Google shows off its newest gadgets, including revamps of older ideas – Marketplace

Google hosted its annual developers conference this week, which it calls Google I/O. And for the first time since the start of the pandemic, attendees had the option to show up in person. The company announced software updates and new devices and, of course, details of improvements to the Android operating system, which runs on most of the world’s mobile phones.

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Google hosted its annual developers conference this week, which it calls Google I/O. And for the first time since the start of the pandemic, attendees had the option to show up in person. The company announced software updates and new devices and, of course, details of improvements to the Android operating system, which runs on most of the world’s mobile phones.

The event also sets the tone for the other big tech conferences throughout the year. For this week’s “Quality Assurance” segment, where we take a second look at a big tech story, I spoke with Ian Sherr, an editor at large for CNET who attended the conference virtually. He said one of Google’s biggest reveals was a new wearable device. The following is an edited transcript of our conversation.

Ian Sherr: What they are is glasses that actually use Google’s translation technology in real time. And what you do is you’re wearing the glasses, it will somehow identify the language that the other person is speaking and automatically translate it in kind of a text that’s right on the glasses. So in a lot of ways, you’re getting speech to text straight in the real world. And so seeing Google really think this stuff through and show, “OK, well, we had a really nerdy Google Glass many years ago. We didn’t really know what to do with it. But now, here’s an idea that absolutely people would see a use for,” I think that was really neat.

Kimberly Adams: Talk a little bit more about that because, yeah, a couple of years ago Google did try to release augmented-reality glasses, and it was a very famous flop. What’s different now?

Sherr: In a lot of ways, I think that Google has sat there and realized that they had created something looking for a problem before. They created this really cool technology that, yeah, it can have a computer kind of in your vision a little bit, but not fully, and a camera so you can interact with the real world in nifty ways. But they didn’t know what to do with it. They had a couple of ideas, like giving you real-time directions as you’re walking down the street. But then, we all got these phones that do that pretty well, and some of us have those watches on that do that pretty well and [were] like, “Do I really need to wear this nerdy head glasses for that?” And so as a result, I think they’ve kind of taken a step back. And they’re not alone, by the way. I think Apple and Microsoft and Meta really have realized this as well. They need to figure out what is it that this thing can actually do that’s going to change my life, and not just hand me a technology and say, “Go spend $1,000 on …….

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