Google’s annual conference for developers, Google I/O, is finally underway. The event kicked off on May 11 with a keynote address where the company outlined all the conference’s major hardware and software-related announcements. Here’s an overview of all the major announcements from Google I/O 2022’s keynote address.
Google Meet earned a reputation for offering a reliable, trouble-free video calling experience in the wake of the pandemic. One of its newest features, dubbed Companion Mode, allows you to join the same meeting using any two devices at the same time. Let us explain.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine took a heavy toll on its international trade relations. Several governments have levied sanctions prohibiting business with Russian consumers in a short span. Google, an American enterprise, is no exception.
Chrome for desktop has evolved into a potent and effective browser over the years, leading the way for rivals in terms of features. However, the same cannot be said about Chrome for Android. Chrome developers have been spotted testing a new feature to restore tabs quickly on Chrome for Android to bring parity between the two builds.
The Android operating system enjoys a large user base with several benefits that rival mobile operating systems like Apple’s iOS lack. This puts the responsibility on Google to keep user data such as credit cards, bank accounts, and biometric data safe. Google shares that it has been rather successful at this.
The US government levied several sanctions on Russia following its invasion of neighboring country Ukraine, causing Google to withdraw the Google Pay services in the former country. In a move to express solidarity with the people of Ukraine, Google has announced that those interested can contribute to relief efforts in the country through the Google Play Store.
If you have a smart home, you might want to reconsider relying on Google’s Nest Doorbell this winter. A new support page for the product suggests its performance could be sub-optimal as the temperatures plummet.
Android 12 saw Google’s first attempt at dynamic theming across the user interface with the “Monet” theming engine. The feature was also spotted being tested for the Google Image Search results. A report claims that the company is set to make dynamic theming mandatory for all smartphones and tablets running Android 12.
Google Lens is one of the most helpful search tools when you look quizzically at an object but don’t know what your search query should be. Lens was conceptualized for use on mobile devices, but Google began integrating it with Chrome some years ago. Now, the valuable tool could be combined with Google Search.
One of Android 12’s highlighted features was the dynamic theming engine that pulled colors from the current wallpaper to change the system-wide color scheme. Now, Google’s Image Search results could feature a similar implementation where the colors in the image define the colors in the search results page.