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Google I/O 2022: Support for multiple Android devices, new Google Translate languages, and more

At the annual Google Developers Conference, I/O 2022, the search giant made a batch of exciting new announcements for its products and services, including the addition of 24 new languages ​​on Google Translate using new machine learning technology. In addition to this, a new Google Wallet has also been announced which will allow users to store important documents, metro cards, etc. and new search features. Here’s a look at some interesting announcements from the conference.

Google Translate: Support 24 new languages

Google Translate has added 24 new languages ​​to its translation service, bringing the number of languages ​​it supports to a total of 133. Of these 24 newly added languages, eight are used in India. The list includes Assamese (Northeast India), Bhojpuri (Northern India), Dogri (Northern India), Konkani (Central India), Maithili (Northern India), Metillon (or Manipuri, northeastern India), Mizu (Northeastern India), and Sanskrit.

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

This means that Google can translate directly between language pairs that are not visible in training, translating from one language to another without ever seeing an example. Google said the technology isn’t perfect yet.

Here is a complete list of the new languages ​​now available in Google Translate:

  • Assamese: used by about 25 million people in northeastern India
  • Aymara: used by about two million people in Bolivia, Chile and Peru
  • Bambara: It is used by about 14 million people in Mali
  • Bhojpuri: used by about 50 million people in northern India, Nepal and Fiji
  • Dhivehi: It is used by about 300,000 people in the Maldives
  • Dojri: It is used by about three million people in North India
  • Ewi: It is used by about seven million people in Ghana and Togo
  • Guaraní: used by about seven million people in Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil
  • Ilocano: used by about 10 million people in the northern Philippines
  • Konkani: It is used by about two million people in central India
  • Krio: It is used by about four million people in Sierra Leone
  • Kurdish (Sorani): It is used by about eight million people, most of them in Iraq
  • Lingala: It is used by about 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: It is used by about 20 million people in Uganda and Rwanda
  • Maithili: It is used by about 34 million people in North India
  • Meiteilon (Manipuri): used by about two million people in northeastern India
  • Mizo: used by about 830,000 people in northeastern India
  • Oromo: It is used by about 37 million people in Ethiopia and Kenya
  • Quechua: used by about 10 million people in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and neighboring countries
  • Sanskrit: used by about 20,000 people in India
  • Speedy: It is used by about 14 million people in South Africa
  • Tigrinya: used by about eight million people in Eritrea and Ethiopia
  • Tsonga: used by about seven million people in Eswatini, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe
  • TUI: It is used by about 11 million people in Ghana

Google Multisearch

Google recently launched multiple search on the Google app, allowing users to search using images and text at the same time in an attempt to try to emulate the experience you had when you point something and ask your friends about it. Users will be able to use a photo or screenshot and add “Near Me” to see options for local restaurants or retailers that have clothing, household goods, food, etc. in the image. Multiple search is available as a beta feature in English in the US, but Google has yet to say when it will be rolled out to all users.

Explore the scene with Google Lens

Currently, Google Lens can recognize objects captured in a single frame but one cannot yet search for information about an entire scene in front of it. Google says that in the future, a user will be able to use multiple search to pan the camera while using Google Lens to instantly get insights into multiple objects in a wider scene. The company says this will be a powerful breakthrough in the capabilities of devices to observe and understand the world as we do.

Google Wallet: Store essentials like car keys and vaccination records

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

Google also said it is partnering with several partners in the US and other countries to bring digital driving licenses and IDs to Google Wallet this year. The company is also adding seamless integrations for other apps. For example, if a transit card (such as a metro card) is added to your wallet, your card and balance will automatically appear on Google Maps.

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

According to The Verge, the latest update to the Nest Hub Max will allow users to use the Google Assistant without having to say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google.” The new feature called “Look and Talk” will allow users to look at the screen of the Nest Hub Max and only talk about their search queries without any other voice prompt.

Google Assistant on wearables

Google has improved the Google Assistant experience for Wear OS users with faster and more natural voice interactions, allowing users to access useful features such as voice-controlled navigation and setting reminders.

Wear emergency SOS and earthquake warnings

Google says it’s working with partners to get Emergency SOS to Wear OS so users can instantly call 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 several other high-risk areas around the world.

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New multi-device features

During the Google I/O 2022 conference, Google also announced new features aimed at creating a smoother multi-device experience. At CES 2022 this year, the company previewed several multi-device experiences such as expanding the Phone Hub on a Chromebook to allow access to all messaging apps on an Android phone. The wide spread of this feature means that users can stream their phones to their laptops to send and reply to messages, view conversation history and run messaging apps from their laptops. The company is also making it easier to set up and pair devices, while expanding Fast Pair support to more devices, including built-in support for Matter on Android.

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