Recently, the Google Home app got a 2.49 update to redesigned device grid for faster volume and brightness control that make it much more intuitive. In addition, the company also released new centralized privacy settings for Google Home.
This new centralized privacy settings feature helps you learn about and manage your household activity data, as well as review and adjust your privacy controls. The centralized option will appear when tapping the settings gear icon at the top of the app and you’ll be taken to a list of common home settings. The last option of the General section is now privacy and opens a new page with a prominent blue status bar.
Rolling out in the Google Home app this week:
Privacy settings is a new centralized place to help you learn about and manage your household activity data, as well as review and adjust your privacy controls.
— Made By Google (@madebygoogle) March 21, 2022
The additional, Presence sensing option is only related to the current menu, but removing Saved Wi-Fi and Home Address allows you to delete with touch, although there are prompts for confirmation and explanation of what each action will do.
These settings include links that can guide you through other ways to control the privacy of your smart home, such as
- Enabling guest settings for Google’s best smart screens
- Deleting Google Assistant data
- Nest Sensor sensor.
Users can also access Google’s privacy policies and obligations to better understand how your data is being used. This feature will soon gradually roll out in the coming days via update.
Google Messages adds waveforms to Voice Recorder UI
Instead of holding down the mic to record, you will now see a panel with a start/stop button and options to cancel, delete, or attach the recording. You will also see a waveform and a timer while recording, and you can play back the recording before sending it.
The voice messages preview will also show a waveform between the play/pause button and the timer, making it more noticeable than the current straight line.
These changes are not widely available yet, but some users have reported seeing them on their phones. These new changes are part of a bigger redesign that Google is working on for Messages, which includes a revamped home screen that is still in beta testing. Google might announce new features soon.
Google Weather with new Dynamic User Interface starts rolling out
Google has started releasing a new Dyanamic UI for its Weather app to bring a more consistent and modern look to the weather information on Android phones. The new Google Weather UI was first spotted on the Pixel Tablet and Pixel Fold, according to tipster Mishaal Rahman. And, in the last few days, some Pixel phone users have also reported seeing the new UI on their devices.
Interestingly, some Samsung smartphone users have also claimed to have the new UI on their phones, suggesting that the rollout is not exclusive to Google devices.
The new UI has a darker and more professional look than the previous one, and it still features the cute frog character that changes according to the weather conditions.
The new Google Weather UI is still not widely available, and it seems that Google is testing it with a small number of users before rolling it out to everyone. However, it is not clear when Google will roll out the new UI to all users, but we will keep you updated on any developments.
Android 14 to bring new gestures for stylus and trackpad users
Google is continuously delivering new features and improvements for Android devices through the Play Store and Play System updates. These updates affect core OS components, apps such as Play Services, and more. At the moment, the company is releasing a September 2023 Play System update for Android users.
According to the latest information through 9to5Google, Android 14 will add new gestures for stylus and trackpad users in the web browser. These gestures will improve the browsing experience and productivity. For example, you can swipe left or right with your stylus or trackpad to go back or forward in the browser history. You can also zoom in or out, scroll, and select text with ease.
To update the Play Store, tap your avatar in the corner, then “Settings.” Under the About” section, you’ll see an option to “Update Play Store.” To update the Play System, go to the Settings app, then About phone > Android version > Google Play system update.