Google has announced several new features coming to Android phones, including updates to Gboard stickers, Play Points, and dedicated apps. Specifically, the company is adding custom text stickers to all Android devices after the first launch. launch them on Pixel phones in March. When you type, you will now be able to turn the text into your own sticker. Google says users will be able to type what they want to say and then choose a design to share their message with. New customizable text stickers will be available soon for users in the US who type in English.
The company is also releasing over 1,600 new Emoji Kitchen combinations to help users express themselves by creating new hybrid emojis. Google is also adding new rainbow-based stickers for people to celebrate Pride Month.
Google also offers improved background noise reduction in the Sound Amplifier app, which is designed for people with hearing loss. The app uses your phone to amplify and filter out important sounds around you. With the new update, the app delivers faster and more accurate audio, as well as an updated user interface that Google says is easier to use.
There are also new updates to the Lookout app, which is designed for people with low vision or blindness and uses your phone’s camera to provide information about the world around you. The app is getting a new “Pictures” mode that uses Google’s latest machine learning model to let users hear a description of an image. There are also updates to the app’s text mode, document mode, food label mode, and research mode to make Lookout more accurate. The app also now works offline without the need for a Wi-Fi or data connection.
“We’re introducing a set of updates that will help your phone stand out as much as you do,” said Angana Ghosh, Director of Android Product Management, in a blog post. “From more expressive ways to message your friends to subtle yet smart improvements to entertainment and accessibility, we make sure every interaction with your Android device is more rewarding than the last. These updates expand on the countless ways Android already helps you connect with other people and the world around you.”
Finally, users who have Google Play Points can now use them to get in-app items without leaving their games or apps. You have the option to cover the entire cost of your purchase with Play Points or split it between Play Points and another payment method. The new update will be released in the coming weeks in countries where Play Points are available.
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