Google has been one of the companies that has barely had a presence in the This year’s CES, which concluded this past weekend in Las Vegas with a noticeably lower in-person attendance than the last in-person edition of it, in 2020. According to ABCnews, the number of attendees has finally been around 40,000, compared to the 170,000 who attended in 2020: 75% less. But as has happened with other companies that refused to have a stand or physical participation in the talks and events of the fair, it has taken advantage of the fair to present its new products and services, as well as to give more or less exhaustive touches of its news for this year 2022.
Specifically, Google has provided details on the solutions you are preparing to improve connectivity between Android devices, and also with others that do not have this operating system. Specifically, the company aims to make device setup easier through a feature that will help pair devices through Fast Pair. With this function it is now possible to pair various devices, such as mobiles with accessories via Bluetooth.
To perform this pairing through Fast pair, which for now works only in audio compatibility, you just have to install and open a specific application for the installation of the device, to which the user and password data are transferred. From Google they assure that they work so that Fast Pair serves not only for sound pairing. Thus, they want that in addition to pairing wearables, headphones, cars and speakers, televisions and other smart devices designed for the home can also be paired. The purpose of this is that users can instantly start using various devices, Android or not.
Google ensures that the new Fast Pair functions that will allow this to be achieved will be ready in a few weeks. So, for example, when a Fast Pair compatible headset is turned on to pair with a Chromebook, the device will instantly detect and pair it with just one click. In turn, those who buy a new Chromebook in a few months will be able to configure it from an Android mobile and access all their data, including the WiFi start password or the login and the login password. of Google. Somewhat later it will be possible, among other things, to configure headphones to use with a television through Google TV or Android TV.
Android will also have built-in support for Matter, which will make it possible to use Fast Pair with said operating system to connect instantly, and with a few taps, all kinds of smart home devices compatible with Matter to the network, Google Home and the applications that accompany them. In addition, in a few months, smart watches with Wear OS can also be paired with a Chromebook or a nearby Android mobile or tablet, and used to unlock and access them.
These better ones will also allow that, using the digital key of a compatible BMW car, a Samsung mobile or a compatible Pixel can be used to open, close or start it. In addition, by the end of 2022 it will not be necessary to even reach out to do so if you have a mobile with ultra-broadband (UWB) technology. It will even be possible to share the remote key with whoever needs to use the car, which can be done safely. From Google they also point out that they are taking steps to make digital keys available for more Android smartphones, as well as for more car models.
On the other hand, Google is developing a technology for Bluetooth headphones that will allow, within a few months in compatible headphones, to automatically pass the audio to another device that we use to listen to music or audio files. In addition, they will offer a Chromecast built into devices from various manufacturers, such as Bose, which will incorporate it into their smart speakers and soundbars.
Already towards the end of 2022, the Phone Hub Chromebook will have new features and functions that will allow, for example, use the computer to view and respond to chat notifications on the phone, without installing them on the computer. Even if the mobile is in another room. In addition, Camera Roll will be incorporated into the Phone Hub, to access photos and videos on the phone from a Chromebook with one click. Likewise, Google’s remote actions will allow, in addition to the home automation actions that it currently facilitates, such as turning off lights or controlling the thermostat, others with the voice, such as turning on the heating or air conditioning, opening or closing the car. This feature will be available first on Volvo vehicles, and will be rolled out for other manufacturers in the following months.
In addition, Google works on solutions for other platforms, such as Windows, in games or productivity, that facilitate the synchronization of messages or the sharing of files. Currently, the company is already working with Acer, HP or Intel to install these functions on several models of Windows computers in a few months.