Last week was full of great conferences that brought new tools, and some interesting updates for developers and designers alike! If you missed any, we got you covered, we made this recap so you don't miss a thing!

The agenda was loaded, and the conferences that took place were:

Dockercon 2022

DockerCon is a must to learn, network, and innovate in the container industry. It's the #1 Container Industry Conference for Developers! Here are some of the announcements:

Docker Desktop for Linux

Docker Desktop is an application that, until now, was available for Windows and macOS environments. As of v4.8.0, Docker Desktop and all its features are also officially available for Linux users!

Docker Extensions (Beta)

Docker extensions allow you to use third-party tools in Docker Desktop to extend its functionality. You can enable/disable/update/uninstall extensions from the Marketplace or create your own using the official Extensions SDK.

“Tasks such as security, compliance, troubleshooting, and updating are done virtually from the start.”

— Aparna Sinha, Senior Director of Product for Kubernetes and Anthos at Google Cloud, DockerCon 2022

One of the most interesting (and perhaps contentious) parts of Dockercon was a discussion between famed lead developer Kelsey Hightower and Docker CEO.

"Communities drive technologies much more than technologies build communities"

Scott Johnston, Docker CEO

A topic that should be addressed more frequently in events like this technology one to generate awareness about the philosophy of technology first.

If you want to see more about everything that was discussed and seen at Dockercon 2022, you can watch the replay on the DockerCon event website.

Config 2022 by Figma

An online global design conference by Figma on May 10th and 11th joined by more than 100 speakers and people from 202 countries, was conducted live in 68 sessions!

Between the news, talks, and more from the agenda, Figma presented some interesting updates, here are the highlights.

Dark Mode

The dark side is here! Well, rather the dark mode is here! It is available for both web and desktop applications. If you want to try it out, check Figma’s Help Center on changing themes.

Source: Figma

Also, 2 new features thought for developers were revealed:

  • Redesigned Auto Layout: Create fully responsive layouts with more intuitive and powerful auto layouts, including new layout options like absolute positioning and negative spacing.
  • Component Properties: Reduce variant sprawl and align your design system code for a smoother delivery.

Fig Jam

More widgets are coming to Fig Jam! Jira, Asana, and GitHub are the new additions to the Figma collaboration tool.

In the particular case of Jira, you can convert stickers into tickets or import themes as stickers. Jira sync and management right in Figjam!

If you want to learn more, right from the chef, check Figma’s blog post on Config 2022.

Google I/O

Google I/O (or simply I/O) is an annual developer conference held by Google in Mountain View, California. "I/O" stands for Input/Output, as well as the slogan "Innovation in the Open".

From Android 13 to the upcoming Pixel Watch, here's what Google unveiled at its annual developer conference.

Android 13

Source: Google

First announced back in February, we got a fresh and detailed look at Android 13 at Google I/O. At the time of writing this article, the Beta 2 is available for download on a select variety of devices.

The final/stable release is expected to be available this fall, and there are some improvements to look forward to.

End-to-end Encryption for RCS in Messages

Rich Communication Services (RCS) is a communication protocol between mobile-telephone carriers and between phone and carrier, aiming at replacing SMS and MMS text messaging.

While Google notes that its RCS-powered Messages app already has half a billion monthly active users on Android phones, RCS remains unsupported on iOS and other phone operating systems.

Google worked with carriers and phone manufacturers over the past years to roll out Rich Communication Services as a feature-rich alternative to SMS and MMS text messaging.

Emergency SOS on Wear OS

Android 12 (no typo, we’re referring to the current stable 😁) rolled out Emergency SOS which lets you get help, contact a trusted person and share your emergency information without unlocking your phone. Google is working to bring Emergency SOS to Wear OS.

Emergency Location Services, which is already built into Android, helps first responders find you when you call for help.

Material You

Yes, another Android 12 thing, so we can say, even more you Material You 🥁.

Themed icons were limited to system apps, not anymore! There's now a toggle in Settings that lets you turn themed icons on for all apps on your home screen.

Media controls also get a boost from Material You. When you're listening to music, the player window will adopt the color of the album artwork. There's also a new waveform progress bar that moves along to the audio.

Pixel 6A

Google’s new smaller, mid-range Android phone, starts at $449. It has a 6.1-inch screen and the same recycled aluminum body, two-tone colors, and 12 MP camera in a bar across the back as the firm’s high-end phones.

It has Google’s top-end Tensor processor, 5G, and the Titan M2 security chip from the Pixel 6, with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage. It will be supported with software updates for at least five years, making it one of the longest-lasting Android phones.

Pixel Watch

Google showed off its first own-brand WearOS smartwatch, called the Pixel Watch, which will ship in the autumn. It has a round, domed design, is made of recycled stainless steel, and has optional 4G connectivity. It features various Google apps and services including Assistant, Maps and Pay, and the Play Store for third-party apps.

Source: Google

It will also feature a suite of Fitbit health and activity-tracking services, after Google’s purchase of the firm, which was completed last year. The watch will work with most Android phones, not just Pixels.

Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Tablet

They also unveiled teasers for a Pixel Tablet (announced for 2023, focusing on more than 20 apps being optimized for tablets by the time Android 13 arrives), the Pixel 7, 7 Pro, and a quick sneak peek at its AR glasses in development.

Source: Google

There are many more updates to the Google ecosystem:

  • 24 more languages to Google Translate
  • Immersive view for Maps. Using advances in 3D mapping and machine learning, they’re fusing billions of aerial and street-level images to create a new, high-fidelity representation of a place
  • Auto-translation and auto transcription for videos on YouTube
  • Summarization feature for Google Docs, to provide a TL;DR of a large document
  • Studio-quality virtual lighting to Meet, and more importantly, they're testing this feature to ensure everyone looks like their true selves, continuing the work with Real Tone on Pixel phones and the Monk Scale

If you want to relive (or watch for the first time), check the full Google I/O 2022 Keynote on YouTube.

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