Google is in the process of launching a variety of new features for Android. These features include new widgets for YouTube Music, Google Play Books, and Google Photos; new Android Auto features; and updates for Google Assistant and Google Photos.
The company is introducing new widgets in Android handsets for the YouTube Music, Google Play Books, and Google Photos apps. The latest music widget will offer playback controls along with access to recently played tracks. The book widget on the other hand provides shortcuts to the user’s library. The latest Google Photos widget releasing next week allows the user to show pictures of selected people and pets for the user’s library. This will be followed with a new Google Photos Memories feature widget which curates photos and videos in a standard photo grid interface of special events like New Year etc.
Furthermore, The company is introducing a car-based feature from today. This feature allows all Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy S21 owners to pair their handset with “compatible BMW vehicles” to be used as car keys in selected countries. Google had previously announced it was working on a car key feature for Android 12 back in May. BMW being one of the major manufacturers the company is working with, google reports that the feature will be available “on all BMW 2020 & 2022 model year vehicles,” and will be adding more compatible vehicles in the future.
Other interesting Android Auto features to be introduced soon will have the option to have a car-friendly interface launch as soon as the Android handset connects to the car. This interface will include a new play button on the home screen to start music playback with a “single tap,” a new search icon to quickly find music and new smart reply options for text messages.
In Google “Family Bell” feature, the alarm-like reminder system that used to be broadcast from smart speakers and displays will now also be updated to work on the Andriod handsets.
Finally, Google is going to be introducing the latest permissions-reset feature to older Android version handset. This feature automatically turns off permissions for apps you haven’t used in a while previously accessible for devices running Android 11 and above, will now expand to devices running Android 6 and up “starting next month” making mobile devices safer than before.
Google’s latest feature drop brings a huge variety of options for all different users, but the timeframes of the launch of these features range from today to the coming month which means the interested parties should be on the lookout for them.
via: The Verge
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