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September 2023 Android Feature Drop: New Features for Google Services on All Android Phones

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Google has announced the September 2023 Android Feature Drop, which introduces new features to various Google services on Android devices. The new features aim to improve the user experience and provide more convenience and accessibility.

September 2023 Android Feature Drop update for Google devices arrives with several new features including WhatsApp for Wear OS,  Glance Widget, Lookout, Google Assistant, Gmail, and more.

You can check the details of all the new features below.

Assistant At a Glance Widget

The At a Glance widget displays helpful information on the home screen of the device. The widget can show dynamic travel updates, such as flight status, baggage info, and hotel check-in. The widget can also show other relevant information, such as weather, calendar events, and reminders.

Google Wallet 

One of the new features is the photo import for passes in Google Wallet, which allows users to scan or upload images of cards that have barcodes or QR codes, such as gym memberships, library cards, or grocery loyalty cards. The cards are then stored digitally in Google Wallet, where they can be accessed easily and securely.

Google Assistant

Google also added new options for Google Fit or Fitbit users to access their fitness data with Google Assistant. Users can now ask Google Assistant to tell them their sleep data and step count by saying “Hey Google, good morning”. The assistant will then provide audio feedback on the hours slept, sleep time start, and steps taken the previous day.

Lookout 

Lookout is an app that uses AI to generate more detailed descriptions of visual content. You can open an image and ask follow-up questions to learn more about what is in the image. You can type or use your voice to ask the questions. Lookout supports 34 languages, including 11 new ones such as Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. This makes Lookout more accessible and useful for people who speak different languages.

New Features of Wear OS 

WhatsApp for Wear OS allows users to securely send and receive messages, answer calls, and keep up with chats without having to get out of their phones. With Google Maps, you can find new places, place information, and directions on your smartwatch.

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Translate email easily on Gmail

You can easily understand emails in different languages with the Gmail mobile app. It will ask you if you want to translate any email that is not in your preferred language. You can choose to see the translation right on the app.

Google September 2023 Android Feature Drop

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Android 15 to boost wireless charging with NFC support

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Google plans to introduce support for NFC Wireless charging (WLC) with Android 15. This feature is a significant development for charging small electronic devices. Unlike the widely-used Qi wireless charging, NFC wireless charging does not require large coils, making it ideal for devices with limited internal space.

With the Android 15 update, NFC wireless charging is expected to become more common in smaller devices such as earbuds, styluses, smartwatches, and tracker tags. This support will enhance user convenience and device functionality.

Announced in 2020, the NFC Wireless Charging technology uses antennas that are reportedly smaller than one centimeter. These antennas are versatile, serving both as a means for wireless charging and NFC data transfer. This dual functionality is particularly beneficial for smaller devices.

The slow adoption of NFC Wireless Charging in the market has been attributed to a lack of support from major operating systems. However, the recent Android 15 beta release indicates that Google is now integrating NFC Wireless Charging capabilities into the Android platform. This move could lead to an increase in WLC-enabled accessories.

This feature could transform the charging of devices like tracker tags, which could use NFC for both power and data, and styluses that comply with the USI 2.0 specification.

Android 15 might allow Google Play to update your phone’s NFC

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Android 15 expands default wallet app choices

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Android 15 wallet choices

Google has recently released the first beta version of Android 15, which brings a significant update as lets users select a preferred app to serve as their default wallet application. This feature enhances the system’s flexibility, allowing for a personalized choice of NFC payment apps.

Previously, Google Wallet was the default NFC payment app on Pixel phones. With the new update, users have noticed that the AMEX app is also compatible with this setting.

This change is also expected for various payment apps to become the default wallet app on Android devices. Google explains that wallet apps are designed to store essential items like credit cards, loyalty cards, and even car keys, facilitating different types of transactions.

This update is notable because it differs from Apple’s approach on iOS, where alternative digital wallet apps are not allowed. Previously, Android hasn’t blocked third-party wallet apps but this new default setting will make it easier for users to integrate these apps into their payment processes, giving them more options and enhancing the overall user experience.

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Android 15 might allow Google Play to update your phone’s NFC

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Google’s upcoming Android 15 update is set to bring a transformational change in the way NFC technology is updated on smartphones. The company promises to reduce the complexity of operating system updates with Android 15. Notably, the NFC feature offers contactless payments and data transfer.

Back in 2019, Project Mainline was introduced by Google to address the challenge of updating the Android operating system across various devices. Project Mainline allows Google to update essential parts of the operating system directly, bypassing the device manufacturers. This method simplifies the update process and ensures that all devices receive updates simultaneously.

With the introduction of Android 15, Google plans to increase the number of updateable modules from 37 to 40 within Project Mainline. The addition of the ‘com.android.nfcservices’ package is significant because it includes the NFC stack.

Android 15 NFC update

The presence of the NFC stack package along with two other packages indicates that Google is preparing to add these as new modules to the project mainline. Although it has not yet been confirmed whether these will be included or not.

As Android 15 gets closer to its release, it’s clear that Google is working towards a more unified Android experience. The ability to update the NFC stack directly through the Google Play System is a step that provides users with a more consistent and secure operating system.

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