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Technology Google Maps Dark Mode and More Useful Android Features Are Rolling Out Today

20:46  23 february  2021
20:46  23 february  2021 Source:   gizmodo.com

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While we wait for Android 12 to officially go live later this year, Google has a bunch of tweaks and updates coming to Android this spring.

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Following the 2019 update to Chrome, Google is now bringing Password Checkup to Android to help alert you about potential leaks or data breaches that may have exposed your existing passwords to hackers. Password Checkup will be rolling out to devices with Android 9 and above, and will automatically check passwords already saved in Android along with any new ones. If Google detects that your password has been exposed, you’ll get an alert strongly suggesting you change it.

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Password Checkup is important, but let’s get down to the good stuff: Google Maps is finally getting the long-awaited official dark mode. And in Google Messages on Android 7 and above, Google is adding the ability to send scheduled messages, similar to Gmail’s scheduled email feature. All you have to do is write a message as normal, and then hold the send button, which makes a new menu appear allowing you to set an exact time for when your text will go out.

Even the Google Assistant is getting a small upgrade, with the ability to make calls, set timers and alarms, and play music on your phone using voice commands. This means your Android phone can now kind of double as a smart speaker, and helps expand the role of the Google Assistant as something that simply answers questions with these additional automation features.

An exciting new Google Maps feature is finally rolling out

  An exciting new Google Maps feature is finally rolling out Google has started rolling out an exciting Google Maps feature the company announced back in August. Google Maps will now support richer street-level details, with streets that look just like they do in real life, and will offer crosswalk and sidewalk data. The revamped maps experience is available in four locations: New York City and San Francisco (USA), Central London (UK), and Central Tokyo (Japan). Google announced a major Google Maps redesign in mid-August, revealing its intention to offer users more accurate map reproductions. The maps will feature more color to more accurately replicate the actual geography of natural landforms.

graphical user interface: Finally, an official dark mode for Google Maps. © Image: Google Finally, an official dark mode for Google Maps.

Android Auto is also getting a refresh. Google added new car-inspired backgrounds and voice-activated games like Jeopardy to help those long road trips go by a little faster. And to help make things like contacts easier to access, Google is also adding shortcuts to Android Auto, and cars with widescreen displays get a new split-screen mode so you can see Google Maps and your media controls at the same time.

Finally, for folks who are blind or have low vision, Google is also releasing a new version of its Talkback app featuring a redesigned menu, more intuitive gesture recognition, improved reading controls, and more.

application: Here’s what the new scheduled sending options will look like in Google Messages. © Image: Google Here’s what the new scheduled sending options will look like in Google Messages.

Google’s new Android software updates will start rolling out today, with Talkback version 9.1 available now in the Google Play store and the update to Android Auto expected to be available “in the coming days.”

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