This week, the annual Google Developers Conference, Google I / O. According to tradition, they hold the so-called “keyword”, where they present the biggest news from the company in the coming year.
AI, Android and the new Pixel gadgets are the top keywords we take with us from the press conference.
Last year’s major Android update, Android 12, was all about visual changes as well as more focus on privacy and privacy. With the upcoming Android 13 update, Google continues to run on the same street.
Last year, Google introduced a design language called Material You, in which the operating system automatically sets theme colors based on the colors in your wallpaper. This now extends to several parts of the operating system. For example, the color of the media console will change based on the music you are listening to. Color themes will also be available as pre-set themes, and third-party apps will also have access to this type of functionality. It should also be possible to define different default languages for each app on the phone.
Android 13 will also introduce a number of new security features, including an all-new dedicated privacy and security menu. Additionally, apps will have to ask for permission before they can send alerts, and with the new photo selector, you can limit the photos and videos the app can access, according to the edge.
Android 13 also introduces the ability to cut and paste across devices. So you can copy content on one device and paste it on another quite easily, as we know from iOS.
By the way, Google has already released the developer version of Android 13. And the final version will not be released until the fall once.
The new Wallet app
Android 13 also comes with the new Google Wallet app, where you can store digital versions of various payment cards, passports, vaccination information, and other personal documents.
Google Wallet was originally launched in 2011, and at the time was a digital wallet. In 2018, the app was killed off after Google bundled all the payment functionality within the Google Pay app.
New Pixel phones
Google still doesn’t sell Pixel phones in Norway, which is unfortunate, because the flagship model is said to have one of the best cameras on the market. Pixel 7 is the name of the company’s upcoming top model, which will be launched later this year along with the Pixel 7 Pro. It also comes with a cheaper mid-range model called the Pixel 6a.
Finally a pixel watch
Many have been waiting for Google’s return on the smartwatch front, and after months of rumors, the company has finally introduced the Pixel Watch. A stylish bezel-less watch that’s controlled by the Digital Crown like the Apple Watch.
It runs a new version of Google’s smartwatch operating system, Wear OS 3, has all the Google apps you’d expect and comes with Fitbit integration, meaning you can sync your data with your Fitbit account. The price is not yet known, but according to Google it will be “a product at an excellent price”.
Since it doesn’t mention anything about the Pixel Watch on Google’s Norwegian online store, we have little hope that it will make it to that country right away. The watch will go on sale later this year along with the Pixel 7.
Pixel Buds Pro
Google’s earplugs, Pixel Buds, have not been officially launched in Norway, although they could have been purchased via gray import. Now Google is introducing a new variant, Pixel Buds Pro, with active noise reduction. In practice, Google’s alternative to Apple AirPods Pro. This will cost $199, or roughly $1,750, when it goes on sale July 21 in the US market.
Back with the tablet
Google could also say it has plans to launch an Android tablet next year. It’s been a few years since the past. In 2018, the company received so much criticism for the Pixel Slate tablet that they said they wouldn’t make tablets anymore, he writes. Engadget.
New map mode
Google has also introduced a new Maps mode, which is described as a kind of Street View from the air. The immersive view combines aerial and street photography and, using 3D maps and machine learning, users can explore a place in more depth than was previously possible, writes Swedish techno. m 3. One can also get a better idea of what it is like in certain places at certain times of the day in terms of traffic and weather.
Introducing Immersive Viewing – A whole new way to explore on Google Maps. 🌎
You’ll be able to experience what the place looks and feels like before you arrive, powered by advances in artificial intelligence that allow us to integrate billions of Street View and aerial imagery. #GoogleIO pic.twitter.com/UCj7cInz2R
– google maps May 11 2022
The mass offer will be launched in select locations around the world later this year.
Google is working with augmented reality glasses
Augmented reality glasses are expected to be the next big thing. All the big tech giants are working on this, everything from Snap and Meta to Samsung and Microsoft, and even Apple.
Of course, Google is also working on something, and at the end of yesterday’s session they showed off a pair of glasses that were able to translate the language in real time “like translating to the world”. An impressive demo video, although we haven’t gotten any more details about the product, when or if it will go on sale.
Google is said to be working on an AR product codenamed Project Iris, which they aim to release no later than 2024. Whether or not they are the same glasses that were shown yesterday, according to The Verge.
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