Just like these fitness-obsessed tv hosts Hans and Franz, Google desires to pump you up.
The firm is hatching plans so as to add fitness-tracking tech and help for interactive residence exercises to its Android TV platform, and to include these software program options into good TVs working different corporations’ software program as effectively. If the imaginative and prescient involves fruition, supported good TVs would sync with Fitbit trackers and smartwatches working Google’s Wear OS—such because the Samsung Galaxy Watch or Google Pixel Watch—which may very well be used to watch a person’s progress by way of a sequence of lounge exercises. It’ll be like watching a Richard Simmons or Billy Blanks video that may additionally observe your reps and measure your coronary heart fee.
The specifics of the way it will work aren’t clear, because the information—first reported by Protocol—got here from a non-public assembly Google held with different smart-home corporations. Still, it’s apparent that Google’s shifting to compete with smart-home health companies like Apple Fitness+, which makes use of an Apple Watch and an Apple TV, in addition to units like Mirror and Peloton’s Guide.
According to Protocol, this initiative may additionally embrace expanded means to attach Nest audio system or different wi-fi audio system along with your Google-powered TV. The report additionally says these adjustments will almost definitely arrive in 2023.
Google is a pair years behind the massive shift to figuring out from residence that got here initially of the pandemic. But this providing may be seen as a part of Google’s effort to smush all its merchandise collectively. Fusing smart-home tech with Android, Wear OS, and Android TV means your Google stuff will get used extra usually and in additional mixtures.
Here’s what else you want to know concerning the week in shopper tech.
Google Calls Out Apple’s Texting
In extra Google information, the corporate put out a confrontational PSA earlier this week calling on Apple to alter the elemental requirements it makes use of for its textual content messages. Apple converts messages to non-Apple units into normal SMS messages, versus utilizing the extra richly featured RCS normal Google began pushing closely final 12 months. Because of that, some essential metadata can get misplaced in translation between the platforms.
Google framed Apple’s resolution to not help RCS as an influence transfer, blaming Apple for not adhering to extra trendy requirements. In actuality, it’s doubtless an try to stage the taking part in discipline between Apple and Google on the subject of inter-device messaging, the place the previous enjoys vital aggressive benefits over the latter; iPhone-to-iPhone messaging comes with a dizzying variety of add-ons and particular options that Apple devotees are loath to surrender. It’s additionally ironic to listen to such a plea coming from Google, an organization that has launched a dozen completely different messaging apps through the years and might’t even preserve the title of its messaging merchandise proper. Undeterred, Google took its marketing campaign to social media, making an attempt to get different folks to leap on board. Now Google’s simply ready to get a response that Apple “loved this message.”
Ring digicam movies are controversial. The Amazon-owned firm collects information about each its customers and other people caught on digicam, then can share these movies with regulation enforcement with out person consent. Still, the movies themselves have captured folks’s consideration. There’s a complete style of viral movies (sure, on TikTok) that revels within the wacky antics of individuals and pets caught on Ring cameras. Now, Amazon is seeking to flip these clips into a complete present.
Called Ring Nation, the present can be hosted by comic Wanda Sykes. The content material can be just about what you’d count on: a set of humorous and/or horrifying movies of the form of mayhem that occurs on folks’s porches and of their yards. The present is produced by Big Fish Entertainment, the identical manufacturing firm that created Live PD, a police documentary present that was canceled within the wake of George Floyd’s homicide in 2020. Ring Nation comes out September 26.