Google revealed plans at CES 2022 to make device communication easier and more seamless for Android phones, Chromebooks, Android TVs, and Wear OS wearables.
Google will begin with Fast Couple for Bluetooth headphones, which will couple with your Chromebook immediately or even allow you to set up a new Chromebook using your Android phone, providing it with all of the information it requires about linked devices and Wi-Fi credentials. This should be accessible in the next weeks.
In the future months, matter-enabled smart devices will be able to pair with your Google TV or Android TV OS devices.
Unlocking your Chromebook using your Android phone has long been a feature, but Google now wants to extend it to your Wear OS smartwatch. The watch will not only be able to unlock your Chromebook, but it will also be able to unlock your Android phone without you needing to be near it.
Samsung and Pixel phones, on the other hand, will have stronger support for digital vehicle key capabilities. UWB-enabled phones will even be able to unlock your BMW car just by approaching it (as long as it supports the technology). You can share your virtual car key with friends and family members who need to borrow your vehicle. Volvo cars will also be among the first to offer remote control via an Android tablet. Just as with your home automation, you can pre-heat or turn on the air conditioning before stepping in.
The search engine behemoth aims to make content streaming across platforms a little smarter and more smooth. When your phone rings while you’re viewing a movie on your tablet with Bluetooth headphones, the system will pause the movie, take the call, and then restart the movie without you having to do anything. In the following months, those with compatible headphones will be able to use it.
Chromecasts will also be integrated into more devices, including as TVs and smart speakers, according to Google. One of the first firms to sell Chromecast speakers and soundbars will be Bose.
Finally, Google has made it possible to interact with your Android phone without having it on your person. You won’t need to install the Phone Hub app on your Chromebook to respond to SMS, for example. Google also indicated that improved connectivity options for Windows PCs will be available later this year, without going into detail.
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