy as it will save time as the users are already looking at the screen.
Real Tone Filters
Google has announced its plans to expand ‘Real Tone’ with a new set of filters for skin tones. According to the announcement, Google Photos will soon support filters that will adjust photos to reflect actual skin tone. The filters will be rolled out later this month.
New Feature For Google Docs And Google Meet
A new automated summarisation feature will allow Google Docs to summarise entire documents automatically. This could come in handy for professionals using documents with large chunks of text. The Google CEO revealed that the services will likely be implemented on Google’s other tools. Google Meet, one of the most useful tools for virtual interactions, has also got improved audio and video abilities. The enhancements on Google Meet are backed by Project Starline, Google’s high-fidelity telepresence system.
Android 13 And A Host of Enhancements
Google’s primary operating system’s latest version Android 13 was one of the highlights of the event. The new OS emphasizes security and privacy with a much greater focus on customization. The OS is also optimized to work with devices with large screens and foldable devices. The tech giant has also revealed that it will be updating nearly 20 applications including g YouTube Music, Maps and Messages to align with the large-screen and foldable units.
Google Pixel 6A
After months of speculation, Google has finally unveiled its latest smartphone, the Google Pixel 6A. The device which flaunts a duo-tone design sports a 6.1-inch. Screen the smartphone comes with 12.2MP primary camera and a 12MP ultra-wide camera The smartphone is powered by the Tensor 5G chip. Pixel 6A stands out with enhanced photography offerings. Besides, the smartphone also has Live Translate and
M2 security chip. The smartphone is priced at USD 499 (about Rs 35,000) in the US. It will be available from July 21 in three colours.
Google Pixel Buds Pro with ANC
Earlier, several reports hinted that Google is working on an ANC enabled earbuds to rival Apple’s AirPods Pro. With the Google I/O event, the tech company has unveiled its premium TWS earbuds – the Google Pixel Buds Pro. The audio device is priced at USD 199 (about Rs 15,404). The device comes with an integrated Google Assistant and Find My Device app.
Google Pixel 7-series And Pixel Tablet
Google not only unveiled its Google Pixel 6A it also teased its upcoming Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. The new device flaunts a new camera design and will come equipped with Android 13. The brand also revealed the Google Pixel Tablet premium tablet device.
Google finally announced that it will be launching its first-ever watch, the Pixel watch. The device will be launched in the fall along with Pixel 7. The watch features a tactile button on the side and will run on Wear OS 3 with a refreshed UI and will also come in a cellular version.