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Google Announces Quick Setup, Quick Pair, WearOS Unlock, and More Android Features at CES 2022

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Android is one of the most popular operating systems in the world, with billions of daily active users. Google has taken drastic measures over the past few years to make the overall setup experience more seamless and painless, and while it worked, setting up a new device, sharing content between other devices (not only Android phones) remained one of the most frustrating things we still encounter today. Google knows this and has announced plans to do more to provide useful new ways for people to connect with others. Google markets this new decision as “Best with Android and beyond”.

Quick setup of Chrome OS on Android

Setting up a new device can give us headaches as we have to re-login to most of our accounts individually and set up various home screens etc. It’s much better than a few years ago, but it’s still something I try to avoid as much as possible. Google knows this and has come up with a new solution. If you buy a new Chromebook later this year, you’ll be able to use your Android phone to quickly set it up and get immediate access to all the information you’ve already saved, such as Wi-Fi passwords, Google login, and more.

Users will also be able to enable Fast Pair compatible headphones, and Chromebook will automatically detect and pair it with one click, making it easy to connect supported devices in seconds. Matter-enabled devices will also get similar support. The new features will begin rolling out “in a few weeks.”

Lock and unlock ChromeOS or Android using your Wear OS smartwatch

Google cross-device experiences
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The new feature will allow users to unlock Chromebooks with their Android devices and Wear OS smartwatches. The new lock/unlock method will be coming to Wear OS in “the coming months”, and it will allow users to unlock other supported devices when the person is nearby.

In addition, the digital car key is already available on supported Samsung and Pixel devices which locks and unlocks compatible BMW vehicles. Starting this year, phones with Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology will not require users to take the phones out of their pockets to use as car keys. Users will also be able to securely share their car keys remotely with friends and family, and Google has announced that it wants to bring the digital car key feature to even more Android phones later this year. .

Switching audio from Chrome OS to Android

Google Fast Pair Android TV Operating System
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Google is working on ways to simultaneously connect headphones and other accessories to other devices. Google is working on technology that will allow Bluetooth-enabled headphones to automatically switch audio to whatever device a user is currently using. For example: If you use your headset to watch a movie on your Android tablet, the headset will automatically switch back to your phone when you receive a call on your smartphone. The headset will return automatically when the call is over. Spatial audio will also be available on supported headsets.

Google Bose with Chromecast built-in
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Google will also make it easier to move and manage content across multiple devices. With Chromecast built-in, Android phones already allow anyone to share video and audio to supported displays, TVs, and speakers. Chromecast will be integrated with other brands, starting with all Bose smart speakers and soundbars in the coming months.

Phone Hub on Chrome OS

The Phone Hub on Chromebooks will also get new features that allow users to access their chat apps if their phone is charging in another room. Chromebook will allow users to stay in touch without installing additional apps on their Chromebooks. The camera roll in the Phone Hub will also be accessible to view recent photos and videos with a single click.

Best Google Assistant for electric vehicles

Google will also support more remote actions with Google Assistant, such as using voice to heat and cool fan cars, lock and unlock doors and see how much battery is left in the electric vehicle. This feature will work on all Assistant-enabled devices, and the new features will arrive first on Volvo vehicles in the coming months.

Android on Windows PCs

Google will allow Android devices to connect to Windows PCs using Fast Pair to quickly set up Bluetooth accessories, sync text messages and share files using Nearby Sharing. Google said it’s working with Acer, HP, and Intel to bring these new features to select Windows PCs later this year.

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