Google has recently added six new features that will be available for everyone very soon.
The company is rolling out Dark Mode for Google Maps, a new tool to Checkup Passwords, a new feature to schedule messages inside Google Messages, new Assistant commands that can be used hands-free, a new version of TalkBack, and lots of customizations for Android Auto.
Here is a list of them with information on the changes and updates.
Password Checkup Tool
The password checkup tool from Google checks the user’s saved login credentials against “known compromised passwords.” The feature has been available for Desktop for quite some time now it is coming to Android.
If Autofill is enabled on the smartphone for saving credentials, the service will check automatically for any compromised information, and then Google will recommend changes to be made when needed.
Google Messages has been confirmed to get the ability to schedule messages.
Users can now finally schedule a message after opening the app, typing out the message to the contact, and then long-pressing the send button to get options for scheduling.
Google Maps Dark Mode
Dark Mode has been introduced in most Google applications. Now they are finally releasing it for Google Maps. The feature was expected to be available around September 2020 but has been delayed and now it’s finally here.
To enable Dark Mode in Google Maps user needs to go to Settings and then look for “Theme.” In there, toggle the option for “Always in Dark Theme” or anything else from the options.
Hands-Free Google Assistant Commands
It is not a new feature but the company has expanded the list of commands to make it easier to use.
Users will now be able to set an alarm, play music, send text messages or make calls, without the need to unlock the phone.
Android has a screen reader named TalkBack aimed at those with visual disabilities. Now new intuitive gestures, a unified menu, a new reading control menu had been introduced.
Google added several multi-finger gestures for Pixel and Samsung Galaxy devices making it easier to interact with apps. It has also added new reading controls that are adjusted with a 3-finger swipe. There are also new voice commands, support for two new languages in TalkBack’s braille keyboard, and more.
Android Auto Customizations
A new update to the Android Auto service includes support for custom wallpapers and voice-activated games. It has been rumored that home screen shortcuts for things like contacts and tasks, weather, and much more through Google Assistant.
It will also roll out a split-screen view in the car with a wider display and a privacy screen when there are others along with the user in the car.