CES 2022: Google pushes Android towards better multi-device experiences, even with Windows
Google revealed a slew of new features to enable Android devices to communicate with one another and, for the first time, interface with certain Windows OS devices. These features, introduced at CES 2022, will roll out throughout the course of the year; some in conjunction with other firms.
Android and Windows PCs
Google intends to bring Fast Pair from Android phones to Windows PCs later this year. This will aid in the setup of Bluetooth accessories, the synchronization of text messages, and the sharing of files via the Nearby Share feature. Google claims it is working on these capabilities alongside Acer, HP, and Intel. Because there is no collaboration with Microsoft for these features, they are unlikely to be Windows-based features when they are released. Instead, the features will be exclusive to these businesses’ devices.
Currently, the Fast Pair function uses Bluetooth technology to swiftly link one’s Android phone to headphones like Sony’s and Beats. Furthermore, it also links the android phone to automobiles like certain BMW models.
Quickly setting, connecting devices
In the future months, Google will also expand its Fast Pair capability for headphones to Android to Google TV and other Android TV OS devices. Fast Pair will also function with Chromebooks’ headphones, as well as all Matter-enabled smart home products. The matter is a new protocol that uses a single standard to simplify smart home devices sponsored by Amazon, Apple, and Google, among others.
Later this year, Google will allow customers to pair their Chromebooks with their Android phones. Customers can simply use their Android phone to set up the Chromebook with a single swipe; eliminating the need to re-enter all data and passwords.
Lock, unlock devices quickly
Users will also be able to use a Wear OS wristwatch to unlock their Chromebooks or Android devices. The functionality will be available in the following months. Google stated that it will work with both chipset partners and the OEMs manufacturing the watches to ensure that this reaches as many compatible devices as possible. However, there is no confirmation if previous WearOS watches will enable the functionality. The function is likely to have support stating with the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series.
Later this year, Google will offer the option to lock and unlock BMW automobiles utilizing ultra-wideband (UWB) radio technology using a Samsung or Pixel phone. Users will also be able to share car keys for a limited number of compatible vehicles with friends and family.