google is planning several new features to its ecosystem of devices and operating systems this year focused on connecting them all and making setup easier. When you have an android phone, Android TV, or Chrome OS device and a Wear OS watch, all devices probably start talking to each other.
The biggest announcement by Google involves Fast Pair, the fast-connection technology that Google introduced to phones and headphones a few years ago. In a couple of weeks, Fast Pair will work on more devices and operating systems.
The general idea is when you start your headphones in pairing mode, your TV will recognize and pair as it does on your phone.
For Google TV and Android TV devices, we'll be able to Fast Pair headphones in the next coming months and for Matter-enabled smart home devices, Fast Pair will work to add them to your Google Home units in the next few weeks.
With your Chromebook, Fast Pair for headphones will happen sooner, and setting up a Chromebook should happen even faster by using a paired Android phone.
Fast Pair to Windows PC gets its own section because it will be a big thing once it happens. It will add Fast Pair functionality from Android phones to Windows PCs making syncing text messages easier and allowing for better file sharing with Nearby Share.
Another great feature is Google will allow us to unlock our Chromebook or Android phone or tablet with any paired Wear OS watch. It will work as a native unlock share between a watch and other devices, similar to how the apple Watch can unlock an iphone.
For Chromebook and Chromecast there's, even more, to look forward to. Here's a quick list of what Google is developing for the coming weeks and months:
- Bluetooth switching: Automatic switching of audio devices from Chromebook to Android and back. Chrome OS messaging apps: The user will be able to respond to messaging and chat apps directly from the phone on his Chromebook without actually installing those apps on the Chromebook.
- Phone Hub getting Camera Roll access: Google will allow accessing users' phone's Camera Roll from a Chromebook's Phone Hub later without needing a phone handy.
- Chromecast built-in: Even more devices will get Chromecast built-in this year, including all Bose speakers and soundbars.
- Spatial audio with our head: According to our own head movements, headsets supporting spatial audio will automatically adjust to make us feel like the audio is fully surrounding us as we move.
If you have surrounded yourself with Android phones, watches, and Chromebooks (soon Windows PCs too), your 2022 will be filled with new connections between them. Hope you are cool with that.