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Google today announced its 2022 product plans for the Android operating system, and several of the upcoming additions clearly mirror existing Apple features. The new functionality will allow Android smartphones and Google products to match capabilities already available with the Apple devices.

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Fast Pair, a Google feature that enables Bluetooth accessories to instantly pair to an Android smartphone, is expanding to wearables, speakers, TVs, and smart home devices, so earbuds will be able to quick pair with Android TVs and Chromebooks, similar to how the AirPods work with the Apple TV and the Mac.

Automatic device switching, a feature that Apple built into the AirPods, is also coming to Google devices. Google says that it is working on technology that will allow Bluetooth headphones to automatically switch audio to whatever device you're using at the time, plus Google has plans to implement head tracking for spatial audio, adapting sound based on head position.

In addition to bringing AirPods-like features to more Google devices, Google is also adding iCloud-style messaging. Chromebook users will be able to access chat apps from their smartphones without installing them, and photos and videos on Android smartphones will be automatically available on connected Chromebooks.

For setting up Google devices, Google is introducing a feature that will allow Android users to set up their Windows PCs by bringing an Android smartphone close to the PC, which will sync text messages and files in addition to allowing for the quick setup of Bluetooth accessories. This is similar to Apple's feature that allows new devices to copy settings and content from an existing device over-the-air.

WearOS smart watches will soon be able to unlock Chromebooks, similar to how an Apple Watch can be used to unlock a Mac. Google already offers this feature to allow Android smartphones to unlock Chromebooks, but the new feature will more closely mirror what's possible with the Apple Watch.

Google is also adopting an Ultra Wideband car key feature that's similar to Apple's Car Keys. It will let a Samsung or Pixel phone unlock, lock, and start supported BMW vehicles, functionality that's already available with the iPhone.

Fast Pair and quick sharing for photos are coming in the next few weeks, while the other features are set to launch later in 2022.

Article Link: Google's 2022 Product Roadmap Includes Apple-Style Integration Across Devices
 
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aesc80

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You mean they're only starting this now??!?! Apple has the most criticism of "Oh, they're late to market on everything and make their stuff look innovative". We've had AirDrop/AirPlay/Handover/Share Password/Device Initialization for what feels like a decade now! Oh, but I'm sure Google will get the kudos for it. It sure is quiet and lonely at the top.

EDIT: As I keep editing and adding more "AirDrop" style features, the more I realize how Google were asleep on features but had such the attraction for camera lenses.
 

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So Google is pretty much copying Apple? Only a decade later.

But first, please work on the expanding pre-ordering load servers. I'm sure the consumers don't want to go through this again.


Pretty sure I know a camera lens that can fix that ...
 

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You mean they're only starting this now??!?! Apple has the most criticism of "Oh, they're late to market on everything and make their stuff look innovative". We've had AirDrop/AirPlay/Handover/Share Password/Device Initialization for what feels like a decade now! Oh, but I'm sure Google will get the kudos for it. It sure is quiet and lonely at the top.

EDIT: As I keep editing and adding more "AirDrop" style features, the more I realize how Google were asleep on features but had such the attraction for camera lenses.
You’re right. But it’s not like Apple made these features reliable. Airdrop and Handover are hit or miss, AirPlay is slow and unreliable. And just this morning it took me 10 min to get my AirPods Pro and iPad Pro to connect (as my iPhone was also nearby).

I love these features but because they’re unreliable they’re not my first choice.
 

MayaUser

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Again, you compare chromebook with macbooks...pixel with iphones, and google wathc with apple watch
Yes, an welcome ecosystem integration, but far off from Apple
 

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You’re right. But it’s not like Apple made these features reliable. Airdrop and Handover are hit or miss, AirPlay is slow and unreliable. And just this morning it took me 10 min to get my AirPods Pro and iPad Pro to connect (as my iPhone was also nearby).

