Android shared information today about six features that will roll out this summer. Some of these are just quality-of-life upgrades, like starring text messages to easily find them later or getting contextual Emoji Kitchen suggestions depending on your typing. But other aspects of this emphasize security, safety, and accessibility. Last summer, Google added a as a seismometer to create “the world’s largest earthquake detection network.” The system is free, and since testing in California, it’s also launched in New Zealand and Greece. Now, in Turkey, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. , the company says they’ll continue expanding the quality, prioritizing countries with the highest earthquake risk.
Google is also expanding on another feature released last year, making Google Assistant compatible with. The initial update included , Snapchat, Twitter, Walmart, Discord, Etsy, MyFitnessPal, Mint, Nike Adapt, Nike Run Club, eBay, Kroger, Postmates, and Wayfair. Today’s update mentioned apps like eBay, Yahoo! Finance, Strava, and Capital One. These features are comparable to Apple’s support of Siri with iOS apps, which , performing tasks, and recording a custom command. When it comes to accessibility, Google is ramping up its gaze detection feature, which is now in beta. Gaze detection to ask for Voice Access only to respond when looking at their screen, allowing people to move between talking with friends and using their phones naturally.
Now, Voice Access will also have enhanced password input. When it detects a password field, it will allow you to input letters, numbers, and symbols by saying “capital P” or “dollar sign,” for example, making it easier for information more quickly. In October, became available on gaze-powered accessible devices. In the same month, Google researchers debuted a demo that made it so people using sign language could be identified as the “active speaker” in . yet that’s widely available, though they acquired SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), an eye-tracking firm, in 2017.
Today’susers customize more of their experience. Now, you can manually set your launcher screen from your phone, set the , and browse content on media apps more easily with an A-Z scroll bar and a “back to top” button. like WhatsApp and Messages will now be compatible on the launch screen — proceed with caution and don’t drive distracted — and EV charging, parking, and navigation apps will now be available for use. So, hopefully, similar accessibility features will be in the works at Apple, especially as Google continues to build out theirs. So, hopefully, similar accessibility features will be in the works at Apple, especially as Google continues to build out theirs.