Android is full of new features for the end of the year 2021. New Android Auto functions, including the famous digital car key, new very useful widgets, the Emoji Kitchen function to create custom emojis or even the functionality that changes app permissions after a while. There are still others.
Without having to deploy a new major version of Android, Google has the opportunity to announce new features that will be available on all Android smartphones. This is the strength of this system in which several components are not directly related to the version of the OS.
For the end of 2021, Google has therefore announced several new features for its ecosystem.
Family Bell: the “À Table! “ becomes connected
Google’s “Family Bell” feature is expected to simplify communication in large homes, its alarm-like reminder system can be played from speakers and other smart screens, and can now also work on smartphones.
You will therefore be able to notify your entire household if it is time to sit down to eat… this will prevent you from shouting “At the Table! “.
New official widgets
Google will also introduce new widgets. Among these, there is a Google Play Books widget to be able to find your audiobooks and all your library. Same thing for YouTube Music to better control music playback.
My favorite is the Google Photos People & Pets widget which can display photos of your family, friends or pets in a widget just like a photo frame feature. You select the people to display, Google Photos does the rest.
Along with a new widget, the Memories feature in Google Photos will also start showing organized photos and videos from events such as New Years Eve in the standard photo grid interface.
The Android smartphone to open certain cars
One of the biggest novelties certainly of this summer flurry, users of Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S21 will be able to use their phone as a car key with “compatible BMW vehicles” in certain countries. Google announced that it was working on the car key feature for Android 12 in May. Google explains that the feature will be available on all 2020 and 2022 BMW models for now.
Also according to Google, sharing your car key remotely with a friend or a member of your family in case of need will be quite possible.
Among the other new features of Android Auto that will be available soon, there is an option to automatically launch Android Auto when an Android phone is connected to the vehicle. There’s also a new play button on the home screen to start music playback with a ‘one tap’, a new search icon to quickly find music, and new smart answer options for music. text messages. This last option will allow you to easily respond to someone.
Permissions system and new emojis
Google also provided information about rolling out its new permission reset feature on older Android phones, which automatically disables permissions for apps you haven’t used for a while. The feature is already available for devices running Android 11 and later, but also now for devices running Android 6 and later. We will have to wait until January for this deployment.
And finally, Emoji Kitchen lets you combine emoji into stickers to share with your friends, family and loved ones. You can, for example, enclose emojis in a nicely wrapped gift box 🎁 .. This system is available for users of Gboard Beta (you can become a beta tester) from now on.
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