As widely expected, at I / O 2022, Google unveiled the next version of its Android OS, Android 13, and some new hardware. The company also peeks into its multi-device future vision, where phones are still the most popular form of computing, with people adding new connected technologies to their lives, such as TVs, cars, watches and more. The company says it is “introducing new ways to do more. Whether it’s your phone or your other devices, our updates help them all work better together.” Here are some of the great features that Google is bringing to your Android devices this year:
Google updates RCS with high quality images, type indicators and more
Google’s Rich Communications Standard, aka RCS, is getting an update. Users will now be able to send high quality images through the Google Messages app at no charge. Further, it is introducing Type Indicator, and users will no longer need an active mobile connection to send any messages as RCS will soon support “Messages via WiFi”.
Google says it is working with carriers and manufacturers to bring RCS to more users. Later this year, Google will add end-to-end encryption to group conversations in the open beta update of the Google Messages app.
Google Wallet comes with Android and WearOS
In the wake of the epidemic, various digital wallet apps have introduced many new features on Android smartphones, including digital car keys and vaccine certificates. Now, Google is bringing its own wallet app dubbed the Google Wallet app on Android and WearOS devices.
Google is partnering with various states across the US to enable users to store their digital IDs and driving licenses in Google Wallet. It will also add the option to store and access hotel key cards and office badges in Google Wallet. Users will be able to save their payment cards, vaccine certificates, boarding passes and more.
The company is also improving integration between Wallet and other Google apps Google says so Google Maps As soon as you search for directions you will be shown the transit card stored on the screen so that you can easily top it up if the balance is low.
Early earthquake warnings will be provided in more high-risk areas
Google will introduce early earthquake warnings in more earthquake-prone areas to help people living in the area. In addition, it will work with wearable manufacturers to bring Emergency SOS to WearOS watches this year.
Samsung The Google Watch will soon have Google Assistant; More apps coming to WearOS
Google last year announced a unified version of WearOS with Samsung at Google I / O. Calling the tie-up a huge success, Google now has three times more active WearOS users.
Overwhelmed by the success, Google is making big bets on WearOS. First, expect more WearOS-powered smartwatches to arrive this year. Second, Google Assistant is coming soon to the Galaxy Watch series, starting with the Watch 4 lineup. Three, more native apps for the WearOS watch will be available this year, including the SoundCloud and Desire apps.
Android app to get more tablet friendly
In the coming weeks, Google will update its apps as well YouTube songs, Google Maps and more to enhance the tablet user experience. Facebook, Tick tock And Zoom Their app will be updated to take advantage of the extra space on the tablet. Searching for tablet-optimized apps in the Google Play Store is also set to become easier than ever.
Chromecast built-in is coming to more partners and devices
Google is working to bring built-in Chromecast to Chromebooks and AndroidAuto-enabled devices. Soon, users will be able to play audio or video from their smartphones to other devices, even when they’re on the move.
Now using copy and paste, users will be able to copy a URL or image from their phone and paste it into their tablet. And, with Matter Devices, fast pairing will make it easier to set up and pair devices.