I love these features but because they’re unreliable they’re not my first choice.
I mean, yes - it's not fool proof, but it's still lightyears compared to what the alternative is on the other side of the coin. Samsung had an idea and couldn't get it right. Now it looks like Google finally woke up on the idea.

My gripe is mainly that this idea will more than likely garner huge support, while we've been using the same features for years. It doesn't have to work 100% of the time, but enough to feel like a hiccup is a rare occasion (which in my experience it is - just a restart to fix, instead of some weird workaround).
 

MayaUser

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You’re right. But it’s not like Apple made these features reliable. Airdrop and Handover are hit or miss, AirPlay is slow and unreliable. And just this morning it took me 10 min to get my AirPods Pro and iPad Pro to connect (as my iPhone was also nearby).

I love these features but because they’re unreliable they’re not my first choice.
For me both airdrop and handover are always there...almost never missed...airdrop works flawless even with a mac just connected to the same wifi server, with "everyone" selected
there are too many features, from handover the mails, messages, pages etc to instant connect to my iphone 4G when the wifi has low signal where i am...and a lot more...you just feel them when you go, like i am to the Windows side
 

MacFan23

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You’re right. But it’s not like Apple made these features reliable. Airdrop and Handover are hit or miss, AirPlay is slow and unreliable. And just this morning it took me 10 min to get my AirPods Pro and iPad Pro to connect (as my iPhone was also nearby).

I love these features but because they’re unreliable they’re not my first choice.
I don't doubt this is true, as I've also had issues here and there with feature reliability, but I can honestly say AirDrop, Handover and AirPlay have never not worked for me.

I have however had issues with my APMs disconnecting near launch but this seems to have been fixed in a past firmware update.
 

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I don't doubt this is true, as I've also had issues here and there with feature reliability, but I can honestly say AirDrop, Handover and AirPlay have never not worked for me.

I have however had issues with my APMs disconnecting near launch but this seems to have been fixed in a past firmware update.
And yet they work flawlessly. Any thoughts to what might be not working. Interference, crowded wifi, forgot to turn on the features or didn't set them up? I just don't see how something can work so well, and yet some say they don't work, there must be some reason
 

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But just how long before they can this idea too? I feel like apple has a genuine roadmap and that I can rely upon their products and services. Google just throw stuff at the wall and cancel it when they are bored.
 
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And just this morning it took me 10 min to get my AirPods Pro and iPad Pro to connect (as my iPhone was also nearby).
Seems like a full reset and repairing is in order for your AirPods. Mine was a little unreliable in the beginning as well but I haven't had a any issues with switching devices in the past year, either because I got newer devices or Apple fixed something in iOS. The AirPods are supposed to show as connected on all of your nearby devices and allow you to manually change to a devices in the control center or automatically switch sources.
 
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gene731

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Kind of like Apple rarely having ideas of it's own and just buying out other tech... down to the smallest things like Cover Flow.
Like no other company in the history of mankind have bought out a tech company other than AAPL? Facebook gobbling up WhatsApp and instagram doesn’t count. Google buying up Waze doesn’t count? Amazon doesn’t count for buying up Ring. For shame on you Apple, for shame /s
 
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szw-mapple fan

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Please, AirPlay and AirDrop are the most buggy and least reliable features I’ve ever seen.
Unless there is a specific software or app interfering with this, usually the issues with AirDrop/AirPlay/Handover/Airpods audio switching tend to either be Bluetooth interference from another device or (more likely) that your hardware has an older Bluetooth module. I could never get these features to work reliably between a 2015 MBP (BT 4.0) and iPhone 6s (BT 4.2) but no issues at all with some newer MBPs I've used on BT 5.0.
 
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gene731

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Not for me either! I do not care what some people say or think about Apples privacy campaign. Apple has never done me wrong and the very few times I have had any major issue with my gear, Apple has taken care of it, no questions asked. I on the other hand have no desire for Google or Facebook to have anything on me, to the best of my ability.
 
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