Google Maps gets a whole new experience called immersive view to provide an enhanced digital model of buildings and streets around the world. The new mode uses advances in computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) to provide a rich visual experience for users, Google said as it announced the new feature of its I / O 2022 key consumer report on Wednesday. Google also announced the second beta version of Android 13, the upcoming operating system. The company also announced that updates are coming to Google Workspace, including automated transcriptions, portrait lighting and portrait recovery in Google Meet. In addition, there were messages related to Google Assistant, YouTube, presentation of skin tone and others, which you will find in detail here.

Google Maps Updates

With immersive views, Google Maps helps you get a rich view of your neighborhood, landmark, restaurant, or popular place. It brings together billions of Street View and aerial imagery, along with advances in computer vision and AI, to provide a rich digital model of virtual maps, the company said.

“Whether you’re traveling somewhere new or exploring hidden local gems, the immersive view will help you make the most informed decisions before you go,” Google said.

In addition to the immersive experience, the new view includes a time slider that users can use to even check out what the area looks like at different times of the day and in different weather conditions. Users can also slide down to street level to browse nearby restaurants and see information such as live traffic and traffic nearby.

Immersive View uses Google Cloud to offer users a digital view. So it does not depend on the device and can work with any phone and device, Google said. Initially, the experience began to spread to Los Angeles, London, New York, San Francisco and Tokyo.

Google Maps is also expanding green routes to more places, including Europe. It was launched in the United States and Canada in the recent past and was used by humans to travel 86 billion miles, saving approximately half a million metric tons of carbon emissions, according to Google.

In addition, Google is making its Live View available to developers through the new ARCore Geospatial API. It brings augmented reality (AR) to display arrows and directions on real-world views to help users navigate indoor areas such as airports, malls and train stations.

Android 13 beta 2 edition

Among other announcements, Google during the I / O 2022 user report announced the release of Android 13 beta 2. The update will carry a list of improvements and enhancements over the first beta, which debuted for select Pixel devices last month. Google has also announced features, including a unified security and privacy settings page, new media controls including an album art, and a new photo that allows users to choose the exact photos and videos they want to share. Android 13 will also include optimizations for tablets, including better multitasking capabilities and features, including an updated taskbar with the ability to switch the look of a single tablet to a split screen.

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Google Meet Updates

Google Meet gets portrait recovery, which uses Google’s AI to help improve video quality and add enhancements, even if the user is sitting in a dimly lit room using an old webcam or has a poor Wi-Fi connection. Google said the feature could help automatically enhance the video.

In addition to the portrait recovery feature, Google Meet receives portrait light, which is said to use machine learning to simulate studio-quality lighting in a video show. Users can also adjust the position of the lighting and brightness.

Google Meet also gets de-reverb, which helps filter echo in hard surfaces with machine learning. The company claims that the feature helps you sound “like you’re in a conference room with a microphone … even if you’re in your basement.”

In addition, Google Meet receives live sharing to sync content shared in a virtual call and allow participants to control the media. Developers can also use the Live Sharing API to integrate Meet into their applications.

Google is too bringing automated transcription later this year and a summary of next year’s meeting to improve Google Meet conversations.

Google Workspace Updates

Google Workspace receives automated transcripts from Google Meet to help users transcribe conversations directly into their documents. Google is also extending the automatic summaries in Spaces to provide a summary of long conversations. Automatic summaries were introduced in Google Docs earlier this year.

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Google Workspace will receive new updates soon
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Google also adds security protections that were part of Gmail to Google Presentations, Docs, and Spreadsheets. The company claims that these protections will help users prevent the opening of documents containing phishing links and malware using automatic alerts.

Google Assistant Updates

During I / O 2022, Google announcements Look and Talk, distributed in the US by Nest Hub Max to help people access Google Assistant without saying the hot word “OK Google” or “Hey Google”. Users will just have to look at the screen and then ask what they need. The feature uses Face Match and Voice Match features based on machine learning and AI algorithms to recognize users and quickly activate voice interactions. Google has said the feature will be available as an inclusion offer.

Once activated, you can use Look and Talk to interact with Google Assistant by simply looking at the screen of your Nest Hub Max.

“The video of these interactions is processed entirely on the device, so it is not shared with Google or anyone else,” the company said.

Google also noted that the feature works in different skin tones and for people of different backgrounds.

In addition to the Look and Talk feature, Google is extending Nest Hub Max quick phrases to allow users to skip saying “Hey Google” about their most common daily tasks. This means that you will be able to turn on the lights in your room by saying “Turn on the lights in the living room” without saying the hot word first.

Google Assistant is also getting new speech and language models that can help understand the nuances of human speech – for example, when someone pauses but hasn’t finished speaking, the company said.

YouTube updates

Google during I / O Keynote announced that it provides automatically translated YouTube captions to mobile users to help users watch video captions in as many as 16 languages. Google will also introduce automatically translated captions for all Ukrainian content on YouTube next month.

Skin tone updates

Google is launching a new skin tone scale called the Monk Skin Tone (MST) Scale, based on research conducted by Harvard professor and sociologist Dr. Ellis Monk. This will help the company contribute more to the spectrum of skin tones said.

In the coming months, the new scale with 10 skin tones will be integrated into various Google products. Google is also openly releasing the scale to allow others in the technology industry to incorporate a wide range of skin tones into their experiences.

One of the key Google products that will start using the MST Scale will be Google Search. It will start showing users an option to help users further refine their skin tone results. Creators, brands and publishers will also be able to use an inclusive content labeling scheme with attributes such as skin tone, hair color and hair texture.

Google Photos will also use the MST Scale to allow users to enhance their photos with a new set of real-tone filters. These filters will be introduced in Google Photos on Android, iOS and the web in the coming weeks.


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