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CES Highlights: Google & Android Steal the Show with Sharing, Casting, Android Auto, and Other Enhancements

Google has shown off a host of updates at CES 2024 that will improve the Android ecosystem’s compatibility with connected devices, making it easier to share files, cast more content, and connect your car to Google services in better ways. This means that your phone, laptop, TV, and even your car will have more features that work together.

File sharing will be enhanced by combining Nearby Share and Quick Share into a single app called Quick Share, thanks to a partnership with LG to bring the Quick Share Windows app preloaded. This will make it easy to send photos, files, and text between Android phones, Chromebooks, and even Windows PCs. Users will still have full control over who can find their files and send them to their devices, prioritizing privacy.

Setting up a new pair of headphones with your TV will be easier than ever with Fast Pair, which will be available on Chromecast and Google TV next month. This will make it easy to connect supported headphones and speakers, enhancing the experience of watching movies and TV shows without disturbing others in the household.

Casting content from TikTok to devices compatible with Chromecast will be possible, with live TikTok streams also coming to living rooms. Additionally, more devices, including the 2024 LG TVs and LG Hospitality and Healthcare TVs, are getting Chromecast built in, allowing users to use streaming apps in shared places without having to log in to their personal accounts.

Google will also introduce a new feature that lets Pixel Tablet owners easily move music and podcasts from Spotify and YouTube Music between their Pixel phones and a docked Pixel Tablet, enhancing the music listening experience across multiple devices.

The importance of interoperability for smart homes is being emphasized with Google leading the promotion of the Matter standard, facilitating seamless communication between devices from various brands. LG TVs and certain Google TV devices are now serving as Google Home hubs, allowing for seamless integration and control of Matter devices via the Google Home app.

Electric vehicles are set to receive a significant upgrade with the integration of Android Auto, offering improved smart features, functionalities, and real-time battery information in Google Maps, simplifying EV travel. The Ford Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning will be the first EVs to enjoy this integration.

Google is also integrating Google Maps, Assistant, and Play Store apps directly into car displays, turning cars into infotainment hubs. Nissan and Lincoln vehicles will be the first to benefit from these new features, offering a smooth and integrated in-car experience. These new updates are currently on display at Google’s CES booth at Central Plaza-1.

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