Android devices will get new features as part of Google’s December update. On the surface, these changes may seem completely random, but that’s because each one is aimed at a specific type of user.
For example, Google is adding a new Reading Mode App (opens in a new tab) Helps the visually impaired to read text on mobile phones. It works by integrating itself into your phone’s quick settings, and can be activated by selecting the new Books tab that appears on other apps. The page is then converted to a more readable form with colored text on a black background for high contrast. Customization options available, According to the announcement (opens in a new tab), where you can change the color, font size, and contrast level of the text. Reading Mode also offers a text-to-speech option for the most strenuous or for users who just want to relax and listen. An in-app slider lets you adjust your reading speed.
Another great feature is the ability to share your digital car key (opens in a new tab) But only between Pixel devices and iPhones. Compatible keys are sent via your phone’s digital wallet app (just make sure you can trust the other).Google plans to expand digital key support to “opt in with [Android 12] and above,” but no exact date was given other than “soon.”
Other than that, everything else works on a much smaller scale on an Android phone. Below the list, you have a new YouTube search widget to find videos directly from the home screen. Collage Editor for Google Photos (opens in a new tab) There are two new art designs: a cartoon-inspired one by husband-and-wife duo DABSMYLA and another by watercolor artist Yao Cheng. Finally, content from the Google TV app can now be cast to compatible displays with just one tap.
Wear OS changes
Wear OS is about to get some tweaks. New tiles are being added that will tell you when you can watch the sunrise or sunset on any given date and provide quick access to your favorite contacts. Starting December 5, some workouts on the adidas app will be accessible via Google Assistant voice commands. Aside from that, it’s unclear when any other features will roll out. We asked Google if they could give us a specific date, but at the time of writing there was nothing but radio silence. We’ll update this story if we hear back.
Be sure to check out TechRadar’s recently updated List of Best Android Smartwatches If you’re thinking of picking one up for a last minute Christmas gift.Also, we heard through the grapevine Multiple Google Workspace apps Might be moving to WatchOS. If this becomes a reality, it will improve the productivity of Android smartwatches.