Android shared information today about six features that will roll out this update emphasize security, safety, and accessibility.. Some of these are just quality-of-life upgrades, like starring to easily find them later or getting contextual Emoji Kitchen suggestions depending on your typing. But other aspects of this
Last summer, Google added an Android feature that uses your phone as a seismometer to create “theearthquake detection network.” The system is free, and since testing in California, it’s also launched in New Zealand and Greece. Now, in Turkey, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The company , prioritizing countries with the highest earthquake risk.
Google is also expanding on another feature released, making Google Assistant compatible with Android apps. The initial update included , Snapchat, Twitter, Walmart, Discord, Etsy, MyFitnessPal, Mint, Nike Adapt, Nike Run Club, eBay, Kroger, Postmates, and Wayfair. Today’s update mentioned apps like eBay, Yahoo! , Strava, and Capital One. These features are comparable to Apple’s , which includes opening apps, performing tasks, and recording a custom command.
Regarding accessibility, Google is ramping up its gaze detection feature, which is now in beta. Gaze detection allows people to ask Voice Access to only respond when they look at their screen, allowing people to move between talking with friends and using their natural phones. Now, Voice Access will also have enhanced password input. When it detects a password field, it will allow you to input letters, numbers, and symbols by saying “capital P” or “dollar sign,” for example, making it easier for to enter this sensitive information more quickly.
In October,it so people using sign language could be identified as the “active speaker” in video calls. doesn’t have a similar gaze detection feature yet that’s widely available, though they acquired SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), an eye-tracking firm, in 2017. So, hopefully, similar will be in the works at Apple, especially as Google continues to build out theirs.
Today’s Android update lets Android Auto users customize more of their experience. Now, you can manually set your launcher screen from your phone, set the , and browse content on media apps more easily with an A-Z scroll bar and a “back to top” button. Messaging and Messages will now be compatible on the launch screen — proceed with caution and don’t drive distracted — and EV charging, parking, and navigation apps will now be available for use.