Once again this year, Google has not missed its appointment with the CES in Las Vegas. The U.S. company has taken advantage of its presence at the latest edition of the world’s most important consumer electronics fair to announce several new features that, over the next few days, will be coming to some of its most used platforms, including the Android operating system.
Nearby Share is now Quick Share
The name change of the Nearby Share system has been rumored for weeks, and it has finally become a reality.
Google has announced that, from now on, the Android feature that allows wireless file transfer between devices will be renamed Quick Share, after collaborating with Samsung to develop a combined solution that goes beyond Google’s operating system.
Quick Share will thus allow “sharing content between individuals on all types of devices in the Android ecosystem, including Chromebooks”. Similarly, some Windows PCs from brands such as LG will also have the Quick Share application preinstalled.
The move from Nearby Share to Quick Share will take place gradually, and will be available starting next February.
Fast Pair now supports TVs
Fast Pair is Google’s fast pairing system, which allows users of Android devices to speed up the process of first connection with Bluetooth accessories, Android mobiles or Chromebooks. But Google has big plans for this system, and starting next February, Chromecasts with Google TV will support Fast Pair.
Similarly, later this year, other TVs with Google TV will also receive Fast Pair support, making it easier to connect devices such as headphones, speakers or sound bars.
Chromecast lives on: coming to more TVs and now supports TikTok
More than 10 years after the launch of the first Google Chromecast, Google’s platform for delivering content to large screens is still alive. At CES, the company has announced that, starting in 2024, many more devices with integrated Chromecast will be released, including TVs from LG, TCL and other brands.
The company has also announced Chromecast support for TikTok, so that users of the social network can send videos from the social network to the TV for viewing on the big screen. Soon, in addition, it will also be possible to do the same with live videos.
In case of having a Pixel smartphone and a Pixel Tablet, it will soon be possible to send content from the mobile to the tablet easily through the built-in support for Chromecast.
Support for Matter on Google TV
The Matter protocol for interconnecting IoT devices came to Android and Nest devices a few months ago, and the company has now announced plans to bring support for this technology to Google TV and Android TV devices, so that they can act as Google Home “hubs” from which to control other devices in the connected home.
New features in Android Auto
At CES 2024, Google also took the opportunity to announce news related to Android Auto, its infotainment platform for vehicles from dozens of manufacturers.
In a few months, some electric cars such as the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Ford F-150 Lightning will be able to share battery status information with Google Maps in real time, making it possible to plan routes more efficiently.
Android Auto is also coming to cars from brands such as Nissan and Lincoln, and Google has also announced the arrival of two new features: one that lets you send planned Google Maps routes from your smartphone to your car, and another that gives you the option of accessing Google Play from the car’s screen to discover new apps optimized for in-car operation.