New Android features are on the way, including the Google TV remote, accessibility tools, and more.
Android is preparing for the October release of OS 12 with Material You. Over the past few weeks, new app designs have been rolled out quickly and many of us are already signed up for the beta and are enjoying the latest version before it goes public. Aside from a few issues with Google Pay and crashes, it looks prime-time ready and it’s gorgeous. I am so excited that it is officially launched. Today, Google detailed several new features that will be coming to its mobile phone operating system over the next few months, and it’s all about convenience and accessibility. Let’s take a look at what was announced and how it will benefit you.
Control your phone… with your face?
It sounds scifi, but Samsung has sort of done it for years by letting you scroll a page up or down just by looking, but now Google is making facial gestures a reality on stock Android. Once enabled and configured with an onboarding experience similar to that of Face Unlock (except that you are asked to open and close your mouth, for example), you simply look left or right
Dubbed “Camera Switches and Project Activate,” these two new tools were inspired by people with motor and speech disabilities. Both begin their deployment this week. The former lets you turn your front camera into a switch – or input replacement – so you can control your phone just by looking left or right to highlight items on the screen and select them by lifting them. eyebrows.
The latter – Project Activate – will be a new application that will allow you to express yourself more easily in the moment with facial movements. For example, you can program phrases such as “Wait! Or play a laughing sound that will be triggered when you perform movements with your mouth. There are also gesture sensitivity options and protections against their activation in the event of an accident.
New Google TV remote
It has been rumored for some time that a new remote that will allow you to control your Google TV experience will soon be available on your phone. Replacing the original Android TV Remote app which will likely be phased out over the next couple of years, this new experience will be integrated directly into the Google TV app. Launch it when it arrives by pressing the remote control icon at the bottom right of the app! See a short video below for how to navigate using it. You can also add it to your device controls found in the quick settings above your notification shade!
Yet another way to create reminders … sort of
The ability to create reminders throughout your day through Google Assistant has been around for a very long time, but now colorful and artistic new recommendations will appear under your active reminders. Just tap the plus button next to each to add it to your list. It’s a great way to get a jump start and get back on track if you’re stuck for ideas. Additionally, you can now say “Hey Google, open my reminders” to bring up this screen without having to navigate to the buried version of the search app.
Playing in the car
Gamesnacks – Google’s built-in mini-game provider for Chromebooks and the web is also coming to your Android Auto headunit! As long as your car is parked (do I really need to say this?) You will be able to launch the corresponding new icon right from your home screen and start playing a small selection of suitable titles. Needless to say, these aren’t very in-depth and are conducive to the environment and attention span you have there. Seems like something that would be useful for long road trips, don’t you think?
In addition to all of these fantastic and innovative (and fun) features, Google also offers the Locked Folder in Photos, previously exclusive to Pixel phones, on other devices running the app, Emoji Kitchen to Gboard, Visibility settings from enhanced proximity sharing and more. Of these, the most notable and immediately available through the Dtigal Wellbeing app (Android 9+) is the ‘Attention’ feature – a tool that will remind you to search from time to time while you are walking and texting. you can stay safe, get your message across, and get to where you are going at the same time. What a convenient world we live in and take risks in!
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