As 2021 draws to a close, Google has decided to roll out a bag full of new Android features for users. The list includes new features for Android Auto, new Android widgets for Google apps, Emoji Kitchen, and more. Here are the details to help you learn more about these new features.
New Android features announced
In one (n official blog post, Google introduced new widgets for its Google Play Books, YouTube Music and Google Photos apps. The Play Books widget makes it easy to access your library of books, the YouTube Music widget provides playback controls on the home screen, and the Google Photos widget helps you access your loved ones / pets’ photos right from the home screen.
Android Auto is now updated with better usability. You will be able to Starts Android Auto automatically when connected to a smartphone. Always on play button will soon make it easier for you to listen to music, get better smart answer options, and use voice search for music in your apps on Android Auto.
the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S21 owners can use their phones as digital car keys. Of course, you need a compatible BMW car (all 2020 and 2021 models). This feature was announced with Android 12 back in May.
Google Photos also gets the new reminder function, which shows the festive photos with people in a photo grid. Users can personalize, rename, correct, or do more with the reminders. Google’s Family Bell feature, which reminds family members of their daily tasks, now works on Android phones too.
Then there’s the Emoji Kitchen feature in Gboard. This ability allows users to combine emojis into stickers. These are now available as part of the Gboard beta and will be available to all users in the coming weeks.
Finally, Google also introduced some privacy features. The privacy feature of Android 11, with which you can deactivate permissions for apps that have not been used for a long time, now reaches users of Android 6.0 or higher.
All of these new Android features will be available to users at different times. While the digital car key feature is now available to most users, you will be able to enjoy the features of Android Auto in the months to come. The Google Photos Reminders feature will be available to users this week.