This Monday (26) Google launched a suite of new features in the Android ecosystem. These features make mobile phones, tablets or smart watches even more useful to complete your routine throughout the week.

New features include artificial intelligence (AI)-based features, accessibility additions, and usability improvements to Spotify music control.

Check out what’s new in Android, Wear OS and Android Auto below:

1. Spotify Media Control Improvements

Android’s audio output manager lets you switch between devices and control volume from the home screen. This feature is now available on Spotify with all devices and accessories connected via Spotify Connect.

2. Description of images created by Artificial Intelligence

Now Google’s AI can help you with this task by generating descriptions of photos, online images, and files received via chat in real time (English only for now).

3. More context on Google Maps

Google Lens’ integration with Maps has become even more useful. When you target a service-recognized location in Street View, Lens speaks out information about that location, including its rating, service hours, and directions.

4. Handwritten Notes in Documents

Google Docs has added support for handwritten notes and feedback. You can use your finger or stylus to take notes on documents.

5. Fitbit app has been reworked

The Fitbit app has gotten a major redesign and now collects information from its smart accessories and other apps like AllTrails, Oura Ring, and MyFitnessPal.

6. Tickets, tickets and passes directly from your watch

Google Wallet for Wear OS can now load your tickets, tickets, and passes without needing your mobile phone.

7. Map directions on your wrist

Google Maps integration for Wear OS now also shows directions to your destination. This way, you don’t have to take out your mobile phone to check where you need to go.

8. Gemini in Google Messages

It will be possible to access Gemini AI via Google Messages. It will be possible to chat with the chatbot, make quick suggestions on any topic, answer questions or plan events without leaving Messenger.

9. Artificial intelligence in Android Auto

Android Auto can now summarize long text messages received while driving. The tool uses artificial intelligence to synthesize the app, allowing you to be aware of the topics being discussed but remain attentive behind the wheel.

Android Auto now summarizes messages using AI.

Phased distribution

In the announcement post, Google did not go into detail about when the news would be made public. The additions will most likely be distributed as an update via Google Play Services.

Source: Tec Mundo

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