We’re surprised to say this, but Google IO 2022 was absolutely manic – Google was launching new software tools and products left, right and center, like a kid who drank too much cola and got his hands on a nerf gun .
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably caught all the big announcements: these include Android 13, the Google Pixel Watch, Pixel Buds Pro, Pixel 6a and Pixel 7, and of course Google Glasses. .
But there was actually so much more Google added to the event, and we don’t blame you if you missed a few. We did, which means this list took quite a bit of research!
To educate you on some of the Google IO announcements you may have missed, we’ve put together this guide to some of our favorites.
1. A more inclusive AI
One of Google’s first announcements was that its skin tone research was helping to make AI more inclusive.
To do this, he’s creating an open-source developer tool to help AI more accurately detect different skin tones, something AI is currently struggling with.
When developers start using this tool, it should be just as useful for AI photo processing tools to accurately edit shots, as it is for search results to provide a better range of search results (instead of a simple white wall).
2. Better health technology
Something announced not at the main conference, but only to developers, is something called Health Connect, which could be incredibly useful for fitness fans.
Basically, it’s a way for various disparate health apps (like food, wearable, workout tracking, and devices) to share all the same data – that means you don’t have to jump between a hundred different apps to track your health.
This is great news for people who have too many health gadgets.
3. Best tablet software
We always complain about Android tablet software (because it’s not great) but Google may have found a way to silence us (and improve its tablets too).
With Android 13, Google drastically improves its tablet software. It redesigns the homepage layout, its quick settings drop-down menu, and many native (and third-party) apps. In addition, multitasking becomes much more convenient.
This should make Android tablets a true competitor to the iPad lineup, and we couldn’t be more excited.
4. A Google tablet
As for slates, it’s something Google mentioned but quickly moved on: the company is finally making its first new tablet in years.
This tablet will be released in 2023, run Android and use the Tensor chipset – that’s basically all we know so far. Granted, it’s not a lot, but the slate is probably a year or more away, so that’s a lot for now.
5. Google Assistant wants to be laid back
If you’re tired of addressing your Google Assistant as if it’s a stupid robot or a misbehaving child, there’s good news for you.
Soon Google Assistant will be better at picking up your occasional signals for commands: instead of saying “Hey Google”, you can just look at the device, and it will also understand command coverage (like umms or errs) and understand that you’ try watching ‘Quantum of Solace’ and not ‘Quantum of…uh…shoelace? Uh… shortcake?’
Some people – this author included – aren’t fans of giving voice commands to AI assistants, but maybe that will change our minds.
6. Magic Eraser? I barely knew him!
The Google Pixel 6 introduced us to Magic Eraser, a software tool from Google that lets you remove unwanted background details from images, and AI would fill in the blanks. Well, it’s getting an upgrade.
A Magic Eraser demo showed a prominent image being erased – but instead of leaving a hole filled with poor quality AI, it simply changed color, to better match the scene.
It seems that Google’s tools are getting closer and closer to Photoshop’s rivals, which will have us doubting everything we see in no time.
7. The world is your store shelf
Google Lens is already pretty good at identifying things in the real world and trying to sell them to you, but it’s getting a little smarter.
It used to be that you could point Google Lens at a cup and it would identify it, and even offer to sell you one. But now you can point it at said coffee holder, and also say “Lost” and your phone will take you to this coffee mug inspired by the TV show Lost. Google used the example of searching for water bottles, but with rainbows on them.
Another example is clothing – you may scan someone’s top, but find it in another color. AI is getting too smart – and too good at selling us stuff.