Google, which hosted its I/O 2022 developer conference late Wednesday, has increased its focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) development. Its priorities include not only research but also product development. Some of the products introduced in Google I/O 2022 are completely new.
There are several new announcements made and some new product line also introduced from Google side. Here are some of the key highlight from google I/O 2022.
Product Announcement in Google I/O 2022
#1 Pixel 6a: The Budget Phone Segment
Google’s Pixel 6a is a $449 budget segment phone that will use the Tensor chip found in the Pixel 6. This will enable new features such as Magic Eraser. The phone will be available for pre-order beginning July 21.
The Pixel 6a will be available in the United States for $449 for the single 6GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration. It will be available in Chalk, Charcoal, and Sage colorways and will be available for pre-order in the United States beginning July 21.
The Google Pixel 6a runs Android 12 and has a 6.1-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixel) OLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The phone is powered by an octa-core Google Tensor SoC with a Titan M2 security coprocessor and 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM. There’s a dual rear camera setup with a 12.2-megapixel primary sensor and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter.
#2 Pixel Watch (Google’s First Smartwatch)
Google’s first smartwatch, the Pixel Watch, will run Wear OS and include FitBit features such as sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, and other fitness tracking. Smart home devices will also be controlled from your wrist. The Google Pixel Watch features a circular screen, a recyclable stainless steel body, a tactile crown, and changeable bands that the firm claims will fit together effortlessly.
The Pixel Watch is Google’s first major entry point into the smartwatch market. Google is a relative newcomer to this market. Apple and Samsung lead the market and have been selling smartwatches for years. The company sees its new smartwatch as critical to expanding its Pixel brand into a full ecosystem of products.
#3 Pixel 7 (The Mysterious Sneak Peek)
Google has just unveiled the Google Pixel 7 ahead of schedule. The new design is officially revealed, with a focus on the camera lenses. The camera bar has also been upgraded to aluminium, providing a sharp contrast to the glass back. The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will be available in two variants.
The Google Pixel 7 Pro is expected to have a curved display measuring 6.7-inch or 6.8-inch. It will be an LTPO OLED panel with a resolution of Quad-HD+(1440p). This screen will support a refresh rate of 120Hz and is expected to be protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.
#4 Pixel Buds Pro (With Active Noise Cancelation)
The Buds Pro now have active noise cancellation, which helps to block out background noise and puts them in direct competition with Apple’s AirPods Pro. To allow for clearer calls, the earbuds have beamforming microphones, a voice accelerometer, and wind-blocking mesh covers. They will also support spatial audio, which makes music appear to be coming from all around you. This is a feature that Apple’s AirPods also have.
Google Pixel Buds Pro release date: Google says the Pixel Buds Pro will be available for purchase on July 21, but pre-orders are not yet available.
Pixel Buds Pro will retail for $199 and come in four colorways: coral, lemongrass, fog, and charcoal. This is $50 less than the Apple AirPods Pro, which have similar features.
#5 Pixel Tablet
During the Google I/O 2022 event, Google gave us an early look at the Pixel tablet. We don’t know much about this new slate yet, but we do know it will most likely run Android 13 and is intended to supplement Google’s existing Pixel lineup, which includes the Pixel 6a and Pixel Watch.
As Per The Tweet from Google
Here’s a sneak peek at our upcoming Pixel tablet 👀
tablet powered by Google Tensor, designed to complement your Pixel phone.
Based on the teaser, we can anticipate a simple, streamlined slate with rounded edges and fairly thick bezels. There is clearly a front- and rear-facing camera on the pixel tablet
Software Announcement in Google I/O 2022
#1 Google Map Immersive View Feature
A new “Immersive View” for Google Maps was announced at Google I/O 2022 and will be available later this year. It promises to allow users to explore 3D-rendered versions of major cities from within the Google Maps app.
Rather than using drones to map restaurants or shopping malls, Google has assembled these using neural rendering. That means Google can create 3D models of real-world locations from a collection of static photos.
Google also announced that eco-friendly routing, which is intended to improve gas mileage, will be expanded to more locations around the world, including Europe.
Google announced that Immersive View will be available in “select cities” later this year. London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Tokyo are currently included.
#2 Search Console Update: New Report For Indexed Videos
On day two of Google’s annual I/O conference, the firm showcased new Search Console reports that will provide additional data about videos.
Currently, Google Search Console only reports on videos as they relate to structured data.
Google will soon be introducing additional kinds of data to Search Console to make video indexing easier to track and diagnose.
If you post videos on your site and tag them with structured data, you may use Search Console to see if the markup is acceptable and how many impressions a video received.
#3 Google Search With Scene Exploration
Scene Exploration, which was announced at Google I/O 2022, would allow you to aim your phone’s camera at an object and then ask a question to help filter your results. You can even pan around while scanning to scan several things in real time.
Scene Exploration is a development of Multisearch, which allows you to search for something using both text and images in Google. Scene Exploration, on the other hand, appears to make it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for.
#4 Google Wallet Is Back
Google is reintroducing its Wallet app as a place to store not only credit cards, but also passes, loyalty programme memberships, vaccination records, and other items. According to Google, the app was created for the age of digital identification.
Android users may use Google Wallet to connect their credit cards and just tap their handset at stores to pay for things. Google Wallet can also hold student IDs, immunisation cards, concert tickets, and aeroplane tickets, among other things. (Google even said that your Walt Disney World tickets can be stored in Google Wallet.) The business also revealed that it was collaborating with states throughout the country to connect personal ID cards to Google Wallet. Users will be able to share their digital identification by tapping or scanning a QR code.
#5 Android 13
We now have a few more insights about the future version of Android 12, dubbed Android 13. When Android 13 is released this fall, it will include several upgrades that will make the OS more safe and interoperable with other devices in your environment. Google Messaging will enhance its support for the RCS texting standard, adding end-to-end encryption to group texts.
#6 More AI Improvements
From Google Docs to Google Meet, Google is incorporating a new TL;DR capability. Soon, your lengthy document will have a brief summary at the top that gathers what Google’s algorithms determine to be the main elements. The setting also works in Google Meet, bringing up the highlights of a conversation that you may have missed before entering a meeting.
Google is also introducing LaMDA 2, an improved conversational AI programme. Based on the prompts Google provided during the preview, you might use it to describe scenes from the ocean’s depths or to help you decide what to grow in your garden. So the possibilities are truly limitless.
#7 New Language Addition In Google Translate
This year, Google Translate will introduce 24 more languages. The new languages are largely from Asia, Africa, and South America, and include Assamese, Bhojpuri, Lingala, Maithili, Oromo, Sanskrit, and Twi.
#8 Privacy Control For Ads
Google is launching two features aimed at giving consumers greater control over their personal information, in addition to a technological toolbox that alters how, when, and where data is handled to safeguard its privacy and safety, the firm announced at its annual developer conference Google I/O 2022.
According to Google, users will be able to discover more about how advertising are tailored and gain control over how their data is used through the new My Ad Center hub. It is intended to address advertising appearing on Google-owned and operated sites such as Search, YouTube, and Discover, but it does not apply to the Google Display Network.
So there you have it. A brief keynotes about Google I/O 2022. However there are may more software side addition and improvements are also announced like Search Product Inclusion, Multisearch Improvements, Cyberattacks Safety features etc.