Share files easily, use correct grammar and 5 other new features coming soon to Android smartphones
Google has dropped a list of features that Android smartphone users will get. “From huge updates to messaging (including more connection with your iPhone friends) to powerful photo editing tools and even smarter ways to pay for parking, these upgrades bring more helpful technology to messaging, entertainment and more,” said Google in a blog post. Here are 8 features that will soon arrive on Android smartphones:
Easily share with more people with Nearby Share
Google’s answer to Apple’s AirDrop is Nearby Share. Using the feature one can share photos, videos, documents, links, audio files or entire folders between nearby devices. Google has updated the feature which makes it easy to share with multiple people rather than just one person at a time. The feature is rolling out now on all devices running Android 6 and above.
New features for your digital wellbeing
Google has added a new screen time widget that lets you know of the three apps you use the most each day. Using the widget, users can set daily timers for your apps; use Focus mode, which pauses distracting apps at set time; and Bedtime mode, which silences your device and changes the screen to black and white at bedtime.
All-new grammar correction feature
Gboard on Android phones is getting a new grammar correction feature. The feature will be able to detect grammatical errors and offer suggestions to compose grammatically correct text.
Add Portrait effects to photos
Google One members and Pixel users had the Portrait Blur feature, which allowed them to edit photos and add portrait effect. Now the feature is coming soon to the Photos app on Android. Users will be able to use this effect on photos of more subjects, like pets, food and plants, too. The feature will work one old photos as well as the ones that were clicked in Portrait mode.
Live transcribe gets offline mode
Google has a very useful feature called Live Transcribe which provides real-time speech-to-text captions to enable everyday in-person conversations between people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing. The app is preinstalled on Pixel and Samsung devices and available as a free download to all and now offers an offline mode for when Wi-Fi and data aren’t available.
Messages gets new features, including one related to iPhone
The Messages app has been a bit of a sore point for Google over the years. However, the tech giant has been working on revamping it and now new features are being added. Users can automatically sort messages into Personal and Business tabs with an organized inbox. Further, all the OTP messages can now be automatically deleted after 24 hours. Reminders for friends’ birthdays will also come to Messages. Also, Reactions from iPhone users will now appear as emoji on text messages — just like when you’re messaging with someone using an Android device.