Do you have an Android smartphone? Google will soon roll out six new features to all android devices and for that, you do not have to wait for Android 12.
Google frequently releases rich updates for its own Pixel smartphones, to give them a definite software advantage – but the company has decided to roll out some new features to all owners of Android devices.
As detailed on Google’s blog, the six new features cover a range of significant improvements. Most of these will likely be available on all Android phones, whether you have a recent high-end model or an older mobile. In contrast, two of them, the emoji and Android Auto options, require minimum Android 6 support.
You can check your system version by going to Settings, then About Phone, and you should find the bonus version of Android here. Also, you may need to update some compatible applications to make all of the changes effective.
Google has yet to reveal the exact rollout date for these features, but expect them to appear in the coming weeks.
What are the new Android features?
Perhaps the most practical innovation is the ability to save text content (including attachments) in the Messages application, just like a screenshot.
You’ll also get an update to Emoji Kitchen, a pre-existing Android feature that lets you stitch emoji together to send custom emoticons. Now, the Gboard keyboard will automatically assemble said personalized emoji and suggest them to you according to your message.
Android Auto is also evolving, taking into account a better location of parking areas and charging stations for electric vehicles. It makes navigation even easier and allows you to customize the dashboard from your phone.
If you are a Google Assistant fan, you will now be able to trigger specific functions within your favourite apps, such as starting a race on Strava or paying a bill from your banking app.
Now let’s turn to services that can save lives. Google is now rolling out Earthquake Alerts System globally. This feature alerts you if an earthquake is about to strike your area, giving you valuable time to respond.
Finally, Android’s voice access mode for people with motor disabilities is improved. It will soon be possible to activate this mode via gaze detection. Now password entry has been improved so that you can more easily specify uppercase letters and symbols.
So that’s a wide array of new Android features, and while you’re unlikely to be completely blown away by each one, there are likely a few new tools you’ll find useful.