In the coming weeks, Google plans to release 5 new Android features that are designed to improve various aspects of the OS. In addition, Google is making a version of Android Auto available in 36 more countries, including Ukraine.
A new Go tab will appear in the Google Maps app, allowing you to quickly get directions to your favorite places without having to specify an address. For example, the user will be able to pin down destinations, such as a study or work space, and the Go tab will show routes, traffic congestion information, as well as approximate arrival time. You can also pin your favorite public transit route to see departure and arrival times and any possible delays in the Go tab. Google suggests linking car and public transportation options to a single destination to see which is faster. The Go tab will begin rolling out to Android and iOS devices “in the coming weeks.”
Google is also expanding the number of custom emoji stickers available on Gboard. Previously, there were hundreds of combinations available, now over 14,000. The Emoji Kitchen, as it’s called, now allows you to tap two emoji to see suggested combinations, or tap one emoji to see “denser” options. Google says the new Emoji Kitchen is already available in beta version of Gboard and will roll out to Android 6.0 and later “in the coming weeks.”
Google is also making changes that could lead to an increase in the number of audiobooks in the Play Store. Google says that it is providing publishers in the US and the UK with a new automated dictation tool that they can use to create audio versions of books if they are not currently available. The tool is currently in beta testing and should be available to all publishers in early 2021.
Expansion of the use of the improved Voice Access navigation is also reported. So far, it is only available on Android 11, and in the future it will be available globally for all devices using Android 6.0 and newer. Using machine learning, Voice Access makes it easy to manage user interface elements such as buttons and labels with your voice.
Soon, Shareby Share will also support sharing Play Store apps directly with nearby Android users. Apps are sent in whatever way smartphones perceive to be the fastest in the current environment: Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy, WebRTC, or peer-to-peer Wi-Fi. To share an app from Google Play, the user will need to go to the Share Apps menu in the App and Games Management section and select the app he wants to share. His friend then has to accept the incoming request. This update will start rolling out “in the coming weeks”.
Finally, Google says it will expand its Android Auto support to 36 more countries over the “next few months”. Ukraine is on the list as well. That said, Google apps and services will appear on a compatible car dashboard for anyone using Android 10 or newer (Android 9 users can download the app).
Source: The Verge