Android devices will get new features as part of Google’s December update. On the surface, the changes seem completely random, but that’s because each one is aimed at a specific type of user.
For example, Google is adding a file Reading mode application (Opens in a new tab) To help blind people read text on their phones. It works by integrating itself into your phone’s quick settings and can be activated by selecting a new book tab that appears in other apps. The page then transforms into a more readable form complete with colored text on a black background for high contrast. customization options are available, According to the advertisement (Opens in a new tab), where you can change the text color, font size, and contrast level. Reading mode also has a text-to-speech option for users who struggle the most or just want to relax and listen. A slider inside the app allows you to adjust the reading speed.
The other big feature is the ability to share files digital car keys (Opens in a new tab) But only between Pixel and iPhone devices. Matching keys are sent via the phone’s digital wallet app (just make sure you can trust the other person). Google plans to expand Numeric Key support “to select phones with [Android 12] and above,” but did not mention a specific date other than “soon.”
Besides, everything else coming to Android phones is much smaller in terms of size. Moving down the list, you have a new YouTube search tool to search for videos right from the home screen. Google Photo Editor Bundle (Opens in a new tab) It has two new artwork designs: a cartoon style of husband and wife duo DABSMYLA and another by watercolor artist Yao Cheng Design. Finally, content from the Google TV app can now be cast to a compatible display with a single tap.
Wear OS changes
Wear OS has some tweaks coming. New tiles are added that will tell you when you can see the sunrise or sunset on any given day and give quick access to your favorite contacts. Select exercises can be accessed on the adidas app via Google Assistant voice commands starting December 5. Apart from that, it is not known exactly when any of the other features will be rolled out. We asked Google if they could give us an exact date, but it was only radio silence at the time of this writing. We’ll update this story if we hear back.
Be sure to check out our recently updated TechRadar Best Android smartwatch list If you are thinking of picking one up for a last minute Christmas gift. Plus, we’ve heard through the grapevine that Multiple Google Workspace applications They may even make their way to WatchOS. If this comes true, it will increase the productivity of Android smartwatches.