Android makes it simple to incorporate connected devices into your life. They are collaborating with partners over the past few years to develop products that improve the compatibility of smartphones, laptops, televisions, and automobiles, regardless of brand. Additionally, it is easier than ever to quickly set up your Bluetooth and smart home devices, transfer content, and complete tasks.
They’ll be showcasing some of the progress we’ve made in providing multi-device experiences to everyone this week at CES:
With Fast Pair, connect nearby devices and find them
Fast Pair has since sped up the setup process for pairing your favorite devices, including over 300 headphone models from Beats, JBL, OnePlus, and Sony. You can connect smart home devices to your network, Google Home, and your favorite apps from your phone using Fast Pair on Android, which also works with Matter. To create compelling Matter-enabled experiences, we are collaborating with leading brands like Nanoleaf, Tuya, Phillips Hue, and Eve Systems.
In 2020, Nearby Share became available as a quick way for members of the Android community to share content from their devices with one another. Users could send files to themselves, photos to members of their family, or documents to a coworker. Nearby Share is still being added to devices, and it is now available on nearly 3 billion of them with new features.
Cast lets you bring apps and entertainment from your phone to the TV
Chromecast, which cost $35 when it first came out, is a cheap way to bring online content to your TV. Since then, we’ve added casting to more devices, allowing you to stream apps and entertainment from your phone to your television, smart speaker, or soundbar. You can even use voice to easily transfer media between compatible devices with Google Assistant. One of our most popular Android features is casting, and the number of audio and video apps that are supported is still growing.
Utilize Wear OS and your phone to accomplish more
A significant component of the multi-device ecosystem is wearables. Since Wear OS 3 was released in 2021, there have been more than three times as many active Wear OS watches worldwide. This is because we have continued to invest in improving the Wear OS platform.
You can use the Google Home app to control compatible smart home devices like your thermostat and lights or use the Camera app to level up your selfies and remotely control the camera shutter on Pixel phones with the most recent version of Wear OS. Ask Google Assistant on Wear OS to play a Spotify playlist right away while you go for a run and use a Fitbit or Adidas Running watch to keep track of your workout.
With your phone, your Chromebook works better
It can be hard to focus when you switch between your phone and laptop. Imagine trying to write the last email for work and having to stop every three seconds to text a friend, See you at dinner!
These features include grabbing the most recent photos from your phone’s camera roll, sending files with Nearby Share or sharing, and connecting to saved Wi-Fi networks. In addition to keeping in touch, Chromebooks have these features.
The ASUS Chromebook Vibe CX34 Flip and the HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook, two new Chromebooks that were announced at CES, include these features and many others.
Make your phone your remote for Google TV
It’s often easier to look for something to watch on your phone, whether your friends are telling you about a new show or you’re just looking through movie collections. But when it’s time to watch, nothing compares to the experience on a big screen. You can cast shows and movies from your apps directly to your compatible television with a single tap using the Google TV app on your phone or tablet.
With Android, you can instantly turn your phone into a remote control, browse, add to your watchlist, and easily transfer what you’re watching to a different TV all from your phone. This year, new Google TV devices will be available, including the TCL Q-Series television and the Hisense ULED, Laser, and Laser Cinema television lineups.
On your dashboard, more from your phone
Many people want to use their phones even when they’re driving. The new design of Android Auto, which starts rolling out today, makes it easier to view and access your favorite Android phone experiences, like navigation, media, and communication, on your car display.
In contrast, Google-integrated automobiles incorporate Google Assistant, Google Maps, and a variety of apps from Google Play directly into the vehicle. As a result, you can control the temperature of the vehicle using only your voice, as well as turn on the house lights before you get home. The new Honda Accord, the upcoming Polestar 3, and the Volvo EX90 are just a few of the seven manufacturers that offer automobiles that come equipped with Google’s technology.
Lastly, they are also working on many more driving experiences, like making it possible to lock, unlock, turn on, and share keys with friends and family in more cars that are compatible with your supported Android phone.