Google has just announced that, together with other companies from different sectors, it is implementing solutions so that users can choose the devices that best suit them, with the assurance that they can connect to each other correctly, regardless of the brand. On the CES stage, it presents a series of innovations that will help you do more things with your phone, laptop, Bluetooth accessories and television, and also with home automation devices and the car.
New way to share files
Sharing images, files and text between devices should be simple, fast and convenient. In 2020, it was announced Share with Nearby, an option that facilitates the exchange. Samsung also has its own feature, called Quick Share. In this scenario, Google and Samsung have created a combined “trans-Android” solution, which maintains the Quick Share name (which is compatible with Android GMS devices with Android 6.0 or higher, Chromebooks with Chrome OS version 91 or higher and computers with versions of 64-bit Windows 10 or higher. Not compatible with ARM devices), brings the best of both worlds together. User experiences have been merged and created an integrated default option suitable for sharing content between individuals on all types of devices in the Android ecosystem, including Chromebooks. To make sharing files between devices more seamless, Google is working with computer manufacturers like LG to make Quick Share a pre-installed app on Windows PCs.
Quick Share will begin to be implemented on devices that already have the Share with Nearby function next month (February 2024).
Fast Pair, now compatible with the TV
When you buy new headphones, you want to pair them right away and start using them with different devices. The function Fast Pair is a quick way to detect and connect nearby Bluetooth accessories to devices such as an Android phone or Chromebook.
Starting next February, Fast Pair compatibility is extended to Chromecasts with Google TV. And, throughout the year, it will be extended to other devices with Google TV.
Send videos to more apps and devices
Since the launch of Chromecast, streaming features have been expanded to new apps and devices. From this moment it is possible to send TikTok content from the phone to other integrated Chromecast devices. And that’s just the beginning: soon you will be able to send live videos from TikTok to your TV screen.
New devices with integrated Chromecast will be released soon, such as the 2024 range of LG televisions. This way, when you are away from home, you can continue watching programs or movies from streaming applications on the LG TV in your hotel room, without having to log in to each application.
The new Google TV devices that hit the market already come with Chromecast built-in. Like, for example, the Hisense ULED and ULED Series X televisions from 2024, or the TCL Q Class and QM7 that were announced at CES this year. In fact, there are already more than 220 million devices with Google TV or Android TV operating system active every month.
It is also planned to implement a new playback function with which to send what is being heard on Spotify or YouTube Music from the compatible Pixel phone to the Pixel Tablet, when both devices are close to each other.
Interoperability between devices with Matter
There are more and more smart devices from different manufacturers in the home that need to be understood. This is the reason why industrial standards have been adopted, which optimize interoperability. Google announces that they are providing the means so that more homes can use Matter. Very soon, LG televisions and other Google TV and Android TV devices will be able to function as Google Home hubs. So with a Nest Hub, Nest Mini, or compatible TV, it’s easy to add Matter devices to your home network and control them locally from the Google Home app.
Google in the car
Google announces the improvement of Android Auto utilities. In the coming months, some compatible electric vehicles will be able to share real-time battery status information with Google Maps. The first to do so will be the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the F-150 Lightning. Thanks to this integration, it will be easy to drive an electric vehicle, since the driver will know in advance the estimated battery level and will receive suggestions for charging stops along the way and will even know the approximate charging time specific to their vehicle. .
This user experience will soon be extended to new brands such as Nissan or Lincoln, among others. On the other hand, a new implementation begins today, which will allow routes to be sent from the phone in Google Maps directly to the car console.