Google rolling out 9 new Android features to help you stay productive


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 Google Blog:

Today, we’re rolling out Android updates to help you simplify your day and get more done — whether on your phone, tablet or Wear OS smartwatch or in your Android Auto-compatible car.


1. Stay in touch while focusing on the road​

With the help of AI, Android Auto can automatically summarize long texts or busy group chats while you’re driving. It will also suggest relevant replies and actions, so you can simply tap once to send a message, share your ETA or start a call.

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Keep in touch on the road with message summaries and smart actions.

2. Hear AI-generated captions for images​

With image captions in Lookout on Android, you can listen to auto-generated AI descriptions of photos, online images and pictures included in messages. Designed with blind and low-vision communities, this feature is now rolling out globally in English.

3. Explore around you with more accessible place information​

Enhanced screen reader support for Lens in Maps helps you explore nearby and identify places like ATMs, restaurants and transit stations. You can now point your phone’s camera at your surroundings and TalkBack will read the place’s information out loud — like its business hours, rating or directions on how to get there.

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Discover new places with Lens in Maps — now more accessible on Android.

4. Give feedback with handwritten markups in Docs​

With Google Docs markups, you can now add handwritten annotations to Docs from your Android phone or tablet using just your finger or stylus. With a selection of markup tools to choose from, like different pen colors and highlighters, reviewing documents and providing feedback is fast, flexible and easy.

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Easily give feedback from your Android phone or tablet.

5. Listen uninterrupted on Spotify with new casting controls​

The output switcher on Android’s home screen already helps you easily switch between your devices when playing YouTube Music — whether it’s your phone speaker, headphones, smart speakers or TV. Now you can do the same with Spotify. So when you’re playing media on Spotify, the output switcher will now show Spotify Connect devices.

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Easily switch media between devices for uninterrupted listening.

6. View your health, wellness and fitness data in one place​

See a more complete picture of your health right in the redesigned Fitbit app through Health Connect — with data from your favorite wearables and apps like AllTrails, Oura Ring and MyFitnessPal. In the Fitbit app on your Android phone, head to the You tab to see data from connected apps next to your Fitbit data. And in the Today tab, you can see data like exercise, steps, calories burned, floors climbed and distance traveled from Health Connect-compatible apps.

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View a more complete picture of your health and fitness apps — all in one place.

7. Access tickets, membership passes and more — right from your smartwatch​

With Google Wallet passes now available on Wear OS watches, you can access boarding passes, event tickets, gym memberships, loyalty cards and more from your wrist. Choose which passes to hide or display so they’re ready to use right when you need them.

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Keep passes you use every day handy with Google Wallet on your wrist.

8. Get transit directions with a quick glance at your wrist​

With public transit directions on Google Maps for Wear OS, you can leave your phone in your pocket and glance at your wrist to make sure you catch your bus, train or ferry. Look up departure times right from your smartwatch, then get compass-guided navigation directions to your destination. If you prefer your phone, you can also mirror directions to your watch and navigate hands-free.

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Navigate hands-free with transit directions on Google Maps for Wear OS.

9. Chat with Gemini right in Messages​

Starting this week in beta in English, you can access Gemini right in Google Messages on your Android phone. Chat with Gemini to draft messages, brainstorm ideas, plan events or simply have a fun conversation without leaving the Messages app.1

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Chat with Gemini right in Google Messages

Learn about these new features and more at android.com/updates.


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Sorry folks -- but I'm 100% SICK of 99% of current mobile phone apps.

All I need is basically --able to book airline / hotel tickets, have a bit of online banking with money transfer and pay bills, read some online papers such as "Times of London online" , get sport scores and check when I'm in the UK which of the 99% of train companies aren't running services because of "Signal failure" or some other B/S squeals from their amazing excusomatic machines.

How is it that Siemens or whoever installed the signalling equipment is never presented with a bill for commuters lost times etc and their CEO's are still trousering huge bonuses, Sorry UK readers here but lack of transparency in these matters that affect millions is making your (still on the whole democratic nation - even though I'm 100% anti brexit --but that was your choice) country going towards N.Korea model where nobody has any comeback against govt or civil service just seems incredible -- and as for actually firing any public servant for incompetence never happens. Same probably (but to a lesser extent) happens in the USA, OZ and NZ too.

Cheers
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lol...I love how different we are. Mobile apps are getting better by the day. Can do more and more after each iteration. Soon I don't need a computer at all. Could do everything on my phone. Just plug in a big display, mouse and KB and you're all set.

I already do some software development work on my phone. It's brilliant. 😄
 

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Do you realize how lengthy your introduction is on a small phone screen!?!?!? :winkt:
 

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Mobile apps are getting better by the day.
I have to agree..., I find my phone way more useful now than, say, a year and a half ago.
 

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Pretty sure item 1 is illegal in UK. You are not allowed to touch phone at all of driving. Even to make calls, you need a hands free system.
 

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I have to agree..., I find my phone way more useful now than, say, a year and a half ago.
They have also gotten smaller because now they separate binaries compiled for different models...earlier many distributed everything in one package. Something that used to be 100MB is now only 20MB
 

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