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Google I/O 2022 Highlights: Google Pixel 6a Smartphone Announced, Android 13 Beta Rolling Out

By: S Aadeetya


Last Updated: May 12, 2022, 12:38 IST

Pixel 6a smartphone announced

Pixel 6a smartphone announced

Google I/O 2022 keynote on May 11 is a 2-hour long session where the company showcases its new products and the latest Android version.

Google I/O 2022 is the platform where Google showcases its new products, which includes software mostly. This developer conference helps people understand the different products Google is going to introduce for its varied hardware later in the year. Google has made a habit of talking about the new Android version for smartphones, smartwatches and even tablets over the years.

In addition to this, developers were introduced to new products. Google I/O 2022 keynote hosted by Alphabet CEO, Sundar Pichai, walked us through the announcements during the 2-hour long session. Google I/O 2022 keynote is a virtual affair once again, which means the whole world can stream the live event for free.

Google I/O 2022 keynote gave us details about Android 13 for smartphones, tablets, Wear OS for smartwatches, and other software products offered by Google in the market.

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But it was unlikely that Google will limit its keynote to software products. Google Pixel 6a smartphone and the Pixel Watch was announced, with the former to be available in July. The company also previewed the Pixel 7 series and gave us a glimpse of the Pixel tablet coming in 2023.

Watch Video: Google I/O 2022 Keynote Live

Google I/O 2022 Keynote Live Highlights

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End of Google I/O 2022 Keynote

So, that’s the end of an engrossing Google I/O 2022 keynote, hope you got all the updates. Stay tuned with News18 Tech for more from the event.

12:36 AM IST -

Google Previews The Pixel Tablet, Launching In 2023

Pixel Watch is out of the watch, but Google had another surprise for us, and it is called the Pixel Tablet. It is powered by the Tensor chipset, and Google will bring it in 2023.

Google Pixel Tablet previewed

Google clearly wants to give you cross-device compatibility with the Pixel phone, and the tablet is part of that ecosystem.

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Google Pixel Watch Unveiled

It’s the first Google smartwatch, and it has a circular design, customisable bands. It runs on the Wear OS platform that has been customised again. It supports Google Assistant for voice commands, and let you navigate via Maps, or use the Wallet to access NFC-based payments.

Google Pixel Watch unveiled

That’s not all, Pixel Watch will let you turn off the lights. And for the fitness freaks, Google’s acqusition of Fitbit is going to make the package sweeter.

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Google Pixel 7 First Look, Launching Later This Year

But it wasn’t just the Pixel 6a smartphone. Google decided to show us the first look of the Pixel 7 smartphone which is coming later this year.

Pixel 7 smartphone first look

Google has spoiled the mood for tipster with this reveal and talked about using an all-aluminium design, next-gen Tensor chipset and improved cameras. We can’t wait to hear more about it later.

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Google Pixel 6a Smartphone Announced at $449

Yes, Google has brought its so-called affordable Pixel 6a smartphone to the keynote. And most of its capabilities have been borrowed from the senior Pixel 6 series phones.

Pixel 6a smartphone launched

Google is bringing night sight and magic eraser to the camera on the phone. Pixel 6a comes for $449 and comes in three colours. Pre-orders start from July 21.

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Android 13 Beta Available Today For Smartphones

Google has finally announced that Android 13 Beta will be available today, if you have smartphones from brands like Google, OnePlus, Realme, Tecno, Oppo and Xiaomi among others.

Android 13 Beta rolling out today

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Google Taking Cross-Device Linking To New Heights

Google wants people to use casting on other devices, so it is adding Chromebooks and in-car support to its compatibility list. The cross-link between an Android smartphone and a tablet will make it possible for users to copy a URL or a picture from the phone and paste it onto the tablet seamlessly.

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Google Giving More Focus To Wearable And Tablets With Android

Wear OS smartwatches now get apps like Spotify, LINE, KakaoTalk and a few more to be added later this year.

Google wants to improve Android for tablets

Google says it has 270 million active users on big devices. So, understandably, tablets are getting special love from Google and it is introducing new features for better multitasking on the tablet. The company is also preparing to update more than 20 Google apps to make use of the additional screen estate of tablets.

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Google Upgrades SMS, Brings New Wallet

Google Messages app have 500 million monthly active users on the RCS platform, which is Android’s version of the iMessage with encrypted messaging for privacy, and sent to other devices with the message stored.

Google brings new Wallet

Google is bringing a new Wallet product where you can store your digital bank cards. You can store your student ID, or even the boarding pass. In fact, Google also wants to digitise your driving license. Something like this is already available via the Digi Locker in India

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Google Adding Improved Privacy Features

Cyber breaches have the ability to handicap systems and businesses. Google is raising the bar for cybersecurity. Google’s Threat Analysis Group detected hundreds of bad actors targeting users.

Google is bringing more privacy features

Google is investing $10 billion to modernise systems, and train new cybersecurity workforce. Phishing attacks form majority of cyber attacks. Gmail has been deployed to protect users again such phishing threats. Google is enabling two-factor authentication by default.

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Google Assistant Updated For Better Conversations

Google is finally getting rid of the wake word Hey Google. The Nest Hub Max is getting a look and talk feature which is designed to match your face and voice. All the data is kept in-device and not shared with Google.

New features on Assistant

Google is adding quick phrases to set alarm, turn off the light and few other actions on the Nest Hub Max speaker.

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Google Search Now Goes Into Multi-Mode

In India, more than 30 percent of Search queries are spoken as highlighted by the company. Google also says that Lens was used by billions in the last year. It has introduced multisearch, so that you can take a snap of a dress and still search for the item via Search on the internet.

Google multisearch is going to take use case to another level

Google is bringing this capability for local search results that includes apparel, home goods and restaurants near your area. This will be available later

this year.

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Google Workspace Gets New Features

Workspace get automated summarisations so that you don’t have to go through 25-pages of your project, says Pichai. Google Docs is getting this feature right now, and other Workspace products will get them soon.

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Google Translate Gets 24 New Language Support

Pichai announces that thanks to Google’s neural machine language, it now brings 24 new languages that are supported by Translate. It has been able to customise these languages without relying on whole data to get successful results.

Google Translate Gets 24 New Language Support

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Google I/O 2022 Keynote With Sundar Pichai Begins

Right on cue, Google I/O 2022 keynote begins, and Sundar Pichai is on the stage to start the 2-hour long session.

Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2022 keynote

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Sundar Pichai Ready For Google I/O 2022 Keynote

Sundar Pichai is all set to host the keynote in less than 3 minutes, and here’s his update from ground zero

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Google I/O 2022 Keynote: What We Expect To See

Google I/O 2022 keynote is probably going to be the platform where we will hear more about Android 13, how Google has improved the software for its devices, and what other privacy features have been added to make it safer.

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Google I/O 2022 Keynote Live Where To Watch

Google I/O 2022 is taking place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. You can watch the live stream on Google’s official YouTube channel. We also added the embed link below for you to watch the show on the News18 Tech website.

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first published:May 11, 2022, 21:54 IST
last updated:May 12, 2022, 12:38 IST