Dark mode in Google Maps, password verification and more: these are the features that come to Android from today
Android users are getting a host of new features available today for the latest versions of the operating system. Google has put available to users functions such as a dark mode for Google Maps, new features in Android Auto, ability to schedule messages or warnings if a password has been compromised.
Despite Android 12 is coming soon now that the first developer preview has been released, the new features announced are not limited to Android 12. Rather, they will be available from today in several versions released over the last few years.
The functionalities therefore have started rolling out and will reach more users in the coming days. Google indicates that it is for devices with Android 6 or higher. Of course, each functionality varies in availability and compatibility.
The six changes coming to Android
The first of the functionalities that comes to Android will be available for users of Android 7 onwards. For this, the Messages app will be updated with the possibility of schedule when messages are sent. To do this, press and hold on the message and the option to program it at the desired date and time will appear.
In Android Auto interface has been modified offering more design options. Now there are new shortcuts on the home screen to contacts or features like Google Home weather and device control. On large enough Android Auto screens, both Google Maps and playback controls can be viewed at the same time.
In the aspect of security from Android 9 to higher versions the Google password checking system. This system will warn at the time of using a password that it has been compromised in a security breach. Similar to what does HaveIBeenPwned do? but directly integrated into Google’s password autocomplete.
Google also introduces improvements in Google Assistant, which says it now works better when the device is locked. The assistant will also read more information aloud for those who cannot see the screen because they are far from the phone.
Continuing with accessibility, Google says that now its TalkBack functionality includes more intuitive gestures, a unified menu and new reading controls. For those who are not aware, TalkBack is the functionality that allows you to read the information displayed on the screen and navigate using your voice, especially useful for people with limited or no vision.
Finally, Google introduces in Google Maps for Android a view in dark mode. In addition to the interface, the color palette of the map is also modified while navigating. According to the company, this serves to give the eyes “a much needed rest and save battery life.” You can choose whether you want the dark or light mode from the Google Maps settings.
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