Google I/O 2022: Android multi-device support, new Google Translate languages ​​and more

At Google’s annual developer conference, I/O 2022, the search giant made a host of exciting new announcements for its products and services, including the addition of 24 new languages ​​to Google Translate using a new technique machine learning. In addition to this, a new Google Wallet has also been announced which will allow users to store important documents, subway maps, etc., along with new search features. Here’s a look at some of the exciting announcements from the conference.

Google Translate: support for 24 new languages

Google Translate has added 24 new languages ​​to its translation service, bringing the number of supported languages ​​to a total of 133. Of these 24 newly added languages, eight are used in India. The list includes Assamese (North East India), Bhojpuri (North India), Dogri (North India), Konkani (Central India), Maithili (North India), Meitelon (or Manipuri, North East India) , Mizo (Northeast India) and Sanskrit.

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The addition of these new languages ​​also represents a significant technical milestone for Google Translate as they are the first languages ​​added using Zero-Shot Machine Translation.

This means that Google can translate directly between language pairs not seen in training and translate from one language to another language without ever seeing an example. Google said the technology wasn’t perfect yet.

Here’s a full list of new languages ​​now available in Google Translate:

  • Assamese: Used by around 25 million people in northeastern India
  • Aymara: Used by approximately two million people in Bolivia, Chile and Peru
  • Bambara: used by approximately 14 million people in Mali
  • Bhojpuri: used by around 50 million people in northern India, Nepal and Fiji
  • Dhivehi: used by approximately 300,000 people in the Maldives
  • Dogri: used by about three million people in northern India
  • Ewe: Used by approximately seven million people in Ghana and Togo
  • Guarani: used by approximately seven million people in Paraguay and Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil
  • Ilocano: used by approximately 10 million people in the northern Philippines
  • Konkani: used by about two million people in central India
  • Krio: used by approximately four million people in Sierra Leone
  • Kurdish (Sorani): Used by about eight million people, mostly in Iraq
  • Lingala: Used by approximately 45 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, Angola and the Republic of South Sudan
  • Luganda: Used by around 20 million people in Uganda and Rwanda
  • Maithili: used by around 34 million people in northern India
  • Meiteilon (Manipuri): used by about two million people in northeast India
  • Mizo: used by approximately 830,000 people in North East India
  • Oromo: used by approximately 37 million people in Ethiopia and Kenya
  • Quechua: used by approximately 10 million people in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and neighboring countries
  • Sanskrit: used by about 20,000 people in India
  • Sepedi: used by approximately 14 million people in South Africa
  • Tigrinya: used by approximately eight million people in Eritrea and Ethiopia
  • Tsonga: used by around seven million people in Eswatini, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe
  • Twi: used by approximately 11 million people in Ghana

Google multiple search

Google recently launched multiple search on the Google app, allowing users to search for both images and text in an attempt to mimic the experience you have when you point at something and ask your friends about it. Users will be able to use an image or screenshot and add “near me” to see options for local restaurants or retailers that have the clothing, household items, food, and more. in the picture. Multiple search is available as an English beta feature in the US, but Google hasn’t said when it will roll out to all users.

Scene exploration with Google Lens

Currently, Google Lens is able to recognize objects captured in a single image, but one cannot yet search for information about an entire scene in front of them. Google says that in the future, a user will be able to use Multi-Seek to pan their camera while using Google Lens to instantly glean information about multiple objects in a larger scene. The company says it would be a major breakthrough in the ability of devices to observe and understand the world the way we do.

Google Wallet: Store essentials like car keys and vaccination records

Google has announced the launch of the new Google Wallet which aims to standardize the way users save and access important items such as payment cards, tickets, boarding passes, student IDs, and more. The company will launch Google Wallet on Wear OS, starting with payment support. maps.

Google also said it is teaming up with various partners in the United States and other countries to bring digital driver’s licenses and IDs to Google Wallet this year. The company also adds smooth integrations with other apps. For example, if a transit card (like a subway card) is added to your wallet, your card and balance will automatically appear on Google Maps.

Talk to Google Assistant on Nest Hub Max while looking at the screen

According to The Verge, the latest updates to Nest Hub Max will allow users to use Google Assistant without having to say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google”. The new feature called “Look and Talk” will allow users to simply look at the Nest Hub Max screen and simply speak their search queries without any further audio prompts.

Google Assistant on portable devices

Google has improved the Google Assistant experience for Wear OS users with faster, more natural voice interactions, giving users access to useful features like voice-activated navigation and setting reminders.

Wear SOS Emergency and Earthquake Warnings

Google says it’s working with partners to bring Emergency SOS to Wear OS so users can immediately contact a trusted contact or emergency services from their watch. According to the company, earthquake early warnings are already in place in 25 countries and will be launched in many other high-risk regions of the world.

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New cross-device features

At Google I/O 2022, Google also announced new features aimed at creating a more seamless cross-device experience. At this year’s CES 2022, the company previewed various multi-device experiences, such as extending Phone Hub on Chromebook to allow access to all messaging apps on an Android phone. Rolling out this feature more widely would mean users can cast their phones to their laptops to send and reply to messages, view chat history and launch messaging apps from their laptops. The company is also making it easier to set up and pair devices with expanding Fast Pair support to more devices, including built-in support for Matter on Android.