Published On: Wed, Dec 16th, 2020

Android’s winter refurbish adds new facilities to Gboard, Maps, Books, Nearby Share and more

Google announced this morning Android phones will accept an refurbish this winter that will move some half-dozen new facilities to devices, including improvements to apps like Gboard, Google Play Books, Voice Access, Google Maps, Android Auto and Nearby Share. The recover is a latest in a array of refurbish bundles that now concede Android inclination to accept new facilities outward of a common annual refurbish cycle.

The bundles might not broach Android’s latest flagship features, though they offer solid improvements on a some-more visit basis.

One of a some-more fun pieces in a winter refurbish will embody a change to “Emoji Kitchen,” a underline in a Gboard keyboard app that lets users mix their favorite emoji to emanate new ones that can be common as customized stickers. To date, users have remixed emoji some-more than 3 billion times given a underline launched progressing this year, Google says. Now, a choice is being expanded. Instead of charity hundreds of pattern combinations, it will offer some-more than 14,000. You’ll also be means to daub dual emoji to see suggested combinations or double daub on one emoji to see other suggestions.

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This updated underline had been live in a Gboard beta app, though will now hurl out to Android 6.0 and above inclination in a weeks ahead.

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Another refurbish will enhance audiobook accessibility on Google Play Books. Now, Google will auto-generate narrations for books that don’t offer an audio version. The association says it worked with publishers in a U.S. and U.K. to supplement these auto-narrated books to Google Play Books. The underline is in beta though will hurl out to all publishers in early 2021.

An accessibility underline that lets people use and navigate their phone with voice commands, Voice Access, will also be improved. The underline will shortly precedence appurtenance training to know interface labels on devices. This will concede users to impute to things like a “back” and “more” buttons, and many others by name when they are speaking. (Apple currently also announced that iPhones can now automatically commend and tag buttons and UI facilities for blind users.)

The new chronicle of Voice Access, now in beta, will be accessible to all inclination worldwide using Android 6.0 or higher.

An refurbish for Google Maps will supplement a new underline to one of people’s most-used apps.

In a new (perhaps Waze-inspired) “Go Tab,” users will be means to some-more fast navigate to frequently visited places — like a propagandize or grocery store, for instance — with a tap. The app will concede users to see directions, live trade trends and disruptions on a route, and gives an accurate ETA, though carrying to form in a tangible address. Favorite places — or in a box of open movement users, specific routes — can be pinned in a Go Tab for easy access. Transit users will be means to see things like accurate depart and attainment times, alerts from a internal movement agency, and an present ETA.

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One potentially useful use box for this new underline would be to pin both a movement track and pushing track to a same destination, afterwards review their particular ETAs to collect a faster option.

This underline is entrance to both Google Maps on Android as good as iOS in a weeks ahead.

Android Auto will enhance to some-more countries over a subsequent few months. Google primarily pronounced it would strech 36 countries, though afterwards updated a proclamation denunciation as a timing of a rollout was pushed back. The association now isn’t observant how many countries will benefit entrance in a months to follow or that ones, so you’ll need stay tuned for news on that front.

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The final change is to Nearby Share, a proximity-based pity underline that lets users share things like links, files, photos and and some-more even when they don’t have a mobile or Wi-Fi tie available. The feature, that is mostly designed with rising markets in mind, will now concede users to share apps from Google Play with people around them.

To do so, you’ll entrance a new “Share Apps” menu in “Manage Apps Games” in a Google Play app. This underline will hurl out in a weeks ahead.

Some of these facilities will start rolling out today, so we might accept them progressing than a time support of several “weeks,” though a swell of any refurbish will vary.

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