Google has announced a series of new updates for Android devices “to make Android phones safer and more convenient for users”.
Here are six new updates from Google for Android users:
Password verification tool on older devices
The tech giant will bring its password verification tool to older versions of Android. Devices running Android 9 and above can now use the tool to verify passwords saved in their Google account.
“This feature lets you know if the password you used has already been exposed and what to do about it,” Google explained in a blog post.
“Now when you enter a password into an app on your phone using autofill with Google, we’ll check those credentials against a list of known compromised passwords, that is, that is, passwords potentially already stolen and published on the web. If your credentials appear on any of these lists, we’ll alert you and guide you through verifying and changing your password, ”he added.
Programming the message sending function
It is also starting to roll out its scheduled send feature for the Google Messages app on older versions of Android. The feature allows users to enter a message and schedule it to be sent at a later date and time.
“We are starting to roll out a messaging program for phones running Android 7 and newer,” he says.
“Just write your message as you normally would, then hold and press the send button to select a date and time to deliver your message,” he explains.
Google also introduced the latest version of TalkBack, Android’s screen reader now available to users.
“By using comments and voice gestures, TalkBack makes Android even more accessible and opens up a full phone experience without having to look at your screen,” Google said.
The new version includes a range of new features such as easy-to-learn and easy-to-use multi-finger gestures available for the latest version of TalkBack on Pixel and Samsung Galaxy devices from One UI 3. It will also make reading and reading easier. listening.
Other features include new voice commands, more commands, and support for two new languages in TalkBack’s braille keyboard: Arabic and Spanish.
Google Assistant updated
The latest updates to Google Assistant will make it easier for users to access voice assistant without having to be right next to it.
“Assistant now works better, even when your phone is locked or across the room with new cards that can be read at a glance. Just say “Ok Google, set an alarm” or “Hey Google, play some pop music on Spotify”. To get the most out of the Assistant when your phone is locked, just turn on personal lock screen results in Assistant settings and say “Hey Google” to send text messages and make calls, ” he indicates.
Dark Theme on Maps
Google is finally rolling out the dark theme to Google Maps for Android after it started testing it last year.
With the dark Google Maps theme soon spreading to all Android users around the world, you can give your eyes a much needed break and save battery power. Just go to your settings, tap Theme, then on “Still in the Dark Theme,” read the blog post.
Finally, the tech giant announced a range of new features for Android Auto, including custom wallpapers, voice-activated games like trivia and “Jeopardy!” and new shortcuts on the launch screen.
The new shortcuts will provide convenient access to users’ contacts and allow them to use the Assistant to perform tasks such as checking the weather or setting the thermostat remotely.
For cars with larger screens, the app will allow users to do more with a split screen that offers a real-time view of Google Maps and media controls. Apart from that, users can now also set a privacy screen to control when Android Auto appears on their car screen.
These features of Android Auto will be available in the coming days on phones running Android 6.0 or higher, and when connected to a compatible car, Google said.