The prime 5 bulletins from Google I/O 2021

This yr’s Google I/O was rather less eventful as a result of there weren’t any vital {hardware} reveals. Still, the Mountain View, California-based tech big has quite a bit to point out off, together with Android 12, its new ‘Material You’ design, a partnership with Samsung relating to Wear OS and extra.

Below are a number of the key bulletins from I/O 2021’s keynote:

New ‘Material You’ design

This yr, a part of me hopes that this yr app builders will lastly begin utilizing Google’s Material design framework in bulk. At I/O, Google confirmed off a revamped model of the design language designed to adapt to your smartphone’s wallpaper colors.

This signifies that in case you have a blue and pink wallpaper, you must see blue and pink parts, plus another complementary colors all through Android and the first-party Google apps. In the primary beta for Android 12, some points of this design are proven off, however Google seems to be holding most of it again for the complete Android 12 launch later this fall.

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This video does a fairly good job illustrating the idea, and I’m hoping that because it pertains to person customizability — which we discovered folks love with the customized iOS 14 wave — it would get picked up by devs and Google extra shortly than the final Material Design refresh.

If you need to be taught extra about Android 12 and this enjoyable new design, try this story. 

The first actual Android 12 beta is out now

If you’ve got a Google Pixel telephone, you possibly can entry the primary actual Android 12 beta by opting into the beta program on this web site.

If you’ve got a OnePlus 9 sequence system, you possibly can obtain a model of Android 12 from OnePlus, however be warned that it’s a ‘Developer Preview’ construct and never a beta. This means it’s possible going to be fairly janky and gained’t function a lot of the brand new Material design parts.

Google introduced that each Asus and TCL telephones can get in on the motion as effectively.

The Google Camera is getting tweaked to take higher photos of individuals of color

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This replace has been a very long time coming. Google has introduced that it’s transforming the Google digicam app to take extra pure pictures of individuals of color.

This has been a constant difficulty throughout smartphone cameras for years, so it’s good to see an organization like Google lastly acknowledge the issue and guarantee its digicam can take correct photos of all folks.

The modifications are slated to come back to Pixel telephones this fall, and Google says it even desires to work with different smartphone digicam producers to ensure all cameras can take higher photos of all folks.

Beyond simply transforming the app to take photos of various pores and skin tones, Google says it’s additionally making its Portrait Mode acknowledge curly hair higher, blurring it extra naturally.

You can discover extra about Google’s efforts to make its digicam extra inclusive, right here.

Google is working with Samsung on the subsequent model of Wear OS

One of the extra shocking bulletins to come back out of I/O was that Google is now working with Samsung on Wear OS.

After finalizing its buy of Fitbit earlier this yr, we had been anticipating massive issues from Google’s smartwatch staff, however working with Samsung was not certainly one of them. Still, it’s thrilling and exhibits Google’s dedication to the smartwatch house and an actual effort to compete with the Apple Watch.

The purpose of working with Samsung is to assist merge the corporate’s strengths and supply a smartwatch platform with higher battery life, a lot of apps and higher health monitoring offered by Fitbit.

Overall, that is thrilling information for Wear OS and Android customers who like smartwatches, so hopefully, extra data is revealed later this week at Google’s developer workshops in regards to the platform.

You can discover out extra about Google’s and Samsung’s partnership, right here. 

Privacy upgrades

Google seems to be getting critical about person privateness at I/O this yr.

Some of the cooler options embody the flexibility to offers apps your ‘approximate location’ as an alternative of a exact one, and a brand new Privacy Dashboard in Android 12.

Beyond that, the corporate is making it simpler to delete the final quarter-hour of your searching knowledge, and it’s including a brand new locked photograph folder to the Google Photos platform… for healthful causes.

To spherical out its new privateness options, Google can be bettering its password supervisor by shifting extra customers onto two-factor authentication because it desires to get rid of the usage of passwords within the close to future. Plus, Google will now exit of its technique to alert customers if their passwords are compromised.

You can learn extra in regards to the new privateness options, right here. 

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