Google has seen a lot of events during 2020; As it launched a huge number of devices and services that help users in their daily lives, starting with the launch of the Pixel 4A, which is considered one of the best budget smartphones, through the eleventh version of the Android operating system, which included many new features to improve security and protect privacy, in addition to To update many services and applications, and its efforts in fighting Corona virus, and to develop Artificial intelligence, And machine learning.
Today, we will review the most important thing that Google provided to users during the year 2020:
1- Application Tangi To share the video:
On January 29th, Google launched a new app called (Tangi) For smartphones allows users to record short videos focused on content known as DIY (Do It Yourself). Where users can record videos explaining how to make some things, such as: handicrafts, drawing, cooking, fashion, beauty, and more.
And unlike short video sharing apps, such as TikTok and the new Byte app, which focus on entertainment, Tangi focuses on teaching people new things through videos that do not exceed one minute.
2- Android 11 operating system:
The announcement of the new version of the Android operating system is the most important thing that users have been waiting for at the annual Google developer event, but this year due to the Corona virus pandemic, many technical events have been canceled, including: the Google Developers event.
Therefore On February 19, Google launched the first developer preview of Android 11.And this was the first time that Google launched the first beta version of the system in February instead of March, like every year.
Then Google launched on September 8, 2020 The final version From the operating system (Android 11), which focuses on features that help you access what’s important on your phone in easier ways to help you manage your conversations, connected devices, in addition to security and privacy features that help you protect your data, and much more.
To get acquainted with all system features; You can see an article: “The 11 most important new features in the Android operating system 11”.
3- Feature for reading web pages in Google Assistant:
On March 4, Google launched a new feature in its voice assistant called ((Read It) Read It) that allows the assistant to read entire web pages, in dozens of languages.
With this feature, the web browser can read web articles aloud. When any article appears in the browser on Android phones, it is sufficient for the user to say (Hi Google, read it): Hey Google, read it, or (Hi Google, read this page): Hey Google, read this page, so it can start reading aloud right away.
4- Product Adidas GMR In Collaboration with Adidas:
On March 10, Google launched in collaboration with Adidas and EA Sports a smart shoe sole called (Adidas GMRConnects to your phone, and can convert kicks and moves on the soccer field into rewards in FIFA Mobile, where the smart sole is powered by Google’s wearable technology called Jacquard, which was previously available only through my Levi’s jacket, and within Yves Saint Laurent backpack.
5- Providing many tools to confront Corona virus:
On March 15th, Google launched several initiatives dedicated to helping counter the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – which began at the end of 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan and spread during the month of March around the world – in addition to providing useful tips and tools for individuals, teachers and companies to work from home, to help people stay safe and in constant touch.
- Web site: Provides everything new on Coronavirus, and includes: health information, safety and prevention advice, real-time data on injuries and death tolls in all countries of the world, and useful resources and advice from local health authorities.
- Providing reliable information in its services: Google has also started providing useful and reliable information about everything related to the Coronavirus through its various applications and services, such as: Google search engine, Google maps, and site The YouTube.
- Combating incorrect information: Since the beginning of the virus spread, Google has been keen to remove any incorrect or false information about the virus from its various platforms.
- Provide productivity tools for remote users and students.
6- A new tool in Google Arts & Culture app:
On April 2, Google launched a new tool called (Art Transfer) In its application called Arts & Culture, which uses artificial intelligence to allow you to transform your photos into works of art by applying the characteristics of popular paintings to your photos, so that (Art Transfer) works with an artificial intelligence algorithm that analyzes famous paintings; To replicate its style in any photo the user takes.
To listen to this feature now you can download the (Google Arts & Culture) On your phone running the operating system Android or iOS. The app is an online platform that allows anyone to access digital versions of museums, galleries, and a wide range of famous artworks.
7- Significant development of Google Meet:
The year 2020 is considered the year of video calling, so there has been a race between companies to develop their services and support them with the best features, and Google throughout the year has developed its (Meet) service for video calls:
- April 9: Google renamed its service (Hangouts Meet) to only (Google Meet).
- April 22nd: The company launches advanced features in the (Meet) service – to compete with Zoom – such as: showing up to 16 meeting participants in a single frame, improving video quality when lighting conditions are dim, and filtering background noise during a call.
