Google has unveiled new features for Android this summer, ahead of the Android 12 upgrade, which is expected to arrive in early September.
One is the global launch of the Android Earthquake Alerts System, which can send you an alarm seconds before an earthquake strikes, allowing you to find a safe place in time.
New Zealand and Greece were the first countries that it was originally launched in. Turkey, the Philippines, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan all got the Android Earthquake Alerts System on Tuesday.
“We are prioritizing the rollout of Seismic Alerts in countries with higher earthquake risks, and plan to launch in an increasing number of countries over the coming year,”Google Writes
Google is planning to introduce a feature to the Texts app that allows you to mark noteworthy messages with a star.
Tap the star next to a message you want to preserve. And instead of scrolling through thousands of old messages to discover one of these messages (say, the one with your Wi-Fi password), you’ll hit the starred category.
Google will also release an upgrade this summer that will provide contextual Emoji ideas in the Emoji Kitchen after you’ve composed a message.
The Contextual Emoji Kitchen ideas are currently in the Gboard beta and will be available this summer for all Gboard users who use English, Spanish, or Portuguese on Android 6.0 and higher devices.
You’ll soon be able to use your voice to access apps and have them execute tasks for you.
You’ll be able to say things like, “Hey Google, pay my Capital One payment,” or “Hey Google, check my Strava mileage.”
You may find out which apps you can access using Google Assistant by saying “Hey Google, shortcuts.”
Voice Access is a feature that allows people with disabilities to navigate their phone using their voice.
Voice Access will only operate when the user is glancing at the screen, thanks to gaze detection, which is still in beta.
Finally, Android Auto now has Dark Mode, a “return to top” option, and an A to Z button in the scroll bar for a more personalized experience.
If this is your first time using Android Auto, you can get started with just a few fast touches.