Google has announced six new features for Android users to improve user experience. The feature includes the global launch of earthquake alerts, starred messages, Emoji Kitchen stickers, Assistant shortcuts, Gaze detection, and new Android Auto features.
Announcing the feature, Fiona Lee, Program Manager, Android said in a blog, “From keeping your account password safe to scheduling text messages to send at the right moment, we’re constantly rolling out new updates to the 3 billion active Android devices around the world.’
End-to-end encryption for Messages:
Google announced that Messages will now be end-to-end encrypted. When a message is encrypted, users will notice a lock icon on the send button.
Both the sender and receiver need to have Chat features enabled and have an active internet connection.
One can send messages via SMS/MMS, but those won’t be end-to-end encrypted. Google says the end-to-end encryption is available for one-on-one conversations.
This feature helps you to keep track of important information and memories so that you can easily find them later without scrolling through all of your conversations.
All you need to do is tap and hold your message, then star it.
“We are prioritizing launching Earthquake Alerts in countries with higher earthquake risks, and hope to launch in more and more countries over the coming year,” Google wrote in a blog post.
The Android Earthquake Alerts System was recently launched in New Zealand and Greece.
With this feature, people can get alerts seconds before it hits, giving them advance notice in case they need to seek safety.
Emoji Kitchen sticker:-
Gboard users will now see contextual suggestions in Emoji Kitchen once they type a message.
Google has confirmed that the feature will be coming to all Gboard users this summer for messages written in English, Spanish and Portuguese on devices running Android 6.0 and above.
Access apps with voice:
Users can ask your Google Assistant to open any app on your phone using your voice. You can give commands like, “Hey Google, pay my Capital One bill” to jump right into the app and complete the task”.
Android Auto new features:
Android Auto users can now personalize their launcher screen directly from the phone and manually set dark mode.
Further, EV charging, parking, and navigation apps are now available to use in Android Auto.
Users can read and send new messages directly from WhatsApp and Messages, globally.
The Android Auto features are available on phones with Android 6 and newer when connected to a compatible car.