A few things you may have missed from Google I/O 2022

Google I/O 2022 was much shorter this year. Instead of three full days of virtual sessions and talks, Google chose two days for its developer conference, with most announcements coming within two hours of the opening keynote. The company showed us a lot of what it has been working on behind the scenes, such as how it added 24 new languages to his repertoire and introduced a feature that allows you to remove yourself from searches. Google also unveiled its Pixel hardware lineup for the coming year, including the highly anticipated and highly publicized Pixel watchPixel 6a and even a new Android tablet called the Pixel tablet

But that’s not the only news Google made this week. There were plenty of little bits that Google only lightly touched on in the keynote. And as with most major developer conferences, sometimes the news happens after the keynote is over and the real developers have started crawling. If you’re an Android fan or have a lot of Google products around your house, read on to hear about the news you may have missed.

Android 13 Beta 2 pushed out

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The first Android 13 Beta may have just launched Some weeks agobut we are already at the second version† Google pushed the update to Pixel phones that are part of the program a few hours after the I/O keynote. The update is relatively minor in terms of feature additions.

I’m still digging into this beta version of Android 13 to see what’s new. For now, proceed with the utmost caution to each beta. But above all: have fun.

Fitbit and the Pixel Watch will co-exist

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It was pretty exciting to hear that Fitbit would have deep integration into the Pixel Watch, though people were still curious if this meant we’d ever see another Fitbit-specific wearable.

In an interview with CNETJames Park, the vice president, general manager and co-founder of Fitbit, which now heads Google’s wearables division, confirmed there’s more to come. “The Pixel Watch is going to be part of a family of devices from Google and Fitbit that fit in different price ranges,” explains Park. “So you can have super premium devices under the Pixel brand. And then we will continue to offer Fitbit devices at different prices.”

Google Introduces Health Connect

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We learned from Google’s keynote and the existence of the Pixel Watch that the company is still investing in its wearable devices and trying to bring more wellness features into the frame. Google also quietly introduced Health Connect, a new platform that health app developers can implement to securely share and access health and fitness data between different Android devices. It’s especially good news for Samsung watch carrierswho had to jump through hoops with third-party apps to sync health data between Samsung Health and Google Fit.

Google is gearing up for Matter

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Talking about the Matter smart home stand feels like retelling the plot of waiting for godot, but that’s the name of the game at this stage. At least the rest of the industry is keeping the dream alive by mentioning it, and Google gave us a little more in terms of what to expect when the standard is ready to implement.

Developers can access the Google Home Developer Console later this summer, with two new software development kits for building Matter devices and apps. This SDK also provides access to Google’s Intelligence Clusters for developers that meet certain security and privacy requirements. This allows their devices and apps to access your Home app’s Home and Away routines, which is the key to automation in any Google-led smart home.

Google’s ‘one more thing’ was AR glasses for translation

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If you stayed until the end of the Google I/O 2022 keynote, you could see Google showing off its AR glasses, which appear to be just a concept. The two-minute video showed us how these seemingly normal-looking thick-rimmed glasses could translate language in real time, right in front of your eyes. It’s exactly the practicality I expected Google to show off at its developer conference. It seems like a good indication that the company is thinking hard about bringing the technology to market without delving too far into the Metaverse story.

Samsung gives us a timeline for the Google Assistant

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As a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 wearer, I’ve been waiting for the company to tell us when to expect the Google Assistant to appear on the watch. I mean, we thought we knew

In a press release Samsung’s Patrick Chomet, EVP and Head of Customer Experience Office at Mobile eXperience Business, revealed after the Google I/O keynote that this summer would be the time when we could use Google Assistant on our watches. Chomet also said Samsung would optimize even more of Google’s apps and services for Galaxy Watches.

Chromebooks are getting a much-needed PWA

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A lot has bubbled up in the Chrome OS realm of things. One of the key pieces of news that emerged at Google I/O is that Google and Cisco have teamed up to develop a Progressive Web App (PWA) for Webex on Chrome OS

This may not seem so important if you are not in meetings all day. But for the Chrome OS platform, this brings it one step closer to becoming a bona fide desktop OS, and shows how easy it is for a developer to take their app and package it in the PWA shell. Cisco designed the app to work as if it were native to Chrome OS, even though it’s coded like a web application.

It also means you don’t have to use the substandard Android app to dial into Webex meetings. Your Chromebook and its inputs and outputs will also integrate better. And you can tell your coworkers to stop jerking your chain because they asked IT for a Chromebook.

Here is an overview of all Google I/O keynote announcementsICYMI.

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