Himel good news for Android users! Google has announced six new features for Android smartphones. These include new emoji sections for Gboard, auto-generated narrators for books, special labels for Android applications, and many more fun features. Please note that these features are now only available to beta program members in specific regions, and will soon be available to general users as well. Let’s learn more about these features.
First of all, let’s talk about the emoji kitchen feature of Gboard. This new feature allows users to customize the sticker with their desired emoji. In this case, if you tap any two emojis on the keyboard, Google will immediately show the different forms of the sticker generated as a result of the combination of those two emojis. Users can double tap on an emoji to see some more suggestions on the sticker. This feature is already available in the beta version of Gboard, it will be available in the coming weeks on Android 7.0 or later operating systems.
The second new feature introduced by Google is Auto Generated Narrator for Books. Google is adding this narrator feature to Google Play Books without any audio version. It is currently only available to beta users. Google is currently working with publishers in the United States and the United Kingdom and is considering launching this special feature for all users in early 2021.
For people with motor disability, Google is going to bring a specific label to the voice access feature of Android devices. This allows users to add labels such as “Open Photo”, “Tap Search”, or “Tap Your Map” for different applications, and manage apps with voice commands. In this context, the voice access feature was first introduced for Android 11 based devices. It is now available for Android 7.0 and later OS versions.
In addition, the tech giant has launched a new Go Tab for Google Maps. This special tab allows users to navigate to the places of their choice. Users can pin their locations from this tab to get instant results on directions, live traffic, route jams and ETAs. Specific routes of public transport can also be pinned. In the coming weeks, Android and iOS users will see this ‘Go Tab’ on Google Maps.
Google’s latest feature is a new update to the Android Auto service and Nearby Share option. This new update extends the Android Auto service to a few more countries around the world and introduces the ability to share any app from Google Play via Nearby Share.