Google to bring several new features to Android devices
American tech giant, Google, on Thursday announced that it is introducing several new features to help its Android users to stay productive, communicate with loved ones and enjoy entertainment across devices.
The company revealed in a blog post that new features are coming to Android devices this month which includes updates to Gboard, Google Meet, Wear OS and Nearby Share.
The new update to Nearby Share will let users share files between devices easily and securely. The company said that the feature will work across Android phones and tablets, as well as Chrome OS devices. Google also promised that future updates will include support for Windows PCs as well.
On its website, Google wrote, “In the coming weeks, we’re introducing a new update that makes it faster to share files on your own Android devices with Nearby Share. This means that devices logged into your Google account will automatically accept your transfers. This feature will be rolling out over the next few weeks and will be available on devices running Android 6 and above.”
The company said that it has recently introduced a new look for Google Workspace apps for bigger screens and optimisation for Google apps on tablets, starting with redesigned widgets for Google Drive and Keep.
Gboard is also getting a new feature called “emojify” which lets users quickly add emojis to a message as they type. It is also getting new stickers called Emoji Kitchen mashups.
“Gboard now lets you “emojify” your messages. Just type your sentence, hit the ✨Emojify✨ button to select your preferred layout and press send to add the right 🔥 emoji 🎩 magic 🌈 to share with your friends. This feature is now available in the Gboard Beta app in English, and is coming to all Gboard English typers over the next weeks,” the company said.
Google Meet is getting new live features that will enable users to instantly co-watch YouTube videos and play classic games with up to 100 friends and family members at a time.
Other notable features coming to Android are Keep Tile for WearOS, Bitmoji for WearOS and accessibility tools for sound alerts and audio descriptions.