Google is introducing new features in Andriod to create, capture, relive, and share holiday memories — all while strengthening security and personalization this holiday season. Let’s look in-depth at these latest features:
This season’s updated Family Bell:
Family bell is an all-inclusive feature that helps you and your family stay on track this festive season with all the daily schedules. It can be set up on the Android handset, home speaker, or smart display, bells and notifications will alert you and your family when it’s time for important moments throughout the day. This latest update allows for the bell to be used by multiple users on various devices to maintain their individual goals.
For this holiday season, the bell is also be seen suggesting various activities like watering a tree, a family movie night, or volunteering to support a local cause, etc to be enjoyed by the whole family. Family Bell is always easy to edit, manage and customize from your selected device.
Google apps with new widgets:
Google is releasing three new widgets in its collection to be enjoyed this festive season:
- Book widgets – Now get easy access to your library of books and audiobooks with the latest Google Play Books widget.
- Music widget – Now get playback controls and recently played tracks with the new YouTube Music widget.
- Photos widget – Now have your family and pet be displayed in a tasteful frame on the home screen with the latest Google Photos People & Pets widget rolling out next week
Relive festive memories:
This week Google is also planning to release the latest Memories in Google Photos. This feature presents a slideshow of photos and videos from important moments and holidays like New Year’s Eve, Halloween, birthdays, graduations, etc in a neat photo grid.
The users can also personalize depending on their special traditions and rename, personalize, correct, or even remove these Memories from the photo grid to help look back on these moments.
The best of Android, on the road:
Google is bringing a variety of new updates Android Auto features to enhance the user car experience be it for driving home for the holidays or simply going to the store for some last-minute groceries.
The latest update will now allow Android Auto to be launched simultaneously as the Android handset connects to the compatible car. This feature will allow the user to do various things while helping them stay focused on the road.
With the smart reply option, users can respond to a text message more easily with the Google Assistant on Android Auto by simply tapping to respond or create a custom message. With a single tap of the always-on play button, users can listen to their favorite music. In the coming days, users will also be able to use voice search to find music faster by tapping the new search icon and saying the artist or song for easy listening.
Staring today Digital car key will be available for Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Samsung Galaxy S21 for compatible BMW cars in selected countries.
App permissions get a privacy boost:
With the latest update to permissions auto-reset on Android, the handset will now automatically turn off runtime permissions that allow apps to access data or take actions on downloaded apps that haven’t been used in a while. Users can turn permissions back on anytime by opening the app again or through the settings menu.
Starting next month, this feature will expand support to billions more devices with Google Play services that run Android 6.0 or higher.
New Emoji Kitchen combinations:
Emoji Kitchen lets you combine emojis into stickers to share with your friends, family, and loved ones. Begin celebrating this festive season by sending your loved ones emoji in a beautifully wrapped gift box 🎁 or with an all-new collection of furry friends 🐶. Emoji Kitchen is adding thousands of new emojis to its collection to bring a new way to spread holiday cheer.
The latest stickers are rolling out to Gboard Beta users starting today and will be available to all Gboard users in the coming weeks.
Be sure to check all these new and exciting updates and features and make this festive holiday season unique!