- April 29th: The company announced the availability of (Google Meet) service for free for everyone.
- May 5th: The company began integrating Meet into Gmail To facilitate their use.
- July 22nd: New security features have been introduced In Meet service to prevent uninvited users from participating in video meetings.
- October 31: Launch of Meet custom wallpaper support.
- December 16th: Live captions feature launched In Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese, across all versions of Google Meet.
8- Developing technology to combat Corona in cooperation with Apple:
Apple and Google announced on April 10 that they are working together on Developing a new technology for tracking contacts in smartphonesIn order to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), by allowing mobile devices to exchange information over Bluetooth connections; To alert people when they are in close proximity to a person who has tested positive for the virus.
The initial version of this technology was launched on May 20Authorities in 23 countries across five continents announced that they had sought access to technology.
9- Pixel Buds:
Google launched on April 27th With the introduction of wireless earphones (Pixel Buds) to the market, About 6 months after it was announced.
These headphones are characterized by a stylish and compact design that fits safely and comfortably in your ear, high-quality sound, and supports many useful artificial intelligence features.
10- A fraudulent website:
On May 28, Google launched a website called (Scam SpotterIt aims to teach people how to detect and avoid online frauds, in light of the increase in digital hoaxes amid the outbreak of the Corona virus.
11- Keen Service:
On June 18, Google launched a new service called (KeenProvides users with the ability to follow online content that interests them. Although it is very similar to Pinterest, it has the advantage of being automatic, and it uses machine learning technology.
12- New features in Google Photos:
Google launched it on June 25th A redesign of its image service; It makes it easy for users to find, manage and organize their old photos and videos that were saved over the previous years for faster access.
Google also added on September 30th Some of the new features in the Google Photos app release for Android phones It relies on machine learning technologies to deliver smart, accurate suggestions and adjustments, so your photos look their best.
It was launched on December 16th The advantage of cinematic 3D images in its service for imagesThe results aim to make your memories more alive. The new cinematic 3D images are created using machine learning that predicts image depth to produce a 3D representation of a scene.
13- Shoploop app:
14- New Pixel phones:
On August 20, Google launched the Pixel 4A, which is considered one of the Best budget smartphones of 2020The phone is characterized by its powerful specifications, with a long-lasting battery, and a smaller screen that is easy to use with one hand.
Then, on October 15, the company launched a new version of the phone called Pixel 4a (5G), which supports 5G networks, and its flagship phone for this year (Pixel 5).
15- Chromecast with Google TV:
On October 1, Google launched the (Chromecast with Google TV) device, which is the first version of the Chromecast broadcast device that relies on (Google TV) as an interface that works with the Android TV operating system so that you can navigate it using the remote control.
The device supports 4K HDR at up to 60 frames per second and (Dolby Vision). It attaches to the back of your TV rather than being a small box underneath, and it still supports all of the same transmission functions.
16- Nest Audio:
On October 5, Google launched a new smart speaker (Nest Audio), which supports Google Assistant.
This device is characterized by the new design and the updated sound, as Google says: “It has a bass response 50% stronger compared to the (Google Home) device that replaces it.”
Also, this device does everything that other smart home speakers supported by Google Assistant do, such as: play music, control smart home devices, tell you about the weather, etc.
17- Nest Thermostat
On October 31, Google launched its new device (Nest Thermostat), Which is the first update of the device in two years. It is a device that allows you to control your home temperature from the phone.
This device is characterized by a new elegant design, and it uses the radar feature (Google Soli), which was first introduced in the (Pixel 4) phone, the Pixel 4, to detect the passage of someone next to it to illuminate the screen automatically.
18- New features in Google Maps:
Google has introduced a lot of new features in its application for maps, and the most prominent update it launched on December 1 includes some new features that make it more focused on community participation, and this update is part of the company’s plan to develop the application and convert it from a service application to geographical locations to a community application that provides information For individuals and companies.
To learn about all of the features that this update includes, see an article: “4 new features in the Google Maps application, and how do you use them?”
19- Health Studies application for health research:
On December 10, Google launched a new app called Google Health StudiesAnyone with a device is allowed to participate in medical studies.
The app allows you to participate in research projects and contribute data securely, either through surveys or sensor readings.