A Google has several new features for the operating system Android inspired by the Christmas theme. The announcement was made by the American giant itself through its official blog The Keyword where it details six highlights on the way to ours smartphones e tablets Android.
The various features are intended to simplify various tasks taking into account the main needs during Christmas. At the same time, we have the introduction of functions that were slow to arrive, for example, the digital car key, among others.
1. Best Android on the road during Christmas
Thinking about travels and Christmas trips, Google brought a strong reinforcement to the Android Auto platform. So, when connecting the Android smartphone to a compatible vehicle, we can configure the opening and auto run Android Auto.
Then, while navigating, Android Auto will help the driver to keep his focus and attention on the road. To do this, there are new smart answers to possible SMS’s received, mediated by the Google Assistant already present on Android Auto.
Very soon we will also be able to use our voice to search for a certain song quickly and start playing. To do this, just tap on the new search icon and start the search with our voice.
Perhaps the most captivating novelty is the introduction of digital keys. From now on, we will be able to use our Android smartphone to lock, or unlock and even start the engine of a compatible car.
Please note, however, that this advanced function will only be available in certain countries and can only be mediated by certain Android smartphone models. These include the Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S21, as well as only compatible BMW vehicles, for now.
2. Follow the family with the Family Bell for Android
Second is the Family Bell / Family Bell. This function will help the user to keep abreast of the appointments and calendar of other members of the household, regardless of location.
That way, by activating the Family Bell on an Android smartphone, smart speaker, or smart screen, they’ll always know when the best time is to schedule a family dinner, for example.
In practice, the Family Bell crosses the data and appointments from the calendars and calendars of the various family members, alerting the user when there may be conflicting appointments. The notice will be displayed on the phone or other associated smart device.
It will also be a way for all members to stay on top of each other’s agenda, with simple control and customization via the Google application for Android smartphones.
3. New Google widgets with Material You design
The Material You design changes the way various content is presented, especially Android widgets. Therefore, we have three new applications such as Play Books, YouTube Music and Google Photos officially receiving new widgets.
After a period of testing these Google apps are updated via the Google Play Store. After the update, they can customize the home screen of their Android devices like phone and/or tablet with new dynamic and more organic widgets.
In particular, in the Google Photos application we have an excellent new feature already explored at Aroged. They can, for example, select a certain person who will appear in the sequence of photographs presented in the new widget.
4. Android permissions are strengthened this Christmas
To all users of a mobile device with Android version 6.0 or later, we have good news for device safety. From this month, the permissions assigned to the applications will have an automatic reset or reset.
So, that game or application that you downloaded several months ago, that you gave the requested permissions to (sometimes without reading), and that you never used again, will be safer. This is because the permissions granted will be reset automatically.
Therefore, the next time you open that application you will have to assign / grant those permissions again if you wish. That way, the app won’t have access to certain aspects of the phone indefinitely, even if they don’t use it.
5. Google keyboard gets a roster of new emoji for Android
Finally, to enhance the range of customization for our SMS messages, the Google Gboard or Google Keyboard receives a range of new emojis. Furthermore, it becomes possible to gather several emojis and create a mixture of these same “dolls”.
There are also new stickers on their way to the Gboard app in the Beta version, gradually arriving in the stable version as well. Therefore, they can now send the most personalized Christmas messages as well as New Year messages.
Note that all these news are distributed gradually and phased in by Google, and may take some time to reach some countries and regions.
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