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Google brings slew of new features for Android phones [March 2022]

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The Google team has been working on a series of updates which includes, powerful image editing tools and even smarter ways to pay for parking, these updates come with useful messaging, entertainment, and more technology.

In addition, with the new design and feature, developers are also bringing security patches and bug fixes. Here are all the new features and changes for the Google applications mentioned in this article. Let us start with the Google assistant pay for parking feature.

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Pay for parking with Google Assistant:

  •  Google Assistant and Google Pay together help you to pay for your parking. What you have to do is, check the status of your parking spaces, and expand your parking with your voice. Just say “Hey Google, pay for parking” when you leave and follow the message from Assistant Prompts to pay for your phone.

Pay parking

Convert more photos into portraits with a portrait blur:

  • If you sign in to Google One with your Android devices, you will soon have access to Portrait Blur for more content. This will include pets, food, and plants. You can even add retroactive blur to images that were not affected when you took them.

Google photo blur

Share with others Nearby Share:

  • It will help to share with many people rather than just one person at a time.
  • Simply press to add more recipients during the transfer
  • It is easier than ever to share new ideas, enjoy your favorite pastimes, and explore the world around you

Accessible conversation even offline with Live Transcript:

  • The application now offers “Live Transcribe” which provides real-time speech-to-text captions to enable everyday in-person conversations offline mode for when Wi-Fi and data are not available, such as on a plane, on the subway, or in other areas without continuous internet access.

Google now highlights on Google TV:

  • The new Highlights tab on Google TV offers a personalized stream of entertainment news, reviews, and more based on the movies and shows you’re interested in.

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Optimize your digital habits with screen time widget:

  • The smartphone-powered screen time widget that you can add to your phone’s home screen.
    • Daily timers for your apps
    • Focus mode, which pauses distracting apps at set times
    • Bedtime mode

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Google Photos bringing ‘Cinematic Moment’ feature for videos

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Google Photos is developing a ‘Cinematic Moment’ feature, which will enhance videos by adding slow-motion effects automatically. This feature is similar to the ‘Cinematic Photos’ tool, which creates 3D-like images.

The ‘Cinematic Moment’ feature of the Google Photos app will select parts of a video and slow them down to create an amazing effect. This process is developed to be fully automatic, allowing users to enjoy their videos with an added layer of enhancement without any manual effort.

Discovered by Assemble Debug (Android Authority) during an APK teardown of Google Photos app version 6.84.0.634885033, the feature is still in the development phase. The code hints at the ability of the feature to create moments by slowing down parts of a video.

It’s important to note that not all features discovered in development code are released to the public. This new feature is expected to be available in a future update of Google Photos, making it easier for users to create interesting videos without manual editing.

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Google to boost more Android apps with Gemini Nano

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At the recent I/O 2024, Google showcased the importance of on-device AI for Android’s future. Some Android apps are already using Gemini Nano, and the search engine is going to expand it to more apps.

The session titled “Android on-device AI under the hood” highlighted the three uses of on-device generative AI – Cosume, Create, and Classify. These three offer text summarization, messaging suggestions, and sentiment analysis

The advantages of on-device AI are enhanced security, offline availability, reduced latency, and no cloud costs. However, the limitations include a smaller parameter size of 2-3 billion and a limited context window.

Gemini Nano is the chosen platform for developing on-device AI applications. Currently, Google’s apps like Pixel Recorder and Google Messages are using Gemini Nano, and more apps are expected to integrate it in 2024.

Google Gemini Nano apps

Future updates will introduce Gemini Nano for features like TalkBack captions and spam alerts. The Multimodality update is expected later in the year for Pixel devices.  Google aims to provide smarter, more secure, and more reliable services.

Gemini Nano will enhance Android’s call security with smart alerts

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Google Maps for Android brings simplified bottom bar interface

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Google Maps is introducing a new interface for the bottom bar on Android to enhance user navigation and interaction. The new interface aims to make the app more user-friendly by combining related features into one place.

The refreshed bottom bar in Google Maps for Android has been reduced to three primary tabs – Explore, You, and Contribute. This is a change from the previous layout, which included five tabs.

While the Explore and Contribute tabs have been retained with their original functions, the You tab has been expanded. It now includes the capabilities that were once found in the Go, Saved, and Updates tabs.

The You tab keeps the bookmark icon and overall layout. The search bar has been removed from the top of the screen, and users can now find Notifications and Messages in the upper-right corner. The bottom bar will show alerts when necessary.

Despite changes in design, Google Maps has not adopted the tall Material You bottom bar or Dynamic Color. However, it plans to add a new image carousel feature, similar to Google Photos. The update also introduces new pin colors to help users find places more easily on the map.

Google is rolling out the new interface with Google Maps version 11.127.x. To experience the new changes and features, make sure to update the app to the latest version.

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