Google announced several new products and software features for the Android ecosystem during the annual I/O conference 2022. Additionally, the tech giant has unveiled a host of new improvements for its consumer goods and services, including significant changes to multi-device functionality for Android ecosystem. Let us take a look at all the new multi-device improvements and features to be introduced by Google.
Upcoming Multi-device Features For Android Ecosystem
Matter is coming to Android
Google will finally be introducing Matter to its smart home products. For those unaware, Matter is a new IP-based protocol for connecting all smart devices in the home. Matter-enabled smart home products will have built-in support for Android, so you can use Fast Pair to easily connect them to your network, Google Home, and other supporting apps.
Google TV app to support Casting
The Google TV app has been updated to include the ability to cast shows or movies from your smartphone to your TV. The feature was much required after the Google Play Movies app became a Google TV app.
Seamless switch between audio devices
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Google will soon roll out an automated audio switching feature to some Sony, JBL, and Pixel headphones. The company also mentioned that they are collaborating with Qualcomm and other partners to bring this capability to additional earphones that use their technology chipset.
Google is also planning on improving the Phone Hub to allow you to stream messaging apps from your Android devices to your Chromebooks without having to install the app on your laptops. The Phone Hub lets your Chromebook receive and send texts from your Android phone.
New updates to RCS Messaging
In order to improve your group messaging experience, the tech giant is bringing encryption to your group conversations alongside the ability to share high-quality photos, typing indicators, and message over Wi-Fi.
Smooth integrations with other Google apps and services
- Wallet: When you add a transport card to a Wallet, the card, and balance appear on Google Maps whenever you check for routes. If your balance is low, you can tap and add fare before arriving at the station. Google mentioned that Maps will get an immersive viewing experience as well.
- Emergency Location Services (ELS): WearOS users will soon have the ability to contact friends and family in an emergency. The company will be working with partners to bring Emergency SOS to WearOS.
- App support on Wear OS: Google Assistant will finally be available on Samsung Galaxy watches. Google Assistant for WearOS has been upgraded to allow you to use voice-controlled directions or set reminders. Google is also expanding WearOS’ app selection to include apps such as Spotify, adidas Running, LINE, and KakaoTalk. Later this year, SoundCloud and Deezer apps are also coming.
- Tablet-optimized apps: Interface changes will be introduced to make information more accessible on a larger screen in Android 12L and Android 13. Some of the apps that will benefit from the extra space are YouTube Music, Google Maps, and Messages. Google Play will soon allow you to search for all tablet-friendly apps.
Google will roll out the aforementioned features to smartphones and tablets this fall.