In the coming weeks, Google intends to release 5 new features for Android designed to improve various aspects of the OS. Also, Google is making Android Auto available in 36 more countries.
A new Go tab will appear in the Google Maps app, allowing you to quickly get directions to your favorite places without entering an address. For example, the user will be able to pin destinations, such as a place of study or work, and the Go tab will show routes, information about traffic congestion, and an estimated time of arrival. You can also pin your preferred public transit route to see the departure and arrival times and any possible delays right in the Go tab. Google suggests linking car and public transit options to one destination to see which one 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 several hundred combinations available, now over 14,000. The so-called Emoji Kitchen now allows you to tap two emoji to see suggested combinations or double-tap one emoji to see “more intense” options. Google says the new Emoji Kitchen is already available in the beta version of Gboard and will launch on Android 6.0 and later “in the coming weeks.”
Google is also making changes that could increase the number of audiobooks in the Play Store. Google says it is providing publishers in the US and 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 become available globally for all devices running Android 6.0 and newer. Using machine learning, Voice Access makes it easy to control UI elements such as buttons and labels with your voice.
Nearby Share will also soon support direct sharing of Play Store apps with nearby Android users. Apps are sent in whatever way smartphones deem 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 Manage Apps & Games section and select the app they want to share. Then his friend has to accept the incoming application. This update will begin rolling out “in the coming weeks.”
Finally, Google says it will expand Android Auto support to 36 more countries over the “next few months.” That said, Google apps and services will appear on the dashboard of compatible cars for anyone using Android 10 or newer (Android 9 users can download the app).
Source: The verge