Google put up a good show.
We’re surprised to say this, but Google IO 2022 was simply insane – the company was introducing new software tools and products left, right, and centre like a kid who had too much cola with a nerf gun.
If you were paying attention, you most likely heard about Android 13, the Google Pixel Watch, Pixel Buds Pro, Pixel 6a and Pixel 7, and, of course, Google Glasses.
But Google threw a lot more into the event, and we don’t blame you if you missed a couple of them. We did, which meant a lot of research went into this article!
We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite Google IO announcements to help you catch up on what you might have missed.
1. Becoming more inclusive AI
One of Google’s earliest disclosures was that its research on skin tones is assisting in the development of more inclusive AI.
It’s doing so by creating an open-source development tool to assist AI detect varied skin tones more correctly, which is currently a challenge for AI.
When developers begin to use this tool, it should be just as valuable for AI photo editing tools to accurately modify photos as it is for search results to present a wider choice of options (instead of just a wall of white people).
2.Improved health-care technology
Something called Health Connect was announced not at the keynote conference, but only to developers, and it might be really valuable for fitness enthusiasts.
Essentially, this is a way for many independent health apps (such as diet, wearable, fitness tracking, and peripheral apps) to share the same data, allowing you to track your health without having to switch between a hundred distinct apps.
This is fantastic news for folks who have an excessive number of health devices.
3. More advanced tablet software
We’re always whining about the Android tablet software (which isn’t fantastic), but Google may have found a method to silence us (and improve its tablets too).
Google has significantly improved its tablet software with Android 13. The home page, the quick-settings swipe-down menu, and many of its native (and third-party) apps are all being redesigned. Multitasking is also becoming much more convenient.
This should make Android tablets legitimate iPad competitors, and we couldn’t be happier.
4. A tablet from Google
On the subject of slates, Google acknowledged it briefly but quickly moved on: the business is finally releasing its first new tablet in years.
This tablet will be released in 2023, will run Android, and will be powered by the Tensor chipset – that’s all we know so far. That’s not much, but since the slate is likely a year or more away, it’s a lot for now.
5. Google Assistant aspires to be laid-back
If you’re tired of talking to your Google Assistant like it’s a stupid robot or a misbehaving child, there’s some good news.
Soon, Google Assistant will be able to understand hedging in instructions (such umms or errs) and comprehend that you’re trying to watch ‘Quantum of Solace’ and not ‘Quantum of… uh… shoelace? Um… shortcake?’ instead of saying ‘Hey Google.’
Some individuals, including this author, aren’t lovers of giving AI assistants verbal orders, but perhaps this will change our minds.
6. Do you have a magic eraser? I had only just met her!
Magic Eraser, a Google software application that allows you scrub out undesired information in the background of photos and have AI fill in the spaces, was debuted with the Google Pixel 6. It will, however, be upgraded.
Instead of leaving a shoddily-AI-filled hole, a Magic Eraser demo just modified the hue to better match the surroundings.
Every day, it appears like Google’s tools are growing closer to being Photoshop rivals, which will have us questioning everything we see in no time.
7. The entire world is a store shelf for you
Google Lens is already fairly excellent at spotting real-world objects and attempting to sell them to you, but it’s becoming smarter.
You could previously aim the Google Lens at a mug and it would recognise it and offer to sell you one. But now you can point it at that coffee mug and say “Lost,” and your phone will take you to this Lost-inspired coffee mug. Google demonstrated this by looking for water bottles with rainbows on them.
Another example is clothing: you can scan someone’s shirt but only find it in a different hue. AI is becoming increasingly intelligent – and adept at selling us goods.
Google IO recap: Google Glass is back, the Pixel 6a and 7 are unveiled, and the Pixel Watch is released