CES 2022: Google announces spatial audio support for headsets, Android TV, fast pairing for Chromebooks


CES 2022 began with companies announcing several updates to their product portfolio. While Sony teased its new VR headset and a bunch of smart TVs, Lenovo showcased smart home devices and new laptops. Similarly, Intel and Nvidia announced their new line of chipsets, while companies including HP, Acer and Asus introduced their new laptops and desktops. Now, it’s Google’s turn and this year the company is all about connecting devices – Chromebooks, Windows PCs, Android TVs, headsets and even smart home devices.

At CES 2022, Google announced a slew of new updates to its software, which can be broadly classified into three categories – faster pairing of different devices for greater mobility, locking and unlocking devices more easily and works fast across all devices.

First, let’s talk about connecting the devices.

Android’s Fast Pair feature is already helping people pair their smartphones with Bluetooth accessories. Today at CES 2022, Google announced that it is expanding the reach of Fast Pair to more devices. Soon when users turn on their Fast Pair-enabled headphones, their Chromebooks will automatically detect it and pair with it in a single click, the company said. This feature will be available in a few weeks. Later this year, the company will roll out a feature that will enable Android users to quickly set up their Chromebooks and have immediate access to all the information they’ve saved on their smartphones.

In addition, the company will soon be rolling out a feature that will enable users to pair their headphones with their Google TV or Android TV OS devices at home. And with built-in support for Matter on Android, you’ll be able to use Fast Pair to quickly connect new Matter-enabled smart home devices to your network, Google Home, and other related apps in just a few taps. Will be,” Google explained in a blog post. This functionality will be coming to Android TV OS-powered devices in a few months.

Additionally, the company said that later this year, it will enable Android users to connect their PCs to smartphones using Fast Pair, allowing them to quickly set up Bluetooth accessories, sync text messages, and more. You can share files with Share. Google is already working with Acer, HP and Intel to bring the feature to select Windows PCs later this year.

Next is the ability to easily lock and unlock the device.

Talking about making it easier for users to lock and unlock devices, Google said that in the coming months it will be rolling out an update to Wear OS-powered smartwatches that allow users to lock and unlock their Chromebooks and Android phones or tablets. Will enable you to unlock and access instantly. are near.

The company also said that later this year it will roll out an update to the Android OS that will enable Samsung smartphone and Pixel users to lock, unlock and start their supported BMW vehicles using their phones. “Starting later this year, on phones with Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology, you will no longer need to pull out your phone to use it as a car key. If you wish to borrow your car, you will be able to share your car keys with friends and family securely and remotely,” the company said.

Finally, the ability to complete tasks quickly.

The company today announced that it is building a technology for Bluetooth-enabled headphones that will enable them to automatically switch audio on the device users are listening to. “So if you’re wearing headphones to watch a movie on your Android tablet and you receive a phone call, the movie will pause and the headphone audio will automatically switch to your Android phone and then back on when you’re done. Will be back on the movie,” the company explained.

Google also announced Spatial Audio for the headset, nearly eight months after Apple announced similar functionality for Apple Music. This feature will be available on supported headphones in the next few months.

The company also announced that it is bringing Chromecast built-in to more brands over the next few months, starting with all Bose smart speakers and soundbars. The company said that it will release an update later this year that will facilitate better connectivity between Android smartphones and Chromebooks. “If you’re working on your Chromebook and your Android phone is out of reach, you’ll be able to stay in touch by accessing the chat apps from your phone directly on your Chromebook — without having to reinstall them on your Chromebook,” the company said. added.

Additionally, the company is adding Camera Roll to the Phone Hub, making it easier for users to access their latest photos and videos. Finally, the company announced a feature called Remote Action that allows users to use voice commands to perform various tasks such as heating and cooling the car, locking and unlocking, and getting information on all Assistive-enabled devices. will enable These capabilities will be coming first to Volvo Cars vehicles in the coming months.

After CES 2022: Google announces spatial audio support for headsets, Fast Pair for Android TV, Chromebooks debut BGR India.

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