“We’re celebrating the start of the holiday season with a number of brand-new Android features. Some of these may even be able to lift your spirits. Here is what’s new!”, announced the Google blog.
Put a festive spin on your pictures and texts
Styles have recently been added to Google Photos’ collage editor, allowing you to construct shareable collages of your favorite photos with friends and family. You may find distinctive designs from two new artists, Australian husband-and-wife visual team DABSMYLA and famous watercolorist Yao Cheng Design, as we enter the Christmas season (and a number of photo-worthy occasions). Simply choose your style, and your photos, and then use drag-and-drop controls to reorganize the layout.
Emoji Kitchen also offers fresh emojis that you can use with Gboard to create imaginative sticker sets. With the help of appropriate emojis, give your communications an extra dash.
Simple access to your preferred content
This is your method to catch up on your favorite material. For those who are blind, have low vision, or have trouble reading, Android’s new Reading mode delivers an accessible reading experience. Once installed, it adds adjustable display options, such as contrast, font style, and size, as well as a text-to-speech feature with speed control, to your settings.
The new Home screen Search widget on YouTube also makes it simple to access the content. You can access your library of videos, Shorts, and subscriptions by simply tapping on them from your Home screen. With YouTube’s Search widget, you can find entertainment faster from your Home screen.
On occasion, searching for content to watch on your phone is simpler than searching for it on your TV. It’s already simple to use your phone to find movies and TV shows across all of your streaming services thanks to the Google TV app. And starting the following week, you may cast instantly from the Google TV app to a compatible TV. While watching, you can use your device as a remote and continue browsing other alternatives.
Do more while moving about
With a digital vehicle key, all you need is your phone to lock, unlock, and start a compatible car. Additionally, you can now share your compatible digital auto key with loved ones using Pixel and iPhone devices (coming soon to select phones with Android versions 12 and up). In the digital wallet app on your phone, you can see and modify who has access to your automobile.
Wear OS tiles make it simple to see crucial information quickly as we use our smartwatches to accomplish more. The Google Maps tile can already be used to begin navigating to your house or place of business from anywhere. And right now, we’re adding additional tiles to your watch to make it easier for you to accomplish more tasks, like contacting your favorite people and planning your day by watching the sunrise and sunset times.
“We’ve also updated the Google Keep app on Wear OS so your notes and to-dos written on your phone will look just as good on your watch. View labels and collaborators to stay organized. Custom backgrounds, photos and drawings make it easy to see what’s important to you, whether you’re checking your notes on your phone or your watch.”, as mentioned by Google Keyword.
Over the coming week, you may utilize the Adidas Running app to easily access more than 30 different training kinds by using Google Assistant. Simply say “Hey Google, start a run with Adidas Running,” and the app will launch and begin recording your workout. It will use the built-in sensor on your smartwatch to record your pace, distance, and heart rate.
Use these new features to help better express all the memories, magic and connections that come with the holiday season. Visit android.com/updates to learn about these features and many more.