Android teases ‘messaging updates’ at Google I/O 2022

With less than 48 hours until I/O 2022, Google today presented an overview of what the Android team could possibly announce at the developer conference.

The Android account on Twitter today I ask “Which update are you most excited to see on May 11 and 12?” He provided four options:

  • security updates
  • messaging updates
  • Cross-device updates
  • New Associations

Currently, “Cross-Device Upgrades” lead the pack, dating back to the “Better Together” announcements made at CES 2022 in January. That included being able to unlock your Chromebook, Android phone, or tablet running Wear OS, as well as bringing Fast Pair and Near Share to Windows PCs. I/O could be Google’s opportunity to provide release details or additional integrations.

“Messaging updates” is the second, with Google Messages, the phone dialer app, and Duo ultimately overseen by Android boss Hiroshi Lockheimer. This comes as Google announced in March that Android’s default SMS/RCS client is receiving or has received: “Show iPhone reactions as emoji”, Google Photos integration, categories and nudges.

“Security Updates”, presumably along with privacy, are always a central theme for every Android release, while “New Partnerships” are rather curious. While there are few startup OEMs, you could be referring to app and service offerings.

The Material Design team had a similar tweet today. He already announced Roboto Flex last week, while an update to Material You is surely on the cards.

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